The sequel to Con Riley’s fabulous book After Ben …
Author: Con Riley
Narrator: JP Handler
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars Overall
Story Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 4.75 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
A Seattle Stories novel
Nearly a year after being rejected for another man, Seattle paramedic Peter Morse is still pining, so when the one that got away asks him for a favor, he agrees. His mission: track down Sean Reid, the runaway brother of a mutual friend. Peter isn’t thrilled about it—until he finds Sean injured by the side of the road.
Everything about Sean stirs Peter’s protective instincts—saving people is what he lives for—but he never anticipated falling for someone so hell-bent on running away. On top of his physical wounds, Sean struggles with grief and guilt, and the mess his estranged father left when he died threatens to overwhelm him.
Saving Sean means Peter must let go of his pride and turn to friends and family. Asking for help is a bitter pill for Peter to swallow, but if he can’t, how can he expect Sean to accept his help—and his love—in turn?
When I read the first in Con Riley’s Seattle Stories offering, After Ben, I so wanted Peter to find his own happily ever after. He is so personally devastated when Theo chooses Morgan, rather than finding Peter as his second chance at love following the death of his beloved Ben. So, I am pleased that Saving Sean offers the opportunity to see Peter let go of his lingering fascination with Theo, and find a true and lasting love of his own. At the urging of Theo, Peter grudgingly goes in search of Sean, the estranged brother of Maggie, Thoe’s dear friend who played a large role in Theo’s survival after Ben’s death. Peter finds Sean in the midst of trying to make sense of his recently deceased father’s home that is mostly full of legal documents that his father hoarded. Sean is lean and has long, red hair, and although he isn’t Peter’s usual “type,” he certainly triggers Peters need to nurture and take care of others.
The story of Peter and Sean is reaffirming in the power of love and acceptance. Through helping Sean, Peter comes to terms with his fractured relationship with his own father who emotionally struggled with rearing Peter after Peter’s mother suddenly left her family without explanation when Peter was a young boy. Peter and Sean also develop a sexy, sweet and loving relationship that, despite Sean’s history of being on his own since his mentally ill father made him leave home as a teenager, feels real and permanent.
Overall, Saving Sean is a nice, lovely story. Peter is a sweet, sincere character who has the amusing habit of verbalizing his thoughts, which can be disarming and humorous. However, I just don’t feel that Saving Sean quite lived up to its stellar predecessor, After Ben. Sean is an unusual romance character – his emotions are volatile, and he often angrily pushes Peter away, and Sean has the annoying habit of physically running away whenever he becomes upset or feels emotionally raw. Maggie, who is such a remarkable friend to Theo in After Ben, is almost emotionally selfish with her brother in Saving Sean, and the story also seems to drag a bit as Sean, Peter and their friends plod through the immense task of sorting Sean’s father’s horded papers and belongings. Nevertheless, the pairing of Peter and Sean is undeniably hot – Con Riley’s sex scenes are always passionate and very sexy.
JP Handler’s narration contributes to Saving Sean, and makes experiencing the story more vivid and enjoyable. Handler’s conversational style of narration is ideal for Con Riley’s writing style. Also, Handler’s depiction of the various characters’ voices feels ideally suited for each character’s personality, age, and demeanor. Handler’s narration enhances the story of Saving Sean, and I won’t hesitate to listen to other stories voiced by this fine narrator.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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