Four out of Five Stars
The Summary: A therapist once told Martin Stevens that being gay was the only thing that saved him from being the most boring man alive. He spends his daytime working a dead-end job and his nights still pining after the ex-fiance who left him five years ago. When his older brother, Daniel, takes him to see a touring musical, a mishap sends superstar performer Alec Jameson flying off the stage right into Martin’s lap. It’s love at first sight. But can that love withstand the scrutiny of the press, a shock-jock radio personality bent on causing trouble, and the return of Martin’s overbearing ex-fiance?
This is my first M/M audio book experience and I’m glad that it was. I enjoyed listening to the narrator, John Steinkamp. He had a voice that I didn’t mind listening to, and he kept me interested in the story. (I listened to a horrible narration of a Steven King novel and it kind of turned me off of audio books for a while.) There were only a few things that weren’t my favorite, like the way his voice lilted for certain characters. It felt very stereotypical. But over all, four out of five stars for the narration. It was excellent and I’ll probably seek out more books narrated by John Steinkamp.
Now to the fun part, the actual story.
I felt a kinship to Martin. Nothing exciting happens in his life and he’s just going through the motions. He doesn’t try for more. At least he hasn’t since his fiance left him years ago. He wakes up, goes to work, comes home to his fish and repeats it all the next day. Martin doesn’t know how to put himself out there, how to see his own worth and it surprises him that someone like Alec Jameson could actually be attracted to him.
There was a lot of repetition in the beginning about how boring Martin’s life was. His brother poked and prodded at him, which I find annoying but that’s family for you. I’m sure one of my sisters are dying to do exactly what Daniel did for Martin. Take me out of my birthday and let the love of my life fall into my lap. Please. I’ll be okay with the wardrobe make over as well.
It was interesting to see Martin slowly blossom into who he was meant to be. He is attractive, funny, and a great partner to have.
The romance was light and fluffy. I smiled throughout the book and wished I had someone to cuddle up to while listening to it. That would have made the experience better. Instead I was at work, handling bankruptcy accounts and thinking about going home to my cats. (I told you, me and Martin are bros)
I liked that there weren’t hardcore, graphic sex scenes or make out sessions. Those scenes wouldn’t have fit in this book. It was short and sweet and in the end you got to see Martin’s backbone and it left me cheering for him.
If you’re looking for a quick escape, this is definitely one you should check out. I’m adding Matt Burlingame to my list of author’s to keep an eye on and you should too.
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