Title: Chase in Shadow
Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Sean Crisden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars Overall
Story Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Johnnies: Book One
Chase Summers: Golden boy. Beautiful girlfriend, good friends, and a promising future.
Nobody knows the real Chase.
Chase Summers has a razor blade to his wrist and the smell of his lover’s goodbye clinging to his skin. He has a door in his heart so frightening he’d rather die than open it, and the lies he’s used to block it shut are thinning with every forbidden touch. Chase has spent his entire life unraveling, and his decision to set his sexuality free in secret has only torn his mind apart faster.
Chase has one chance for true love and salvation. He may have met Tommy Halloran in the world of gay-for-pay—where the number of lovers doesn’t matter as long as the come-shot’s good—but if he wants the healing that Tommy’s love has to offer, he’ll need the courage to leave the shadows for the sunlight. That may be too much to ask from a man who’s spent his entire life hiding his true self. Chase knows all too well that the only things thriving in a heart’s darkness are the bitter personal demons that love to watch us bleed.
So usually when we do an audio review, we talk about the story and the narrator. However, in the case of Chase in Shadow, I don’t really have anything to add to the story that hasn’t already been said in one of the other 400+ reviews on goodreads and amazon.
I will say I enjoyed the story enough to listen to it about a year after having read it for the first time. I will also say that the story did not have the emotional impact for me that it did for many others. I liked Chase and Tommy well enough, but they weren’t my favorite Johnnies by far.
Prism reviewer Teresa had the following to say when she first read Chase in Shadow
Chase is both such a kind person and yet so cruel at the same time it drove me nuts. What he put his girlfriend through was selfish and yet I could see his reasonings behind it. I never really got why he fell for Tommy as hard as he did. Tommy, himself, seemed weak and yet deserved better than Chase. Chase was so messed up!
Mercy was so wrong in what she did to try and bring her and Chase closer together that she lost sympathy from me.
In the end, I was happy they got their HEA but while I felt for them, I don’t feel I likedeither of the two MCs very much. I liked Dex, Donnie, Kevin and Kane more.
However, the book made me feel, it made me care about characters I didn’t like. That, to me makes it a good book.
In my experience this is a love it or hate it book. I was somewhere in between, but I know many people who absolutely adore this title.
Okay so here is the deal. Sean Crisden is not my favorite narrator. The first few times I listened to him, I didn’t actually like him at all. He tried too hard to do voices and wound up making one of my favorite characters sounds a lot like Fozzy Bear. That being said, it wasn’t enough to dissuade me from listening to many many favorites (well over 20) narrated by him. Over time, two things happened. 1) He stopped trying so hard to make the voices and depended more on mere inflection to differentiate characters. 2) I got very used to his voice to the point that it was very comforting to listen to a story narrated by him.
So how did he do with Chase in Shadow? I think his experience with narrating audio titles really showed through with this one. I am not sure what else he could have done to make it better. That being said, I don’t know the Chase in Shadow really lends itself well to audio. Each chapter starts with a narration of a “Scene” from one of Chase’s movies then goes into the meat of the story. There is also the whole present day versus flashback deal. Once you get into the rhythm, however, you can follow along pretty well.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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