Author: Sean Michael
Narrator: Michael Pauley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 12/21/2015
Length: 04 hours 46 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Free-spirited computer programmer Kent McMann loves life, candy, his family, and his job designing apps. With his go-getter attitude, he succeeds at anything he tackles. So having a child with a surrogate mother is the perfect start to the family he’s always wanted, even though he still hasn’t found his longed-for Mr. Right.
Then, into Kent’s life comes triathlete Dex Lochland, who also happens to be a successful app designer, and the two of them hit it off. They soon begin a relationship full of fun, sex, laughter, and love. But when Kent learns his attempt at fatherhood with the surrogate has succeeded, Dex is shocked. Unknown to Kent until that moment, Dex has never wanted children.
Kent’s decision before he met Dex might cost him the man of his dreams.
I have to admit that Sean Michael is hit or miss for me and this story was almost a miss. It started out rough and almost too sugary and too easy. It was nothing but sex. I didn’t understand the original connection between these men because to be honest, Dex was kind of stuck up and condescending towards Kent. And Kent was this weirdly hyper, always laughing, immature guy who didn’t seem to have a purpose or a care in the world.
It was not until the surrogate called and announced her pregnancy that this story really become something. The pregnancy really forced the characters to become adults and open up. It was at this point that these men became and likable. It was at this point I FINALLY connected to the story and wanted to keep reading until the end.
Dex really became a likable person and I could really feel his love for Kent. I felt as he struggled to grow and understand that he could change and that he wanted to change for Kent. It was really a good emotional story once things got moving. I am so glad I listened to this entire story.
This narration started off weird for me. At the beginning, narrator portrayed these men as immature, pothead, surfer dudes. Their voices were identical so I got confused sometimes about which character was which. And overall this reading had an odd, almost nervous inflection that overshadowed to emotions sometimes. But once the story got about half way, the narration stopped being weird and the emotion kind of showed up. It still had that anxious feel but it wasn’t too bad.
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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