Author: K.A. Mitchell
Narrator: Michael Stellman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 12/31/2015
Length: 06 hours 26 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Ready or Knot: Book One
Kieran Delaney-Schwartz—adoptee, underachiever, and self-professed-slacker IT guy—lives his under-the-radar life by the motto: Don’t try, don’t fail. His adopted siblings are all overachievers thanks to his driven, liberal parents, but Kieran has elected to avoid disappointing anyone by not getting their hopes up. He’s coasting through his early twenties when he’s hit head-on by Theo. The successful decade-older Broadway producer sweeps him off his feet for a whirlwind thirteen months that are pretty sweet, until it all comes screeching to a halt on Valentine’s Day, with an unexpected proposal via an NYC Times Square flash mob.
Now everyone wants in on the wedding, except the grooms….
I enjoyed this story and I also didn’t. As far as the forward movement, the hoopla around the marriage, the end game, I found this story to be very slow and often that slowness allowed my mind to wander. I found myself having to repeat sections of the audiobook.
However, the characters and the emotional goals were well done. I connected to both Theo and Keiran. I connected to their emotional struggles and their personal journey to marriage. Keiran was real to me. He was flawed, he was scared, he was human. Theo was real as well in a different way. He was also flawed, but in complimentary ways to Keiran. Their interactions are what kept me listening.
This book was also well done in the fact that it introduced 3 other characters just well enough to have me wanting their stories. I liked some, I hated others. But I know just enough about these men to know there is so much more hidden under the surface and I want their stories.
Overall, I count this as an enjoyable reading experience. I wish the forward movement was a bit faster, but that was minor in comparison to my enjoyment of Theo and Kieran’s love.
Michael Stellman was easy to listen to but was maybe not the best choice for this story. The emotions were not always clear and the characters distinctions did not come through well. This was a very character and emotion driven story and the narration did not emphasize that well in my opinion.
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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