I admit it, I'm reviewed out for now but bottom line with this one is I liked the narrator,Nick J. Russo. He's a favorite of mine and truthfully the main reason I wanted to review this book unfortunately for me the best thing about this one was that it was short because overall I just didn't enjoy this story. I really wasn't a fan of Lee Aung one of the MCs and overall I just couldn't connect with this story.
So at the end of it all I liked the narration and the fact that it was short. But just because this one did work for me doesn't mean it that others won't enjoy it.
An audio book of 'Wet Heat' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
If you haven't read this series please...stop here go back and start reading or listening because it's all on audio. So either is good...trust me I've done both read the the series and listened to the audio and truly either format is very good.
I know I've already done one big long rambly review extolling the virtues of this book...actually of the whole series and truthfully I'll probably borrow some bits and pieces from it to use in this review, but if I do I promise I'll try to keep it to a minimum.
There's a quote that starts something to the effect of 'start as you mean to go on' and when I think about this series I truly feel that's what TJ Klune has done with this series. He began by giving us a story, one that we could relate to, with characters that we'd care about...invest a bit of ourselves in and take into our hearts and love and we did...or at least I know I did and I'm pretty sure a lot of my friends who read these books did as well and now here at the end of the journey we are once again given those same characters and even though this is their good-bye they have stayed in my heart and for all the hours that they've spent sharing their time with me they will remain firmly tucked into a corner of my heart.
When this journey started Bear was just finishing high school and the Kid well he was just that 'a kid' just a little guy and throughout the course of these stories we watched them grow up...going from a young man and a kid to grown men who have fallen in love, gotten married and now have children of their own. They've shared their happiness and their heartache with us, their good times and their bad and in return we've given them our tears and taken them into our hearts.
I've read more than a few series from start to finish and I have to admit some have had amazing endings and some have been more than a little disappointing. 'The Long and Winding Road' for me was a perfect fit to the rest of the series. This is good-bye it's a glimpse at the past and everything that's gone before to make these men who they are but it's also a look into a future...one that's filled with love, laughter, good times, bad times and hope...always, there is hope.
Sean Crisden was the narrator for this final audio book and while he hasn't narrated all the books in this series, he has narrated 3 out of the 4 and I have loved every one of them. I'm a fan of Mr. Crisden and yes, honestly I am listening to one of his other audio books as I type this review...like I say "I'm a fan." With each story he's given us a solid and consistent narration adding depth, dimension and life to the characters and the stories.
Sadly 'The Long and Winding Road' is the final chapter in the journey that we've taken with these characters. I had mistakenly thought it would be easier to travel this road this time because 'Hey, I've already read the story. I know what's going to happen, right?' well, yeah that is correct but somehow the sad was just as sad, the happy was just as happy and the funny was just as funny as the first time around and I'm pretty sure that times number 3 and 4 and so on ad so on are all going to be just as enjoyable because while the this may be the end of the journey it's not going to be good-bye for me as long as there's a play button on my computer, e-reader, whatever I'll be spending time with these stories.
Well go me, I've gotten this far without having to cheat and use anything from my original review so I think I'm going to quite while I'm ahead and I'll just say 'The Long and Winding Road' is the last leg of the journey for 'Bear, Otter & the Kid' if you've read it all like me than you know that audio or e-book this series is time well spent and if you haven't...well, damn you were suppose to quite reading this review back up at the beginning...obviously you're one of those people who don't follow instructions well...lol!!! Welcome to the club and as your initiation you need to go check out this series, go on it's worth it.
An audio book of 'The Long and Winding Road' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
...to find her way thru this complicated mess.
I was tempted to lower my rating to 2 stars, but I decided I would leave it at 3. I did enjoy it...mostly. It only had 1 grammatical error. And I finished it within 3 days. So, 3 stars.
Now, for the negatives: poorly written. Convoluted. Couldn't follow some of the characters' trains of thought. The switching between 1st and 3rd person. And even at the end I couldn't fully tell what had really happened to some of the story.
