Author: Sue Brown
Narrator: Max Lehnen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
James Trenchard is a dick. Everyone in Bingwell, Brock, and Bacon says so, and after Ethan’s first encounter with the man, he agrees. Ethan resolves to avoid James but ends up working closely with him and discovers the lawyer’s hiding a secret from the world. Ethan also realizes he’s falling too hard too fast. Ethan has to decide if he should help James and risk getting entangled in the mess James has gotten himself into, or move on. But walking away from love is never a simple decision to make.
My View – Story:
When Ethan Williams starts with his new employer Bingwell, Brock and Bacon it seems the only person the office gossip centres on is James Trenchard. James is an attorney with the company and from the sounds of it a piece of work! After sitting through his first meeting opposite the man Ethan is left flustered and furious and agrees with all the derogatory things he has heard. He is also left more than a little turned on by all the flirting which includes a bit of under the table naughtiness.
A late night rescue mission to save a company account with his boss and James leaves Ethan with a different picture. James does away with the flirting and shows a softer side that Ethan finds attractive and intriguing. A couple of nights later when James calls him in the middle of the night drunk and injured Ethan rushes to his aid without a second thought.
This is quite a dark story that deals with domestic abuse. Sue Brown gets right down to the nitty gritty of the subject and all its ugliness. James was involved in a car accident a couple of years ago which left his husband with a brain injury. The brain injury has caused his once passive and loving husband to become a violent and abusive man and that abuse is aimed directly at James. How can a man have two totally different personas? At work James is cocky, flirty and the life and soul of the party but at home he is a shadow of a man and living in fear.
James and Ethan quickly become more than friends. James is starved of affection and Ethan is the first person he has trusted and felt comfortable with in a long time. Is there a right side to be on? This is where Sue Brown excels in her writing because the story she tells is so very real.
James is a married man who lives his life in fear, doesn’t sleep with his husband, has no joy in his life and is as close to the bottom as can be. His love and loyalty to the man he married is going to be the death of him, literally.
Ethan is loving, concerned and desperate to take James out of this situation but knows the choice is not his to make. He has to find an inner strength and stand aside whilst he sees the man he could be falling in love with bruised, battered and slowly dying.
Clayton was the perfect husband when he married James but circumstances beyond his control have turned him into a living time bomb that lashes out at those closest to him.
This is a sad story but also a story about hope and survival. For James to ever stand a chance of being happy he must break the cycle he has allowed to develop and then he must hope that Ethan will be there and he must do it before it is too late.
My View – Narration:
Max Lehnen and I have a bit of a love/hate relationship! In this story I loved him. I listened to this almost in one go and Max’s narration drew me in from the start. For a story with such moments of despair and heartache he was perfect!
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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