A Forced Silence (Zero Hour, Bk 1) by Cate Ashwood ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

forcedTitle: A Forced Silence (Zero Hour, Bk 1)

Author: Cate Ashwood

Narrator: Scott R. Smith

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Melody Pond

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 06/03/2016

Length: 05 hours 47 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller


For paramedic Adam Carson, his world is lights and sirens and saving lives. Pressures at work keep him firmly in the closet, and life is too busy to contend with the complications that come with dating and relationships. When a familiar face from his past turns up where he least expects it, Adam starts to question whether or not there is room in his life for those complications.

The last person forensic pathologist Sam McKenna expects to see at pub night is Adam, the guy who made his life hell in high school. The attraction is instant, but Adam isn’t gay and Sam has no interest in pursuing him. Still, the leftover animosity from their teenage years isn’t enough to extinguish the lust growing between them. After both are called to the scene of a horrific murder, Adam admits he’s not as straight as he led Sam to believe and they seek comfort and distraction in each other’s arms. One night becomes many as the murder investigation intensifies, but when Adam is faced with losing Sam, he is forced to make a choice: to break his silence, or to give up everything for the job he loves.

Story Review:

Ulysses read and rated this book several months back (http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2015/12/a-forced-silence-by-cate-ashwood-book-review-by-ulysses/ ) and while I agree with what he said, I rated the story higher than him because I loved the couple so much.

I adored Adam and Sam’s relationship. Their chemistry was strong right away and the sex was hot. Ashwood did well with Adam and the reasons why he stayed in the closet. As Ulysses said the world now pretends to be different from a generation ago but those coming out still face potentially dangerous consequences.

My biggest issue with the story is the cliffhanger. I’m not a fond of them when done well (Kate Aaron’s The Slave) because I’d rather be enticed to read the sequel because of the characters and writing style.

Overall an enjoyable romance and engaging mystery.

Narration Review:

Scott R. Smith did a fine job with the narration year. He had a likable tone and timbre.


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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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