Emma was a nightmare sister. Cass became one herself, so I couldn't relate to her or feel sympathy. And she was written to be far too intelligent for a teenager. The side characters were extremes: polarizingly blind and stupid or too involved and conveniently similar to Cass.
I only finished this because I genuinely wanted to know what happened to Emma, the Pratts, and Rick. The curveball at the end was ridiculous.
The book wasn't all bad. It was just juvenile and not original. It was more like an average episode of SVU.
Truthfully this is the third time I've tried to start this review and in my brain it's probably the twentieth. My goal here isn't to tell you what the stories about but to share with you why I was so gobsmacked by this one and truthfully to get you the reader to at least take a peek at it or maybe even decide to read the story.
'Covet' at first glance appears to be a menage book that involves twincest...nope, sorry wrong. Truthfully I don't even think I would call it a 'menage' story in the true sense of the word and as for the twincest...not here. By definition 'twincest' is an incestuous sexual relationship between twins or siblings who look very similar and that doesn't happen here. Peter and Jack are twins but there is 'no' sexual attraction between Jack and Peter. What there is...is a bit of a problem since both men are attracted to Colin.
Colin is a professor at the local university where Jack also works. While Peter is a lawyer. Peter and Jack have a close relationship and while Jack's attraction to Colin is there from the start, initially Peter's only interest is curiosity about the man who seems to be garnering more interest than his brother has given to anyone in the past and from there they become friends for Peter and Coliin the sexual interest is more of a slow burn.
For Colin and Jack their progression to an intimate relationship while quicker still takes ore time since Colin has just gotten out of a 5 year relationship and he's not looking for anything new, but Jack's determined and he knows how to play the game. So with a little patience, determination and willingness to take things slower than he'd like Jack moves his relationship from friends to friends with benefits.
The relationship between Jack and Peter is definitely put to the test when Jack learns that Peter's interest in Colin has gone beyond the platonic. The relationship between these three men is...well...not to sound cliche but...yeah, it's complicated and then some. It's also handled incredibly well by the author. This is my second book by Yolande Kleinn and while I enjoyed 'Running Hot' I'd be remiss if I didn't also say that 'Yolande Kleinn has impressed the hell out of me with the story that she's created this time around'.
Aannnddd having said all that I did have one disappointment with this story which was the ending specifically the epilogue. Unfortunately that's about all I'm going to say about that because otherwise I'll be sharing more in terms of details than I want to share...now, now don't get into a panic it's not that there wasn't any happy at the end you can breath comfortable about that the happy is there and admittedly it may well be that that I'm if not the only one, I'm one of a very few readers who are bothered by the epilogue, but I was so that's the reason there's not 5 stars here.
That this is one of the most challenging reviews I've ever had to write doesn't surprise me since this book contains some of the most challenging relationships I've encountered in a book in a very, very long time and yes, I do mean relationships because 'Covet' isn't just about the relationship between Jack, Peter and Colin...no it goes well beyond that. The author has given us time with Jack and Colin, Peter and Jack, Peter and Colin and we even got some time with Peter and Maureen...before things ended between them. I only mention this because while things didn't work out between Peter and Maureen, I really like the character of Maureen.
So, I'm just going to have a little babble about Maureen here. Maureen was initially Peter's girlfriend and what I really loved about this character was that she was a successful, confident professional (lawyer), she wasn't clingy or needy and when things ended with Peter she didn't turn into a raging bitch!!! Seriously I loved Maureen...please can we have more women like her in books. It was awesome to see a woman portrayed in such a positive light. Maureen didn't have a lot of page time but that's ok because what she had as appropriate to her role in the story. Maureen is one of a very few female characters that I've encountered in a book in a long time that I truly enjoyed and thus ends my little babbling tribute to the character of Maureen.
'Covet' is a very relationship driven story and truthfully none of those relationships are easy or simple but in many ways they are very solid and real. Just like in real life relationships aren't always what they seem to be sometimes they are more or less than what the world sees but always they are unique to the people in them.
A copy of 'Covet' was graciously provide by the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.