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So my first exposure to this series was this book, which is book 9 in the series. Obviously they are stand alone, but I did feel a little pang that I didn't know the stories of some of the referenced couples. And I really want more of Grandma, she is an AWESOME character. So I don't think I can wait until they are on audible, although I'd love to because the Greg Tremblay really did an awesome job, especially with Grandma. That said, this can listened to as a stand alone and has a great story. Chance was forced into prostitution when he felt he had to leave his small town in Wyoming. He sends most of his money back to his mother and brother. He is also a talented photographer and apparently meets one of the previous couples in an earlier book and befriends them. They ask him to photograph their wedding and he sees one of the groom's brother (a closeted cop) and sparks fly. There is much angst and drama, but it doesn't last the whole book, which is great. Some of the drama with Grandma is hysterical. Think geriatric pole dancing with a hot gay teacher (another previous book couple). This is almost an epic story because it really doesn't end when the couple gets together. I can't say enough about what Greg Tremblay brings to this story. He gives another amazing performance. I really hope the other books come to audio and he continue to perform them.
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So I almost made a huge mistake. I almost passed this up.
Why? Because it's book #9 in the Firsts and Forever series. I thought, "Why would I start so far into a series? I won't know what's going on, will I?" But...this was the first audio book added (yes, that's a head scratcher, because it's not chronologically before the others in the series). And...it's Greg Tremblay narrating! I mean, who can pass up Greg? Not me!).
Finally though, I remembered I read Skye Blue which is actually book #6 in the series, and enjoyed it, without ever feeling like I was missing anything...so I decided to click and try. Boy am I happy I did! This gave me all the good, squiggly feelings I love from a rent boy trope story.
Twenty-six year old Chance Matthews has been a whore for twelve years. When Finn Nolan, cop and friend of a friend's brother, approaches Chance to teach him about sex - it opens an opportunity for both of them once they're willing to trust each other.
He shook his head. “No. I, um...I want to hire you to do this job.” He gestured at our surroundings awkwardly.
“You want to take me to bed?”
“Oh God.” He turned away from me, but then he nodded.
“I’m going to go ahead and guess you don’t have a lot of experience hiring prostitutes,” I said.
“Absolutely none. I’ve thought about it before, but I could never go through with it. Between my job, my family....” He turned to look at me. “You could destroy me, Chance, and I’m not being dramatic. You could tear down my world if you chose to. But...somehow, I don’t think you will.”
“Why would you take that risk?”
“Because I want this so damn bad. It’s all I can think about. Please, tell me I can trust you.”
I really enjoyed this - from top to bottom, I enjoyed the characters, the humor, the hurt/comfort, the flow, and the narration thoroughly. I was consistently happy with the directions the story took, if not surprised by them, and didn't stop listening until it was finished. That's right! I listened to all 9 hours and 50 minutes in a single stretch with nary a break. Except for one meeting. Damn meetings! Always breaking into my reading time...*grumbles* With only one exception in the story I loved every other minute.
Then there's the narration - Greg once again brings the heat and the humor and the love...I love you, Greg Tremblay!
This is surprisingly fluffy for a story about a whore - but totally worth ever fluff-filled second. It's got some angst, but in the end it's all kittens and rainbows! It's terrific!!
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Other than the narration of this book which is excellent given it's Greg Tremblay, the story itself is woefully inadequate in the extreme. Isn’t this supposed to be book 9 in a series? I would have expected something more unless this is a very quick cut and paste job. Issues were as follows:
1. The characters are unrealistic and one dimensional - either good or bad with nothing in between and no attempt to make them multi-faceted. Also, the way the characters react to the events of the story are unrealistic and ill-conceived. For someone to have a relationship with a prostitute, they ought to have at least some emotional or other baggage - not a prince in shining armour. Furthermore, all the supporting characters are essentially filled in with “quirky” – and that’s it.
2. The story is essentially the movie “Pretty Woman” for gays but without the nuance and plot – or even less if such a thing were possible.
3. The main characters is just a victim and is difficult to sympathise with.
Have you listened to any of Greg Tremblay’s other performances? How does this one compare?
He's great as always. 5 stars.
This is a wonderful story, full of laughter, sorrow and a whole bucketful of love.