Roommate by Sarina Bowen (audiobook) – Narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Stephen Dexter

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Wanted: One roommate to share a three-bedroom house, split the rent, and ideally not be the guy I can’t stop thinking about.

I’m a man with too many secrets, so the last thing I need is a new roommate with a sexy smile and blue eyes that see right through me. Eight years ago, Roderick left town after high school. We’re not friends. I owe him nothing. But back then, I let one of my secrets slip, and he’s the only one who noticed.

Part of me knows I should run far, far away. But the other part wants him to come upstairs and spend the night. But if I let him in, I could lose everything.

Seeking: a room to rent in town. I’m tidy, have no pets, and I will feed you homemade bread. 

I should probably add: gay AF, and has no filter. It’s no wonder my new landlord is so wary of me.

A smarter man would ignore those hot glances from the broody lumberjack. He may want more from me than another fresh-baked pretzel. But if I push my luck, I’ll end up back on the street.

Too bad I’ve never been smart with my heart….

Rating: Narration – A/B; Content – B+

Sarina Bowen’s The Understatement of the Year and the co-authored (with Elle Kennedy) Him/Us are some of my favourite m/m stories and go-to re-listens, so when I saw that Teddy Hamilton was on board for Roommate, the first book in a new series that takes place in the world of her True North novels, I was more than eager to listen to it.  The series is set among the apple orchards and breweries of Vermont, and will feature some of the characters who’ve appeared in the True North books already, and others who are completely new, and it’s a big venture, comprised of four different mini-series.

Roommate is the starting point – and I’ll confess now that I haven’t read any of the other books, so I’ll likely have missed any of the recurring characters; but the good news is that I didn’t have any problems following the story, so you can jump in here, as I did, and not feel as though you’ve missed anything important!

The book opens as Roderick Waites pulls up outside his parents’ home in the small town of Colebury in Vermont.  It’s been years since he’s been back there or seen his parents, who are ultra conservative and don’t approve of his ‘lifestyle’.  But after breaking up with his boyfriend of three years – a country singer who was firmly in the closet and had no intention of coming out – Roddy has nowhere else to go.  Hoping that perhaps his father will have relaxed his stance a little, and realising that he misses Vermont, Roderick goes home in the hopes he’ll be able to stay there until he can find a job and get himself back on his feet.  But it’s a no-go.  His father is as unbending and bigoted as ever, saying Roderick can stay – but only if he will go to church and ask God’s forgiveness for being gay.  Which is not happening.

Roderick, who‘s been through culinary school and previously worked as a baker, starts looking for work, spending the nights uncomfortably – and perhaps dangerously – in his car.  His search isn’t going well when he decides to indulge in a decent cup of coffee at the Busy Bean Café… and suddenly things start looking up.  They’re looking to hire more staff (one of the co-owners is pregnant) and after chatting briefly, Roderick is asked to do a couple of days’ trial for them.

Kieran Shipley works two jobs – three, if you could the work he does around his family’s farm – one of which is at his cousin Audrey’s café.  He’s run ragged; his brother Kyle doesn’t really pull his weight around the farm, even though it’s his full-time employment and he actually gets paid to work there, and Kieran is dissatisfied in his other job at a local design firm, sticking with it because it’s the only way he can utilise the artistic skills his father derides, and because he’s saving up until he’s got enough money to be able to afford to rent a place of his own.  He loves his family, but they put a lot on his shoulders and take him for granted, and he wants and needs the space to be able to branch out on his own… and maybe he can finally start to explore his sexuality and start living life on his own terms.

Roderick is probably the only person who knows the secret Kieran has been keeping for years. When he enters the coffee shop, Kieran is immediately on edge, worried that Roderick is going to let something slip – but he doesn’t.  He’s just chatty and charming and funny… and a fantastic baker.  Dammit.  Roderick is soon a permanent fixture in the kitchen, preparing a mouth-watering selection of baked goods for the café, and Kieran tries his best to have as little to do with him as possible.

But that changes when, on one really cold, miserable night, Kieran finds Roderick sleeping in his car.  He makes a snap decision and offers the other man a room in the place he’s just rented.  He needs a roommate anyway to help with the costs, so it might as well be someone he already knows. Roddy is surprised, as he’d thought Kieran didn’t like him, but he’s not going to turn the offer down, and over the ensuing weeks, the guys become friends, buying stuff for the house and hanging out together, and Roderick gives Kieran cooking lessons, the undercurrent of attraction running between them making for a delicious slow burn.

