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If you are a fan of angst, this is for you.
Jay is SO burdened by guilt, that even as the reader, I was feeling bad about him getting involved with someone else.
I think, had I been reading this, I’d have given up, but since Charlie David does such a nice job of narrating this and he’s got SUCH a great voice, it was easy for me to stay involved and to keep listening.
I felt like poor Scott really got the raw end of the deal. Jay is in NO WAY ready for this relationship and I feel certain it wouldn’t have lasted as long as it did. Jay is a MESS and really needed some therapy before getting involved with anyone.
I found the amount of sex these guys had to be a bit OTT as well.
All in all this just wasn’t one of my favorite LA Witt books. If you want (IMHO) one of her better books, try: Static (one of my all time favorite books ever! Covet thy neighbor- esp. in audio format or Conduct Unbecoming .
So for the audiobook (story and narration) 3 of 5 stars. It was entertaining, if not great.
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I’m going to start with the vocal performance because that is the easy part. I love Charlie David’s voice and he is fantastic at making the listener FEEL every emotion. The one complaint I have about his performance is there isn’t much of a difference between the voices of the two main characters so at times it was hard to tell them apart. And the music between chapters was just silly (I’ve never listened to a book with that added)…it made the story seem soap opera-ish.
This story was just OK for me. I’m not sure what I was expecting but there was too much time spent on Jay’s wife and his relationship with her. I don’t understand at all why he married her…that’s just unfair to everyone involved. I don’t know how I feel about him getting involved with Scott so quickly after her accident. He checked out of the marriage long before that but he didn’t deal with her death before diving in which was unfair to Scott. I completely understand the heart wants who it wants but the repetitive indecisiveness dragged on a bit much. The FIL was too textbook in his forgiveness, the MIL was over the top in hers and the closure of Jay’s guilt was a bit too perfect for me. When Scott finally throws his own angst into the story it felt contrived and like it came out of nowhere after all the back and forth they had already been through.
I do think Scott and Jay were good together. They have good emotional and sexual chemistry. All the angst (from Jay and all the outside sources) and guilt just got in the way.
Not my favorite ‘read’ by this author.