Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Leah Kaye Suttle
Story Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.55 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 06/12/2015
Length: 10 hours 17 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
The village of Stamford, the quintessential chocolate box English scene, seemed an impossible dream for foster kid Toby Prentiss. Now he’s found a home among the haystacks and village fairs as the general manager for the Duck and Drake Hotel. With the fears and demons from his youth hidden away in this bucolic oasis, he’s very protective of who he lets in. Until he stumbles across shirtless carpenter Rain Engel building the hotel’s new custom-designed bar.
Working in the countryside, Rain prepared to face his biggest fear: sheep. He didn’t expect to deal with his second biggest fear: commitment. Toby’s controlled tough guy façade coupled with his “find happiness where you can” optimism calls to Rain like nothing before. While Rain may be an exhibitionist, his romantic history forces him to hold his emotions close. As their relationship develops, secrets from their pasts drive a wedge between them: the ex-boyfriend who tore apart Rain’s trust and Toby’s history with the law. But can the secrets hiding among the quirky villagers bring them together? With missing sheep, pole dancing at the winter festival, and a crippling drought, everyone is waiting for Rain.
I really enjoyed this romance. I loved the Rain and Toby. Both were such great characters and they really fit well together. They were HOT and brought out the best in the other. Both were real men with flaws who sometimes didn’t do the right thing and ended up messing things up. By the end of this recording, I was so happy they had finally fallen in love and the ending was just perfect. It left me warm and fuzzy and a bit giddy.
However, there was something odd about this story. There were so many little things that happened to Toby and Rain that I believe were meant to test their relationship and move things forward. Only, they were so short lived and often over the top, that I felt there was no plot and the forward movement was slow. It was a paradox, I know, because there were little snippets of action, but they never added up to anything substantial. I was left wondering why things happened the way they did and I was often left feeling a bit bored by the slow movement outside of Rain and Toby’s relationship. This felt very much like “a day in the life of” while Toby and Rain figured out how to make their love work.
But I will say that the romance totally outshone the slow progression and I still greatly enjoyed this story. I can easily recommend this recording because the story was loving and fun and the narration was FANTASTIC.
Matthew Lloyd Davies was the PERFECT narrator for this story. His voice was very easy on the ears and he provided characters who were unique and easy to distinguish. The emotions came through as I would have imagined them and his accents were fabulous. Being an American, I cannot judge the accuracy of his accents, but for me they were wonderful and added so much to this narration. This was one of those times I felt the narrator added value to the story and increased my enjoyment. I listened to this in one sitting because I fell in love with the character’s voices.
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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