Kieran eventually confesses to Roderick that he’s attracted to men but has never been able to act on that attraction, and lets Roddy know that he’d like to be more than friends. And even though Roderick knows it’s a bad idea (he just spent three years in a relationship with a closeted guy and had vowed never to do it again), he can’t deny the temptation Kieran presents and decides to risk it.  Soon they’re cooking up a storm (sorry – couldn’t resist it!) between the sheets – but it’s not long before the real world intrudes on the bubble of coupledom they’ve created behind closed doors… and they have to make some serious decisions about what they truly want.

Roderick and Kieran are complete opposites – shy, introspective Kieran a nice contrast to the outgoing, unfiltered (and “gay AF”) Roderick – but they’re likeable and well-drawn, and they have terrific chemistry.  I especially liked that Kieran’s reluctance to come out wasn’t so much that he was afraid of people’s reactions as that he just didn’t think it was anyone’s business but his own.  (There’s a deeper reason too, but – no spoilers!)

I had a couple of small quibbles with the story, but nothing major and I liked it overall.  Some of the reviews I’ve seen have criticised the book for having too much angst and drama, but I disagree; the various story threads are all skilfully woven into the main love story, and none of it is overdone.  Kieran’s relationship with his brother is a nice mix of brotherly love and irritation, and I enjoyed Roddy’s growing friendship with the local priest, who, unlike Roddy’s father, is a truly good, non-judgmental person.

Teddy Hamilton is an all-time favourite and has co-narrated most (actually, I think ALL) of Sarina Bowen’s previous m/m titles, so his name attached to this project made it a must listen.  His pacing is just right, and his voice is easy on the ear, with just a touch of gravel at the lower end (which just adds to its sexiness!).  His interpretation of Roderick is delightful, capturing all of his joie de vivre, his enthusiasm for good food and baking, his snarky humour and the big heart and vulnerability beneath it all.  Stephen Dexter is new-to-me, and I had a few issues with his performance that have knocked down my overall grade.  His portrayal of Kieran is good; Mr. Dexter’s voice is naturally low-pitched, and that works well to describe Kieran’s physicality, and his gruff timbre gives a definite ‘leave me alone’ vibe that fits the character as written.  He picks up all the emotional cues, adeptly conveying Kieran’s confusion and frustration, as well as his genuine affection for Roderick.  The main problem though, is when he reads Roderick’s dialogue, because he pitches it too high and from about the halfway point, starts making him sound really camp.  Mr. Hamilton performs Roddy as flirtatious and playful… but not at all camp, and he pitches Roddy in his own, baritone range, not as a high tenor.  It isn’t dreadful by any means (it’s not a squeaky falsetto or anything like that!), but it’s a noticeable difference, and I had to wonder why Mr. Dexter took that approach (and nobody queried it during the production process).  Both narrators differentiate well between the secondary characters and perform the female roles well; there are a few pacing issues with Mr. Dexter’s performance (sometimes he doesn’t seem to pause at the end of sentences so they just run in to each other), but I can’t fault Mr. Hamilton in that area – or indeed, on anything!  (I can’t help wishing he’d been paired with Christian Fox or Jacob Morgan again…)

When all’s said and done, Roommate is a fun, sexy listen that delivers a heartfelt and ultimately uplifting romance between two ordinary guys dealing with life’s ordinary problems.  Teddy Hamilton is always worth listening to, and Stephen Dexter gets enough right for me to be happy to recommend it in audio format.

Open Secret (FBI Joint Task Force #1) by Fiona Quinn (audiobook) – Narrated by Teddy Hamilton

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Russia is playing mind games…They’ve changed the rules.

Can 280 characters destroy a nation?

Avery Goodyear, a romance editor from the suburbs, becomes a player in an international game of psychological warfare.

The FBI watches the attacks unfold in real time. The enemy’s strategy: win hearts and minds to destroy American unity. The FBI focuses its secret weapon, ex-Army Ranger Rowan Kennedy, at the crisis.

With a PhD in propaganda, Kennedy puts everything on the line to expose the wealthy oligarchs and high-powered schemers threatening our way of life…and to protect Avery.

To beat the enemy at their own game, Rowan and Avery must break the rules. It only complicates things that they’re falling in love.

The game is on. The set is in play. Who will win the match?

