Author: Charlie Cochet
Narrator: John Solo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Story Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 04/11/2016
Length: 05 hours 03 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
He’s hot. He’s dangerous. And he can’t remember anything.
As the owner of Apple’n Pies, Joe Applin leads a quiet, uneventful life, content to spend his days serving customers who come from all over to eat his delicious homemade pies. Along with his motley crew—Bea, Elsie, and Donnie—Joe couldn’t be happier in his little kingdom of baked goods and java.
Experience has taught Joe that love is overrated—and at times dangerous. He has no intention of repeating past mistakes. But then he meets a mysterious, handsome man with amnesia, and Joe can’t deny something sweet is in the works. He isn’t one to take risks, not with his heart and certainly not with his life, but the more time he spends with the man he knows as Tom, the closer he is to losing both.
This one was cute and gave the reader exactly the type of story the Dreamspun Desires line promised. The amnesia trope is not one we see a lot of in this genre so it was nice to see something different that still gave me that happy romantic feel I love from sappy stories. This one was very predictable but it was so fun and really played out well.
I loved the light feel and the ease of the relationship. It emphasised the innocence of the story itself. But I also liked that there was a bit of action and mystery to break up the almost over the top sweetness. It really balanced out the story and gave the reader something to look forward to.
My only real concern with this story was Joe himself. He was just such an odd character and often his personality was too young for his age. And while that can be a good thing, in this case, it was a bit too immature and at odds with other parts of the story. This man owns his own business and basically takes care of others, yet he sticks his head in ovens when he is embarrassed and acts like he was raised in a commune away from society. IDK, for me it just didn’t work.
Overall, I enjoyed this lighthearted adventure. While there were parts that didn’t work, the story as a whole was fun and satisfying.
John Solo is making the rounds. As always, his voice was easy to hear and he did a good job with this narration. Sometimes he is not the right narrator for a specific tale, but I though he did a good job bringing this one to life. He is good at the stories that have bad guys because his voice lends itself to harsh and mean. I enjoyed listening to this one.
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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