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These are two novellas that are combined to make a great listen. The first story, Dark Horse is the story of Paul, an actor who meets Daniel (a cop) as a result of Daniel protecting him from a stalker. In Dark Horse, Paul and Daniel are already a couple, and it is told post stalker drama. The second book White Knight is more of a flashback of how Paul and Daniel met and includes the story of the stalker, as well as some trouble in the couples relationship. To be honest, I didn't really warm up to Paul for a while; he seemed whiny and very self absorbed. I thought Daniel had the patience of a saint and really didn't get why he put up with Paul. But through Josh Lanyon's excellent storytelling, it was all good in the end. On top of a great story was Derrick McClain's performance. He does a wonderful job of bringing these men to life. Highly recommended!
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The narration - I have listened to Derrick McClain a few times and I find him to be enjoyable to listen to. He does vary his voice slightly and I am able to distinguish between which characters are speaking in a conversation. His voice is incredibly soothing to me. I find him very easy to listen to and would listen to more from him, for sure.
The story - I have never read or listened to a Josh Lanyon story that I haven't liked. I am a big fan. This book is not an exception, but it is told in a very strange order that leaves me wishing for a full length novel or even series detailing how Sean and Dan fell in love and more details of the mystery that brought them together.
Dark Horse starts the story. Sean has already survived a crazy stalker who threatened to kill him, Dan and he have entered a relationship of sorts. The groundwork of their relationship was formed prior to the book. Things for them are looking good, except that someone is threatening Sean again, and Sean's ex-lover/manager is expressing concerns regarding the new relationship and Sean's career direction. It is a good mystery, because it isn't clear if his old stalker is still alive or if someone else is taking advantage of Sean's past terror. The two most important people in Sean's life are pulling him in different directions at the same time, and there is no lack of tension in the first half of the audiobook.
The second part of the story is White Knight, which is a prequel and a sequel in one. The story takes place after the ending of Dark Horse, Sean has been injured, and he is suffering from memory loss. The story continues with Sean experiencing memories from the time he first met Dan and up to the accident that caused the amnesia. Slowly he pieces his memories back together, but there are things that don't quite add up. It didn't really seem like this was a mystery at first, but those pieces that don't add up paint a picture that someone was behind Sean's fall.
I really enjoyed the story. Dan and Sean are both likable characters and their relationship seems strong because usually they are willing and able to talk and work things out. I do feel like I didn't connect with them as well as I would have liked, and I think it might have been the style of flashbacks. Even though holes were filled in retrospect, I didn't feel like I went through experiences with the characters. It was still mysterious and thrilling, with a touch of romance. I would recommend it to any mystery fans and any Josh Lanyon fans.
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.