Rating: Narration – A-; Content – B+

I don’t know how I’ve managed NOT to come across Fiona Quinn before, but I’m glad I spotted Open Secret (and I freely admit it was Teddy Hamilton’s name that actually caught my eye!) and decided to pick it up for review. Romantic suspense is one of my favourite sub-genres, but I’ve struggled lately to find books that achieve the right balance between romance and plot (moreso in m/f than m/m) so I was delighted when I started Open Secret (book one in the FBI Joint Task Force series) and found myself immediately drawn into the story, which is well-written, tense and compelling, with a premise so scarily plausible that it could have been ripped from the headlines.

Avery Goodchild is an editor of romance novels at a medium-sized publishing house, and is completely thrown when her boss tells her that her latest project is to be the latest novel by Taylor Knapp, the creator of a hugely successful video game and accompanying tie-in book called The Unrest. The game and book generated a lot of controversy and led to a discernible increase in hate crime, word is the next one – The Uprising – will be every bit as provocative – and Avery isn’t at all comfortable with the idea of being involved with the project in any way, shape or form. As she rightly points out, she has absolutely no experience in that genre, no point of reference, no skillset that qualifies her in any way to edit Knapp’s next book, but the author has specifically requested a female editor – and as the only female editor at Windsor Shreveport Publishing, Avery is told in no uncertain terms that this is a job she can NOT refuse.

You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals.

One Time Only by Lauren Blakely (audiobook) – Narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Jacob Morgan

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Ever hear the story about the bodyguard who falls for the rock star?

Yeah, it never ends well.

Each day I remind myself that it’s my job to protect Stone. And nowhere in the job description does it say I should lust after the charismatic, charming man.

Especially since we’re opposites.

But every night I spend with him the dangerous, off-limits attraction grows more intense.

Until one night in a limo when we combust.

One time only will have to be enough. One scorching, forbidden night.

Because the mistakes from the past are chasing me. And if I give in again, I’ll lose everything.

But sometimes you grab hold of the desire. And other times, the desire takes hold of you.

No matter the cost.

Rating: Narration – A; Content – C-

Teddy Hamilton and Jacob Morgan have only recorded a handful of books together, but thanks to their performances in the much-loved Him/Us/Epic from Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, they’ve become something of m/m narrating royalty. I listen to Mr. Hamilton fairly frequently, and he’s a firm favourite here at AG – although I have to confess that I’ve hardly listened to Mr. Morgan at all; not because I don’t like his voice or his work, but because he doesn’t record often – if at all – in the genres I tend to enjoy.

So I was really excited to learn the pair was teaming up again for Lauren Blakely’s latest m/m story One Time Only, a romance between hot, openly bisexual rock star Stone Zenith (yes, really) and his equally hot, ex-marine bodyguard, Jackson Pearce – and they are both, of course wonderful.

The story? Not so much.

In fact, the most notable thing about the story in One Time Only is its absence.

You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals.

The Roommate by Rosie Danan (audiobook) – Narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Brittany Pressley

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Clara Wheaton is the consummate good girl: over-achieving, well-mannered, utterly predictable. When her childhood crush invites her to move across the country, the offer is too good to resist. Unfortunately, it’s also too good to be true.

Suddenly, Clara finds herself sharing a house with a charming stranger. Josh might be a bit too perceptive – not to mention handsome – for comfort, but there’s a good chance he and Clara could have survived sharing a summer sublet if she hadn’t looked him up on the internet . . .

Once she learns how Josh has made a name for himself, Clara realises living with him might destroy the reputation she’s spent years building. But while they may not agree on much, both Josh and Clara believe women deserve better sex. What they decide to do about it will change both of their lives, and if they’re lucky, they’ll help everyone else get lucky too.

Rating: Narration – A; Content – B

InThe Roommate, début author Rosie Danan takes the classic uptight-meets-laid-back trope, mixes in a little of the close-proximity trope and adds a touch of insightful comment to produce a thoroughly enjoyable, cute and sexy rom-com.

Trust-fund baby and east coast socialite Clara Wheaton has had a crush on her best friend Everett Bloom since childhood. Their families move in the same social circles and seem to expect them to get together, but more than twenty years have gone by and Everett shows no sign of getting with that particular program. When he suggests to Clara that she should “follow her bliss” and move across the country to California and live with him (platonically) she decides to do it. All her life she’s been the quiet one, the responsible one, the one who did everything right while her other family members caused scandal after scandal, and she decides it’s time for her to get out from under her mother’s shadow and do something for herself for a change. Unfortunately for Clara, Everett is an oblivious dickhead; he collects her from the airport with the news that he’s off on tour with his (not hugely successful) rock group and that he’s sub-let his part of the house for the summer. So she’ll be living with a complete stranger. Great.

