Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Narrator: Rusty Topsfield
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 08/09/2016
Length: 05 hours 51 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
A One Fine Day Novel
Two men, one lie, and a whole bunch of trouble.
Marty Valdez is in serious trouble. His sister’s wedding is around the corner, and everyone expects to meet Marty’s super-successful underwear model boyfriend—whom Marty invented. Now Marty has to produce a half-naked hottie or suffer the worst humiliation of his life.
FBI agent Luke Myers is in serious trouble. He’s been working undercover to take down a dangerous drug cartel, but his cover’s blown and he needs to disappear. Luckily, a geeky yet intriguing comic book artist gives him the perfect opportunity. Luke just has to pretend to be his boyfriend, and pretending is what he does best. But between Marty’s mother and his ex, Luke might’ve bitten off more than he can chew, and Marty’s knack for finding trouble might ruin more than just his sister’s wedding.
I have to admit I struggled with this one. While in the grand scheme of things, it was fun and enjoyable, there were some underdeveloped things that my brain could not bypass. So while I think this one was a good edition to the Dreamspun Desires line, and I know many will enjoy it, this was middle of the road for me.
I felt like the undercover and drug cartel bits were not quite as well rounded as they could have been. Even knowing things were supposed to be over the top and turn out perfect, I had a hard time imagining an undercover FBI agent acting as he did. However, I thought the storyline was fun and the characters were very likable, except for the ones who were supposed to be bastards and I hated them as I imagine the author hoped I would. I also had a hard time with the instant love because I felt it wasn’t supported. But then I could almost forgive that since the author did employ the use of a lucky coin. But I wanted more from these men and felt like their romance took a huge backseat to the drama and was just wrapped up perfectly because it needed to be.
But I loved the theme of family and I loved the representation of family. The teasing older sister, the nosey mother, the hard but fair father, were just so well done. I also loved that Luke had flaws and family issues and that Marty could help him with those. It gave a bit of credence to their developing bond so the instant love had a smidgen of meat to it.
The ending brought out a few tears and I thought it wrapped things up nicely for Luke and Marty. I do want to know more about Crispy (I hope the spelling is correct since this was audio and not an ebook) and I believe this is the start of a series. And despite my disappointments with this book, it was more enjoyable than not and I look forward to the next book to see if this series can develop more and grab my full attention. There is promise here.
Rusty Topsfield is a tried and true narrator who does a good job with what he is given. His accents were great and he brought out the story well. This story for me was just meh, so his narration mirrored that.
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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