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Okay so, full disclosure? I've now read this ten times. I know, I know...ten times?! Yes...well, nine actually reading and ten with the audio listen. For me, this gets better every time I read it. So what I'm trying to say here is I am not unbiased. At all. It's all about the bias up in here.
We'll start out with me gushing a bit about Dave Gillies' performance: I thought he did an excellent job with the many character voices, the timing, humor and heat. I'm looking forward to listening to this story again and again until I can quote it ad nauseam!
Don't look at me like that. Look, it's just that I love Hank and Elliot, ok?
Hank is a genuine down to earth, no pretense kind of guy. When he first meets Elliot he's not hugely impressed with either his looks or his bedside manner. When he returns for a follow-up he realizes the doc is a bit easier on the eyes than he first thought and catches Elliot checking him out. You know, in that way. When Elliot apologizes, Hank accepts (without revealing his own sexual preferences) and they strike up a friendship. Because Hank has one rule: No fishing in your own backyard.
It's only when Elliot catches Hank in a club in the city that Hank even admits to being gay.
He thrust his hands on his hips. “Perhaps a few words like, ‘Hey, I’m gay too,’ when someone comes and apologizes to you and begs you not to tell anyone. Shit! No wonder you took it so well. Were you laughing at me the whole time?”
I frowned. “Of course not. You’re gay—so what? It doesn’t have anything to do with me. Just the same as my queerness is none of your business.”
Once Hank's secret is out their friendship deepens, and then evolves. I'll admit this is a bit of a slow burn, which is actually part of what I love about it because it makes their relationship seem so genuine and real (and pretty honest for the area they're living). Once they finally "get together" there are several sexy scenes that are definitely fan-yourself worthy, which makes the wait totally worth it, and I love the humor and the supporting characters. All of this combined makes a recipe for a brilliant, sweet, romance. Nothing ever feels over the top or inauthentic.
In short...this is pretty close to perfection for me. Well, as close as "damnit" is to swearing.
It's practically perfect in every way.
This is a story that stays with me long after I read it, leaving only warm memories behind. I do not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wants to enjoy a low angst, sexy romance novel.
Warning: It may make you crave Pavlova.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Thank you -- an Australian performing a story based in Australia!!! This is another great story from Renae Kaye. Elliot and Hank are a wonderful couple and their story if filled with humor, romance and a little drama; all in perfect rhythm. It is told from Hank's POV and Hank is just a hoot. I love the way his mind works and his one liners had me laughing out loud. Hank is a farmer who is also a master sheep shearer or Shearing Gun. He is in the closet as he doesn't think it is safe to be "out" in his small town. Eliot is a new doctor who is trying to escape his rich, controlling mum and be his own man. Their journey together is wonderful. The narrator does an amazing job bringing these men to life. Highly recommended.
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Would you be willing to try another one of Dave Gillies’s performances?
No, this is the second book I've listened to narrated by Dave Gillies and his accent and voice doesn't work for me.
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Such a shame as I love the book, I just couldn't listen to the audio, ended up DNFing.
It's a lovely book, perfectly balanced and a great love story! The two men are the cutest and their responses are believable and considered, rather than stupid and there purely for story as some books can be.