A gripping story that’s so much more than a sexy romance … I loved reading this story when it was first published, and jumped at the opportunity to listen to this favorite as an audiobook …
Title: A Casual Weekend Thing
Author: A.J. Thomas
Narrator: Andy Babinski
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Least Likely Partnership: Book One
Doug Heavy Runner left the life of an openly gay Miami police officer and returned to his home on the Salish-Kootenai Indian Reservation when his mother got sick. In the two years since she passed, he’s carved out an empty life as a small-town deputy, relying on out-of-town one-night stands to keep him sane. Then he meets Detective Christopher Hayes, and they share a wild night so incredible Doug breaks his own rule and allows a one-night stand to grow into a weekend of amazing sex.
When Christopher travels from San Diego to Montana to deal with his abusive brother’s suicide, he doesn’t expect to find the man he spent the weekend with to be handling his brother’s case. He certainly doesn’t mind spending more time with Doug—but then an arsonist destroys the house Christopher inherited from his brother, and Christopher and Doug discover they are the primary suspects.
As they investigate, they discover Christopher’s dead brother has set them on the trail of a psychotic pedophile who will stop at nothing to silence his last victim. However, the search for the victim goes horribly wrong, leaving Doug hospitalized and Christopher at the mercy of the killer….
My View – Story:
This story is not a simple romance – it’s an emotional tale of two lawmen with painful histories who come together without a expectation of forever, and find not only undeniably hot sexual chemistry, but love. Christopher and Doug hook up as strangers, and have a super hot weekend of sex. Imagine their surprise when Christopher discovers Doug is handling the case of Christopher’s brother’s unexpected death.
The story of Christopher and Doug’s romance and growing affection for each other is told within a backdrop of a gripping mystery involving murder, arson, and a desperate search for a victim of a vile pedophile. The intriguing mystery alone makes this a compelling story, but the addition of Christopher and Doug’s relationship makes it all the better. Doug has a complicated history of sexual trauma, and finds desire and safety within Christopher’s arms. Christopher learns that he cannot let go of Doug, and together they are perfect.
I highly recommend this exciting and sexy story. The two main characters are multifaceted and yummy, and together they have a chemistry that is uniquely emotionally and sexually charged. Simply delicious!
My View – Narration:
Listening to a great story as an audiobook usually merely enhances the experience of enjoying the book. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with the narration of A Casual Weekend Thing. Not all narrators are ideally suited to narrate every book, and this is how I feel about Andy Babinski’s narration of this story. His voice is gritty, and he has an almost deadpan delivery that can be mistaken for sarcasm, that simply doesn’t fit well with the characters and story being told. I am sure his narration will be great for other works, but perhaps isn’t the best choice for this story.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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