The Enlightenment of Daniel by Eli Easton ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

18849485Title: The Enlightenment of Daniel

Author: Eli Easton

Narrator: Tommy O’Brien

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

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Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 04/07/2015

Length: 51 hours 1

Genre: M/M Romance

Summary:

Business tycoon Daniel Derenzo lives for his work until his dying father reminds him life is short. When Daniel starts to reevaluate his world he experiences a startling revelation—he’s attracted to his business partner and best friend, Nick, even though Daniel always believed himself to be straight. In typical type-A fashion, Daniel dissects his newfound desires with the help of the experts at the Expanded Horizons sex clinic. He goes after Nick with the fierce determination that’s won him many a business deal.

Nick Ross was in love with Daniel years ago, when they were roommates in college. But Daniel was straight and Nick patched his broken heart by marrying Marcia. Two kids and fourteen years later, they go through the motions of their marriage like ships passing in the night. But Nick’s kids mean the world to him, and he’s afraid he’ll never get joint custody if they divorced. If he can trust his heart to an awakening Daniel, they all might find their way to a happily ever after.

Story Review:

Imagine going through life thinking and acting in one way and suddenly, one day and totally out of the blue, you realise you have it all wrong. You are not that person. How the hell had you missed that? More importantly what are you going to do about it? This is now Daniel’s dilemma.

Imagine meeting the guy of your dreams at college and being left shattered when you find out he isn’t into guys. He becomes your best friend and then later your business partner. To get over not being able to have what you want you settle for the next best thing, in this case an overbearing woman called Marcia, who you marry and then have children with. You end up in a loveless and life draining marriage knowing there is no way out. Then your best friend, that man you craved for so long suddenly does a 360 turnabout and wants you. What are you going to do about it? This is Nick’s dilemma.

When Daniel suddenly and ferociously starts to have feelings for his best friend he treats it like he would any other problem. He doesn’t panic, he doesn’t run but he quickly evaluates the situation with a clear and calm head and then heads to see the illustrious Dr Jack Halloran (from book 1) at his sex clinic. After a quick and not altogether satisfying session with therapist Michael, Daniel is pretty confident he is gay.

This is where the problems arise. Daniel is ruthless in his business life always ensuring he gets what he wants and he expects no less of himself in his private life. He has decided that Nick will be his and he will do absolutely anything to ensure that happens but what he hadn’t banked on was Nick’s wife Marcia and her utter refusal to give up her cash cow! Just for the record – Marcia is pretty vile for most of the book.

The first half of the book sees these two guys circling around each other. Daniels father is dying, part of the reason he has started to re-evaluate his life, and a last hurrah trip for the older man brings Nick and Daniel together for a weekend and things move from strictly platonic. As friends they are good together but as lovers they are explosive but things are too easy and too good and it’s not long before Marcia is on the war path with a new set of rules for her wayward husband.

The second part of the book moves much more quickly and there are a lot more feelings and strong emotions involved. Nick may have started out as something Daniel wanted but somewhere along the line Daniel fell in love and Nick means more to him than his own life. The thought of having to live without him sends him on a mission like no other as he becomes absolutely determined to find his happiness.

The epilogue was perfect….just perfect.

Narration Review:

Thankfully the narrator for this book was also the narrator for The Trouble with Tony. I enjoyed him the first time round and thought he was perfect this time round too.

Links

The Enlightenment of Daniel on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
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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