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I’ve read the ebook version before but decided to get the audiobook to complete the set since I bought ‘The Mating of Michael’ (it was narrated by Michael Stallman… I had to) and I did enjoy how Tommy O’Brien narrated ‘The Trouble with Tony’.
This story involves Daniel, a workaholic, somewhat ruthless, businessman who believed his entire life that he was straight, who suddenly realizes he’s attracted to his old college roommate and current business partner, Nick.
Nick is a bisexual man trapped in a loveless marriage, with two kids, and hasn’t had sex with his wife in more than three years. He’s always been attracted to Daniel but never thought anything would come of it since Daniel was straight.
Some people might be bothered by the fact that Daniel and Nick get together before Nick is completely free of his wife, but it’s not written as a sordid affair, and the guys don’t actually sneak around. They get discovered fairly quickly, too, so it’s not like it was a long running deception which is why it didn’t bother me even though I hate cheating spouses (plus, the wife has her own ‘secrets’).It was also nice that the wife wasn’t completely vilified, unlike a lot of m/m romances where the women are evil with no redeeming qualities. Although she does start off pretty horrible, she becomes one of the more sympathetic characters. It helps that the story is told from multiple character POVs (though the majority of the narrative is Daniel and Nick, so don’t worry if you don’t like headhopping. It’s not like the first Cut & Run book which was… terrible when it came to switching POVs) so you have an idea of what’s really going on in her head. I even felt sorry for her when Daniel uses, what will be to some, quite a ruthless tactic to get her to release Nick, but everyone gets their HEA in the end and it was almost necessary because she was being completely unreasonable with denying Nick a divorce.
I know the premise of this story has all the elements of heavy drama-Llama, but it actually remains fairly light and never got too heavy. This is not never-ending angst. It helps that the characters are likeable and relatable even when you want to slap them, and there are splashes of humor here and there. It's what I like best about Eli Easton's books.If you liked Jack and Tony from the first book, they do make an appearance here, too.
Tommy O’Brien wasn’t bad, but he did have issues with pronouncing certain words which threw me off at times. The most memorable being his mispronunciations of ‘hackneyed’ and ‘belied’. There were others but can’t recall them. Overall, slightly distracting if you’re easily bothered by that kind of thing, but wasn’t prevalent enough to be a negative experience.
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I had looked at this story plot before but didn't feel it was something I would like, but after finishing another story by Eli I decided to give it a try. I am very happy I did.
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