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Maybe 2.5 stars for the story, 3.5 stars for the narration, averaging to 3 stars overall.
Gah! I'm so bummed. My first Eli Easton story that I haven't gone gaga for. I guess it was bound to happen sometime.
I honestly think that this story tried to do too much in too short a span of time. Imagine a story successfully blending cowboys, friends-to-lovers theme, porn stars element, and coming out all in 95 pages. It's hard, right? And picture that story with minimal sex content and a holiday backdrop to boot. My head was spinning trying to keep up.
I think my main problem is that though the story was fine, I didn't actually care about any of the characters. I though that the switch from friends to lovers was way too fast with too little buildup. I didn't get to know these guys as people and I didn't care much about them as a couple. I like more slow build, more character development. I feel like I got just bits and pieces of that instead of something more complete.
As far as the narration goes, I think that Michael Stellman did a nice job. He didn't have a large range of voices but I liked his expressiveness and how he sounded age appropriate. I enjoyed listening to him and I would get another audiobook by him.
Overall, an easy listen but not what I expected from this author.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I read the ebook version several months ago and enjoyed it. But that was before I discovered Michael Stellman, so naturally I had to get the audio version as well.
This is a short story. And even though Ben is a porn star when the story starts, thee are no explicit scenes either with other characters or with Joshua. They do have a steamy make out session once Joshua decides to see Ben in Las Vegas. The HEA ending was perfectly sweet and fluffy. Will likely be listening to this one again during the holidays or anytime I feel like listening to something short with a narrator I enjoy and a decent cast of characters.
Michael Stellman did a great job narrating the story, even giving characters a Southern twang. I love his tone and pace during the narrative parts and dialogue.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Really enjoyed this book, the narrator really nailed the two main character's voices. As Joshua, he managed to deliver the struggle to put his thoughts into words, and as Ben, the middle point between innocent and sensual young-man-who-got-away.
Would have been 5 stars if it were just a bit longer and showed a bit more about the characters in the background, namely Chet and the other cowboys.