Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Narrator: Joe Arden
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Unknown
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 08/21/2015
Length: 08 hours 32 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Jack: Grime & Punishment—
The Brothers Grime is Jack Masterson’s way of helping people in crisis after disability ends his career as a firefighter. Jack’s people get to a scene long after the physical trauma ends. They don’t solve crime or rescue the victims. They help people move on. The new job is all Jack wants or needs, until he gets the call about old flame Nick Foasberg’s suicide. Ryan Halloran’s cousin Nick has been on a downhill slide for a long time. Despite that, Ryan does everything he knows to help. Ryan only understands part of what happened between Nick and Jack in high school, but after Nick’s suicide, Ryan agrees both he and Jack need closure. They work together to clean the scene and despite the situation, heat flares between them. Jack is keeping a painful secret and fighting his attraction to Nick’s lookalike cousin, Ryan. Ryan calls himself a magnet for lost causes and worries Jack might be the next in a long line of losers. Despite his misgivings, despite the past and the mistakes they’ve both made, Jack gives Ryan something to look forward to, and Ryan gives Jack a reason to stop looking back, in Grime and Punishment.
5 hours, 52 minutes.
Eddie: Grime Doesn’t Pay—
Eddie and Andrew have dynamite chemistry. But Eddie is profoundly dyslexic, and Andrew lives to read. Andrew is pathologically disorganized, and Eddie likes things neat and clutter-free. Andrew is desperately ashamed of his hoarder father, and Eddie is embarrassed by his lack of education – secrets that could pull them apart even as a friend’s tragedy brings them together. When Andrew’s father’s condition deteriorates and he nearly dies because of his compulsion, Eddie and Andrew must learn compassion begins with loving oneself because Grime Doesn’t Pay.
8 hours, 32 minutes.
Two very exciting and splendidly written tales. Both books in the Brothers Grime series captured my attention from the beginning. Being immersed in this world was a wonderful way to spend the weekend.
I reviewed book one here: http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2015/08/jack-grime-punishment-by-z-a-maxfield-book-review-by-queue/
I loved the story just as much this time through and remembered how much I absolutely adored Jack and Ryan.
ZAM really hits the right chords throughout the entire story. There are scenes with strong emotions as well as some funny moments. Jack and Ryan actually communicate with each other and, except for the secret Jack has good reason to keep, they don’t hide things about each other. They are both upfront about the demons in their past and, for the most part, choose to talk instead of avoid each other.
Book two was reviewed by Teresa here: http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2015/08/the-brothers-grime-eddie-grime-doesnt-pay-by-z-a-maxfield-book-review-by-teresa/
I love the story of Eddie and Andrew and how they came together despite being different worlds. Like Teresa, I enjoyed how dyslexia was dealt with. Sweet, humorous and romantic tale.
Joe Arden did a splendid job with the narration. I think he did a better job with Jack and Ryan than with Eddie and Andrew but both books were truly enjoyable. I’ve listened to Arden before but I won’t hesitate to do so in the future.
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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