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I'm really enjoying this series, and I think Smoldering Flame might be my favorite so far.
Michael Pauley does another fantastic job narrating the series. He brought Dean and Marco to life, and really brought out the emotions in the story, especially Dean's fear for his son and Marco's hesitation about taking on a lover and partner who's job is so unsafe.
Smoldering Flame has some great hurt/comfort elements, a dual POV, some action, and some close calls. Dean and Marco weather them all and stick together. (As a side note: I love the way that Dean (and Marco) stood up to Dean's father.)
If you're looking for an easy listen, low angst romance with some nice hurt/comfort elements, and a sweet HEA look no further.
Would you consider the audio edition of Smoldering Flame to be better than the print version?
I did not have the opportunity to read the book prior to this so am unable to compare the two formats fairly.
What other book might you compare Smoldering Flame to and why?
I'd compare it to any book where one of the main characters was a fireman, police, or military (or equally "dangerous" job) where children are involved. Then add in an extra layer of emotion by making the child (or one of) sick with a potentially fatal condition. It had drama and angst.
Have you listened to any of Michael Pauley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is the first title that I've listened to by Michael Pauley.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No. I rarely have the time nor availability to listen to an audio in one sitting.
Any additional comments?
While pronunciation/diction is clean and easy to decipher, the words sometimes were spoken too quickly and made it difficult to follow. I'd also noticed, several times, that the character voices and intonations were not stable, bled together, or were lost entirely to the point where the listener would not know who was speaking. The biggest exception to this was Angus, who was done beautifully.
The drama- and angst-ridden plot of abandonment issues and unaccepting parental figures, topped with the fears of a dangerous job and having a potentially terminally ill child, all made for an emotional story. Those emotions were conveyed well by Mr. Pauley.