Amy Lane is basically and auto-buy for me, so I was excited to get to review Going Up on audio.
Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Paul Woodson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars Overall
Story Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Every dreary day, Zach Driscoll takes the elevator from the penthouse apartment of his father’s building to his coldly charmed life where being a union lawyer instead of a corporate lawyer is an act of rebellion. Every day, that is, until the day the elevator breaks and Sean Mallory practically runs into his arms.
Substitute teacher Sean Mallory is everything Zach is not—poor, happy, and goofily charming. With a disarming smile and a penchant for drama, Sean laughs his way into Zach’s heart one elevator ride at a time. Zach would love to get to know Sean better, but first he needs the courage to leave his ivory tower and face a relationship that doesn’t end at the “Ding!”
My first impression of Zach is that he is a spoiled douche. However, as the story develops, I can to the conclusion that he wasn’t spoiled, so much as broken by his parents’ expectations. He great up with privilege but not as a son so much as an accessory for his parents’ business and political aspirations. He has had small rebellions, but has spent most of his life hiding himself from everyone around him. He has never had a relationship and has practically no experience for which he has not paid.
Sean is Zach’s polar opposite. Poor, but comfortable in his own skin… free to be himself. They meet one morning in the elevator when Zach notices this larger than life man with the beautiful blue eyes. Without realizing it, he becomes mesmerized by the young man.
The majority of the story is told in small snippets of time. The time it takes to ride the elevator from the 14th floor (where Sean lives) to the ground floor (or the opposite direction). It is an interesting way to look at the relationship. It does make it a little difficult to feel for the characters, but you do feel the growing frustration of Zach as all interactions are interrupted by that “Ding!” saying the ride was over, and they have to go their separate ways. The story in somewhat unbalanced. It is all about them getting together. We don’t get to see much of them once they ARE together.
It is a quick read and very sweet. If you love Amy Lane, don’t miss this one.
This was my first experience with Paul Woodson as a narrator. While not my favorite narrator, he wasn’t bad either. His voice basically fell away and I just listened to the story. He didn’t bring anything to the story, but he didn’t take anything away either. So I guess I would say he was neutral. If you enjoy audiobooks, this is a good one. If you are on the fence about audiobooks, I would go for a different narrator.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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