This is not my first Rowan Speedwell book. No, my introduction to her work was when she ripped out my heart, stomped on it, and the tried to shove it back in my chest, knowing it would never again be the same. That book, of course was Finding Zach. (If you have NOT read that book, go buy it now! You will never be the same… just umm… don’t read it in public). This isn’t even my first Speedwell book on audio. That honor goes to the wonderful historical romance Kindred Hearts (and I don’t like historical). So I guess you could say that I am a *bit* of a fan.
Author: Rowan Speedwell
Narrator: K. C. Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars Overall
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Three years undercover with one of the worst gangs in the country left FBI agent Joshua Chastain shattered. Battling nightmares and addiction, he leaves the concrete jungle for New Mexico horse country, hoping to start over on his uncle’s ranch.
Foreman Eli Kelly spends his life rehabilitating abused animals, and Joshua is just another lost soul. But as Joshua slowly begins to put his life back together, Eli realizes that Joshua is a lot more than his newest project.
Joshua’s plan seems to work—maybe a fresh start was just what he needed. Then, just when he has finally found a sense of peace, crime and hatred nearly destroy all his hard work, forcing him to reevaluate what he wants out his relationship with Eli and his own life.
First, I would just like to say that I love gay cowboy love stories. Eli is just such a hot cowboy 🙂 He is the somewhat closeted foreman on a New Mexican horse ranch. Joshua is the troubled former FBI agent nephew of the owner of said ranch. There are elements in this story that break your heart. There are elements that leave you shaking your head. There are elements that make you want to scream at the bull-headedness of the main characters. All the makings of a very enjoyable read (or, in this case, listen).
I have a hard time doing a detailed story review on audio books, because I am often multi-tasking while reading. This story, however, sucked me in. I sat just listening for long stretches of time. Defeats the purpose of audiobooks, but very enjoyable.
A couple things struck me about this narrator. First, his voice was sexy as hell. I mean panty melting sexy. The second was he talked SOOOO SLOOOW (and being a Texan, that is saying something). I had to listen on 1.5x and wanted to bump it up just a little bit more. 2x speed was just a little fast, however. Also, his pronunciation of some words drove me a bit batty. However, later he changed the pronunciation when I different character said the words, so it might just have been a regional pronunciation thing. I would happily listen to another work narrated by K.C. Kelly.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the audio version of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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