Author: Skylar M. Cates
Narrator: Paul Morey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 07/17/2015
Length: 07 hours 35 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Sunshine and Happiness: Book One
Life is a thread connecting us. One pull and it all unravels.
Cole Gannon arrives in the seaside town of Ocean Vista to work as a bartender and finally find a place to belong. Determined to make a home for himself, Cole lives happily with his four colorful roommates, whom he considers brothers. The only problem is Cole’s attraction to Ian Stark—a guy all wrong for him. He wishes he didn’t keep running into the sexy lawyer.
Ian knows Cole is attracted to him, but the younger man keeps him at arm’s length. It only makes Ian more determined to be with Cole and learn all his secrets. But while Ian has built a successful law practice, he hasn’t done too well with relationships.
When a sudden and devastating tragedy occurs, it shatters Cole’s world and throws Cole and Ian together in unexpected ways. In an instant, everything between them changes forever.
I struggled with this one. There were times I thought I loved the story, but then there were times I found myself drifting off and losing focus. I think the concept was good and the characters were well done, but the storyline was too slow and repetitive for me.
There were times things felt manufactured. Like the many “thought bubbles” that happened during the forward movement. The author spent too much time inside Cole or Ian’s head info dumping details or histories and often when she brought things back to the action, I had forgotten what was happening and had to back up the audiobook and listen again. I found it very distracting.
I also had a hard time with all the back and forth with Cole. His over the top emotions and tantrums often felt immature and annoying. I understood that it was meant to be his dealing with losing his best friend, but the narration was such that it came across as childish and selfish. But then I also felt bad for Cole because he really just wanted love and to make everyone happy. He struggled to hold everyone together even when he was falling apart. So I have this war going on about my feeling for Cole. I guess I liked him but wished he would have been less childish at times. However, these feelings did not take away from my rating of the story because I think it was fantastic that the author created a character I was so invested in.
I have said this a few times lately, but I think the narration affected my enjoyment of this story and I need to read the ebook to better form an opinion of the story itself.
Paul Morey did a middle of the road job with this narration. His voice was clear and easy to listen to. However there were times I wished his narration was not so upbeat and pleasant sounding, and that the emotions came through more. The characters always sounded the same whether they were happy, sad, or mad. I had a hard time with the reading during the more emotionally dark moments.
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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