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I'm actually in the middle of this book right now, and as I write a couple of outstanding review on other books, I find myself wondering why I'm still listening. The story vacillates between tender, intimate moments of self exploration and pages and pages of pedestrian, mundane and boring detail. Almost every moment of the protagonists' day is explored in detail, but when you finally arrive at the moment he and "the object of his affection" finally hit the sack, it's suddenly the next morning.
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In the first 25% of the book, the bulk of the narrative is setting up Zach. He’s a doctor. He’s insecure. He likes hot men.
The middle 50% is a little relationship building between Zach and his new lover, Sergio. He meets Sergio at the gym and then later the pool. It’s a slow build – the first date goes on for pages and pages – but their banter is witty (if a little corny) and their coming together is sweet (the sex is fade to black essentially). There is a lot of Zach’s professional world – his bigoted supervisor, his friends, the kids he meets/treats, the medicine. Zach feels a lot of conflict because his social world is totally isolated from his professional one. While he is insecure socially, he’s very secure professionally. This really represents his main dilemma.
The last 25% is the best part of the book. He and Sergio are falling in love and it’s really sweet. There is a “come to jebus” moment when Zach essentially denies Sergio and the two break up, but when he is essentially forced out of the closet in order to do the right thing, he realizes he has been hiding in there for no good reason.
In the last few pages we see a new Zach, he’s friendly, open, honest and free to be in love and a good doctor.
I think that this is a really, really good book in need of a good editor. It’s too long. It’s too involved (though the medicine is interesting, it’s distracting and pulls you from the love story). I almost want to label this gay fiction rather than gay romance. There is so much more about Zach evolving as a person, as a doctor and as a gay man and his interactions with Sergio are really just a piece of that puzzle. Since the romance is fade to black essentially it doesn’t satisfy in that area like many other m/m books do.
So… as a m/m book I’d give it a 3/5 stars, but I’d bump it up a little as gay fiction to a 3.5 or even a 4.
Randy Fuller does a solid job. I didn’t like his “Sergio”, it felt awkward and forced, but for the most part he fades into the background and lets the story tell itself. He isn’t my favorite narrator, but I wouldn’t avoid his works in the future.
I give his narration 3 of 5 stars
3 stars – It was good
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This as they say is one book to keep and to listen to it many times over in the coming years. I think a lot of gay men, particularly of the older generation, will be able to relate to Zak in this story. His struggle with realising he is gay and learning to accept himself. Wondering how his professional colleagues and superiors would react if they only knew. The story is a bag of mixed emotions sadness, laughter, emotional pain, happiness, love relief. You will find it hard to put it down as every chapter, what will happen next. This is a very well written book not only a captivating true to life story but one you share every emotion. The story was brought to life by the wonderful expressive narrator who instills mannerisms, traits and personality of each and every character. I will be looking out for more books written by this author
Randy Fuller does a great job although I’m not too sure about his Italian accent. His is a very easy voice to listen to. The story is an interesting story of a man who feels condemned to hide his sexuality by his job and his journey towards coming out of the closet. The characters are well drawn and certainly provoke the emotions. I could’ve cheerfully strangled Sergio on times. There was some heartbreak which had me reaching for the tissues. There is a lot of medical detail in this book which some may not find interesting but as I enjoy that sort of thing I thoroughly enjoyed it.