Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator: John Solo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 02/24/2016
Length: 04 hours 54 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
He’ll do anything to save the ranch, including baring it all.
Aubrey Klein is in real trouble—he needs some fast money to save the family ranch. His solution? A weekend job as a stripper at a club in Dallas. For two shows each Saturday, he is the star as The Lone Rancher.
It leads to at least one unexpected revelation: after a show, Garrett Lamston, an old friend from school, approaches the still-masked Aubrey to see about some extra fun… and Aubrey had no idea Garrett was gay. As the two men dodge their mothers’ attempts to set them up with girls, their friendship deepens, and one thing leads to another.
Aubrey know his life stretching between the ranch and the club is a house of cards. He just hopes he can keep it standing long enough to save the ranch and launch the life—and the love—he really hopes he can have.
Andrew Grey is very much hit or miss with me. I either LOVE his story or I enjoy it but don’t really connect with this. Unfortunately this story falls into the latter category. While I enjoyed the storyline and was very happy with the ending, I never felt invested in the characters or their outcome enough to do more than simply bide my time until this audiobook was over. I think some of that apathy had to do with the narration which, while not bad, was not engaging or emotional.
I liked Aubrey and I hated Aubrey. I liked him for his heart and for his willingness to do anything for his family. But I hated him for his martyred act and his self loathing over the choices that he made. I often wanted to tell him to shut up and find a different second job if it bothered him so much what other people might think of him. But in the end, the only resolution came by force and I never really connected with him as a person.
I also never really connected with Garrett. Most of his history and growth was off page and his behavior towards Aubrey wasn’t that of a lover in my opinion. Yes, I got swept up in the acceptance and love of the ending, but I never connected with the way these men got there.
I gave this one 3 stars because in the end this story did exactly what the Dreamspun Desires line was aiming for. It took a traditional romantic trope and left the reader all warm and fuzzy. And I loved the acceptance of Aubrey’s parents at the end, even if it was still being developed. But this one just wasn’t memorable for me so I could not give it more than that.
John Solo is that kind of narrator that has to read a certain type of book for me to think his style works and in this case, his style did not mesh with the innocent and simplistic nature of this story. His voices were good but I think he missed some of the emotion and heart that should have been there.
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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