Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Robert Nieman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: DWS Photography
Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 07/06/2012
Length: 07 hours 24 minutes
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Meet Patrick Cleary: party boy, loser, and spaz. Patrick’s been trying desperately to transform himself, and the results have been so spectacular, they’ve almost killed him. Meet Wes “Whiskey” Keenan: he’s a field biologist wondering if it’s time to settle down. When the worst day of Patrick’s life ends with Whiskey saving it, Patrick and Whiskey find themselves sharing company and an impossibly small berth on the world’s tackiest houseboat.
Patrick needs to get his life together—and Whiskey wants to help—but Patrick is not entirely convinced it’s doable. He’s pretty sure he’s a freak of nature. But Whiskey, who works with real freaks of nature, thinks all Patrick needs is a little help to see the absolute beauty inside his spastic self, and Whiskey is all about volunteering. Between anomalous frogs, a homicidal ex-boyfriend, and Patrick’s own hangups, Whiskey’s going to need all of his patience and Patrick’s going to need to find the best of himself before these two men ever see clear water.
I enjoyed this story very much. It was so full of love and acceptance and just enough action and angst to make this one feel well rounded. Patrick and Whiskey were fully formed characters who truly complimented one another perfectly. Each brought something to the relationship that the other needed to feel whole and fulfilled. Even with the age and maturity gaps, they were a true partnership that has the potential to last with the right amount of love and hard work. For me the were a satisfying couple.
I liked that this story was mainly focused on the budding relationship, but there was still tension and action to move things forward. And that action did not feel like it was an afterthought to give the story another layer of depth. It was built in nicely and served a purpose. Through the plot, the romance and familial issues were resolved nicely.
What I liked the most about this story was the way the author took a mental disorder that most people shrug off as a crutch or as imaginary, and made it real and explained it in a totally respectful and enlightening way. Through her depiction of Patrick, I got a better understanding of something I have only peripherally been exposed to in my life. I know there is more to the story that what was shown on page, but what was presented was thought provoking and interesting. I got to see a young man deal with something that will always be an everyday struggle and got to watch as he overcame his hardships and grew into a wonderful person. Patrick’s growth and development was wonderfully done and because of him Whiskey was able to shine as well. The characters and their journey to love and self acceptance was my favorite part of this story.
I liked this story and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a well crafted love story that had just enough plot and internal angst to give it some color. I really think you will fall in love with Patrick and Whiskey just as I have.
Robert Nieman did a good job on this narration. There were not really distinct voices for each character, but individual personalities did shine through. He did a great job capturing the emotion and giving life to Patrick and his never ending stream of rushing words.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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