Memories of the Heart by Felice Stevens ~ Audiobook Review by Brandilyn

610lTnwPk5L._SL300Title: Memories of the Heart

Author: Felice Stevens

Narrator: Sean Crisden

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: unkown

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 08/13/2015

Length: 08 hours 03 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Summary:

Ruthless, Controlling, A Loner. All words used to describe Dr. Micah Steinberg by the hospital staff for their next head of surgery. When a letter arrives from his grandmother’s friend at the assisted living facility, his orderly world tilts dangerously out of control.

Josh Rosen had everything until it was revealed much of his world was a lie. Forced to re-evaluate his life, Josh gives up his career and returns home to New York City to care for his beloved grandmother. What Josh didn’t figure on was an attraction to a man who on the surface, appears to be exactly like the life Josh chose to leave behind.

As Micah struggles with the reality of his grandmother’s illness, the bond these two share deepens, as Josh helps Micah heal, then open his heart. Micah discovers there is more to life than work, control and success. Josh is in deep but has yet to tell Micah who he really is.
When the fight for the hospital’s head of surgery turns ugly, Josh’s past and present collide. Micah must let go of the past and accept who he is, if his life is going to move forward.

Life is full of surprises, and as both Micah and Josh learn, love can happen whether you plan for it or not.

Story Review:

As I did the original review of Memories of the Heart, I will just repost that review here. There are no changes to the story since then. I will say, this is my third reading of MotH and probably won’t be my last.

Memories of the Heart is the first self-published title from author Felice Stevens. However, the quality did not suffer for being self-published. It is the third book I have read by Stevens.

As I began reading, I drew some parallels with her Loose ID title A Walk Through Fire. The biggest one is the douchecanoe main character. As our story begins, Micah is an asshole. There isn’t a softer way to put it. He is entitled and superior. He makes snap judgements about a person’s worth and treats everyone accordingly. Through his connection with his grandmother and his relationship with Josh he softens and starts to see the world in a different light.

My biggest issue with this story wasn’t the asshole main character. It was that I didn’t trust his transformation. There was nothing in the character building to tell me that his change was genuine. He goes from ruthless to caring and soft in a matter of days. There is also nothing to tell me why Josh fancies him. If I were Josh, I wouldn’t have given him a second glance. I guess I just never felt their connection.

However, once I accepted that their connection just was, I enjoyed the story. Once I removed the “Micah is an asshole” mentality from my perception of the character, what we have is a sweet tale of reconnections and new love. What we have is two men with limited family finding it in each other, and one adorable pooch.

I appreciated that Josh made sure the reigns were held tight on the relationship. He made sure they paced themselves, so when we got to the epilogue, I believed in the happily ever after.

I am looking forward to Stevens’ next offering.

Narration Review:

Sean Crisden did not start out as one of my favorite narrators. In the early days of his narrations, he had some weird voices that detracted from the story rather than adding to it. However, since those early narrations, Crisden has come a long way. He has the ability to bring a story to life and make an ordinary story something special. He has done that with Memories of the Heart.

While I love this story on its own, as an eBook, Crisden gave it something more and made it come to life.

Links

Memories of the Heart on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Audible

I would like to thank the author for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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