Title: When One Door Opens
Author: JD Ruskin
Narrator: KC Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Logan Sellers’s parole officer has issued three commandments: stay sober, stay employed, and stay out of trouble. At first Logan thought those three simple rules would be easy to follow. But that was before he accepted a side job assisting his boss’s housebound agoraphobic nephew, Caleb.
Caleb is deceptively normal for a guy who hasn’t left his apartment in three years, and his friendly, caring personality tugs on heartstrings Logan didn’t know he had. But hitting on his boss’s nephew is asking to be unemployed. Logan has enough problems with booze on every corner and a supervisor trying to jump into his bed. He doesn’t need to work out how to free Caleb from the anxiety that keeps him in his apartment; he needs to keep his nose clean, attend his AA meetings, and make a fresh start—alone.
If only his heart would get with the program.
My View – Story:
I was hoping to love When One Door Opens. I should know better than that, however. When I go in expecting something specific, if often ruins my experience while reading, or in this case listening. Well, maybe ruin is too strong of a word, but I think if I hadn’t gone in with expectations (the source of which I am unsure) I would probably have fallen in love with Caleb and Logan. As it is, I would categorize my feelings as a strong like.
I saw their relationship as dysfunctional, and I had a hard time rooting for them to get their HEA. I appreciated the fact that Logan had Caleb’s best interest at heart. I appreciated that he was trying to help him better without trying to make him better. I think I saw a lot of myself in Caleb. There is not a massive instigating event in Caleb’s life (okay you can argue that there is one, but I think it was just a final-straw type event), his phobia and anxiety are a built up over time. I think his “recovery” timeline was a bit unrealistic, but I am not a psychologist so don’t take that as gospel, it just felt rushed to me.
Overall, I found this an enjoyable, if uncomfortable at times, read. I would certainly like to read more from JD Ruskin.
My View – Narration:
KC Kelly’s as smooth and easy to listen to. I found it easy to distinguish between speakers without too much trouble.
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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