I adored this series the first time I read it. The second time I read it I still loved and this time round on audio has been no different.
Title: Out of the Darkness
Author: Kate Sherwood
Narrator: Peter B Brooke
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Sequel to Dark Horse “It’s hard enough with two people. Throwing a third into the mix is… I don’t know, doesn’t it seem like we’re asking for trouble?” It hasn’t been easy, but horse trainer Dan Wheeler is beginning to build a new life for himself, finding his place in California with his lovers Evan Kaminski and Jeff Stevens. When things are going well, it’s spectacular: there’s affection, humor, and passion. But things don’t seem to go well all that often. Dan continues to struggle with the loss of his previous lover and sometimes doubts that he even deserves to be happy; Evan is jealous of every rival for Dan’s attention-including Jeff; and Jeff worries that he’s too old for the younger men and wonders if he should bow out completely. Despite his resolutions, Dan has grown attached to the other two men, but he’s not sure that’s enough. He knows that it hurts to be together-he needs to decide whether it would hurt even more to be apart.
My View – Story:
The boys are still in no way perfect when we meet up with them again in Out of the Darkness. I think it is their imperfectness that I love most about this series. Dan is still healing over his loss of Justin, still twitchy when it comes to any type of commitment and still running an internal dialogue in his head, puppet Chris never fails to amuse. Jeff is initially stressed out over his upcoming art show but he is the quiet and thoughtful member of the trio, the glue that keeps them together and brings calm to their relationship. Evan is as hot headed as ever letting his emotions show too quickly and never thinking before he acts and speaks, strangling the relationship with jealousy.
Kate Sherwood never tried to give us a perfect relationship and easy ride with Dan, Evan and Jeff. This is a very real book about the complexities and difficulties of three men striving to have a relationship together. Nothing is ever easy; feelings are hurt and real life interrupts often. There are jealousies, arguements, paranoia, and desperation for it to work and fear that it won’t.
There is a constant feeling of one step forward, two steps back with the three men, particularly Evan and Dan. The moment one crisis has been averted it seems another arises and you have to wonder whether they will ever get everything onto an even keel. There is also a lot of humour between the characters. The conversation between Dan and Evan about Panini’s and Blowjobs in the barn has me in stitches every time.
We leave the men at the end of this book happy and surrounded by their friends and await to see what the third book holds. I of course have already ready it twice but watch this space for the review of the audio book coming soon!
My View – Narration:
I enjoyed listening to Peter B Brookes narration of Out of the Darkness. At over 12 hours it needed somebody I could relate to and listen to for a long time…he hit the mark. I loved the voices he gave to the 3 MC’s, if I had one criticism it would be his portrayal of the female voice…this was not his forte.
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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