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Wow! I had forgotten how wonderful Anne Tenino is as a writer until this re-read/listen I did this year.
In order to fully appreciate this, you have to go back to the free read – Whitetail. There we are introduced to Jurgen, Sam and Nik and then the sequel The Fix for our first glimpse of Miller and Ian.
But… technically you can understand what’s going on if you haven’t read them…
In any case, Sam is a big, obviously gay, gangly, dork who stands over 6 feet tall but is terribly thin no matter what he does. He reads romances voraciously and has a running commentary in his mind about how life mirrors various romantic tropes. In his case, he considers himself Too Stupid To Live… the hero/heroine who always opens the door in the haunted house, chases the dog in the storm, explores the basement when there are mysterious noises…you get the idea.
He meets Ian, Jurgen’s cousin, at Nik’s party and falls instantly in lust. But Ian is a player, closeted, and … well… kinda mean. He tells Sam he’s not attractive and gives him the brush off. But later… well, something changes and Ian gives Sam some attention that leads to super hot smexy times. Now, neither man can forget the other, but neither knows how to navigate this “relationship” – whatever form that may take.
Ian is the broken, tragic hero. He needs to do a lot of self exploration before he can be worthy of our hero – Sam. Luckily he has Jurgen and a therapist to help him – or he’d really mess things up!
This is an hysterical, sweet, super HOT and very touching story. Full Stop. All the angst (well – except for a bit at the end) is about the relationship and the two finding their way to each other. I LOVE that. Love that the bulk of this really is about the romance.
It’s hard to like Ian – and the first time I read this I don’t think I saw his appeal. Now, years later, I can see the turn around for what it is and just how awesome he is. Sam is easy to love, though you want to strangle him at times, as well.
In any case – this is a wonderful story- truly romantic and with some amazingly hot smexy times thrown in to make things even better.
5 of 5 stars
Tobias Silversmith is a new narrator for me and I didn’t quite love his performance. His dialog was delivered well and he had a great grasp of emotion. I liked that he attempted unique voices for the characters but his pacing on the non-dialog portion seemed hurried and flat. His voice is a little breathy and nasally so it wasn’t as pleasing as some of the other narrators in the genre. It’s still a good way to listen to this but it wasn’t my favorite.
4.5 of 5 stars overall for the audiobook
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
The story is not one you havent heard before but it is told with some humor and the Two friends Sam (the one MC) and Matt are kind of Funny and their Logic is absolutely not helpfull when trying to advice eachother On something. So that Raises the book a little above the others of its kind. I would probably have given it 3.5 if that was possible because i Think that its a long Way from reaching 5 but still better Than medium. So all in all, not bad, there are some really Funny parts, but i will probably not remember it in a months
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, I love this story, it's perfectly sweet and funny.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Sam is a wonderful character, his optimism is infectious.