Horizons (Horizons #1) by Mickie B. Ashling ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

HorizonsAUDLGTitle: Horizons (Horizons #1)

Author: Mickie B. Ashling

Narrator: John Solo

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

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

Release Date: 10/07/2015

Length: 06 hours 46 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult


2nd Edition

Horizons Series: Book One

College football player Clark Stevens, a popular wide receiver with a potential NFL contract, has a few problems. He’s got a jealous girlfriend, a narrow-minded and controlling father, an attention problem, and an unexpected and powerful attraction to the trauma doctor—the male trauma doctor—who treats him for a broken bone.

Dr. Jody Williams is getting some really mixed signals. He can’t ignore how much he wants Clark, because it’s obvious Clark feels the same way. For the out and proud doctor, the solution seems very simple. For Clark, it’s not! His world is not gay-friendly, and the obstacles he’s faced have led him to deny his sexuality for years.

It’s the Super Bowl of disasters, no matter how you look at it. In the end, Clark has to decide if he’s going to stick with the only life he’s ever known or take a chance on a new one with Jody.

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, April 2009.

Story Review:

This story was all over the place for me. I really enjoyed the subject, but sometimes I felt things were way too melodramatic and over the top.

However, it was that bit of over the top that made the message and the way this author carried out the story work so well. This was a story of coming out in the sports world, but back in 2003 so things were still a bit harder than they are today. And that really came through in the way the author handled Clark and his family. I loved that things were not perfect. The way Clark’s dad handled things was a bit much for me, but it really worked in this setting. It showed potentially one of the worst outcomes of coming out to a bigoted family.

If things had been perfect, I would not have liked this story. It was through the angst and heartache that I got to know the characters and the plot moved forward. It was because of the struggles that I formed a connection to these men and their outcome. I liked this author’s take on this trope and will read the rest of this series.

Narration Review:

John Solo did a good job on this narration. The characters were clear and the emotions came through. There were a few times when the character’s voices got jumbled and I think sometimes Clark sounded dumber than he was intended to be, but overall, it was a solid narration.


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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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