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My rating and my opinion of this story should absolutely be taken with a grain a salt. Mea culpa. You see, I did not read the whole blurb.
Somehow, someway, when I first saw this audio come out I read most of the blurb but somehow missed the line that clearly states "He refuses to reveal his porn past to Caleb, a past that might be the final obstacle to Caleb and Raven having any kind of relationship."
IF I had read that - I would have known to stay far, far away from this kind of story, as anyone who knows me knows I hate miscommunication and lying. I cannot stand it.
And this story is basically one HUGE miscommunication setup.
David Ross's narration was not bad, but it was less than stellar, and it just wasn't good enough, for me, to make up for the annoyance of the plot.
The final straw, though, was having such an incendiary reveal so rage inducing, which was followed by quick forgiveness and an HEA epilogue which gave me no time at all to process everything and come down from the rage.
It's almost a week later, and I'm still mad whenever I think about Caleb's behavior. I needed more chapters so Caleb could really grovel before Raven accepted his apology. I was unprepared. And, again, that's on me.
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Raven is an ex-porn star who never regretted his profession. He gets injured in a way that leaves horrible scarring and the result is an end to his career and a huge dent in his self-esteem. He takes jobs as an escort – minus the happy endings – to make ends meet and that’s where he meets Caleb.
Caleb is in the closet, an HVAC expert and hot. He fixes Raven’s AC one night and the two strike up a slow burn attraction/relationship.
The chemistry between them is heated, but Caleb reluctance to come out and Raven’s personal fears keep them apart for a bit.
Eventually they give in to temptation and they find that there’s more to their attraction than lust and they begin to build a relationship. But… they’re both hiding things and when those things come out it may be the end of their budding relationship.
There were parts of this that I just loved: the slow burn, the chemistry between the two, the very real feel to Raven’s emotions and his own ability to recognize his own vanity/needs as far as the spotlight goes, Caleb’s desire to be a “good son” and the Romance Convention connection.
Things that I didn’t like as much: I didn’t quite understand Caleb’s need to be in the closet in the first place, nor did I understand exactly why Raven hid his career for so long, and I thought the ending was abrupt – both in the climactic fight and subsequent forgiveness.
All in all, it was a captivating read with characters I really enjoyed, steamy times, interesting secondary characters and a sweet love story.
Highly recommended 4.5 of 5 stars
David Ross is a new to me narrator. The easiest way I can describe his narration style is : vanilla. He added not much flair or accents to differentiate the rich and diverse cast of characters, though it was always easy to tell who was speaking. He was not exactly flat in his narration style, but he didn't have that extra polish that we see in some of the better narrators. He was perfectly easy to listen to and never bothered me, so that definitely counts in his favor. All in all I'd place him slightly a bit above acceptable into "good" territory.
3.5 of 5 stars
Overall 4 of 5 stars
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