Author: Catt Ford
Narrator: Derrick McClain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Story Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 03/11/2016
Length: 12 hours 07 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Aging bull rider Cody Grainger needs bullfighter Johnny Arrow for more than just protection in the ring. Their bond of trust goes beyond the professional and into love, but while their relationship holds up to the need for discretion imposed by their sport and repeatedly having to watch each other put themselves in the way of dangerous animals, other barriers still tear them apart.
For one thing, Cody is ten years older than Johnny. But instead of contemplating retirement, he focuses on winning the championship, desperate to stay on top. Johnny is only beginning to find the professional recognition he craves. When frustration leads Johnny to walk away, Cody’s season slumps. While they’re apart, they both slowly realize they are meant to be together. But machismo abounds in the sport of bull riding, and their pride might be an obstacle too big for love to overcome.
I am torn on this review. I LOVED the story, but not so much the characters. But since the story was compelling enough to keep me plastered to my seat even though I really could have cared less about the romance, I decided to give this 3.75 stars.
I loved the forward movement and the storyline of this book. It was fascinating to learn about bull riding and to watch Cody fight his aging. I loved the cocky youngsters and the thread of suspense as I waited to see how it would all end. From that respect, I highly recommend this story.
On the other hand I never came to like Cody or Johnny and to be honest, based on their actions, I never believed in their love. Cody was an ass and never grew out of it even when faced with the loss of everything he loved. Johnny was an idiot and annoyed the crap out of me with his inability to grow up and act like an adult. As lovers, these men annoyed me even more because they never followed up their words of love with actions to support them. These were not men I cared to get to know and their love was not uplifting or satisfying in any way. If I were to be 100% honest, I was more interested in Johnny and March than I ever was in Johnny and Cody.
Overall though, the story was more compelling than the romance so I did enjoy my experience. I just wish I had connected with the MCs.
I thought Derrick McClain nailed this narration. His voice was fantastic and reading highlighted what I hated about the characters and emphasized what I loved about the story. He is a narrator I never hesitate to listen to as I know his work will be great.
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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