Seducing Stephen by Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

88AED617-65A2-440F-B539-8E32CB3D2109-1193-000002E14E61125F_tmpTitle: Seducing Stephen

Author: Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee

Narrator: Cornell Collins

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Unknown

Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 09/30/2016

Length: 05 hours 52 minutes

Genre: Gay Romance, Historical

Summary:

What does a jaded earl see in a studious young man? Everything he never knew he was missing.

The dark, alluring Peter, Lord Northrup, is Stephen’s every nighttime fantasy made flesh and he’s in Stephen’s bed, ready for passion. When Peter discovers the bedroom mix-up, he’s ready to leave until Stephen begs him to teach him all the things he’s only imagined.

The two men, visitors at a country house, begin a delirious, passionate affair with Northrup as teacher and Stephen his eager student. Peter knows their liaison is about hot sessions of sexual exploration, not love–and backs away when he sees shy Stephen’s heart is involved. Passion and commitment can’t coexist for men like them.

But Peter is haunted by memories of the summer fling and the quiet young man he spurned. But he may have taught him Stephen too well the lessons of a cynical roué.

This is a previously published book. Warning: Strong language and erotic content.

Story Review:

Oh I loved the premise of this one! Older, more experienced man tutors a young virgin in the ways of sex. It was really well done and never crossed that line into creepy father figure/son territory.

Stephen was innocent and naive but not childlike or TSTL. And Peter’s teaching style was sexy and dominant yet never smarmy. Their covert glances were coy and lustful but never leering or lascivious. The author really did well on this one because this is one trope that is easy to screw up.

I also liked that as the story progressed, Peter unintentionally taught Stephen about the harder emotions in life and it came back to haunt Peter. While I don’t normally like seeing main characters sexually active with other people, it was necessary in this story. It was required to overcome that first sexual partner equals true love innocence and show that the roles had reversed and Stephen had grown up and it was now Peter doing the chasing. It was now Peter having to determine his true desires in life and admit to emotions. This change in roles gave this story that bit of depth needed to overcome lust and bring these men into a believable loving partnership.

I also liked the fact that the authors found a way for these men to live contentedly ever after within the confines of society without making things “perfect” or totally unrealistic. They acknowledged the risks and found a way to work around them yet not remove them completely. I often don’t read historicals in the genre because of the endings, but this one worked well for me.

Narration Review:

Cornell Collins is quickly becoming one of my favorite British story narrators. I love his voice and his accents. His ability to play multiple roles well is amazing. I love that he injects emotion into his reading in such a way that it feels like a performance without being overdone. I will have to search out other works he has narrated.

Links

Seducing Stephen on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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