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Vincent is that snarky, obviously gay guy who kind of “reverse snobs” the “cool kids” before they can hurt him.
Carson is the golden boy. Never can do any wrong. Living the lie of being straight and playing football for his parents.
Carson wants Vincent, but Vincent isn’t going to make anything easy. He’s distrustful, and not eager to be anybody’s secret.
It takes an epic change in Carson’s life for Vincent to realize that Carson means it when he says that he and Vincent will be together forever… and like a steamroller, he always gets what he wants.
This is one of my first m/m books ever and it pleased me so much I’ve kept going and never looked back! It hits every single one of my buttons. Geek and jock. GFY. A very, very HEA. Humor. Passion. It’s so much fun to watch Carson court Vincent and for bitter and cynical Vincent to become putty in his hands.
Of course – it’s Mary – it’s gotta be amazing!
Joshua Mcrae is a new narrator to me, so I was worried – this is one of my favorite Mary books and I really wanted to love the narration – and, well…. It was GREAT!
A great narrator will have the ability to translate the story well by changing his inflection and “acting” out the parts where appropriate. I like it when there is a distinct difference between character voices – either with an accent or even in the way they pace their speech. A great narrator knows how to time certain passages for effect and has to have a voice that’s easy to listen to. Joshua passes ALL these tests! He has a very “sensual” voice that really fits this book and he sounds “young enough” to be a college age MC. I really liked the “smoky” quality of the voice he gives to Carson – Delicious! He does a great job with the humor and I think doing dialog is his best feature.
I highly recommend this book and it’s narration.
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This is a new adult insta-love story that is pure Calmes.
I don’t know what it is about Mary Calmes’ writing, but she just flat out works for me. Things that would normally make me nuts or cry “foul!” totally work under her magical ways. Take this novella for instance - it moves fast. Seriously. The relationship moves faster than Usain Bolt.
Vincent Wade is an assistant manager of a copy store putting himself through university with a plan to become a botanist/genetic engineer and create a species of plant, some hybrid of wheat and oat that would grow really fast and feed the world’s hungry. He’s sarcastic, snarky and a pain in the ass.
Carson Cress is the university’s quarterback football star and its resident BMOC. While Vince knows of Cress, unbeknownst to Vince, Cress has been watching Vince for a year waiting for an opportunity to approach him.
Their first meeting doesn’t go too well, but when they meet again Cress makes sure Vince knows he wants him. Vince isn’t convinced as Cress has always been straight, which is enough of a concern, but he’s also a well-known football player slated for the NFL, which does not bode well for a gay relationship or future.
They have one explosively sexy, mind-blowing night before Vince’s reservations seem to bear fruit. That is until a tragedy strikes and Cress needs Vince to prove that together they can weather the coming storm.
This is short, and like I said before, moves fast. It also ends with more of a glimmer of an HEA than an actual HEA. I wanted more. Then again, with Calmes I always want more. But I’d love to have seen more about them finding their way together.
I thought Joshua Macrae does a great job with the narration. He does a splendid job conveying both Vince’s snarkiness and vulnerability, and makes the sexy times hot. Macrae may be a new to me narrator, but I definitely enjoyed his performance and will look for other work by him.
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