Title: On the Rocks
Author: Ari McKay
Narrator: Michael Stellman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
For years, Mal has given Aidan a little piece of the world for special occasions in the form of unique rocks and fossils—until the year he gives Aidan a piece of the moon instead. Aidan has treasured every gift: in a world of impersonal relationships, they’re the one reminder he has that somebody out there cares about him for who he really is. Then through a twist of fate, their relationship goes beyond personal and into intimate, leaving Aidan shocked and set to run the other way. Despite his feelings for Mal, past experiences have convinced Aidan that he’s a failure at relationships, and he’s afraid to trust his heart. It just might take a Christmas miracle for Aidan to find the courage to love.
My View – Story:
I am not sure how I feel about this one. On the one hand the story was cute and the ending was great. I really loved the geology element and how the authors took the time to explain the meaning behind each stone and that they showed the love that the men could have together.
I love that the title was not only about the stones given as gifts, but also about main conflict of the story itself. The relationship between these men is on the rocks and the story goes about fixing that. And the authors did a good job, for the most part, with the character growth for such a short story. I do feel like there was more backstory needed as I never fully understood why Aidan’s baggage was such a showstopper because it was never explained. I think this was one of the reasons I felt a bit confused throughout this story.
On the other hand, this story just felt weird to me. The words were there, but I never felt the emotional connection which I think was mostly due to the narration. Also, I didn’t care for the portrayal of sex. These men were full of love and happiness and forever, but continually referred to sex as “fucking.” Their actions and words were of a couple “making love,” but the authors kept having the men refer to it in crude terms. It pulled me out of the story.
My View – Narration:
I think this narrator did not do this story justice. I never got a feeling of emotion or any real differences in the narrator’s tone. He was pretty neutral the entire time and it threw me out of the story especially when the men were in bed or having meaningful conversations. I never really got which voice was which and the narrator never really gave any emphasis to the more important aspects of the story.
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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