Author: Cate Ashwood
Narrator: Michael Pauley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 04/18/2016
Length: 06 hours 28 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Nightmares and panic attacks following a horrific tragedy leave Professor Elliot Lawrence a prisoner in his own home. After months of relying on his sister as his only connection to the outside world, Elliot is desperate for a sliver of independence. But leaving the safety of his home isn’t an option, not yet, and he reaches out in the most innocuous way he can think of: grocery delivery.
Colton Kelly, retired porn star and recent college grad, is struggling at two minimum wage jobs to make ends meet. During one of his grocery deliveries, he meets Elliot. Although the attraction between them is instant, they must first traverse the long road of putting Elliot back together. When disaster strikes yet again, this time in Colt’s life, Elliot’s not sure he’s strong enough to be the man Colt needs him to be.
Cate Ashwood’s story about a young professor with PTSD and a former porn star is sweet and relatively simple but somewhat unrealistic. Elliot underwent a traumatic event about a year ago and has been a recluse ever since. Enter Colt, who delivers groceries one day and voila, Elliot finds the motivation to begin a healing process.
As I said, the story is sweet, simple, and just a bit cookie-cutter. Though there were some slight twists, there wasn’t anything too taxing, a kind of story I like to call a “palate cleanser,” if you will. Colt and Elliot are cute together, even as Elliot works through his issues. Colt is patient, kind, and loving, and Elliot is supportive and appreciative as Colt attempts to secure a future for himself while encouraging Elliot in overcoming his anxiety disorder.
I did have a couple of issues with the story. Without giving anything away, Colt’s future prospects are rather unbelievable given his level of education. It’s hard to accept that he would be given the opportunity he is with the resume and experience he has. Additionally, the resolution of all the conflicts (and there are more than necessary here, particularly regarding Colt’s family drama) was a bit too fast and easy. Everything falls into place with little time or struggle, and the ending came rather quickly. I think the story would have been more believable and would have gained more depth if the conflict focused on Elliot’s healing rather than the numerous external issues that diverted the story from the main characters and their relationship.
Regardless of these issues, however, the characters are well written, likable, and work together. Colt and Elliot are gentle men dealing with their own personal issues while trying to establish a connection with one another. I liked them, their backgrounds, and their tender, loving interactions with one another.
Overall, Resurrecting Elliot is a solid, enjoyable m/m romance. I recommend it for a light, entertaining read. Though second in the Newport Boys series, I listened to it without reading the prior book and had no trouble following the story or characters.
I had a few issues with the narration of this story. Michael Pauley’s delivery is breathy, with strong exhalations at the end of sentences that are distracting and create an overly dramatic feel to the performance. During the more intense scenes, the increase in volume and speed is just a bit too much for the comfort of this listener. Overall, the performance is good but has elements that detract from the story.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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