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Bradley Zelder can't find his way in life. After struggling for nearly a decade, he has yet to complete his college degree. Working as a school custodian, living in blue-collar Landsbury, MA, his love life is as empty as the rest of his existence. But on his way home after another disastrous date, his truck breaks down in upscale Oceanside. When he thinks life can't get any worse, a man who is the epitome of Boston elite and everything Bradley finds attractive and intimidating helps him move his truck to the side of the road. Ashamed of his lot in life, Bradley almost lets the opportunity slip away, but he comes to his senses in time and tracks Caleb down.
From a random act of kindness, romance begins to grow, filling all the dark corners of Bradley's empty life - until a random act of violence threatens to take it all away. Bradley must step up and be the man Caleb believes him to be. Caleb rescued him from a life without hope. Can Bradley rescue him in return?
©2014 Mia Kerick (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
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5 out of 5 stars
By Riva on 06-25-15

Came for the narrator, stayed for the story

I really enjoyed this book. I’ll be honest; I initially only bought it because Iggy Toma was the narrator and he is a fav of mine . However, I found I really enjoyed the story too. I think the fact the Iggy brought such life to these characters is what really made this for me. This is the second book I have read/listened to from this author and both have been really good. This is the story of Caleb and Bradley. It is told from Bradley’s POV. Bradley is a working class, insecure, bisexual “player” that hides his insecurities behind meaningless relationships with men and women. He is a self described “a**hole” but feels he has to hurt them before they hurt him. Then a “random act” occurs and he meets Caleb. Bradley believes Caleb is everything he is not and of course falls for him, hard. Through a series of random acts much drama occurs, including a violent attack on Caleb. Bradley’s journey of self-discovery is really a pleasure to experience. The dialogue is great; heartfelt, sweet and witty. It is not a perfect book as it does stretch the imagination at time and Caleb sometimes comes off as overly formal. But overall, a really enjoyable and sweet story.

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4 out of 5 stars
By JC on 06-28-15

Rom-Com Beginning, Then BOOM, Angst.

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After finishing Nowhere Ranch, I decided I needed something lighter to listen to. I picked this because I thought it fit the bill, and bonus, also narrated by Iggy Toma. This didn't turn out to be the light-hearted romcom I expected it to be, though it started out that way.

The story is told in first person, entirely from the POV of Bradley Zelder. Bradley is what I'd describe as a loveable asshole. At least, he starts out that way. I enjoyed the thoughts that ran through his head and found myself chuckling a few times at his antics. He actually sort of reminded me of Austin Glass from Shattered Glass (if you haven't listened to that yet, I highly recommend the audiobook).

Caleb, due to the limitation of first person narration, is a bit more of an enigma. He's the put-together older man, a widower, someone who at first glance seems perfect and polished. But due to an event midway through the story, we find out just how fragile he really is.

I wasn't expecting the kind of angst I got when the halfway point was reached and it threw me. Here I was, finding Bradley amusing, enjoying the budding romance between the MCs, when suddenly, I got hit with... drama. And not just any drama. The kind that involved a hospital, broken bones, mental issues, and psychiatric meds. It was only because I was enjoying Iggy Toma's narration that I continued on despite my brain going 'nope nope nope'.

I could identify with Caleb's depression. I mean, I don't know what it's like to lose a spouse, or get physically assaulted, but I did go through the same bouts of depression and period of helplessness after my parents died while I was in high school and after I was almost assaulted on two separate occasions. The way Caleb found it hard to accept the randomness of the bad things that happen in life was the same feeling I had, so in that regard, the character really resonated with me even though at the same time it was triggering this almost visceral reaction in me of 'no, no, no. I don't want to remember feeling this way’.

I recommend this for people who don't mind a mix of laughs and serious angst, or love Iggy Toma (because of course he does a great job narrating the story), if you like a somewhat May-December pairing (Bradley is 30, Caleb 40), already a fan of Mia Kerick, or if you like watching Lifetime movies (because it sort of had that kind of atmosphere - for me, at least).

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