Author: Brandon Witt
Narrator: Andrew McFerrin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 04/28/2015
Length: 12 hours 21 minutes
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
The death of his wife four years earlier left Travis Bennett a shell of the man he used to be. With his dog by his side, Travis raises his three children, manages his business, and works as a ranch hand. But every day, every minute, is an aching emptiness.
Wesley Ryan has fond memories of the small Ozark town of El Dorado. Seeing it as a safe place to put his failed relationships behind him, Wesley moves into his grandparents’ old home and takes over the local veterinary clinic. An early morning visit from Travis and his dog stirs feelings that Wesley seeks to push away—the last thing he needs is to fall for a man with baggage and three kids as part of the package.
Life, it seems, has other plans.
This was a story about family. This was a story about family, and love in all its forms. It was a story about grief and hope and how love can change a person’s outlook on life. How love can take a man and make him the best he can be. This was a story so incredibly well rounded and whole, that the reader easily felt a part of the world themselves. This was a story not only well written from a language and technical perspective, but well written from a story line, character, and relationship perspective.
The overall tone and pace of this story was slow. It was a gradual unveiling of characters and life in small town America. It was the slow progression of life from one state to another. It was the slow change from an existence to a fulfilling life. There were times I really wished the story would have moved faster, but I understand why it did not. There was no rush to have an instant HEA, because that would have cheapened what Travis was going through. Each and every action had a time, place, and purpose and melded together to give this fantastic picture of Travis as a man, father, and lover.
Travis was complex. His grief was tangible, his self loathing was evident, his growth was amazing, and his heart had more capacity to love than he gave himself credit for. He was wonderful. His transformation was not just about himself, but about his children and a town stuck in the past and holding on to bigoted, judgmental beliefs.
The way the story was structured perfectly complimented Travis’s journey. Without having the variety of other character interactions, or the chapters devoted to other’s perspectives, the reader would not have loved Travis so much. They would not have appreciated his struggle and that though he messed up, he was trying to do the best he could.
I loved this story. It was so real and I fell in love with Travis and Wesley. I cried with them, I cried for them, I wanted to be a part of their lives. I wanted to be there to let them know they were amazing people and that they deserved love and happiness.
My one issue with this story was that there were times I felt short changed. Like the scene in the barn watching the meteor shower. What a tease! That scene could have been HOT! And I felt like I was left hanging at the end when I was promised the most romantic wedding in the world and then the story just ended. I would have loved to have been a part of Travis and Wesley’s big day, because I would have been there with them. This story was so real I would have felt like I was a guest myself.
I know my review was all over the place, but for a story like this, I struggle to put my thoughts together. I loved this one and recommend it to everyone. I am sure the ebook was fabulous, but the audiobook was almost perfection and I cannot recommend it enough.
This was the most perfect narration for this story. Thus far, my only experiences with Andrew McFerrin were as a second narrator in established series. While I have liked his narrations, they have never been my favorites, because he came in after the start of an established series. This time however, he really had the opportunity to shine. His voices were spot on and his narration allowed the emotions to pour out from the page. This narration really enhanced this story.
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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