Better than Friends by Lane Hayes ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

22267992 Title: Better than Friends

Author: Lane Hayes

Narrator: Tyler Stevens

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

eBook Release Date: 06/16/2016
Audiobook Release Date: 01/28/2015

Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

When Curt Townsend, a successful young DC lawyer, attends his first gay wedding, he doesn’t expect anything more than a great evening out spent celebrating two lucky guys willing to commit to one another. He certainly doesn’t anticipate meeting someone like Jack Farinelli. Fourteen years Curt’s senior, Jack owns two businesses: a gay bar and a motorcycle shop. He’s gorgeous and self-assured, but Curt is positive they have nothing in common.

Jack is comfortable in his own skin. He’s attracted to Curt’s quick wit and easy manner but most of all, to their unexpected mutual love of baseball. As they forge a friendship based on their shared enthusiasm for the sport, they begin a journey which reveals how their differences might be the catalyst behind a growing attraction. Both men have experienced their share of pain, but they realize they need to set aside the past and learn to trust in a future if they are to have one together.

My View – Story:

When I first read this book last year and subsequently reviewed it for Prism it was my favourite book in the series. That still stands although I have to say I preferred the ebook to the audio.

You can’t help but fall for Curt right from the start. He is the last in his precious group of friends to be single and apart from work is pretty much oblivious to everything that goes on around him. He lives like a slob with his untidy habits yet is OCD about the rest of his life.

Jack is the complete opposite to Curt. He has a much more relaxed manner, is covered in tattoos, loves owning and running his own bar. He has been hurt in love before so lives with one night stands rather than relationships to keep his heart intact.

They meet at a mutual friend’s wedding, Jack’s ex actually, and seem to have quite a bit in common that leads to them becoming good friends over the next few months. A flippant remark made by Jack that he doesn’t do relationships stays ingrained in Curt’s head and rather than speak to him about it when their feelings change into something more intimate he clings to this fact and tries to continuously not become too involved. He also has a bit of a hero complex where Jack is concerned and doesn’t understand why this hunk of a man would find him attractive.

At the same time Curt starts seeing Jack one of his friends fixes him up with a blind date. The guy is boring, not at all what Curt wants, but he is attentive and things start to get a little mudded. Curt sometimes gets the feeling Jack is jealous but we are back to the communication thing, or lack of it, and things drag on the same for a few more months.

This was definitely a romance built on friendship but when it got going it was very right and very hot! Jack just needed some incentive to make him grab what he wanted and the droll English man might have been just the thing.

My View – Narration:

Tyler Stevens just didn’t work for me on this one. Some parts were wonderful as he has such an expressive voice when telling a story BUT I just felt he made everything sound overtly sexual. When the situation is sexual that is fine but when you are just asking for a cup of coffee or having a regular conversation you don’t want to sound sleazy and I felt that was how he made both characters sound for an awful lot of the book.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Audible US
Audible UK

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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