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If you’re a fan of insta-love, this is a book you’ll enjoy. I’m more of a friends-to-lovers slow burn type, but I know lots of readers who love that two characters can meet, one can threaten the other, and they wind up in bed less than a day later.
(I am going to make one comment. It’s not a spoiler, but a real issue for me. Barebacking after 24 hours’ acquaintance? Especially when one of James’ ex is such a jerk? Sorry, but I am pro-safe-sex, and condoms are necessary. In all romances. There are a few exceptions, but this one didn’t even come close.) Stepping off soapbox.
For the record, dropping the f-bomb at least 20 times in the first scene doesn’t lend credibility to a story. (Truthfully, it was probably more than 20, but I stopped counting and almost stopped listening.) Fortunately it was used judiciously throughout the rest of the book.
The truth is, I was rooting for James. Yes, he had lousy luck when it came to boyfriend choices. His neediness and fear of being alone came from a genuine place, but either the novella was too short or – more likely – the author chose not to give James enough time for self-reflection. He never took the time to understand why he went from loser to loser, letting himself be abused psychologically rather than spending some time alone and learning about himself.
And it’s that lack of self-awareness that made the insta-love not work for me in this case.
James dumps his boyfriend.
24 hours later he meets Chris.
24 hours after that they have sex.
Less than 24 hours later, they’re talking about kids and HEAs.
Also, this book could have used a good editor. I struggled to figure out if the author was writing in present or past tense (first person). If you’re not a grammarian, this might not bother you.
It bothers me.
So I went to the Amazon preview to see if I could sort out the tenses. 8th paragraph? “Threee” This was either supposed to be “there was” or “there’s”. Big deal? Probably not. Here’s another example: “which is funny, because cruelty was pretty much all he showed me.” Then, “I honestly don’t know”. One present, one past. Either is fine, but please pick one and stick to it. That being said, I know how expensive editors are. And to turn a book into audio?
Lots of money.
But there are errors in the book, aside from spelling, and those are amplified in the audio.
The book is redeemable, though. I liked Chris, with his gentleness and easy acceptance of the mix-up that precipitated James’ arrival. His caring for James during a pivotal scene was heart-warming.
James also was a good guy, even if he made bad decisions. Thank God he finally meets such a great guy.
It’s a quick listen. J.J. Jenness is the narrator and he did a really good job. I would definitely give another book of his a listen and maybe even one of Hayden Hunt’s. I’ll probably check out the preview on the e-book first to see if it was properly updated.
I really wanted to like the story, but it fell a bit flat for me, both in storyline and the delivery. The story started out good, showing James breaking off a toxic relationship, I was cheering for him, his ex was a jerk. Then when the opportunity presents itself, he leaves for some time alone at his friend's cabin. And here is where the story starts to fizz out for me. The unending internal debates for both James and Chris were exhausting. The yes-no-yes-no see-saw, then bam, insta committed relationship. The epilogue saved it a bit, HEA are the best endings.
I like Mr. Jenness' voice and with a little effort to separate the characters with voice variations, I had a hard time distinguishing them, and a little passion, especially at intense moments he could vastly improve the listening experience.
I had to force myself to finish this because I had agreed to review a copy. Unfortunately this tale failed to grab me. The characters were bland and could easily have been interchangeable, which is not good for a 1st person alternate pov. This lack of distinction wasn't helped by the narrator who didn't even attempt different voices for the two MCs and whose delivery was flat. I have more to say but unfortunately none of it is complimentary so I'll end my review there.