Author: Jay Northcote
Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 03/13/2015
Length: 04 hours 19 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Noah thinks he’s nothing special. Average height, a bit on the skinny side, and cute but rather geeky, he’s relentlessly ordinary. He certainly doesn’t expect to be noticed by Sol, the gorgeous dark-haired stranger Noah sees on his commute home most days. But when Noah’s friend, Dom, persuades Noah to take a huge risk in a bid to get Sol’s attention, things turn out better than Noah dared to hope. Noah and Sol start dating, and much to Noah’s surprise, his feelings seem to be reciprocated.
But Noah’s insecurities make him doubt Sol. He doesn’t believe he’s interesting enough or sexy enough to hold Sol’s attention, and as Sol tries to get closer, Noah’s instinct is to pull away to protect himself. If their relationship is going to survive, Sol needs to convince Noah that he sees Noah very differently than Noah sees himself. Because to Sol, Noah is something very special indeed.
This was the story of Sol and Noah. Noah felt he was ordinary and nothing special. Even after meeting Sol, he continued to think he was not special enough and kept waiting for Sol to leave him because of that fact. But it never happened because this story showed the reader that everyone is in fact something special to the one who loves them.
This love story was great. It was low angst and pleasant. The only turmoil was internal for Noah as he struggled with self worth issues. But the men overcame those feelings in this slow and steady journey of strangers becoming lovers and then growing in their love for each other. I really enjoyed this peaceful and natural romance.
I loved the concept of two men meeting after placing an add in the newspaper. It was such a cute idea and really just set the whole tone for this story. Noah and Sol were great together. Just hot enough to peak my interest, but also very cute and sedate as they went about getting to know one another. They were adorable as they held hands and gave each other covert nudges and little displays of affection. Some folks may be bored with this low angst story, others will challenge the fast nature of the relationship, but for me this story worked just as it was. While things may have happened easily and quickly, it never felt forced or rushed. Sol and Noah fit together and their relationship progression made me feel happy and utterly satisfied. I would like to note that the ending was PERFECT!
Jay Northcote has produced many books that are on my comfort read pile, and this one will most definitely be added to that list. I will listen to this story again. And props on the gorgeous cover.
Matthew Lloyd Davies has such a pleasant and relaxing reading voice. His reading of this story just added to the natural and steady feel and I enjoyed listening to his version of this romance. He was a great choice for this narration.
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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