Author: MJ O’Shea and Anna Martin
Narrator: Jean-Paul Barrel
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 11/25/2015
Length: 07 hours 50 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Tristan Green left his small English town for Manhattan and a job at a high profile ad agency, but can’t seem to find his bearings. He spends a lot of time working late at night, eating and sleeping alone, and even more time meandering around his neighborhood staring into the darkened windows of shops. One night when he’s feeling really low, he wanders by a beautiful little bakery with the lights still on. The baker invites him in, and some time during that night Tristan realizes it’s the first time he’s really smiled in months.
Henry Livingston has always been the odd duck, the black sheep, the baker in an old money family where pedigree is everything and quirky personalities are hidden behind dry martinis and thick upper east side townhouse facades. Henry is drawn to Tristan’s easy country charm, dry English wit, and everything that is so different from Henry’s world.
Their new romance is all buttercream frosting and sugared violets until Tristan’s need to fit in at work makes him do something he desperately wishes he could undo. Tristan has to prove to Henry that he can be trusted again before they can indulge in the sweet stuff they’re both craving.
This is a story that has me baffled on what exactly to say. I thought for sure I had my review written and it was going to be all happy and angst free. And then the last 1.5 hours of the audiobook happened and all the slow and steady disappeared leaving me a bit confused.
Up until that point this was a slow, steady, sweet love story. Tristan and Henry were good together and I was looking forward to this finishing out with a mellow, sappy HEA.
But that is not what happened. In fact, I am not sure exactly what did happen. I mean I understood the whole big misunderstanding, how could I not when it was obvious from space what was going to happen. But I don’t understand WHY it happened the way it did. In my opinion Henry did far more damage to the relationship that Tristan ever could so why was Tristan the one trying so hard to fix things. And I also have no clue if this was meant to be a HFN, a HEA, a to be continued, because the ending happened in like 3 minutes and left me feeling like the authors just threw it together to meet some word count demand. It felt so very rushed and a bit unfinished.
Overall, I am not sure how I feel about this story. It wasn’t poorly written, it just ended in a place that didn’t feel cohesive to me.
I found this narration a bit….odd. Sometimes it was perfectly steady, other times the reading was stilted, overly pronounced, and had an odd cadence. I couldn’t tell if this was the narrator’s very first reading of the story or not. The emotions were kind of flat and some of the character’s were abrupt and awkward. There were also cases of poor editing where the volume would go in and out.
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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