Author: Ethan Stone
Narrator: Greg Boudreaux
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 12/19/2016
Length: 02 hours 05 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Sometimes you do get a second chance at first love
Diamond magnate Sly Carson is headed to the Hotel Incognito, the premier resort for gay men in Las Vegas. He plans to take advantage of the time away from his homophobic father and have as much fun as possible. But the fun ends when he bumps into his old flame, Rory Klein.
Rory’s job working at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center has left him emotionally drained. A few days away was supposed to relax him, but there’s nothing relaxing about facing the man who broke his heart in college.
Twenty years have passed, but time doesn’t necessarily heal all wounds. This weekend could be their last chance to make things right, but a confession from Sly could ruin everything.
I was quite taken with Lies & Diamonds & Bears. The idea of a hotel like Incognito sets up all sorts of situations and I liked that this was a second chance love story as well.
We get both sides of the story in this, which I appreciated. It was great to know what each was thinking and gave insight into their breakup first hand.
Rory didn’t fit the stereotype of a big muscley bear, which I liked; He seemed shy and reserved. Even though Sly was arrogant and brash, he had his soft heart too. I could believe them as a couple, although I would have liked to see more of what these two had in common in the first place to bring them together. Their reunion had lots of baggage and I would have liked to see them reconnect more.
I thought I knew who the next book was about, but after reading the blurb, I wished we could have seen more of Devon and Reid. However, it was an entertaining read and I was glad I picked it up.
Greg Boudreaux did a great job voicing this story. Those familiar with Greg Tremblay will hear a familiar voice.
Although Rory and Sly had similar voices, when they talked together I could tell them apart. The sex scenes were hot and Greg’s voice added to this. I highly recommend the audio edition!
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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