Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator: Tristan James
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 08/19/2016
Length: 05 hours 58 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Theatrical agent Payton Gowan meets with former classmate—and prospective client—Beckett Huntington with every intention of brushing him off. Beckett not only made high school a living hell for Payton, but he was also responsible for dashing Payton’s dreams of becoming a Broadway star.
Aspiring actor Beckett Huntington arrives in New York City on a wing and a prayer, struggling to land his first gig. He knows scoring Payton Gowan as an agent would be a great way to get his foot in the door, but with their history, getting the chance is going to be a tough sell.
Against Payton’s better judgment, he agrees to give Beckett a chance, only to discover—to his amazement—that Beckett actually does have talent.
Payton signs Beckett but can’t trust him—until Payton’s best friend, Val, is attacked. When Beckett is there for him, Payton begins to see another side to his former bully. Amidst attempts by a jealous agent to sabotage Beckett’s career and tear apart their blossoming love, Payton and Beckett must learn to let go of the past if they have any chance at playing out a future together.
Between Loathing and Love is another title I reviewed in eBook format. I enjoyed it enough that during my recent string of comfort reads, I took on the audio format as well. Here is my original review of the story.
At GRL in San Diego, I promised a certain author that I would read and review a certain book he had recently published. Yeah, yeah, yeah. GRL was months ago… but I kept my promise. I read Between Loathing and Love by Andrew Grey and now I am reviewing it.
So what did I think? I enjoyed it greatly. First of all, I loved the fact that it is written in the first person. So much of his work is done in the third. I know not everyone likes first person fiction, but I love it. I connect so much better to the characters this way.
Secondly, I loved the dynamic between these two former enemies. I loved that Payton was the bigger man and put his feelings aside in favor of professionalism. I admired that they talked about their issues and moved forward together. I appreciated that their issues weren’t manufactured. They felt authentic and a good reason to be weary of each other.
I enjoyed getting to know Beckett and Payton along the way. While Payton’s scared rabbit routine at the end wasn’t unexpected, I liked the way it was handled. I recognized that Payton took responsibility for his feelings and actions.
In a literary world where we are conditioned to want sequels, I hope that this story remains a stand alone. I think we left Pay and Beckett in a good place.
Tristan James is not one of the most prolific of M/M narrators, but he has never had a miss in narration. At least not for me. He continues that string with Between Loathing and Love. His deep voice is a pleasure to listen to. He doesn’t work for every character, but he worked well for Pay and Beckett. I was able to fall into the story and not come up until it was done. This narration will go into my rotation of comfort listens for sure.
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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