Jake Manning's smart mouth frequently gets him into trouble. Because of it he can't hold a job. Combined with some bad luck, it's prevented him from keeping steady employment. A huge debt looms over him, and alone he shoulders the care of his alcoholic mother and three younger sisters. When a housekeeping position opens, Jake's so desperate he leaps at the opportunity. On landing, he finds his new boss, Patrick Stanford, a fussy, arrogant, rude...and blind man.
Born without sight, Patrick is used to being accommodated, but he's met his match with Jake, who doesn't take any of his crap and threatens to swap all the braille labels on his groceries and run off with his guide dog unless he behaves.
Jake gets a kick out of Patrick. Things are looking up: The girls are starting their own lives, and his mum's sobriety might stick this time. He's sacrificed everything for his family; maybe it's time for him to live his life and start a relationship with Patrick. When his mother needs him, guilt makes his choice between family and Patrick difficult, and Jake must realize he's not alone anymore.
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I guess my only question is...
Why doesn't Jonathan Young have more audiobooks on here?
This was my first story by Renae Kaye and first audiobook narrated by Jonathan Young, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
Both of the male protagonists were likable. I laughed quite a bit at when they were bantering through notes before ever meeting each other. It almost felt like the modern, gay version of the letters going back and forth in Pride and Prejudice. Actually, Jake and Patrick did have certain similarities to Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. At least, I thought so. It was just the way they had misconceptions about each other, and didn't realize their attraction was mutual.
This also had a Maid in Manhattan-ish feeling (though it's been years since I saw that movie... Maybe that's a poor example since I barely remember it), with the poor housekeeper and rich employer falling for each other. That would have been enough in itself, but... What prevented this from being absolutely perfect for me was the addition of Jake's alcoholic mother. And the ending just seemed... A tad overkill. Kind of like it was way longer than it needed to be? Overall though, I liked the writing and humor enough to get more from this author.
Now for the narrator. This story is set in Australia, and while I'm not the best judge of what constitutes an authentic Aussie accent having only been to Australia once and having spoken to just a handful of Aussies, I thought Jonathan Young sounded pretty genuine. At least he didn't sound like the stereotypical Aussie accents you hear in SNL or you know... Crocodile Dundee or Steve Irwin. The accent he used was more subtle and very easy to understand. Definitely top notch narration, and more than worth the credit (or purchase).
A sweet story with a solid narration.
- Heather "Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!"