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*3.5 stars, rounded up because the audiobook narrator, Greg Tremblay, is a-mazing*
I hold this series VERY close to my heart, and so I was dying to read Bobby and Ichi's story. However, it was only my love for these characters (and the narration, but we'll get to that later) that made this one bearable, to be honest.
The hard truth is that there is VERY little plot in this story.
The time frame jumps around because this book takes place during Dirty Deeds. One of the most difficult things about this story is that it is interspersed between the happenings of "Dirty Deeds." It didn't feel like its own independent story, but rather an offshoot of another, larger plot, which was really disappointing for me.
Part of that was my expectations. The Cole McGinnis books are so action-packed, so exciting that I was anticipating something more EXPLOSIVE. I didn't get that at all. This book is all about Bobby and Ichi coming together, which really wasn't enough to carry the story for me. At times, I found myself growing bored (GASP), which NEVER happens with a Rhys Ford book.
The problem is, I'm not sure if there was any way around my issues. The way the last book ended, this book HAD to take place during the last story, so the author was forced to mold a book to fit around that premise. I just found it sort of dull... flat. If I was going to rate this book on the content alone, I would have rated 2.5-3 stars. However, the narration saved this book and it saved it BIG TIME.
I adore Greg Tremblay. It is no secret to those who read my reviews that I'm a huge fan-girl of his. He just puts so much of himself into his work. His voices, his inflections... they are just PERFECT. This series feels like a labor of love for the narrator, and it shows in the quality of his performance. Listening to Greg embrace the characters easily bumped up my rating of this book a full star or more.
I think this book is reserved for only the most hard-core fans of this series, or audiobook lovers. All others might be disappointed by the result.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I love this older Bobby character and it was very fun to get his lovely love-story. There wasn't much storyline in this new part (just more or less a mirroring of the last book but in Bobby's point of view instead).
...Anyway a sweet, tender, very sexy steamy book and the narrator (Greg Tremblay) does it simply FANTASTIC. I'm so much enjoying to listening to his grunting voice every time.
Are you already a series fan is this new part a must buy. In my opinion is this a excellent gay-romance (M/M) series to choose the audiobooks for. Just a lot of smexy romantic fun.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book is Bobby and Ichiro's story and runs (mostly) alongside the previous book in the McGinnis series, essentially covering what Bobby & Ichi were doing/ how their relationship developed while Cole did his usual thing of trying to avoid being killed by everone around him.
I have to say that I love Bobby's character and finding out what was behind his attitude to sex was enlightening while at the same time a little sad, too. Claudia was brilliant in setting Bobby & Cole to righrs; Mike was a bit of a knob but hopefully has come around to the idea of Bobby & Ichi together; & when Bobby's son Jamie saw Ichi for the first time - that was traumatic for him and well done. And the way it ended...well. Brilliant, but oh, my God! Good job I've got the next book already.
Greg Tremblay's narration was excellent and brought the characters to life, not just in the funny/ sexy parts but also in the emotional /painful parts when everything seems to be going to hell and Bobby & Ichi just put themselves out there, hearts on their sleeves, and decided to give it a go - that really came through very well.
When I finished listening to this I had that warm feeling of satisfaction you get when you've read/ listened to a book and it's like you've just had an excellent meal, or a fantastic day out. The, 'that was great, let's do it again tomorrow', feeling.
I am very happy I bought this book.
What would have made Down and Dirty better?
I liked the first 5 stories in the series - so this is a bit of a disappointment.
The story doesn't work as a stand alone as it relies on the back-story provided in the other books. Also the characters are entirely unconvincing and 1 dimensional; the "meanwhile" plot is too thin and the loose-ends tied up too quickly in a ready-mix romance book fashion without any originality.
The narration as with the other books however is excellent. ,
Would you ever listen to anything by Rhys Ford again?
I will listen to book 6 to finish the series.