Author: Raine O’Tierney
Narrator: Seth Clayton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 12/15/2015
Length: 06 hours 38 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Winter Holiday
Porker, Fatty, Tons-of-Fun: Crowley Fredericks has heard it all. He’s dropped a lot of weight since his high school days, but he’s still a big guy, and the painful words and bullying follow him. Rejected—again—because of his size, Crowley is starting to think that maybe love just isn’t meant for huskier men.
Averell Lang and his twin are so different they might as well not even be related. So when Rell’s brother brings his roommate home to snowy Susset for the holidays, Rell expects the worst—another uptight, pretentious hipster. What he discovers instead is Crowley. Nerdy, fascinating, attractive, Crowley. Rell never expected to look at a man this way, and what he sees in Crowley Fredericks is something he didn’t even know he was looking for. If both men can overcome their hang-ups, they might unwrap more than presents this holiday season.
Crowley Fredericks is me. He is so me. He encompases all of my insecurites and my fears. He reacts the same way I react to food, compliments, and intimacy. As his story unfolded I wanted to cry because HE IS ME. The author really nailed him and I can’t think of any other instances when I saw myself so clearly within the pages of a book.
This story was not perfect. There were aspects of Crowley and Averell’s journey that did not mesh well for me because Crowley is me and the way he reacted is no where near how I would have reacted. But those instances are few and are eclipsed by all the ways Crowley is correctly me. This is that story that makes me cry ugly tears that no one else understands because they are not Crowley. But because I am Crowley, I cry. A lot. I cry for his emotional pain because I have been there. I cry for his lack of self esteem because I am still there. I cry for his starvation technique because I still struggle to remember that eating regularly is actually more conducive to weight loss than starvation. I cry because I want an Averell in my life to help me see my value, because like Crowley, I don’t think I have any. I cry because their love makes me want and makes me see myself again and hate what is there.
This is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time because this book is me and what I wish I could be.
This was my first time listening to Seth Clayton and I have to tell you he really knocked this one out of the park. His characters had personality and emotion. He really brought this story to life and I loved that he sang the songs! This narration really enhanced my reading experience.
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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