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Wow A beautiful and deep book. As well as, well written and great narration. I was not expecting this book to be as good as it was. The storyline was not focused only on sex like many other romance novels but on the progression of the growing love and trust between Robby and Tristan.
The memorable moment in the book for me was when Robby finally stood-up to his father and told him he was gay and in love with Tristan. I thought it was a big moment because he was so fearful of his father's opinion of him his entire life.
And finally the narrator was great. I think his performance well represented the characters. Thankfully he did nothing to take away from the story or distract the listeners.
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If you could sum up A Package Deal in three words, what would they be?
Different, intriguing and raw.
What did you like best about this story?
The author taking on the challenge and writing a unknowingly closeted guy that has lived a straight life.
Have you listened to any of Sean Michael Hogan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This was my first. I wish he could capture a little more inflection and change in tones.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
Tristan Chartrand is shy, slightly introverted and nervous around strangers. He really only opens up to his best friend and roommate Savannah. When they were younger, Tristan and Savannah saved each other from some bad circumstances, and the two have been connected at the hip since. While they love each other and are very protective of each other, the connection isn’t a romantic one. Savannah is determined to find someone that can love Tristan with all his faults, protect him and understand their relationship.
Robby Dalton lives a shell of a life under his father’s thumb. Everything he has ever done has been to impress the one man whom he is never good enough for. When he meets Savannah in a bar, he’s intrigued and wants to spend more time getting to know her. Then he meets her roommate and is instantly enamoured with the beautiful young man. The three of them agree to an unconventional relationship, not your average threesome. And the three of them truly fall in love with each other, just in different ways. It’s hard to explain and not give too much away, so I’ll just say that I was intrigued by the dynamics of it all. The way they had the relationship of the three, but then the individual relationships and how it all played out in the end.
Kerick conveyed a believable struggle for Robby, the unknowingly closeted gay man, that never even realized his sexual preference. When you are surrounded with stupid, hateful and ignorant people like Robby had in his life though, it’s no wonder. It takes him a very long time to decide that his love for Tristan is worth risking everything for, because it’s REAL love. Not the fabricated, imitation love that his father and supposed best friend have been traipsing around in front of him his whole life. So, to spite the fact that he made some bad decisions, at the end of the day I wasn’t mad at him because he really didn’t know any better. Everything is fresh and new and he is learning as he goes along with Tristan.
There was uncertainty, passion, genuine love and nurturing in this story that drew me in and kept my attention throughout. This was my first audible with Hogan and while it wasn’t the best I’ve heard, it definitely wasn’t the worst. He was good when conveying emotions, especially during the more romantic and passionate scenes, but a couple times he supposedly went from Robby to Tristan and I had to rewind to be sure of who I was with at the moment. If you are a fan of Kerick’s books or those love stories where the characters have to work for their happy ending, you will enjoy this book.
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