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Iggy Toma offers a solid performance with easily discernible character voices and a knack for drawing the listener in to the story.
The first story in the Tucker Springs series is a super slow burn romance with likable characters.
When Jason Davis finally caves under five years of chronic pain and takes his friend Seth's advice to go to an acupuncturist he's unprepared to meet the most gorgeous man he's ever seen.
Acupuncturist Michael Whitman is living life basically month to month. With both men struggling under various financial stresses, Michael accepts when Jason suggests that Michael move out of his month-to-month lease and into Jason's house so they can both get some financial breathing room.
After Michael moves in their friendship blossoms, but it's not long before Michael begins to fall for Jason, which is a problem for a lot of reasons...not the least of which is they live together.
I liked that there's no insta-love but rather that Jason and Michael's friendship slowly turns into romance. What I didn't like was the on again, off again nature of their relationship. I was also a bit disappointed in the quick ending. I'll admit I was left feeling like I missed a chapter or two. I wanted more time with the characters to be in their relationship, to get to see them happy for a while.
In the end, though, this is a slow burn romance, chock full of UST, and an entertaining listen with an open to hopeful possibility HFN.
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First, as a trained acupuncturist I loved that a book explored this modality. It’s a wonderful way to alleviate pain and other ailments and anything that can broaden the use of acupuncture in our culture is a great idea!
Second, I didn’t like the way the story unfolded as much between the two MCs. Michael annoyed me a lot of the time and I found myself frustrated by him and felt bad for how he treated Jason.
Third, the HFN ending didn’t sit well with me… maybe a little epilogue later in life would have made me feel better about these guys as a long term couple.
That being said, it was a good book and I’d give it 3 of 5 stars.
Iggy Toma is a fantastic narrator who always makes listening to books enjoyable. His voice is easy to like and he does emotion and pacing well. He doesn’t do a lot of big changes in character voices, but it was never unclear who was speaking.
I think listening to this is a great way to enjoy this book and give the narration 4 of 5 stars.
Overall 3.5 of 5 stars
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