I have enjoyed every title I have read by Kim Fielding, and Housekeeping continues that trend of good reads.
Title: Housekeeping (audiobook)
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
eBook Release Date: 11/12/2013
Audiobook Release Date: 11/19/2014
Story Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
When Nicky Hauser walks in on his restaurant-owner boyfriend having sex with a waiter, Nicky loses his lover, his job, and his home all in one night. Although he’s nearly thirty, he’s never settled on a true career, and he has nothing to show for his years with Tom. Depressed and unable to find work, Nicky ends up couch-surfing with friends until he lands a house-sitting gig for a wealthy family.
When Nicky’s clients discover that he loves to clean, demand for his services skyrockets. Word of mouth leads him to Spencer Cartwright, a busy computer consultant and a slob. Spencer and his wife divorced when he came out, but he’s never found the time or courage to settle down with a man. As Nicky sets Spencer’s house to rights, the two men find friendship. But Nicky’s past experiences make him wary of risking everything on love.
My View – Story:
As the blurb indicates, Nicky is down on his luck and feeling pretty low when he loses his job, home, and boyfriend all in one fell swoop. In the midst of hopping from couch to futon at the homes of his friends, he lands a job as a house-sitter, and things begin to look up. When he is contacted by handsome Spencer Cartwright to help him out while he is away on a business trip, things start to turn around for both men. However, are they willing to take the risks necessary to find love?
I found Housekeeping to be an enjoyable little romp into Nicky’s troubled world, and the fact that the story takes place in my neck of the woods was an extra bonus. It is a light read, with a relatively short listening time of 2:42 hours. As such, it doesn’t get overly-involved in character development and backstory, yet Nicky, Spencer, and the secondary characters that brighten the pages are likable and engaging. The story is simple with catchy, realistic dialogue that keeps the pace going and provides layers of personality and plenty of interest.
I highly recommend Housekeeping as a comfy pick-me-up when just a little something sweet is needed on the reading menu. This adorable gem of a romance, though short, brought a smile to my face and left me feeling as though I’d just received a warm, fuzzy hug. Thank you, Ms. Fielding!
My View – Narration:
K.C. Kelly’s narration of Housekeeping had me laughing out loud on quite a few occasions. I felt his interpretation of Spencer’s character read a bit slow at times, but overall the narration provided a lively, entertaining listening experience.
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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