In the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He's not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn't turn him down.
Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon's not sure he's ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves.
Perhaps Lon can risk opening his heart again and hoping for a brighter future. Casey has some pretty big skeletons in his past to deal with. Lon wonders what Casey will do when he finds out how badly Lon failed at protecting the ones he loved eight years ago.
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So-so writing, dreadful narration
The narration was appalling, Why have American narrators for non-American books? The writing had potential, but was in serious need of an editor to wrestle a good book from it. The bones of the story were good, and I only listened to the end to see how it ended. I would have been just as happy with a story outline to be honest.
The author persisted in shouting the inner emotions and motivations of the characters at us instead of showing them to us. It makes for a cringing experience. The characters' dialogue was often used to impart this information, instead of what should be inferred by the readers. This means that the book, which is full of male characters, is unconvincing because men, particularly the sort of men that are in this book, do not voice their every thought and emotion. It also makes the book so much more predictable. A good editor could have fixed that.
Another particularly jarring thing is the way that one of the MCs, a supposedly rough miner who can't confess his love, constantly calls his boyfriend 'love'. I have you never heard an Australian man use this as a pet name for his male lover, much less a guarded, butch, taciturn miner. This character also vocalises a lot of things that an Aussie man, no matter how effeminate, would never say regarding his care for the boyfriend during sex. He would do it, not say it. This is all the more bizarre because one of the main themes in the book is his unexplained refusal to f#$% him. He goes into detail explaining and vocalising every other thought, but for some reason not the main issue.
There are other strange oddities in the text. Casey is supposed to be from Sydney having recently arrived in Perth. Yet he seems to have a thorough knowledge of the geography of Western Australian, including obscure outback towns. I also suspect that, although the author clearly knows Perth well, is British. Some of the idiom is incorrect and sounds more English than Aussie. For example, young Australians don't use the word "shan't". These small details are a bit jarring and take you out of the story. The fact that I noticed all of these things is an indication that the writing was not sufficiently gripping.
No. Because it reads like an early draft of is an unfinished story waiting for the editor to take a pencil to it, and the narration is completely inappropriate.
Possibly the worst narration I have heard. It's hard to think of a less appropriate narrator. First of all, the thick American accent is off-putting for a very Australian story. The mispronunciation of place names, including major cities, is terrible, but the awkwardness of common Australian words and phrases like mate are really distracting. It takes you out of the story completely.
Secondly, he sounds far too old for the characters. There is little distinction between the voices of different characters - there were only two voice really. A universal camp twink and a universal butch daddy. Neither seemed to match the description of most characters.
Who would I cast? Any Australian with a younger sounding voice would be a vast improvement, regardless of acting ability. Even a woman's voice would have been less distracting.
Cringing mostly. Frustration at the writing and the narration.
Audible should put a ban on any non-American books being narrated by Americans. This seems to be a constant problem in the MM genre. The British Sue Brown books being butchered by Max Lehnen is a good example. I don't understand why you would go the expense of producing an audio book and ignore this most basic element of the narration.
It's a shame that the publishing industry is so stripped bare that genre novels are published without any editing. This book had potential, but was served half-cooked.
The audio book is wonderfully narrated by Randy Fuller and, while he does an excellent job, please note that he's very American sounding accent-wise.
*sighs* I just don't understand why they can't get a good Aussie narrator.
I'll admit the cover totally pulled me in. Because, I mean, look at it! That cover model is absolutely mouth watering. So I probably would have bought it regardless of author or storyline, but then it turned out to be the same author of The Shearing Gun, which I LOVED, so this was a no brainer for me.
Bottom line: Renae Kaye writes another entertaining, quick, low angst (especially considering some of the storyline) page turner.
This is the love story of Lon and Casey, who both have absolutely horrific pasts (and make no mistake, there's a lot of damage for both Lon and Casey), but have managed to overcome what's happened to them and are now determined to be happy together. It's quite uplifting at times.
I liked both of the characters, was definitely rooting for them the whole time, and I really loved the story.
- Belen "I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres."