Letting Go by M J O’Shea ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

21963494 Title: Letting Go

Author: M J O’Shea

Narrator: Tom Vilot

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Story Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars


Drew McAuliffe has lived in the small town of Rock Bay most of his adult life. He’d like to be happy, but not at the cost of having his private life under his nosy neighbors’ microscope, so he keeps his bisexuality under wraps.

After a messy breakup that caused him to pack up and move to Astoria, on the Oregon coast, Mason Anderson decides to avoid drama of the romantic kind. All he wants is to start over – alone.

But Drew and Mason were meant to meet. The long looks and awkward half hellos chance offered were never going to be enough. But when they do finally come together on the worst night possible, misconceptions and problems from their pasts get in the way. Until Mason learns to trust again-and until Drew learns to let go of who he thinks he is – a real connection is nothing but a pipe dream.

My View – Story:

When Mason decides he has had enough of being the pretty boy on controlling boyfriend Tod’s arm he makes a few drastic changes to his life. He is not going to date again in the foreseeable future and he is uprooting his life to go and live in a small town, near Rock Bay, having found a nursing job in a local hospital. He finally feels like he is regaining control over his life.

Mason is a fun guy who comes across a lot older than his mere 20 years. He is out and proud, very independent, feisty and also a very good friend. He holds anger at how he has let himself be manipulated and controlled in his last relationship and that anger makes him suspicious of anyone trying to get close.

Drew grew up in a small town and has never had the courage, or until he meets Mason, a reason to come out of the closet as a bisexual man. He is ‘friends’ with the town bully and homophobe Brock, a relationship that worsens daily with Brock’s drinking and hatred but he also relies on this man to smooth the way with new clients for his accounting business. Drew finds himself at a crossroads in his life as he slowly gets to know Mason. Speak up against Brock and risk his business or stay quiet and never have Mason. When his friend Lex is injured because of Brock’s hatred the decision is taken out his hands and he finally stands up for himself, circumstances be damned.

Mason and Drew don’t have an easy time building a relationship. Drew has to come to terms with the fact that he is newly out and as he suspected it does affect his business, he has also never been in a relationship before or had a sexual relationship with another man. Mason has a lot more relationship experience but a lot of that has left him jaded and scared.

If the two are to stand a chance of building a future the first thing they have to do is learn to communicate with each other, which seems easier said than done! After a few false starts and some good friends running interference it seems they might just have a chance.

My View – Narration:

Tom Vilot brought this story to life. The voices he created for the characters were perfect and drew you in from the very start. Definitely a narrator I will be happy to listen to again!

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK


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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