Title: When Loves Takes Over
Author: Jacob Z Flores
Narrator: T.J. Jamesin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Provincetown: Book One
Zach Kelly’s life is a shambles. His boyfriend of three years dumped him, and his writing career is going nowhere. On a whim, he heads to Provincetown, Massachusetts, to nurse his broken heart and figure out his next step. He’s expecting to find rest and relaxation on the sandy beaches of Cape Cod. Instead, Zach meets a hunky porn star during a chance encounter at a leather shop he mistakes as a place to buy a belt that is definitely not for whipping.
Van Pierce is smitten when shy and inexperienced Zach crashes through a shelf of fetish gear. Though Van’s got an insatiable appetite for men on and off the set, his porn persona, Hart Throb, hides a broken heart. He’s struggling to find the reality the porno set doesn’t offer, and Zach is fighting to find the fantasy that will set his writing on fire. The odd goofball and the suave beefcake may either find love amid Provincetown’s colorful pageantry where summer never seems to end—or more heartbreak than either can imagine.
My View – Story:
This story was so over the top, I could not help but be amused. When Love Takes Over is set in a gay town where people are free to be who they are with no apologies. And that shows throughout the tale. There are drag queens, porn stars, open relationships, outrageous parties, some questionable hygienic practices, and sex on the beach. The men are loud and unapologetic in their stereotypical behaviors. In my opinion this story was not meant to be taken seriously, and this was quite evident in the exaggerated sex scenes with dialogue right out of the most rediculous pron movies you could encounter.
However, while this was very over the top, there were some tender moments and a very nice HEA. I quite enjoyed reading Van and Zack’s story and look forward to seeing what their future holds.
My View – Narration:
This is my first audiobook narrated by T.J. Jamesin. There were some volume control issues. Some voices being overly loud, almost yelling. Other times, the voices were so soft I had to increase the volume to hear. This made for quite a shock when the loud voices reappeared. This seemed to resolve itself towards the end of the book when it seemed like he settled in and became more comfortable with his narration. Overall, I felt the narrator did an OK job and I would listen to his other works in the future. However, I will not be searching him out specifically.
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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