Gary Keller is enjoying a cruise with new friends when he meets Scott Haworth, and unexpected attraction flares between them. But Scott has a past he's trying to leave behind. Nine months earlier, he was released from prison after almost a decade. The Innocence Project and DNA evidence exonerated him of the crime, but the victim’s brother still holds him responsible.
Gary finds himself drawn to Scott for many reasons, not least of which is that the big, physically strong exterior hides a vulnerable, unsure man trying to restart his life. But it's only a seven-day cruise, and when it ends, they both have to go back to their lives in different parts of the country. Is a week long enough to build a relationship that will stand the strain of separation? Or will the cruise just fade to a happy vacation memory?
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An Unexpected Distraction
I didn't read the print version, but the audio was pretty good.
I liked Gary, Sam, and Scott. Phillip was quirky and cute, but the others were kind of boring. I really liked Gary's complete acceptance of Scott, regardless of what others thought and did.
As a studderer, I typically give narrators a lot of room before I start knocking them, so this one was good. It would have been nice to have Mr. Barron differentiate between the characters, like Fred Berman (a great narrater) and Holter Graham (my absolute favorite and an excellent narrater) do, but it was good, nonetheless. Can't really complain. There weren't any really bad breathy sounds, page turns, or anything else, so yeah, good.
Phillip was funny. Gary was sweet. Scott was exactly how I thought he'd be, considering his history. Sam rocked. So, they were good characters, but no, I didn't cry.
I paid less that it would cost in paperback, so it's one more addition to my M/M library for when I get bored of the other stories. It's got lots of hot male sex in it, which is always a plus. The locations in the book are beautiful too. I just didn't get that into this one. Not sure why.
An Unexpected Vintage
- Ken Murphy