Author: Mary Calmes
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 01/18/2016
Length: 01 hours 51 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Charlie Ryder has a colorful past, painful memories, and an embarrassing secret. After three years working for Leo Foster’s construction company, Charlie’s worst fears are realized, and Leo finds out what Charlie has worked so hard to hide. When Leo meets the revelation with absolute love and acceptance, Leo has to trust that Charlie’s love isn’t just gratitude, and Charlie has to learn to trust again, period. It’s going to take a lot of work for these two men to get any closer.
I think Any Closer is going into what I call my “palate cleansers” pile. That is the pile of novellas that only take an hour or so and just give me a warm fuzzy whenever I need it. Those that I love every single time I read or listen. They are full of sweetness and love with characters I just want to cuddle and have in my life. Some titles already on this list are Blame it on the Mistletoe by Eli Easton, Steamroller by Mary Calmes, Equals by Brigham Vaughn, Elements of Retrofit by NR Walker, and Wanting by Piper Vaughn. Actually, a lot of Ms. Calmes titles are is on this list – even some of her novels and series… though they obviously take longer to complete.
So why do I love Any Closer so much? Because even on first listen it was like coming home. I am not usually a fan of the porn star trope, but I adored Charlie. He has been so broken; it takes Leo to bring him out of his shell. And then we have Leo part alpha-male part clueless man who is the object of Charlie’s affection. They fill the roles you expect from a Mary Calmes main character, but with some twists. Twinkish Charlie is the aggressor in this pair. He sees that Leo is going to take some convincing and makes sure he does said convincing.
This story isn’t perfect. There are moments where I felt that we jumped from one course of action to another without explanation. There are times I want to slap Leo upside the head for his cluelessness. Overall, however, it is a fantastic story and well worth the listen.
Seriously folks, I am running out of things to say about Greg Tremblay’s narrations. If it says Greg Tremblay under narrator, you know you will be getting an incredible listen.
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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