Author: Ethan Stone
Narrator: John Solo
Publisher: Self Published
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 06/04/2015
Length: 02 hours 32 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance
When hockey star Linc Carpenter is banned from playing his beloved sport, he starts over slinging drinks in Tampa. He’s inept as a bartender, so when the opportunity arises to train as a private investigator he takes it. He’s not very good at that either, but he still manages to get hired to follow fashion mogul Quentin Faulkner. While Linc’s incompetence proves to be a hindrance, Brady Williams, Faulkner’s studly bodyguard, may prove to be his undoing.
Despite Linc’s incompetence, Brady is drawn to him but that stupidity may be just what’s needed to solve the case and save their lives.
Bartender, P.I. was not at all what I was expecting. It was short but had me laughing out loud quite frequently. I smiled and smirked my way from beginning to end, though the reasons for my smirking changed as the story evolved.
As the story initially began and the characters and story were revealed, I thought for sure this was going to be nothing more than a good time piece of fluff. I was actually a bit confused as to why Linc and Brady had any sort of connection. But I was quickly proven wrong about the fluff as there was a good amount of cheeky humor and there was a twist at the end that brought Brady and Linc’s attraction full circle. I was also surprised at the amount of heart that the author was able to naturally inject into this tale. It made for an enjoyable listening experience and I recommend this to anyone looking for something short but solid.
I also want to mention that I thought Linc was an interesting character. He was very abrasive and selfish on the outside, but there was something about him that drew me in. I loved his quirks and actually found myself smiling at his misuse of words and the way he bumbled through life. He turned out to be a very connectable and likable character.
John Solo’s voice was rather harsh on this one but I liked what he did with the characters. He did a great job of bringing Linc to life and displaying his ineptitude without making him seem overly stupid or idiotic. He maintained his liability while still capturing his “rainbow bright-ness.” John Solo also easily portrayed the humor and heart embedded in this story.
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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