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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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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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