Holding Out for a Fairy Tale: Least Likely Partnership, Book Two by A.J. Thomas ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

Fairy-TaleTitle: Holding Out for a Fairy Tale: Least Likely Partnership, Book Two

Author: A.J. Thomas

Narrator: Jeff Gelder

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht

Story Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 06/02/2015

Length: 08 hours 33 minutes

Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Mystery, Thriller

Summary:

Least Likely Partnership: Book Two

When his vicious cousin Alejandro makes a violent late-night visit, San Diego homicide detective Ray Delgado gets a brutal reminder of why he left his family behind. Alejandro wants Ray to find his sister, Sophia, who disappeared from the UC San Diego campus, before the FBI digs too deep into his business.

Special Agent Elliot Belkamp spent his entire life jumping from one place to another, but his new assignment assisting a FBI task force offers him a chance to settle down. When Elliot catches a missing person’s case as his first assignment, the last person he expects to find poking around the victim’s dorm room is Ray, a one-time hookup he’s more inclined to punch in the face than kiss hello. After discovering Sophia’s disappearance is linked to a massive computer-based theft that has two powerful crime families ready to declare war, Elliot focuses on his investigation and tries to ignore Ray. As the search for Sophia turns dangerous, Elliot and Ray discover that tackling organized crime might be easier than resisting the urge to tackle each other.

Story Review:

I took a couple days to write this review after listening to this story. I was torn about rating but the biggest issue was the narrator and I had to separate the plot from the narration.
Holding Out for a Hero is a roller-coaster ride of action and emotions with memorable characters. It is a sequel to A Casual Weekend Thing but you don’t have to have read that story to enjoy this one. I totally loved the first book, which introduced Detective Ray Delgado, who gets his own story in this book.
Ray is a man torn about his sexuality. He’s recently discovered he likes to sleep with men and thought he was in love with his partner, who rejected him. Since then he’s been sleeping with men all the time, avoiding anything intimate or long term.
Ray is a hardworking and dedicated cop, despite, or maybe because of, the fact that he comes from a famiy of drug running gangsters. He’s avoided his cousins for years, but things change when his niece is kidnapped and its connected to his family’s organized crime cartel.
The FBI becomes involved in the case and Ray ends up working with Agent Elliot Belcamp, a man he once shared a couple intimate nights with. Each man has different memories about their time together and that’s one of the things they have to deal with.
I absolutely loved the slow build of Elliot and Ray’s relationship. Their chemistry was palpable and the fact that they didn’t immediately jump into bed drove me crazy, but it fit the characters.
There was a ton of action in this book and it all fit well into the plot. Things moved at a quick pace and I hated having to stop listening when other things came up. (Damn kids.)
4.75 stars

Narration Review:

I’ve listened to Jeff Gelder in other audio books and had no problem with him. However, I had issues with him in this one. His cadence seemed to be off especially with the dialogue. Overall, it wasn’t totally horrible, just pulled me out of the story at times.
3.25 stars

Links

Holding Out for a Fairy Tale: Least Likely Partnership, Book Two on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Audible

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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