Author: Amy Jo Cousins
Narrator: Cooper North
Cover Artist: Unknown
Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 10/17/2016
Length: 08 hours 02 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Humble pie wasn’t supposed to taste this sweet.
Jack Tarkington’s life is in the toilet. He was supposed to be spending his junior year studying someplace cool like Paris or Rome. Instead, after taking out his anger on the campus “golden boy”, whose dad ripped off his parents, Jack is facing possible expulsion.
Sure, it’s all his own fault, but coming back to the small Iowa town he thought he’d escaped, after crowing about his admission to a prestigious school, has been a humbling experience.
When he runs into Miguel, Jack braces for backlash over the way he lorded it over his old friend and flame. Instead, Miguel offers him friendship—and a job at his growing farm-to-table store and café.
Against the odds, both guys bond over broken dreams and find common ground in music. But when Jack’s college gives him a second chance, he’s torn between achieving a dream that will take him far from home, and a love that strikes a chord he’ll never find anywhere else.
Warning: This book contains a humbled guy who’s on the brink of losing it all, a determined entrepreneur who seems to have it all together, apologies issued through banjo-picking duets, and two lovers who can play each other’s bodies like virtuosos.
Caroline reviewed the book here.
I didn’t love the story as much as Caroline or anywhere near as much as the first book.
I was looking forward to seeing Jack Tarkington get his own story. He was featured in the first book as the antagonist who blamed Tom for his own misfortunes and was determined ti make Tom’s life hell.
Here, Jack is back home dealing with his alcoholic mother and Mike, his high school lover. My trouble with the book is that it moved at a glacial pace at times. I also didn’t feel the chemistry between Jack and Mike for a good part of the book. It felt like they were going back and forth about their emotions instead of dealing with things like grown ass men.
Listening to this book so soon after the first book it was easy to see some of the things Cousins did in both books. In both books a character refers to someone as ‘kid’ even though they’re only a few years apart.
The sex was pretty while written but I was never really engaged in the characters or their relationship. In the end I was glad everything worked out but I wasn’t overly excited or cheering for them.
I’ll be listening to the other books in the series but I hope they get better.
Cooper North did a great job narrating this story. There are advantages and disadvantages to having the same narrator for a series. It worked okay here to have Jack and Mike’s voices the same as Tom and Reese because North has a strong voice.
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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