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While I liked this book, something was missing for me. Maybe what was missing was plot? Maybe chemistry? It had some of both, but I had a difficult time connecting with the MCs for most of the book.
We met Conner in the previous book in the series; Jamie, his childhood friend from Oregon is a new character. Conner intrigued me from time to time, the way he used comedy and sarcasm to hide deeper emotions. However, I had more of a difficult time in how easily he acknowledged the fluid side of his sexuality. Perhaps this is true for some people somewhere, especially if they were raised on a hippy commune as he was, but it didn't ring true for me.
Jamie was a flatter character than Conner--someone leaving his small town for the first time to get a look at the big city. He really didn't interest me much.
While I didn't feel emotionally invested in these characters as I did with the MCs in <b>Touch the Sky</b>, I enjoyed their story well enough--especially the sex scenes ;)
Firstly, this is exactly how I like my audiobooks to be narrated…with two narrators. This has been a favorite style of mine for a while now, and though I have some favorite narrators who do a stellar job all on their own, I get the most pleasure when I have one narrator per main character. It really does give the story more depth and some much needed realism.
Secondly, wow, this is a great story and even better when being performed by Tyler and Iggy. I loved both Jamie and Connor. They are both truly decent guys who have very little drama or angst between them. That, in and of itself, is surprising for me since I tend to love the heartbreaking stories. But, every once in awhile, you come across that story that just hits you in all the right ways. The drama for these two is the fact Connor is just coming to understand he is not completely straight, but more fluid, maybe bi. It is not an issue for him, at all, but he does have some commitment issues due to his parents’ free and open relationship. In his mind, if his parents can’t commit to one person, maybe he won’t be able to, either.
Jamie is just a small-town Oregon boy who gets to drive a cool car to his childhood friend in Los Angeles. What he doesn’t expect is the few weeks he spends with Connor to come with attraction and feelings, and a need to see more than his small town. He wants to really live. He was so not expecting that but doesn’t want to push anything onto Connor and make things odd within their friendship.
On a side note, I am not sure which narrator performed Connor, but he has the best voice. I just loved listening to him speak. Jamie’s performance was just as great, but I still loved that voice. It gave me goosebumps in a friend-zone sort of way.
Highly recommend this series and this book, both in audio, obviously.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!