Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator: Randy Fuller
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 07/14/2015
Length: 07 hours 14 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Carlisle Cops: Book Two
Carter Schunk is a dedicated police officer with a difficult past and a big heart. When he’s called to a domestic disturbance, he finds a fatally injured woman, and a child, Alex, who is in desperate need of care. Child Services is called, and the last man on earth Carter wants to see walks through the door. Carter had a fling with Donald a year ago and found him as cold as ice since it ended.
Donald (Ice) Ickle has had a hard life he shares with no one, and he’s closed his heart to all. It’s partly to keep himself from getting hurt and partly the way he deals with a job he’s good at, because he does what needs to be done without getting emotionally involved. When he meets Carter again, he maintains his usual distance, but Carter gets under his skin, and against his better judgment, Donald lets Carter guilt him into taking Alex when there isn’t other foster care available. Carter even offers to help care for the boy.
Donald has a past he doesn’t want to discuss with anyone, least of all Carter, who has his own past he’d just as soon keep to himself. But it’s Alex’s secrets that could either pull them together or rip them apart—secrets the boy isn’t able to tell them and yet could be the key to happiness for all of them.
I am going to refer you to the previous review done by Brandilyn on this one because I did not care for this story at all and I believe it was due to the narration. I think I would have liked the ebook, but the audio format was not for me. But since I could not get past the poor narration, I am going to uphold her rating of the story.
I do have to say that I did find the Alex plotline compelling and it was the only reason I listened to this one all the way to the end. Alex’s story was a heartbreaking one and I was pulling for him the entire time. I did thing the ending was a bit over the top and too perfectly farfetched. And as for the MCs, well they were there only to serve Alex’s needs, but I am pretty sure that was not the author’s point.
This narration was not my favorite. The overall sound quality was poor with an echo and a feel that the narrator was in a tin box. Also, the narrator’s voice was overly optimistic even in situations that were supposed to be emotionally or sexually tense. There were no real distinctions in the voices especially the MC and Alex never really sounded like a child so much as the narrator whining. This is definitely a case where the narration hurt my enjoyment of the 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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