Title: Loving Jay
Author: Renae Kaye
Narrator: Dave Gillies
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
eBook Release Date: 04/18/2014
Audiobook Release Date: 12/31/2014
Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
One thing Liam Turner knows for sure is that he’s not gay—after all, his father makes it very clear he’ll allow no son of his to be gay. And Liam believes it, until a chance meeting with James “Jay” Bell turns Liam’s world upside-down. Jay is vivacious and unabashedly gay—from the tips of his bleached hair to the ends of his polished nails. With a flair for fashion, overreaction, and an inability to cork his verbal diarrhea, Liam believes drama queen Jay must have a screw loose.
An accident as a teenager left Liam with a limp and a fear of driving. He can’t play football anymore either, and that makes him feel like less of a man. But that’s no reason to question his sexuality… unless the accident broke something else inside him. When being with Jay causes Liam’s protective instincts to emerge, Liam starts to believe all he knew in life had been a convenient excuse to stay hidden. From intolerance to confrontations, Liam must learn to overcome his fears—and his father—before he can accept his sexuality and truly love Jay.
My View – Story:
Loving Jay was a delightful experience, with strong characters and an uncomplicated plot. This was a first for me from Renae Kaye and I will definitely be checking out more of her work.
Liam’s voice was charming. Though deep in denial about his sexuality, I loved that he didn’t project this conflict on to Jay but admired him and let himself get close to Jay instead. Jay was a little over the top but adorable and I loved how the two fit. I also liked the contrast between Liam and Jay’s families and how they supported the men in different ways.
The story itself had some conflict and angry run-ins with homophobia, but on the whole was a positive, feel good book. The end left me smiling. Definitely worth the read!
My View – Narration:
I enjoyed the narrators voice, though occasionally wasn’t sure what he was saying (mocha sounded like mocker). He was able to convey the emotion of the scenes and firmly anchored the setting in Australia with his accent. I would definitely listen to him again.
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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