You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals.

Without You by Marley Valentine (audiobook) – Narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Tim Paige

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Tragedy brought us together, but something stronger made me want to stay.

Julian was the boy next door. My brother’s best friend, he fit with my family in ways I never could. While he and Rhett went on to play house, I left the only life I knew, desperate for a fresh start. Until everything changed.

Heartache came along, and the aftermath of my brother’s death was here to stay. I was now face to face with Julian more than I ever wanted to be.

Being around him brought up all my insecurities, forced me to deal with hard truths, and conjured up feelings I had no business entertaining. He wasn’t the man I thought I knew. He was complex and layered, and inherently beautiful in all the ways I’d never noticed. Not on another person. Not on another man. Not until him.

Rating: Narration – A; Content – B

Marley Valentine is a new-to-me author, and to be honest, this book wasn’t even on my radar until I saw it mentioned on an FB group (I can’t remember which one!) in which someone had asked for recommendations for romances that featured a widow falling for her late husband’s brother. It’s not a storyline I normally seek out, but I was intrigued enough to look up Without You on Amazon and thought I’d give it a try. About a week later, I saw the audio version on a Coming Soon list and decided that was the way to go. With two such terrific narrators as Teddy Hamilton and Tim Paige, it was a no-brainer.

For most of his childhood and adolescence Deacon Sutton felt like the wrong puzzle piece in his family, the child who never met expectations, never quite fit in and was never enough, no matter how hard he tried. This feeling was only exacerbated when his younger brother Rhett was diagnosed with leukaemia at seventeen, and Deacon became either invisible or was the target of his mother’s continual comparisons, disappointment or reminders that his brother could die, and it was up to him (Deacon) to live for him. Things at home got worse the sicker Rhett got, and Deacon couldn’t get away fast enough after high school; he moved to Seattle for college, and still lives there, running a successful automotive business with his best friend.

You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals.

When Harry Met Harry by Sydney Smyth (audiobook) – Narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Malcolm Young

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Ever since their chance encounter as seatmates on the plane ride from hell, Harry “Harrison” Fields and Harry “Henry” Lee have had a love-hate relationship. But every time their paths have crossed over the years, they’ve grown to like each other more and more, even developing an unlikely friendship.

Now, Harrison is a fun-loving music teacher who wears his heart on his sleeve, and Henry is a hard-driving business man who’s still striving to get out of his father’s shadow.

As they go through life’s inevitable heartaches and losses, their friendship only deepens. Sure, there’s always been a simmering attraction between them, but nothing worth threatening their friendship over…until one of them takes things too far. But when a valuable friendship hangs in the balance, is a chance at romance worth the price?

Rating: Narration – B+/D+ ; Content – C

Before I get into this review, I have to say this.

PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, JUST STOP PUTTING SNIPPETS OF MUSIC BETWEEN CHAPTERS. IT’S NOT CUTE, IT’S NOT SOOTHING – IT’S ANNOYING AS HELL!

Right. So.

I stumbled across When Harry Met Harry a few weeks ago when I was looking through the Coming Soon titles at Audible, and the obvious reference in the title to what is probably my favourite Rom-Com ever immediately caught my eye. Plus – Teddy Hamilton.

Harrison Fields and Henry Lee meet for the first time at an airport in Singapore when aspiring actor Harrison is going back to the US after spending a few months travelling the world, and workaholic Henry is going to the US to pursue a business opportunity he hopes will enable him to break out from beneath his real estate magnate father’s shadow. A mix up with tickets means that Henry ends up sitting next to Harrison for the whole of the eighteen-hour flight and neither is particularly impressed with the other. Harrison thinks Henry is starchy and cynical; Henry thinks Harrison is overly optimistic and tends to overshare. At some point in the few conversations they have, Henry says he doesn’t believe in love, and also states his conviction that gay men can never be friends because the sex thing always gets in the way. After arriving, they say polite goodbyes and go their separate ways.

You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals.

Wicked Lies Boys Tell by K. Webster (audiobook) – Narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Jacob Morgan

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I’m in love with my best friend.

Lie.

I’m in love with my enemy.

Truth.

But they’re the same.

They. Are. The. Same.

