Author: Lane Hayes
Narrator: Michael Ferraiuolo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 03/14/2016
Length: 09 hours 02 minutes
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay Romance
A Right and Wrong Story
Workaholic Nate Erickson is a successful real estate developer who thrives on long hours and stress. When a Los Angeles project prompts him to relocate to Santa Monica, he welcomes the change of scenery. Nate has always considered romantic entanglements trouble, but his sexy next-door neighbor isn’t easy to ignore. Which makes no sense, because Nate is straight… or so he’s always thought.
Alex Reyes is a retired professional soccer player turned West Hollywood business owner with an insatiable lust for life. He loves his family, friends, and work. But there’s one life challenge left to accomplish: coming out publically. Respect for traditional Latino values has kept him in the closet, but Alex begins to think he and his new neighbor might help one another combat their fears. As Alex and Nate forge a strong friendship, they soon realize facing their personal demons will take more courage than either man bargained. The reward is immeasurable… if the timing is right.
So far this series has been about the happy. The previous books have been relatively low angst and have easily made it into my comfort read pile. But The Right Time was so much more angsty and surpassed the previous two books as my favorite in this series.
I loved that this was not just a story of the athlete bucking the norm to come out. This was the story of a bisexual man coming to terms with his sexuality and a gay man quietly taking back his life. There was no over the top press conference, there was no huge climactic reveal, it was two men struggling to figure out their lives and deal with the fallout of a lifetime of secrecy.
I loved Nate and Alex. I loved Alex’s easy personality and how it pushed Nate to open up and grow. Alex’s sexy teasing kept poor Nate confused and it was adorable. The sexual tension was well done and the teasing was HOT and fun all at the same time. Yet there was more to their interaction. These men had conversations (well maybe not because they wanted to) and disagreements (after they should have communicated and failed to), yet, for all the pretend, these men put more work into their relationship than most romance book couples. I loved it and it made their love so real and emotional for me.
And can I just say that these men were HOT together. Alex was smokingly sexy and dirty and dominant and Nate ate it up. God I could feel the lust and sexual tension leap out of the speakers. For someone who generally skips over or skims the sex scenes, I read every single word of every single encounter in this book.
Finally, the emotions surrounding these men were so well done they often had me choked up. Poor Nate has some serious guilt over hurting his family and when his past was revealed(both parts) I felt his sorrow. And Alex had some serious guilt over potentially hurting and letting his family down. I could feel his inner turmoil. These men were both so torn up inside it hurt. Both men needed lessons in communication and the way Alex handled thing at the end kinda pissed me off. But it all worked out even if the reconciliation was too easy and very rushed. I hope we get another story in the series bc I want to see if Alex and Nate make it and that their future is happy.
As always, Michael Ferraiuolo did a good job with the narration. His voices were clear and he showcased the emotions easily. I thought he did especially well with the sadness and times when the characters were almost in tears.
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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