Author: Ethan Stone & Sara York
Narrator: John Solo
Publisher: Self Published
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Charlie is the quintessential bear. Big, muscular and hairy. But that isn’t the type of men he’s attracted to. He is drawn to men like Taylor—short, smooth, and sexy. Taylor is Charlie’s idea of the perfect twink. But there’s something about Taylor Charlie doesn’t know. Taylor is unsure about a lot of things, but when he sees Charlie, he instantly knows he wants him. The only issue standing in his way is how Taylor views his own masculinity. He’s afraid that Charlie will leave once he knows the secret Taylor wants to keep hidden. Can he be transparent with Charlie and allow him to look behind the image he’s so carefully constructed?
My View – Story:
I will admit that I don’t read a ton of trans* fiction or trans* romance, but I have been eyeing this one for a while. When it came out on audio, I could no longer resist.
This is a short tale of Taylor’s struggle to find love and acceptance as a man when he was born a girl. He has had to make many tough decisions in his life to feel like himself, and he has had to sacrifice much along the way. Now he just wants one thing he doesn’t think he will ever have.
There is no great mystery to this story. The point is the struggles for acceptance people face every day, even from other members of the GLBTQ spectrum. I liked that they paired Taylor with a bear of a guy and that the bear was not automatically the “top” in the relationship. I like that Charlie stands up for Taylor in the end, even if he doesn’t do so until he has to.
The story is not perfect. There are times I would have loved a little more depth and flow. There are also times that I knew we were being set up for what was to happen a bit later in the story, but that was not the main purpose of this story. It is about love and acceptance, and it broaches a subject I would like to see tackled more often in GLBTQ fiction.
My View – Narration:
The narrator did an admirable job bringing Taylor and Charlie to life. He is not my favorite narrator, but he isn’t my least favorite either. His voice is smooth and easy to listen to. He uses subtle inflection and changes in timbre to reflect the difference in character and emotions.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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