Author: Kim Fielding
Narrator: Joel Leslie
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: unknown
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 07/06/2016
Length: 04 hours 05 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Gay Romance
The sea air would be good for me. That’s what the doctor had said. The sea air and the sun. “A few quiet weeks on the coast is what you need. Go for a swim. Explore the beaches and the caves. Maybe you’ll find a mermaid. Or…” he added with a wink, “some hidden treasure, like in your adventure books.”
He was teasing me, I know, but a part of me burned with the idea that maybe… there would be something there, something special, something hidden.
Of all the things to find washed up on the beach, I was not expecting this half-drowned man. Nor what followed after.
A handsome blond wearing a cape and embroidered tunic is on one knee. He’s clutching a smaller man protectively to him. The smaller man is bound hand and foot and wears knee breeches and a long shirt. The blond wields a sword, which he has just used to cut the rope that is twisted around the smaller man’s arms.
This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love Has No Boundaries” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.
This short novella was fun. Kit and Julian were cute together and I could easily picture the quaint seaside village. I do wish there was more time devoted to world building because the fantasy elements were interesting but were mostly glossed over. I have to admit, this one started off very slowly for me and for a while, I wondered as to the point of it all. But then Julian started growing and discovering his worth and it was wonderful. And then the action picked up and the author got in her groover and this one turned out to be so much more than I was expecting. I was left feeling like these men were perfect for each other and their lives together would be wonderful. This short tale was well done and I recommend it to anyone looking for a quick and entertaining read.
Joel Leslie is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators because he is such a great performer who really gets into the heart of the stories and the characters rather than simply reading with flair. In this particular case, I struggled with some of his voices, but overall, it mattered little because it was so clear he had fun performing this story. His enjoyment came through perfectly and really brought out the simplistic and fantastic nature of this tale. I thoroughly enjoyed my listening experience.
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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