Author: Charley Descoteaux
Narrator: Alexander Johns
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Story Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 01/27/2016
Length: 05 hours 04 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Eric Allen, thirty-three-year-old line cook, moved in with his grandmother, Jewell, after a disastrous coming-out when he was in middle school. She raised him, and he cared for her when she fell ill. When Jewell died, she left everything to Eric—angering his parents and older brother. The inheritance isn’t much, but Eric and his bestie, Nathan, pool their money and buy an abandoned hotel on an isolated stretch of the Central Oregon Coast. The hotel isn’t far from Lincoln City—a town with its own Pride Festival and named for a president—so they christen it Buchanan House after James Buchanan, the “confirmed bachelor” president with the close male friend.
Eric and Nathan need a handyman to help them turn Buchanan House into the gay resort of their dreams. Eric finds Tim Tate in the local listings, and over the months leading to opening weekend, Tim reveals himself as a skilled carpenter with many hidden talents. Eric falls hard for Tim, but before he can see a future with the gorgeous handyman, he has to get over twenty years of being bullied and shamed by his birth family. It would be much easier if Eric’s brother Zach wasn’t trying to grab part of the inheritance or ruin opening weekend.
This story was very slow and I honestly didn’t understand the point. I found my mind wandering frequently and I kept asking myself when something would happen to capture my interest. Sadly, that never happened. I never connected with the characters or the premise of the story. I never really connected to the outcome. It felt too much like a “day in the life of” and never matured into something more. The potential was there, but that potential was left untouched.
I wanted to enjoy this one because the blurb sounded like something right up my alley, but in the end, it fell flat for me. Part of it may have been the narration, but overall, this story never made an impact and left me wanting.
This narration reminded me of someone reading to a group of people at the library. It wasn’t anything special and didn’t focus on the characters and emotions so much as it focused on being a pleasant reading experience. It missed the mark for me. In addition the audio quality was not the best and it was very evident when the narrator had to go back and edit sections.
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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