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When I saw that this audiobook was narrated by one of my favorite narrators, Greg Tremblay, I KNEW that I had to get my grabby hands on it! When I saw that this book had an Asian, MC, it all made sense. Greg Tremblay is a white guy that can do Asian voices. Really, really well. He doesn't make them sounds like caricatures, he just makes them sounds... correct. Now, I'm a white Jewish girl who knows diddly about Asian accents, but in my very uneducated opinion, Greg really nails them.
The best part of this book, by far, was the narration. Greg puts his all into it, as he does in every story, giving each characters a distinctive voice and feel. I enjoyed the narration so very much.
The story, however, was muuuuch less successful. I thought that these guys moved way too fast once they made the first move, going from making out to looove in a hot second. I also wasn't into how Takeo went from unable to read social situations to a social maven by the end of the story. Everything wrapped up in a neat little bow, and I was scratching my head as to how that happened. Huge decisions are made and huge problems sort of magically disappear by the end of the story.
This wasn't even close to my favorite Mary Calmes story, but I think that the audio narration pulled this one out of the trenches.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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Where does Blue Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
At the top of my list, but then I love anything by Mary Calmes!
What other book might you compare Blue Days to and why?
Super Sock Man by Amy Lane. Both are super short, sexy and steamy and just make you smile.
What about Greg Tremblay’s performance did you like?
LOVED IT! I love his articulation with Asian culture and voices.
If you could rename Blue Days, what would you call it?
Any additional comments?
Dwyer Knolls already has one foot out the door when his company is re-envisioned by its Japanese owner. While Dwyer is elated he gets to keep his job, he's a little miffed that he isn't partnered with the mysterious and brooding son of the owner. Regardless of partners and pairings, Dwyer seems to have a way with Takeo that no one else does, the two become friends of a sort all while they both harbor feelings for the other. A business trip to Mangrove, Florida changes everything, and these two become lovers in the time it takes to slam the bedroom door.
They can't hide out in Mangrove forever, and a phone call from Takeo's unreasonable father threatens to burst the perfect little bubble they've surrounded themselves with. Life offers them a reprieve and while Dwyer knows he wants to keep Takeo where he has him, in his life and in his bed, he's not quite sure Mangrove is the place to do that.
Calmes has laid the foundation for another amazing series of stories all about love and acceptance. I especially like the tie in with Aaron of Duncan from the Matter of Time world. Calmes has a knack for pairing polar opposites and making the road they travel to happiness, while often times bumpy, believable and attainable. Now we have the marriage of Calmes writing and Greg Tremblay's narration, I assure you it's perfection. Tremblay is very fluent with Asian cultures, phrasings, nuances and the language. His voice flows seemlessly from Dwyer with his dry, witty sense of humor to Takeo and his abrupt, unflinching attitude. But I think my favorite aspect to their relationship was the bond of communication they built before they became lovers.
Short, sexy, fast read that had me smiling the entire time.
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