Author: Marie Sexton
Narrator: Iggy Toma
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 04/29/2016
Length: 04 hours 54 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Everyone deserves a hero.
Owen Meade is desperately in need of a hero. Raised by a mother who made him ashamed of his stutter, his sexual orientation, and his congenitally amputated arm, Owen lives like a hermit in his Tucker Springs apartment. But then hunky veterinarian Nick Reynolds moves in downstairs.
Nick is sexy and confident, and makes Owen comfortable with himself in a way nobody ever has. He also introduces Owen to his firecracker of a little sister, who was born with a similar congenital amputation but never let it stand in her way. When she signs the two of them up for piano lessons—and insists that they play together in a recital—Owen can’t find a way to say no. Especially since it gives him a good excuse to spend more time with Nick.
Owen knows he’s falling hard for his neighbor, but every time he gets close, Nick inexplicably pulls away. Battling his mother’s scorn and Nick’s secrets, Owen soon realizes that instead of waiting for a hero, it’s time to be one—for himself and for Nick.
This was NOT the story I thought I was getting based on the blurb. I was extremely worried that this would be that “perfect” book. You know the one where the MCs are perfectly perfect for each other, understand each other perfectly, forgive each other for any infraction because they “understand” and are always perfectly able to know what is in the heart of this person they just met. You know, that story where everything lines up just right so that the insta-love is accepted and sap overflows!
Well I am so happy to say this was NOT that story. Yes, there were some things that were a bit too perfect, like Nick having a sister with the exact same disability as Owen and the way Nick always knew just what Owen needed. But that was so minor in comparison to the rest of the content.
I really thought this was going to be all about Owen and his growth and development of a backbone. But then Nick starting showing signs of baggage and I NEEDED to know why he kept pushing Owen away when this was Owen’s story. AS the author continued to string me along, I kinda had an idea of what it would be, but when it was confirmed, I was still shocked. Not so much shocked at the revelation, but that the author allowed her characters to have imperfect, human reactions and express their fear of the unknown naturally. It was a very good shock!
I hated that Owen and Nick had to go through the pain and hurt expressed in this story. But at the same time I loved it. Their stories were real! They were hurtful, they were ugly, they were whiney and self deprecating. These men were scared and reacted badly. They were blunt in expressing tough love to the other. They reverted back to childish ways when faced with external assholes. Yet in the end, they WERE perfect for each other. Because they were human and fought and misunderstood, but they worked on all that because they valued the other. The romance was a bit rushed for my taste, but the book as a whole was utterly satisfying and another great addition to the Tucker Springs world. I can’t wait for Nathan’s story!
Iggy Toma is the master at narrating angst and sadness. His voice and style really bring out the flaws as well as the hope in these characters. I enjoy listening to him and thought he did very well with this story.
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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