Up until Travis arrived on his doorstep, Charlie had lived a very solitary life. He had surrounded himself with isolation; a couple million acres of red dirt, scorching sun, and loneliness. Six months on, winter has settled over the desert, and Charlie has the life he never dreamed possible. But living and working together, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for six months straight starts to take its toll. Charlie is a stubborn, stubborn man, who tends to have more conversations in his head than what comes out his mouth, whereas Travis has no problem saying what's on his mind. And even as they both struggle to communicate, struggle to make sense of need versus want, Charlie can see that he's pushing Travis away - yet seems helpless to stop it. When it all boils down to whether Travis should stay or go, maybe the decision won't be theirs to make.
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I love this story. Maybe more than the first, which I thought would be impossible. I laughed, I sighed, I cried, and I was left with a full heart and a smile on my face.
I adore the voices Joel Leslie does in order to bring these characters to life. He uses such emotion, giving such depth and nuance to the story, it's quite simply a treat to listen to!
Joel captures every nuance of feeling from Charlie's inner worry to his fear of losing Travis. There's a scene in this that is so charged, so brilliantly acted, that I had tears streaming down my face as my heart broke for Charlie and Travis in that moment.
Yes, Red Dirt Heart 2 has a little more angst than RDH1, but it's deliciously done. It's like a perfectly planned meal with every offering only serving to enhance the whole.
Even though the story is entirely from Charlie's first person POV, the listener still gets a really clear idea of Travis and the other characters in the story.
I love that Charlie accepts who he is and grows into the man he's meant to be.
A+ narration here and definitely going into my auto-rotation!
I'm now waiting impatietly for the Red Dirt Heart 3 audio!
- Belen "I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres."
I absolutely love Travis & Charlie!
- Christina Wade