Knight of Ocean Avenue (Love in Laguna, #1) by Tara Lain ~ Audiobook Review by Brandilyn

KnightofOceanAvenueAUDLGTitle: Knight of Ocean Avenue (Love in Laguna, #1)

Author: Tara Lain

Narrator: KC Kelly

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 07/15/2015

Length: 09 hours 33 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


How can you be twenty-five and not know you’re gay? Billy Ballew runs from that question. A high school dropout, barely able to read until he taught himself, Billy’s life is driven by his need to help support his parents as a construction worker, put his sisters through college, coach his Little League team, and not think about being a three-time loser in the engagement department. Being terrified of taking tests keeps Billy from getting the contractor’s license he so desires, and fear of his mother’s judgement blinds Billy to what could make him truly happy.

Then, in preparation for his sister’s big wedding, Billy meets Shaz—Chase Phillips—a rising star, celebrity stylist who defines the word gay. To Shaz, Billy embodies everything he’s ever wanted—stalwart, honest, brave—but even if Billy turns out to be gay, he could never endure the censure he’d get for being with a queen like Shaz. How can two men with so little in common find a way to be together? Can the Stylist of the Year end up with the Knight of Ocean Avenue?

Story Review:

Okay, so I didn’t like this story nearly as much as PizzyGirl did.

Honestly, I was bored throughout much of the story. I never liked either main character enough. However, I think my opinion of the story was heavily influenced by my disdain for the narration (which I will get to in just a bit), so I am not going to contradict PizzyGirl’s review.

Narration Review:

I could not stand the narration of this story.

First of all, the cadence was slow. Even on 3x speed, it dragged on and on. Kelly just talked too slow (and this from a Texan used to a strong Southern drawl). My second complaint was the voice used for Shaz. Nowhere in the character description was there an indication that he spoke with a lisp. It made for quite the stereotype for a fem character. A character can be flamboyant without a lisp. It just really put me off the character and the story in general. I had a hard time listening to a 9 hours of Shaz’s voice.

The rest of the characters were okay at best. While his usual timbre was pleasant enough to listen to, there wasn’t enough inflection to differentiate characters other than Shaz, of course.

Funny thing is that this audiobook isn’t my first KC Kelly narrated title. I have enjoyed his work in the past. This one was just a giant miss for me.


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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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