When a casual hookup turns into the potential for love, staid Spencer realizes he wants to build a life with vibrant Emilio.
When 22-year-old Emilio Sanchez sees handsome Spencer Derdinger walking by his construction site, Emilio makes it his goal to seduce the shy professor. Getting Spencer into bed isn't difficult, but Emilio soon learns that earning the trust of a man deeply hurt will take time and patience. With a prize like brilliant, sweet Spencer on the line, Emilio decides he is strong enough to face the challenge.
Spencer is surprised when he's approached by the gorgeous construction worker he's admired from the safety of his office window. Acting spontaneously for the first time in his 38 years, Spencer takes Emilio home. When the casual hookup turns into the potential for love, Spencer realizes that if he wants to build a life with Emilio, he'll need to be strong enough to slay his personal demons and learn to trust again.
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It’s official: I adore Ezekiel Robison!
Ezekiel Robison's narration is consistently terrific. He offers new character voices for each new story, not just reusing the same old, same old. He also keeps track of the character voices from previous stories and when those characters show up, he uses the right voices.
It’s such a treat to listen to Robison!
Robison brings such depth to the characters, he highlights Spencer’s vulnerability and Emilio’s protective instincts, he makes their insta-love believable, and he absolutely sets the audio on fire with the hot sex scenes.
That shower scene alone is worth the price of the audio book. For reals.
I ADORE this story and cannot help but fangirl and squee all over this!
Bottom Line: This is super sweet, charming, gloriously hot and sexy and fabulously entertaining. Add the fabulous narration and it’s a WINNER!
Yes, it's a different kind of HEA with a different road the MC's have to travel to find their happiness.
Emilio. Ever patient, strong, devoted and passionate about Spencer from the start.
Emilio and Spencer finally, fully consummating their relationship.
Spencer. He never gave up.
Spencer Derdinger has never been lucky in love. Losers and abusers is all he seems to attract. A direct result of his past and the trauma he's endured, Spencer has a bit of an ED issue. When he meets sexy, enigmatic and genuinely sweet Emilio Sanchez, everything changes. For the first time in his life, someone actually cares about Spencer. Not just on a physical level, no, Emilio wants to court him, take care of him, give Spencer the attention and devotion a man deserves from his partner. But the issues of the past keep Spencer on guard and a lifetime of being told you're not good enough threatens to derail his new relationship with Emilio before they are running at full speed.
It took me about an hour roughly to get into the story. It was very much insta-love and I don't usually care for that type of story. CC is a master at making it work and delivering HEA for her characters each and every time though, so I stuck it out and I'm pleased that I did. While this is an insta-love story, as it unfolds and you are given more information about Spencer and his past, it completely makes sense that he would fall hard for the first guy to truly care for him. But falling and letting down his guard are two different things. It takes a lot of love, encouragement and self awareness for Spencer to completely open himself up.
Emilio is patient, protective and loving from the start. You see, while he hasn't had the same issues as Spencer, he has never found anyone he wanted to settle down with. As soon as Spencer gifts Emilio with one of his shy, awkward smiles, dimples and all, Emilio is hooked. As he gets to know more about his sexy, shy professor, Emilio learns about his problematic past. Where some men would duck and run, Emilio stands his ground and continues to support the man he is fastly falling for.
Narrated by Ezekial Robison, the same narrator for all the books in this series. I am normally very engrossed in everything Robison reads, but the voice he chose for Spencer was odd and distracting. That being said, the voice he gave the antagonist in the story, Spencer's ex, that was like nails on a chalk board and fit so perfectly for his annoying personality. The only downside, CC didn't write Emilio stomping a mud-hole in the man's ass then walking it dry!
I loved the passion and connection that Emilio and Spencer shared, the way Emilio proved his commitment to Spencer, the way their love and devotion to each other proved to Spencer that he didn't really have ED, he just had the wrong partners until now. I'd recommend this story to fans of CC's work, fans of the narrator, as well as anyone that is looking for a story with a different kind of HEA.
- Tams (TTC Books and more)