Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator: Tristan James
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 01/25/2016
Length: 06 hours 19 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
For years, Clayton Potter’s been friends and workout partners with Ronnie. Though Clay is attracted, he’s never come on to Ronnie because, let’s face it, Ronnie only dates women.
When Clay’s father suffers a heart attack, Ronnie, having recently lost his dad, springs into action, driving Clay to the hospital over a hundred miles away. To stay close to Clay’s father, the men share a hotel room near the hospital, but after an emotional day, one thing leads to another, and straight-as-an-arrow Ronnie make a proposal that knocks Clay’s socks off! Just a little something to take the edge off.
Clay responds in a way he’s never considered. After an amazing night together, Clay expects Ronnie to ignore what happened between them and go back to his old life. Ronnie surprises him and seems interested in additional exploration. Though they’re friends, Clay suddenly finds it hard to accept the new Ronnie and suspects that Ronnie will return to his old ways. Maybe they both have a thing or two to learn.
I have a new favorite Andrew Grey story. And that is saying something. According to Goodreads, I have read 70 unique Andrew Grey titles. That doesn’t count his Dirk Greyson titles (of which I have read 4) or his Geoff Laughton titles (2 there for me). It also doesn’t count re-reads. So yeah, I have a little bit of experience with Andrew Grey titles. His stories are always good. They are what I classify as comfort reads. You know everything will be tied up in a bow and you will leave his world with a smile on your face.
I still remember and love my first Andrew Grey (A Shared Range) and there are a few others that stand out in my mind. However, there have been very few in recent times that just make me want to tell everyone “you need this book in your life”.
Eyes Only for Me is my new favorite. From the first minutes of the book, I was hooked. I loved Clay. He found his way into my heart and never let go. There were a couple of scenes that absolutely broke my heart.
Ronnie isn’t quite as likable, but through Clay’s eyes, you can’t help but love him because Clay does. Clay isn’t blind to Ronnie’s faults. The epiphany scene is heartbreaking. However, Clay embraces those faults and uniquenesses and loves him because of them, not in spite of them. He wants the best for Ronnie, even if that best isn’t him.
This is Andrew Grey’s first (and probably only) venture into the gay-for-you-ish trope. I say “ish” because Grey handles the GFY elements in a bit different way than most authors in the genre. There is a LOT of soul searching on the part of both characters. You don’t really get let in on Ronnie’s mindset, but I like the story all the better for that.
Another departure from most of Grey’s work is that this story is told in the first person. I have a vague fuzzy memory that this isn’t the first time he has used this technique, but he doesn’t go there often. I loved it.
Maybe the fact that is was in the first person and on audio made a difference. If that is the case, then listen to the audio. However, the bones of the story are there and are fantastic, so give it chance in whatever your preferred format.
Tristan James. Another of the fabulous narrators in the genre who could read me the phone book. I don’t know if his narration elevated the story for me, or if it was a marriage of a fantastic story and an equally fantastic narrator. He was Clay. That is the best compliment I can give him.
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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