'Return of the Chauffeur's Son' was totally a case of 'right church, wrong pew'. While Tara Lain isn't a new to me author I've read several books by her and for the most part I've enjoyed them but this is only my second time listening to one of Ms Lain's books on audio and while the first one was ok at best. I seriously enjoyed this one from start to finish. I loved the story and with Greg Tremblay as the narrator well...of course I loved the it as an audio book.
Now about the story, Luca McGrath is the chauffeur's son and he's been away from his home in Napa Valley for quite a while about 8 years. He left to study culinary arts in Paris and then went on to make a name for himself in New York but it was also to put some distance between himself and James Armstrong...best friend and unrequited love...you see James is straight, so other than platonic...a relationship was never going to be between these two men. Having stayed away for eight long years Luca is finally lured home by the offer of what will become his dream job...and this is where things become fun.
Luca comes home to find that James isn't acting as straight as he always seemed but this is all complicated by the fact that Luca's finding that while he thinks he still loves James there's someone else who keeps drawing his attention...Dylan, Jame's older brother...yep, we've got an age gap here and for me it's all good because it's only about 10 years and I've never really had a problem with age gaps between 10 - 15 years. But even more importantly I loved Dylan and when Dylan and Luca finally get page time together both in and out of the bedroom...this becomes one hella' good story. The interaction between these two is beyond entertaining more often than not I found myself laughing and just giggling with delight at their banter.
I can't honestly say that I would have enjoyed this story as much had I just read the e-book. I'm sure it would have been close but I have to admit the addition of Greg Tremblay's voice narrating worked wonderfully for me and I was delightfully entertained. This one's more of a slow burn than anything and admittedly it's fairly light on the sexy times there's was really only one full on sex scene and it's well past the 50% mark so...slow burn and well worth the wait. It was sexy and fun. I'm assuming that the author was going for sexy and fun with these two men rather than the more common intense, passion filled first time sex scene and for me it was simply delightful. I'm not talking 'oh-my-god-this-is-ridiculous' here I'm talking two men who loved each other and were comfortable with each other and while simply being together made them happy, sharing the intimacy of love was for them pure joy. It worked, ok I really don't know how else to explain it but it worked and for me their happiness was palpable and came through so clearly in the narrator's voice.
'Return of the Chauffeur's Son' was a light, enjoyable feel good romance with a bit of restaurant intrigue thrown offering several hours of listening fun and leaving me with a happy smile at the end of it all.
A copy of the audio book 'Return of the Chauffeur's Son' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
When I read The Gunslinger, I was not impress. I was not really sure where this book was going until towards the end, turns out to be a quest book. Then, I have my doubts. But what I started from the first book, I had to move on to the second book and it took me a while to finished it. Yes, I took my time to read it and in the end, that long time... was worth it. I read slowly and absorb the words, the intentions and the purpose. In the end, it is once again a quest book with more questions but I am surprise how good The Drawing of the Three turn out to be.
From where it was left off, Roland of Gilead now has a goal. In order seek The Dark Tower, he has to recruit others from other worlds to join him on his quest - Eddie Dean, a drug junkie who loves his brother Henry more than anything else, Odetta Susannah Holmes, a girl that may seem nice but other wise, deadly and a third that I would not spoil it here. What caught my attention was what does drawing of the three means and its said inside pretty much clearly. Still, the entire book is all about how Roland, almost to his dying breath after been attacked by sea creatures like lobsters, with grit, goes through all hell to get these people from another Earth-like dimension (which is our own). For the first time, and even though Stephen King, in his style of writing long narrations of background history so that we get to know the characters involved for the readers, he managed to draw my attention in a way that is suspenseful and it is good. I truly enjoy my reading and that is why I took my time to finish it. Towards the end, even though there are more questions involve, I am looking forward to read The Wasteland soon. If you have read The Gunslinger and you have your doubts, trust me, The Drawing of the Three is worth continuing.
I've been wanting to read or listen on audio as was the case here to something by this author for quite a while now. So when I saw 'A Forced Silence' on audio and Scott R. Smith was the narrator. I was intrigued a new to me author and a new to narrator. This was going to be an adventure and I was looking forward to it.
Unfortunately my adventure turned out to be not so epic. 'A Forced Silence' had so much potential for me...enemies to lovers, coming out and second chances I was ready. Adam Carson and Sam McKenna went to school together. Adam tormented Sam and made his school years miserable. But that was years ago and both men have changed. Sam's out and Adam's firmly ensconced in the closet, but somehow these two men find themselves drawn to each other and a relationship begins.
While the story itself appealed to me it was Adam and Sam and the overall dynamics of the relationship that just didn't work for me. I really didn't feel the connection between them and their banter not only didn't work for me, but at times I was actually a bit put off by their interactions. Overall as a couple these two guys just didn't work for me.
Add in the fact that while for the most part the narration was ok, there were times that it lacked the consistency that I really appreciate in an audio book. At times I just couldn't hear enough distinction between some of the voices and it left my brain scrambling to catch up and figure out who was speaking which tended to yank me out of the story.
I'm not sure if it was the just the story that wasn't working for me or the narrator or a combination of both...so, while I'll definitely give try something else by this author and the narrator as well...just maybe, not at the same time.
It's literally been years since I read this story and by years I mean 2012 when it was first released. I devoured this one. Absolutely loved every word of it. It's without a doubt my favorite standalone story by Mary Calmes. I can't even really point to any specific reason why I enjoyed it as much as I did but I did and that's all that matters to me.
Having said all that I have to admit I was a little nervous about listening to the audio...I mean what if I didn't like it as much as I remembered? What if I didn't like the narrator? It's not Tristan James or Greg Tremblay and for this author these are first choices for narrator or Sean Crisden he usually does a fairly good job when it comes to Mary Calmes audiobooks...seriously I've had this one on my audio wishlist for quite some time now but I finally decided that I was going to bite the bullet and get this one. I'm a grown-up, if it doesn't work I can handle a little disappointment...I wouldn't cry...to much...honest.
So I did it, I bought the audio...cue the sound...and breath a sigh of relief because it was ok. I still absolutely love this story, it's a favorite and while the narrator was a new to me narrator. I was not disappointed. Caleb Dickinson did justice to this near and dear to my heart story and it was definitely a listening experience that I look forward to revisiting.
My other motive for revisiting this story is this is the first story in which we meet 'Conrad Harris' guardian angle and friend to Trevan and then we meet him again in 'A Day Makes' but at the end of October with the release of 'Late In the Day' we are given his story or at least a whole lot more of it, so I wanted to refresh my memory and what better way to do that than to revisit the early days and now that I've revisited 'A Day Makes' and 'Mine' on audio...I am so ready for more Conrad Harris.
Mary Calmes never fails to delight me with her stories and I am so looking forward to more Conrad Harris and if he made a visit to check up on Trevan and Landry along the way that would make for a nice slice of reading happiness for me, so I'm just going to cross my fingers and hope but either way I have little doubt that I'm going to enjoy this one as much as I have previous stories.