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Nick is a (essentially) closeted gay man who’s hiding from his true self due to a lot of guilt and because he lives in Florida. It takes running into the person who made him realize he was gay (a former student) as an adult for him to realize that he needed to really take a good look at himself and what he was “worth”.
Alex, who in years is the younger of the two in this couple, has ages and ages on Nick in terms of emotional maturity and (to some extent) experience (especially as a gay man). I think KC Wells did a tremendous job of showing how these two – with such a big age gap – could actually work so well together because of this difference in their emotional maturities.
I also think that despite his age, Nick has a strong need to be led and Alex is a great leader for him. I really liked that aspect of their relationship and felt it really worked for them.
There are certainly moments in this that are a little OTT in terms of drama. Alex’s illness, Nick’s mom and her issues and his subsequent guilt - these things were fairly huge and while I understand how it shaped them both, I wonder just how necessary it was to give them so many obstacles. Frankly, being so different in age and living in Florida would be enough to keep these guys busy for awhile! But I do think that it was handled well and in this short-ish story things move along quickly and we get to the good stuff!
I do wonder at their longevity once Alex finishes college… but we have to just trust in their HEA.
I enjoyed this as a quick, mostly light, story of May/December and OFY love and think anyone who has ever fantasized about a teacher will get a kick out of it!
4.5 of 5 stars
Rob Drex is a new to me narrator and in general I think he did a pretty good job. He was good at the pacing and emotion and he gave each MC a subtly different voice so that it was easy to tell who was speaking. What I didn’t like, however, was the fact that nobody in the story had an accent – and living in a small town in Florida, I think people would have one. Also, his voice seemed a little too old – even for Nick. I also got distracted by some of the sounds he made that made me think he had a dry mouth and needed to get a drink of water or something.
In any case, my complaints weren’t so many that I didn’t like the narration, it just wasn’t my favorite and I’d have to listen to a sample again before I purchased an audiobook by him in the future.
3.5 of 5 stars
Overall 4 of 5 stars
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This is so sweet to see these two men have to totally re-evaluate things they had assumed about themselves and about life. In many ways Nick is a man has let the voices of others dictate his life and Alex despite his younger age has more courage but he is willing to share. In the role reversal of their lives you get a story full of love and a happy ending.
This short friends to lovers story is sweet and romantic, as well as hot. Nick is a lonely, closeted, and sexually inexperienced teacher, who quite by chance meets Alex, a former student, whose family has rejected him because he's gay. Nick offers him a place to stay while he sorts his life out.
I liked that the story is told in alternate POVs so we get a glimpse into both Alex and Nick’s thoughts and feelings. They are both loveable and believable characters, and from the start, the reader/listener wants them to get together and fall in love. Their rather sad backstories are interwoven through the dialogue in this slow-build romance. As the two men get to know and trust each other more, they make the age gap work for them, and when they finally make out, it’s hot as well as tender.
Rob Drex is a relatively new narrator on Audible and this is the first story of his I have listened to. His performance of the story was clear and steady. He made a distinction between the main character’s voices and he portrayed their emotions well.