Desert Heat/Native Tongue by Lucy Felthouse ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

25836020Title: Desert Heat/Native Tongue

Author: Lucy Felthouse

Narrator: Joel Leslie

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Unknown

Story Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 2.0 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 06/14/2016

Length: 05 hours 26 minutes

Genre: Gay Romance


Read the whole story – both books bundled for your reading pleasure, and great value!

Desert Heat:

Their love is forbidden by rules, religion and risk. Yet still they can’t resist.

Captain Hugh Wilkes is on his last tour of duty in Afghanistan. The British Army is withdrawing, and Wilkes expects his posting to be event-free. That is, until he meets his Afghan interpreter, Rustam Balkhi, who awakens desires in Wilkes that he’d almost forgotten about, and that won’t be ignored.

Native Tongue:

They may be back on British soil, but the battle isn’t over.

When Captain Hugh Wilkes fell for his Afghan interpreter, Rustam Balkhi, he always knew things would never be easy. After months of complete secrecy, their return to England should have spelt an end to the sneaking around and the insane risks. But it seems there are many obstacles for them to overcome before they can truly be happy together. Can they get past those obstacles, or is this one battle too many for their fledgling relationship?

Story Review:

In Desert Heat we are introduced to Captain Hugh Wilkes who is on his final tour in Afghanistan. Hugh is deeply in the closet but when he meets his interpreter Rustam Balkhi he feels an immediate attraction and suddenly his life becomes more complicated. In ebook format this story is short at only 59 pages and for me it lacked any character development. They met, they stared longingly at each other and they took incredible risks that seemed completely out of character – then they fell in love. It was way too quick and unrealistic and I actually felt like I had missed a chunk of the story.

In Native Tongue Hugh has returned home and Rustam has moved to London to finish his studies. Their relationship is still very much a secret but Hugh is prepared to step out of his comfort zone, although he is very nervous, and introduce Rustam whilst coming out to his parents – it goes well, his parents had already guessed, and they make strides into moving on with their lives. I just felt no connection to either character and at the end of their story I knew very little about either of them, it was like they met, they fell in love the end.

Narration Review:

I think I would have enjoyed this in ebook format rather than listening to it on audio. This is a very British story, the term stiff upper lip comes to mind with some of the dialogue, and as such would have really benefited from an English narrator. I have listened to Joel Leslie numerous times before and have both enjoyed and rated his work highly but he didn’t work for this one. The nuances of an accent, Hugh was from Wolverhampton, are important when you are listening to them for hours and I really didn’t enjoy listening to it here.


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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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