Author: Lane Hayes
Narrator: Tyler Stevens
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 03/07/2016
Length: 08 hours 12 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
A Better Than Story
Paul Fallon is a fashion advertising guru. He’s a genius at dealing with difficult editors, art directors, and designers alike. He thrives on the chaotic atmosphere and constant challenges. But in his personal life, he’s hoping for peace and stability. Settling down with a nice doctor or lawyer sounds perfect. Anyone but an artist. He’s been there, done that, and he doesn’t want to relive the heartache.
Seth Landau is a model, occasional guitarist, and aspiring painter. He’s quirky, flighty, and wise beyond his years. Life has taught him some tough lessons, then given him opportunities he never dreamed of. He’s learned to appreciate the fragility of life and to express it in his work. Seth’s flare for the absurd combined with a supple mind and a beautiful body are too alluring for Paul to ignore. Against his best intentions, Paul is drawn to the younger man whose particular brand of crazy challenges Paul to accept that things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes taking a chance is better than being safe.
I love how each of these stories was connected to the others. While this one focuses on Paul and Seth, I loved seeing the previous couples and their progress in life and love. While these can be read as stand alones, I recommend you read these in order to understand the evolution of the group of friends that make up the core of this series.
Paul and Seth were an opposites attract couple. Paul was punctual, Seth was always late. Paul was uptight, Seth was a bit of a mess. Paul was very professional, Seth was outwardly arrogant and stuck-up. Yet, for all their outward incompatibilities, there was more to both men and their connection.
It was kind of fun watching Seth push all Paul’s buttons and watching Paul get so worked up. It was also interesting watching Seth let bits of his real self slip amidst his “dickhead” act. It was these small promises of learning more that kept me coming back for more. It was what kept me needing to know how things would turn out. I had to know Seth’s story.
But then as the story progressed, the author switched things up and my interest was no longer only in finding out about Seth, but it was also in discovering Paul and watching him discover himself. His transformation from solid, sure to neurotic and almost needy was interesting. The way it suddenly became clear that he was actually the mess and the way Seth fulfilled the grown up role was a great twist that I didn’t expect. I thought for sure Seth was going to be the more immature of the two, but this story goes to show you that age doesn’t always follow expectation.
Seth and Paul, while complete opposites, were great for each other. They fit and pushed each other to be better. They gave the other what he needed and I loved watching them fight their love until the bitter (or in this case happy) end. This story was my favorite of the series because while it was still typical Lane Hayes HEA yummy goodness, it had an angsty edge and characters with flaws. It was Lane Hayes HEA yummy goodness with a kick.
I love Tyler Stevens. He has a great way with accents(even if they did slip occasionally in this instance) and bringing out characters’ personalities and a story’s emotions. He did a great job with this series and I highly enjoyed listened to him narrate this story.
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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