Title: Deliver Me
Author: Remmy Duchene
Narrator: Paul Morey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
eBook Release Date: 03/14/2014
Audiobook Release Date: 03/03/2015
Story Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
The severe bullying he suffered as a teenager left Jack Flemming scarred both physically and emotionally. Now an adult, he has carved out a life for himself as co-owner of the Mechanic Shop. He enjoys his volunteer work with the throwaway boys, and has a supportive best friend. When the past resurfaces in a phone call from Zachariah Durban, Jack discovers that while living is easy, forgiveness is much harder.
Zachariah Durban did a bad thing when he was a young punk of a teenager. But right after he did it, he knew it wasn’t right. Still, he ran away and made something of himself as a big shot author. Now, living in the south of France with writer’s block hitting him hard, Zachariah knows something has to change – starting with earning Jack Flemming’s forgiveness.
My View – Story:
I enjoyed listening to this book, but I didn’t love it. There were just too many issues in my head to really, truly adore the story.
I did love both the main characters, Jack Flemming and Zachariah Durban. They’re both flawed and damaged men with solid hearts and strong personalities. Jack is physically and emotionally scarred from a traumatic event in high school and Zachariah still hurts from his role in that event.
Jack has tried to move on and forget about the past, then Zachariah starts calling him, insisting on a face-to-face meeting. Jack eventually agrees and heads to the south of France where Zachariah, an author, lives.
Anger turns to forgiveness and that leads into love. Their reunion is sweet and hot and enjoyable, all the usual stuff that happens in M/M romance. There wasn’t much to set it apart from all the other books out there.
I’m not saying the author doesn’t write well, because she does. I truly enjoy her style. It’s easy to see she writes from her heart and is invested in her characters. Remmy writes Interracial romances and I enjoy that her African-American characters aren’t the stereotypical thugs and drug dealers. The sex scenes were also smoking hot and I didn’t skim or space out as I sometimes do with books.
That being said, there are times the language is somewhat stilted. Places where contractions could’ve been used so the conversation didn’t seem so formal. I’m not the kind of person who believes all adverbs should be stricken from stories, but this story had way too many.
The biggest problem I had with Deliver Me was the lack of conflict after Jack and Zachariah got together. After just a short time together, they’re in love, ready to live together AND raise a son.
Jack’s adoption of a teen orphan boy named Jordan was a nice idea for a subplot, but it just didn’t ring true to me. The adoption went quickly and smoothly and the young man had no problem with his two new fathers. This is a kid who’s been through a lot of shit in his life and has been returned from adoptive homes. I would assume he might have anger issues even if he did like Jack and Zachariah. Instead, it was straight out of Annie, no conflict at all.
When Jack and Zachariah decide to attend their high school reunion, I expected trouble and that’s what happened, but it was so minimal I didn’t see the point. There was an argument with a couple guys then they leave. That was it. I’d hoped they would stand up to the homophobic folks and maybe change a few minds. Instead, they ran.
Deliver Me is a sweet, enjoyable romance. If you like little to no angst and a HEA this is the story for you. I was already a fan of the author and this book, though not her best, didn’t change my mind. I’ll keep reading her because I’m sure she’ll only improve as a writer from here on out.
My View – Narration:
I thought the narrator did a decent job with the main characters. Though the voice he used for Jack’s Hispanic best friend was rather annoying.
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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