Title: What You Own
Author: AM Arthur
Narrator: Michael Pauley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
eBook Release Date: 11/29/2013
Audiobook Release Date: 12/01/2014
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
For Ryan Sanders, the Paige Community Center is more than a place where he teaches at-risk teens about musical theater. He found a sense of belonging there during one of the hardest times of his life. With the center facing a financial crisis, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep the doors open—even soliciting fundraiser donations from Langley-Quartermaine Financial.
Adam Langley has a plan: survive an internship at his father’s company, finish college, get his trust fund, and find his former high school best friend Ryan and beg his forgiveness. In that order, because if Ryan does forgive him, Adam believes he’ll finally find the courage to come out to his wealthy, bigoted father.
Adam’s carefully considered plan is shattered when Ryan appears at the office a full ten months before Adam is ready, and Ryan is just as stunned. Against his better judgment, Adam gets involved with the fundraiser—and Ryan. Old feelings won’t be denied, and as Ryan and Adam reconnect, they realize neither knows the entire truth about the horrific night three years earlier that tore their friendship apart.
My View – Story:
Yep, this is me reviewing yet another second chance romance. Shocked, huh? Nah, you are smarter than to be shocked.
Two best friends torn apart by violence, lies, and homophobia come back together as men. Okay, so that is a slight over-simplification of the plot of this engaging story of young love grown up. The point is that in high school fear, violence, and parental bigotry tore apart two best friends. When they are unexpectedly thrown back together, all the old hurts and betrayals are, of course, brought out.
Though the happily ever after is inevitable, the path to it was anything but definitive or smooth. Every time they move forward, something is there to block their way. Sometimes those “things” are external. Sometimes they are internal to one or both of the main characters. They both have secrets with which they don’t want to burden the other. It is clear, however, how deeply they each care for the other.
Speaking of main characters, I should probably introduce you to them as well, huh? Ryan is an out and proud gay man who was abandoned by his best friend after coming out in high school. Adam is said best friend who lives his life craving any morsel of love and approval he might get from his homophobic father.
There was one thing in the story, however, that tweaked my pet peeve button. Ryan’s characterization. He is from Texas. Yay, I love a good Texas boy in my stories. He, however, is so completely stereotypical that I found him to be fairly irritating. His dialect was just too much for me. Also, having lived out of Texas for about seven of his twenty some odd years, he would have lost some of his colloquialisms. That being said, after the first few chapters the dialect was able to fade into the background for me.
Do I have you hooked, yet? If you are an SCR fan like me, you should be.
My View – Narration:
Performance. That is the word that comes to mind when I think about Michael Pauley’s narration of What You Own by AM Arthur. He didn’t simply read the story with a few inflections for different characters. He performed the story. He injected need and anticipation into every love scene. He infused heartbreak into each rejection. He boosted the emotion level of every scene in the book. It wasn’t just a few scenes. It was every single scene. He took AM Arthur’s words and story to the next level. He Performed.
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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