Tread the Boards : SHS

  • by H. J. Perry
  • Narrated by Joel Leslie
  • Series: SHS
  • 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ben's shook up when two of his work colleagues come out. Ben considered himself liberal and broadminded but also straight. Macho construction workers aren't gay. They just aren't. So of course, he can't stop thinking about it. And he can't stop thinking about Tom.
But if Ben falls in love with a man how will he tell his family, his friends and his son?
Tom is slowly getting over the heartache of his past when he's swept away by a straight-acting but flirty scaffolder. With enough baggage of his own, should Tom spend time with Ben when he discovers Ben wasn't acting? Is it time for Tom to ditch the low paid work, pick up the threads of his life and resume his professional career?

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Great vocal performance by Joel Leslie!!

I read the ebook of this first and my comments below are from that review. The thing I want to add about the audio is how Joel Leslie's vocal performance (it's so much more than a narration) brought the book alive for me. My original review for the ebook was only 4 stars. After listening to this book I had to up that to 5 stars.

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Tread the Boards starts out with an encounter that Tom has at a gay bar and then moves on to Ben at his job with Sky High Scaffolds (SHS). I have to admit that at first I didn’t really get the connection but things totally made sense as I read more of the story. The chapters alternate between Tom and Ben’s perspective, and I was soon hooked.

Ben meets Tom as at co-worker’s house and is puzzled by the attraction he feels for him. Ben is straight, and has a son, yet he feels drawn to Tom in more than just the way that a friend would feel. Tom suffered a personal tragedy several years ago and hasn’t had a serious relationship since then but he’s had a lot of one-night-stands. Tom longs for something more but he’s also wary of getting involved with a man who until now has identified as being straight.

As the friendship between Ben and Tom deepens Ben finally comes to understand that he isn’t straight, rather he’s bi-sexual. Tom has to overcome his fear of getting involved with a man who isn’t out and Ben has to learn to accept himself and not be afraid of what other people will think.

I liked how the relationship between Ben and Tom was slow to develop (except for one early encounter). The easy relationship between Tom and Ben’s son, Benji, was a very nice part of the story. Adults can learn a lot from the easy acceptance of children as they don’t know to make judgments until adults teach them differently.

There’s humor in this story along with the serious stuff. I liked both main characters (MCs) but it was particularly enjoyable reading about Tom and his life experiences.
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- ButtonsMom2003

Nice story, loved the narration!

I read the story when it first came out, I liked it, but was not in love with it. I jumped at the chance to listen to the audio and I'm glad I did! This is a low angst, funny GFY romance (my type of story).
The narration was well done, the banter between Tom and Ben was funny to read and even funnier to listen to. Listening to Joel Leslie, as he brought the characters to life, made me remember why I liked the book (and the series). I enjoyed rereading and listening to the book. Definitely recommend!

I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
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- Dee Slate

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2017
  • Publisher: H J Perry