Title: A Simple Romance
Author: J.H. Knight
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Skip thought he had it all: the fabulous husband, the great apartment, and the teaching job he’d always wanted. Even the cat was perfect. When his partner of eight years decides he wants something else—something that doesn’t involve Skip or the apartment or even the cat—Skip decides it’s time to go home to the other side of the country.
However, Skip’s hometown doesn’t just hold a loving meddling mother but also the memories of his awkward crush on a boy he met his senior year in high school. A boy he humiliated himself in front of just when it looked as if his fantasies might become reality. Finding out Paul Miller is now working at the same high school where Skip has just been hired flips his world upside down. After a heated night together, Skip is happy being friends with benefits. Paul will have to convince him love is worth the risk.
My View – Story:
This story was cute. Two men reunited after many years. Both lost their partners, one to sickness, the other to another man. Together they reawaken a past attraction and work together to move on into the future. It was just as it’s name suggested, a simple romance, but it also wasn’t.
These two men were great together. There was so much snark and HOT sexual tension. I liked watching them get reacquainted and learn about each other. I like that there was LOTS of sex, but most of it was off page and what was on page was meaningful for the story. I also like that this was not a perfect love story. That the past intruded until the MCs were forced to grow and move on if they wanted to be happy together.
I loved the laughter and the awkward dialogue during sex. It made this story feel more realistic to me. Instead of perfect porn star, dirty sex all the time, the men fumbled and messed around and enjoyed themselves. They even teased each other about their flaws while never making the other feel as if he needed to be someone different.
I love the matchmaking, know it all mother with her PFLAG meetings and talk of lube and butt plugs. And the should have been gay best friend. They added another element of humor to the story.
Overall, I think the author produced a well written, simple love story that was humorous yet serious. It held my attention and left me feeling happy.
My View – Narration:
I think the narrator did OK. There were a few times I couldn’t distinguish the different voices, but overall, the narration was OK.
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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