Author: Sara York
Narrator: Stan Jenson
Publisher: Self Published
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: DNF
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 03/03/2014
Length: 05 hours 12 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Book 2 of the Colorado Heart series.
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
Marshal has it bad, but can he figure it out before he ruins his relationship with his best friend, or will he mess up the one good thing in his life.
Zander doesn’t know if he’s coming or going. Life at Wild Bluff has been easy up until now. His head is spinning and his heart is aching. Can he figure out Marshal’s mess before it puts them both in hot water?
Grant Stovall is in too deep. Should he turn to or away from Roger Burk? If only the answers were easy, and he could be sure. Craig is back in town, ready to serve a burn notice, destroying everything the men of Wild Bluff hold dear.
Colorado Fire is the second book of the Colorado Heart series.
Please note that the overall rating on this review is reflective of the story only. I did not finish the narration but enjoyed the story enough that I finished in ebook format.
The biggest draw for me in this book was the Craig plot that carried over from book 1. It was interesting and I was invested in discovering his motivations and following his increasingly desperate actions. I liked the men of Wild Bluff from the beginning and to see them suffering and questioning their judgement just made me want to know why Craig did what he did and to see him get his due. Craig’s behaviors set things in motion and was used as a way to see into the thoughts of the men at Wild Bluff. Each man had opinions and reactions to Craig’s betrayal and those reactions gave good insight into the way each man was made up.
I also enjoyed the fact that this story gave the reader a deeper look into the workings of the Wild Bluff team. The way these assassins trained, interacted, and healed. There was a bit more humanity injected into the group as vulnerabilities were revealed.
Marshal and Zander were the main HEA for this book. They have been friends for so long that they were more like brothers. They were attracted to each other but scared to do anything about it for fear of offending the other and losing their friendship. When they were first giving in to their attraction, things were a bit melodramatic and intense. Emotions were running high as the men tried to decided if it was more important to stay friends or become lovers. I have to admit that sometimes the melodrama felt a bit over the top and sometimes I felt like something was missing. Marshal was so afraid of being hurt again after he crushed on Grant and his “love” was never returned. It was like OMG the end of the world type stuff that he “never be hurt again.” I just didn’t understand why a crush from afar turned into this over dramatic big deal. Maybe if this crush had been shown on page or had been more than just one sided, I might have understood. But as the story stood, it was a bit much and I kind of started to dislike Marshal a bit for his whiny drama.
However, once they got together for good, their relationship was a solid one. Friends to lovers makes for some of the strongest emotional bonds and it was reflected in these characters. Despite the overly dramatic feel, the author did a great job portraying emotions. I felt every ounce of Zander and Marshal’s struggle, fear, love, uncertainty. It was well done.
I also like that while Zander and Marshal were the main focus of the story, the side stories continued to push forward as well. Grant and Roger were a strong presence and their developing relationship often took center stage. It was intertwined not only with the plot movement, but in Zander and Marshal’s story as well. I do have to admit that Grant and Roger made a bigger impression on me than Zander and Marshal. Not because Zander and Marshal’s relationship was less than Grant and Rogers, but because this relationship was slower and less dramatic. There was more potential between Roger and Grant. There was more room for growth and more ways for the author to twist things. Zander and Marshal were a sure thing in the love department, it was just a matter of getting to that end. Roger and Grant were great together and are most likely a sure thing, but there was still that reticence and that thread of what if and what could be.
Finally, I am so ready for James’s story. His book was set up quite nicely and I am excited to get started listening to it. I am happy to see there is a different narrator and I am hopeful for a great listening experience.
Stan Jenson killed this narration for me, and not in a good way. His character voices did not match the image of the men and his take on emotions was often not what I think the story called for. His portrayal of Marshal and Zander made things feel awkward and rushed. I had to give up on this narration at the halfway point because the voices were just not working for me.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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