Author: Sloan Johnson
Narrator: Christopher Rain
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Story Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 07/10/2015
Length: 09 hours 16 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, M/M Romance
You can’t choose who you fall in love with. Despite assuming from a young age that he was gay, Scott Murphy couldn’t imagine life without Shelly. He threw away the label he’d stuck on his sexuality and had eleven amazing years with her, but now, he feels even more lost trying to figure out how to move on after Shelly’s death. After nearly a year of watching Scott fade away, Shelly’s father forces him to start living again.
As much as Chris loathes the idea of attending a bereavement group week after week, it’s one of the only places he can go in this town, other than the bar, to not feel so alone. When there’s nothing to distract him or dull his senses, he spends too much time obsessing over how he should have been able to help his sister. When Scott shows up at his group session, Chris decides that maybe some good can come out of his sister’s death.
There’s no denying that Chris is the first man to catch Scott’s attention in a long time, but how can he move on when just thinking of Shelly sends him to his dark place?
The road to recovery won’t be an easy one, but Chris is determined to help Scott see that life is still worth living. But before Scott can allow himself to admit what he feels for Chris, he knows he has to reveal the full truth about Shelly’s death.
The concept of Godsend interested me. A bisexual man mourning the death of his wife and fighting to start his new life over when we meets a man who interests him. Sloan Johnson is a strong writer and she tackled a difficult plot with this book. Did she succeed? Yes…and no.
I had to work hard to separate how I felt about the plot from the narration, which I found sincerely lacking, but I’ll discuss that later.
The book is written in first person with alternating POVs. There’s Scott, the mourning widower, and Chris, the man he falls for. However, there’s one more POV that happens only occasionally—that of Shelly, Scott’s deceased wife. Yup, she’s watching from…wherever she is. These POV’s felt odd and pulled me out of the story because I was trying to picture her in heaven or purgatory or whatever. Shelly even appears while Scott is unconscious during surgery and gives him some much needed advice.
Scott and Chris were strong and well-developed characters. However, there were times the story dragged with lots of time devoted to Scott being depressed and pushing people away. I understand the author was trying to demonstrate how down Scott was, but there were times it was a chore to continue.
The relationship between the two men was a slow build which was realistic concerning the circumstances. I enjoyed Scott meeting Chris’s parents which seemed to be a major turning point. And when the guys have sex for the first time—Damn hot. The author can certainly writing smoking sex scenes. The way the two men shared control, especially after Scott finally opens up, was awesome.
The second half of the book moved much quicker and I was hooked at that point, not wanting to stop the story.
There were the things about the ending that I wasn’t pleased with, mainly because it seemed like Chris did a 360 regarding his career. Scott, however, grew a lot in the novel and it was great to watch the emotional journey.
Despite the niggles, I enjoyed Godsend. I recommend ignoring the negative reviews and statements on Goodreads and giving this one a try. But read it, because I just can’t recommend the audiobook.
I don’t like writing negative reviews, but there are times I just don’t have anything nice to say. And this is one of those times.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks and have never disliked a narrator as much as Christopher Rain. He had a very monotone voice and many voices sounded the same. I didn’t hear any difference between Scott and Chris and often didn’t always know whose POV I was listening too. He also didn’t vary his voices for the other male characters either. Other narrators can use slight inflections to distinguish between the characters. Rain’s voices for the few women characters were even worse. Shelley’s was decent with a higher voice, but for Chris’s mom Rain gave her an odd lisp that made me think of Cindy Brady.
Rain also mispronounced several words including pique, surly and thermos. Additionally, he used the wrong pronunciation of the word invalid.
It might seem like I’m nitpicking, but all these things pulled me out. I had to think about the incorrect word and the correct way to say it. That isn’t a good thing when the story is already slightly on the slow side.
The author really should’ve listened to the book before it was approved. If she, or someone else, had done so the mistakes would’ve been caught and corrected.
Rain could be a much better narrator and I urge him to listen to others and get an idea for how they do things. Some of the best are John Solo, Gomez Pugh, Sean Crisden and Jason Frazier.
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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