Author: Brad Boney
Narrator: Dan McGowan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Alex Saskalidis
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 05/12/2015
Length: 05 hours 55 minutes
Genre: Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Urban Fantasy
What if youth wasn’t wasted on the young?
On the eve of his fortieth birthday, Ian Parker is looking for a reboot. He may be the proud owner of a trendy coffee shop in Austin called La Tazza Magica, but his love life has been MIA for years. During a trip to Denver with his best friend, Mark, Ian buys an enchanted chocolate from a mysterious candy store—then wakes up from a nap two decades younger. After the initial shock, Ian realizes a quirk of the universe has given him a second chance and, with Mark’s help, he devises a plan to start over.
With a new lease on life, Ian sets his sights on handsome architect Bartley James, a regular customer at La Tazza. He pursues Bartley as Ian’s twenty-one-year-old alter ego, Ryan, with decidedly unexpected results. Joining Ryan on his adventures are Matthew, the dreamy new barista, Jeremy, the geeky high-school math teacher, and Sam, the pizza delivery boy. Even as misunderstandings and expectations collide, Ian remains determined to right his past mistakes and find his off-ramp to happiness.
I have a confession to make. I judged this book about 25% of the way through and assumed I knew how things would end. I formed my opinion before it was over and that opinion was only mildly favorable. I got caught up in the pot smoking, the porn discussion, and the repeated phrases and ideas. I focused on the predictable way things were moving forward. And then near the end, the author threw in 2 twists. One I expected and the other I didn’t and those twists made the journey come together and slapped me on the hand for judging something before I had all the data.
This was a story about self acceptance and living with your mistakes. Going back and doing things all again isn’t always the best. This story showed how much effort it takes to lie and keep up false appearances. It was all about learning from your mistakes and moving forward to create the best life you can with what you have. I enjoyed it. It made a point without being preachy or political. Yes, as I said before, there was repetition, predictability, and way too many pot references. But the overall experience of listening to this story was worth it in the end.
I enjoyed this narration. Dan McGowan did good job reading the characters so that I never questioned who was speaking and followed the emotions easily. I would listen to him again.
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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