Fire Inside by Dawn Douglas ~ Audiobook Review by Brandilyn

FireInsideAUDLG Title: Fire Inside

Author: Dawn Douglas

Narrator: Randy Fuller

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

eBook Release Date: 06/04/2014
Audiobook Release Date: 02/23/2015

Story Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 2.75 of 5 Stars


After ten years as an active duty Marine, Captain Eric Ramos is rejoining civilian life. His first job is chauffeuring, assisting, and generally keeping track of NBA young gun Tyler Haley. Tyler’s had a rough few months, and his team owner is convinced he needs some hand-holding if he’s going to keep delivering wins for the St. Louis Fire Foxes.

Instead of the arrogant, over-privileged athlete Eric expected, Tyler is a big, blond, lonely twenty-three-year-old who needs more than just an employee to keep him in line. While taking care of Tyler, Eric changes from employee to friend, to something more. And when Eric realizes that something is burning the kid up from the inside out, he’s determined to find a way to help him before Tyler’s carefully constructed façade turns to ash.

My View – Story:

At first glance, The Fire Inside is yet another story with absolutely no true conflict. Yes, there is a time and a place for sweet coming of age stories where nothing bad ever happens, and all the conflict is in the mind of the main characters. However, it doesn’t make for very compelling fiction; especially when all said internal conflict is in the mind of the character who is not telling the first-person narrative. However, as I think on the story more, I realize that the lack of conflict isn’t the whole story.

Just when things between Tyler and Eric were starting to get interesting, when Tyler was going to have to face all his fears, the story ended. I almost felt cheated out of the real story between Tyler and Eric. Yes, they get together. Yes, they are sweet together. Yes, Eric will be there to help Tyler through whatever comes next. But, for what will Tyler need Eric’s help? How will he resolve his life-long fears and programming with who he needs to be? How will his teammates take the news? Will he lose the one thing that has kept him going all these years?

In the end, I had more questions than answers. I feel like we were only given half of the story. The half of the story we were given was quite good and was on its way to probably a four star rating from me. However, the abrupt and inappropriate ending was just too much. All potential for conflict and character growth was cut off. I am left wondering how Tyler will feel in the morning, much less two weeks down the line. This story is not complete.

I am told that the eBook version of this story has an author’s note to address the ending. This addition was not a part of the audio version, so I am not privy to what it contains. However, a story needs to stand on its own without explanation from the author. The fact that the author thought a note of explanation was a substitute for finishing her story is an insult to the readers.

My View – Narration:

This audiobook is my first Randy Fuller narrated title. While I enjoyed listening to his voice, the inflection he used for Tyler made me think of him as way too young for his character. Ultimately, this discrepancy gave the story a bit of a creepy vibe. His voice for Eric was spot on, however. Overall, it was a mixed bag.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
iTunes / iBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US
Audible US

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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