Author: Max Vos
Narrator: Jared Bradford
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: unknown
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 09/21/2015
Length: 06 hours 03 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult
When he was sixteen years old, Rich Miller saved a young man from drowning at his local pool. Little did he know that years later, as a senior in college and Olympic diving hopeful, Rich would meet up once again with Johnny Milloway, now a big football player – and when Rich says big, he really means ‘bear’. The shy jock remembers his savior, and the two men become friends.
Johnny isn’t put off by the fact that Rich is gay. In fact, the more time he spends with Rich, the more curious he becomes. Johnny wants to know all kinds of things – what it’s like to kiss a guy, for instance. Only it doesn’t stop there…
Rich finds it difficult to believe that this relationship can go anywhere. Johnny is straight, and Rich isn’t prepared to deal with the heartache he knows will come his way in the future. He has enough on his plate as it is – the Worlds are just around the corner, his father would rather watch a football game than spend time watching his son dive…. What he doesn’t count on is Johnny, who can be very determined. And having Johnny in his life proves to be a catalyst for some pretty earth-shattering changes.
I enjoyed this story. While it had a bit of angst, it was mostly honest and oddly sweet. I loved that it was realistic for college kids, with the men making stupid and rash decision just as young people tend to do. I liked that these men were sweaty and smelly because they were athletes and I loved that the author didn’t try to make them perfect. There was a bit the gross factor, but you know what, that is life sometimes.
There were a few times I shook my head when the word love was thrown around, but then as the story progressed, I could see the “love”. But “love” as in infatuation. How many first loves were instant and all consuming? This was that case. This was two men finding their way with ups and downs and everything in between. This was hormones and sex and that intense emotion that comes from that first potential love connection. I would love to see more from these men to know if their love blooms into that forever kind of love.
I have to warn you, that if you don’t like your MCs to have sex with other characters outside the budding relationship, this one is not for you. It almost turned me off to the story because that is a hot button for me, but it was realistic and fit the story, even if I wish it didn’t.
This was my first experience with Jared Bradford and I think he did a good job. He not only read the story, but he put the correct emotions and a bit of performance when needed. His voices were clear and distinct and I would definitely listen to him again. It was obvious he put effort into making this narration a good one.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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