Title: Newton’s Laws of Attraction (audio)
Author: MJ O’Shea
Narrator: George Somerset
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
eBook Release Date: 11/26/2013
Audiobook Release Date: 01/16/2015
Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Rory was Ben’s oldest and best friend until senior year of high school, when they confessed they’d harbored feelings for each other all along. They enjoyed only a few months of happiness until Ben chose closeted popularity over true love… and he’s regretted it ever since.
Eight years later, Ben is out and proud and teaching art at the same high school he graduated from. When he learns the chemistry teacher is retiring, he’s excited to meet her replacement until he finds out the brand new teacher is none other than Rory Newton – the first love he’s never quite gotten over. Despite a painfully awkward start, it doesn’t take Ben long to realize he’ll do whatever it takes to win Rory back. But it’s starting to look like even his best might not be enough.
My View – Story:
Ben and Rory were friends–more than friends–in high school. Having grown up together, they had a strong bond until the blossoming romance between them became too much for Ben. Fast forward eight years, and Ben now has an opportunity to make things right with Rory and to see if perhaps it isn’t too late for that long lost spark between them to be reignited.
This is a cute, gentle story about two young lovers who lose one another as teens and meet again as adults. I like stories with the opportunity for second chances, and I really wanted to see more about the break-up between Ben and Rory. Their developing story as children and teens was sweet and honest, and I felt that the details of their parting was somehow overlooked here.
The plot is relatively simple. Ben and Rory are reunited as colleagues when Rory takes a job as a chemistry teacher at their old high school. Ben is now an art teacher there and has come out as gay. Conflict abounds as Ben tries to re-establish a friendship, but Rory will have nothing to do with it. Rory is obviously still harboring hard feelings about their teen break-up, and Ben, riddled with guilt, decides he is going to win Rory back. The remainder of the story centers around Ben’s attempts at re-establishing a romantic relationship, and very little else really happens.
I liked this story but was left wanting a bit more depth regarding the characters and their actions as adults. As I stated earlier, there didn’t seem to be enough emotion and background regarding the break-up, especially from Rory’s point of view. He is still so devastated as an adult eight years later that he won’t even consider being friends with Ben. I also wanted to see more maturity from the characters. Ben’s voice still sounds very much like a lovesick teenager in some respects. This creates a somewhat juvenile tone to the story, which, along with the ambiguities of their new relationship, makes the characters feel a bit shallow with a little too much teenage angst for their ages.
That being said, Newton’s Laws of Attraction is a pleasant read overall and has quite a few entertaining moments. It is a good escape story, not heavily weighted with emotion or complexity. Readers who are looking for light fare will enjoy it for those aspects and the sweet possibilities of a second chance at love.
My View – Narration:
Overall, George Somerset narrated the story well enough. I felt the timbre of his voice wasn’t the best match for the variety of voices required during the reading of the dialogue, but he did a good job of adding dramatic flair and humor.
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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