Author: Sue Brown
Narrator: Max Lehnen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 06/08/2015
Length: 35 hours 9
Genre: BDSM, M/M Romance
A Novella in Frankie’s Series
Ed Winters despises his job and hates everyone he works with—especially out and proud, happily in love Frankie Mason. He spends his days wishing he could dance, rather than work.
Late to go shopping one day, Ed ends up soaked in Marchant Belarus’s spilled Coke. Ed’s humiliation increases when Marchant, the owner of a BDSM club, realizes Ed is a sub, albeit a very closeted one. Marchant’s attempts to draw Ed out of his shell release years of pent-up anger and hurt over the abuse Ed’s mother and grandmother heaped on him.
Marchant is patient, but nothing he does seems to help until he discovers Ed’s secret love of dancing—a forbidden passion that might be the key to unlocking the confident, secure man Ed could be.
It takes a clever author with a clever story to give you such a despicable character as Ed and make you love him by the end of the book. This is short, not often sweet but thoroughly enjoyable.
Ed is not a nice person – it’s as simple as that. Or is it?
He certainly wasn’t a nice person in book 1 and at the start of this story he is just as bigoted and rude as ever but when he bumps into Marchant, quite literally, what is it that the other man sees that everybody else has missed?
Ed has had an awful upbringing and was often beaten and mocked by his mother and grandmother. When you get to see underneath his veneer it’s hard to work out whether a single thought or reaction is his own or whether it’s from how he was raised. The brain washing combined with physical punishment has left a very unsure and scared man who hides underneath sarcasm and hatred.
Marchant is immediately drown to the dour man he spills his drink over and is a like a dog with a bone. He has no idea where making friends with Ed will lead him but he feels compelled to try and find out. Their mutual love of old films and dancing brings them together but will it ever be enough for Ed to drop his walls and be he truly is without the voices in his head making him forever afraid.
Max Lehnen is not my favourite narrator when it comes to audio books. I think I have said before in reviews that his voice sounds too old for the characters he is betraying and this is how it felt for me with Ed and Marchant.
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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