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This book won me over with Xavier! Xavier had always been socially awkward. As a smart geek he had been bullied in school. He could seem so cold and aloof but seemed to be actually suffering from social anxiety and in fact, had a huge and altruistic heart. I adored Xavier and Peyton. Peyton had already experienced far too many significant losses. She lost her entire family and fiancé over a short period. They were so sweet to each other, so considerate. I loved the heat they shared. as well as the underlying heat to their attraction, which later bloomed into steamy sensuality. I loved that we got to see this social awkward geek turn into a romantic alpha and was pure seduction.
My star removal was to do with the narrator and not the story. Getman's reading was a bit flat. I guess I wanted some more emotion, more infliction. There was also some odd bit with the audio in the middle. I'm sure it has been noted previously.
If you could sum up Counterbalance in three words, what would they be?
Prolonged Sexual Tension
What did you like best about this story?
The fact that Xavier and Peyton both were committed to each other as partners, friends, colleagues for so long.
Which character – as performed by Kory Getman – was your favorite?
Peyton was such a strong, intelligent and caring woman
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I so wanted Xavier to trust himself and his relationship with Peyton. He was so afraid to give in to his feelings. I believe that this character is developed as though he has Aspergers or a similar development where social cues are not appreciated.
Any additional comments?
I thought the voice actor did an excellent job and I absolutely didn't appreciate that there was only one person talking. The charactors were entirely believable. There was some sort of a little glitch at chapter 13 where there was a bit of an echo or difference in sound but this was not too distracting. Excellent presentation.