Author: Kim Fielding
Narrator: K.C. Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 12/22/2015
Length: 08 hours 55 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
A drifter since his teens, Jimmy Dorsett has no home and no hope. What he does have is a duffel bag, a lot of stories, and a junker car. Then one cold desert night he picks up a hitchhiker and ends up with something more: a letter from a dying man to the son he hasn’t seen in years.
On a quest to deliver the letter, Jimmy travels to Rattlesnake, a small town nestled in the foothills of the California Sierras. The centerpiece of the town is the Rattlesnake Inn, where the bartender is handsome former cowboy Shane Little. Sparks fly, and when Jimmy’s car gives up the ghost, Shane gets him a job as handyman at the inn.
Both within the community of Rattlesnake and in Shane’s arms, Jimmy finds an unaccustomed peace. But it can’t be a lasting thing. The open road continues to call, and surely Shane—a strong, proud man with a painful past and a difficult present—deserves better than a lying vagabond who can’t stay put for long.
This story was very slow for me. I liked the characters, actually I loved Shane, and I liked the growth both men showed. I liked the relationship development and I loved the way Shane and Jimmy brought out the best in each other. They were great compliments for one another and I loved their strong connection. I also thought the town had atmosphere. I could really feel the small town, almost old world feel that the author presented in this story and the images were easy to imagine.
But this story was too slow and steady. It crossed that line for me from a necessary slow pace that emphasized the tone and town, into borderline boring. I think this was mostly because sometimes I just didn’t understand why the abundance of details on some of the everyday tasks were necessary to the story. Some of the scenes could have been cut out and I think the author would still have achieve what she was going for with Shane, Jimmy, and the town of Rattlesnake.
I think this was a good story and had it moved a bit faster, it would have been great. I have just started reading Kim Fielding’s works and even it is overly slowness, this showcases her talent as a storyteller. I will be investigating more from her in the future.
I thought K.C. Kelly nailed this narration. He really brought out the characters, their voices and personalities. His narration highlighted the atmosphere of this story, that overall slow, small town feel full of history. I liked it. I only removed a portion of a star because the recording itself was full of awkward silences that indicated poor editing.
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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