Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Narrator: Thomas Fawley
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 08/10/2015
Length: 07 hours 45 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
When Jordan Jensen moves to St. Nacho’s he has one goal in mind: starting over. He wants to reconnect with best friends Cooper and Shawn yet is uncertain of his welcome. He has the skills to get a job, but isn’t sure any prospective employer can get past the time he spent in jail for alcohol-related vehicular homicide. He’s past the worst part of his life but knows it will haunt him forever. So Jordan plans a life of quiet service. One thing he knows for sure: finding love is entirely too much to ask.
On the first day of his new job, Jordan meets Ken Ashton. Ken has every reason to hate Jordan for his past and only one to seek him out: Ken’s baseball career was shattered in a drunk-driving accident. But for some reason he can’t explain, Ken needs Jordan’s touch and finds healing within Jordan’s warmth and strength. Jordan wants to give Ken everything his new partner needs.
Without entirely understanding it, Ken and Jordan develop a powerful emotional and erotic connection, but Ken must help Jordan find the faith to trust it. Unexpected help comes from the people of Santo Ignacio–and the town itself–a place where Physical Therapy can be a path toward spiritual healing and powerful, passionate love.
Note:This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices.
I have to admit that I read these out of order. I did not read St. Nacho’s, so I had no previous opinion of Jordan and no knowledge of his history with the previous characters. I do have to say, I did not need to read the previous book at all to understand or connect with this one. In a way, I am kind of glad I did not read the first book, because from what I gathered in this one, I would not have liked Jordan much.
I enjoyed this story. It was a great portrayal of two broken men working together to be the best they could be. I enjoyed learning about Jordan and about Ken. Both men had great potential and both men grew as the story progressed. Both men struggled to see that they were worthy of love. While I expected Ken to be the more broken, Jordan ended up taking the prize on that one. And what a broken man he was. I connected to Jordan and was very happy he found ways to heal, even if he has a long road ahead still.
I liked Jordan. I felt sorry for him and his struggle, but was so glad he owned his mistakes. He was not a one man pity party. He was not depressed or overly self-deprecating. He was stronger than he gave himself credit for and often tried to put others first. Yes, he had his moments of self doubt and self hatred, but he was not so over the top with it as to be annoying. He was a well rounded character and I fell in love with him easily.
However, I was a bit baffled by Ken. He started off as this broken shell but never really followed through on that behavior. He was presented as broken, and he was physically, but his behavior kept me off balance, because I never truly got a grasp on his personality until the very end. He alternated between being a scared, broken man and being this big, bad Alpha Male determined to save Jordan. I just didn’t know when he would be which personality and it hindered my enjoyment of this story a bit because often I felt his actions were out of sync with the story.
I also finished the story feeling let down that we never found out why Jordan was attacked or who did it. I thought for sure, with the imagery presented, this would have been a plot line that would have been brought to fulfillment, but it never was.
I have to finish this review by giving the author props. She reminded me every so often throughout the story, that this love happened all within a few weeks, but I never once felt that insta-love cheesiness. I actually kept forgetting that only a day or two had passed, because she gave me everything I needed to connect with these men and invest in their relationship. I understood their attraction and why things progressed beyond infatuation. It helped that there was a bit of the mystical involved, but overall, this was well done for such a short time frame. I enjoyed it and was left with a satisfying, warm, fuzzy feeling.
I now need to read the rest of this series!
This was my first experience with Thomas Fawley. I enjoyed his version of this story and felt he captured the characters and emotions well. I do wish the voices would have been more distinct, but that was a minor issue as I feel his accurate portrayal of the emotions was more important. I would listen to him again.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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