Lines in my world are blurry between fantasy and reality. Truth and lies. Love and hate.

Copeland Justice is my enemy. My once best friend. The sadist in my heart plucking and pulling at every thread of who I am until I’m unraveled at his feet.

His mouth says he hates me. His eyes burn with animosity for me. His heart beats for someone else.

But Copeland Justice is the best liar of us all.

Rating: Narration – A; Content – C-

That right there, those names listed in the “narrated by” part of the header tell you precisely why I picked up Wicked Lies Boys Tell. And as expected, Teddy Hamilton and Jacob Morgan aced the narration in this New Adult GFY story about two long-term friends who fall out and then fall in love, their terrific performances helping to paper over the cracks in the story – of which there are quite a few; tempering the predictability and softening the sharp edges of some of the more obvious stereotyping.

Penn McAlister and Copeland (Cope) Justice have lived next-door to each other all their lives and have been best friends ever since they can remember. But that all changed one night when they were sixteen and Penn, who had known for quite some time that he liked boys and not girls, and liked his best friend the best of all, kissed Cope and Cope punched him in the face.

You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals.

Top Secret by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy (audiobook) – Narrated by Christian Fox and Teddy Hamilton

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LobsterShorts, 21. Jock. Secretly a science geek. Hot AF.

LobsterShorts: So. Here goes. For her birthday, my girlfriend wants…a threesome.

SinnerThree: Then you’ve come to the right hookup app.

LobsterShorts: Have you done this sort of thing before? With another guy?

SinnerThree: All the time. I’m an equal opportunity player. You?

LobsterShorts: [crickets!]

SinnerThree, 21. Finance major. Secretly a male dancer. Hot AF.

SinnerThree: Well, I’m down if you are. My life is kind of a mess right now. School, work, family stress. Oh, and I live next door to the most annoying dude in the world. I need the distraction. Are you sure you want this?

LobsterShorts: I might want it a little more than I’m willing to admit.

SinnerThree: Hey, nothing wrong with pushing your boundaries….

LobsterShorts: Tell that to my control-freak father. Anyway. What if this threesome is awkward?

SinnerThree: Then it’s awkward. It’s not like we’ll ever have to see each other again. Right? Just promise you won’t fall in love with me.

LobsterShorts: Now wouldn’t that be life-changing….

Rating: Narration: A; Content: B

Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy’s Him is one of the most beloved novels in the m/m genre so when the authors announced their first collaboration in three years, expectations were naturally very high. Reactions to the book have been mixed, but once I saw that Teddy Hamilton was on board for the audio, and had been paired once again with Christian Fox (they were excellent in Ms. Bowen’s The Understatement of the Year), I knew that whatever the story’s faults, the narration was bound to be superb. And it was.

Top Secret starts out with a Shop Around the Corner vibe, as two people who dislike each other in real life start to fall for one another when they start chatting anonymously via a hook-up app. Keaton Hayworth III has it all – good looks, money and a hot girlfriend he’s been dating since high school. Life would be perfect if it wasn’t for the fact that his father, who runs a large pharmaceutical company, wants him to go into the family business after graduation, while Keaton – who is studying biology – wants to move into research and continue into post-graduate study, and is dreading the day when he’s going to have to tell his father the truth.

You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals.

Let There Be Light (Twin Hearts Duet #1) by A.M. Johnson (audiobook) – Narrated by Aaron Shedlock and Teddy Hamilton

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His world was water and rhythm. Hard work and drive kept Royal O’Connell one step ahead of his competition. His spot on the swim team, keeping his scholarship, was the only plan that mattered.

His world was ebony and ivory. Natural talent and ambition set Camden Morgan apart from the other music majors. His dedication scored him a full ride.

Normally, their paths would have never crossed…but when Royal meets his best friend’s new roommate, his big plan and Camden’s controlled environment faces a variable that could destroy it all: attraction.

The world they live in had no room for error. That undeniable pull between them was dangerous, and neither one of them could’ve prepared for the choice they’d have to make.

Love isn’t always an easy road, and when everything they’ve worked for is on the line, they’ll have to decide if being together is worth the risk.

Rating: Narration: B/A-; Content: B-

Even though HimUs and The Understatement of the Year are all on my favourites shelf, romances featuring college-age protagonists aren’t ones I normally pick up. But in the case of Let There Be Light by new-to-me author A.M. Johnson, the draw was twofold – 1.) Teddy Hamilton and 2.) as a classically trained musician myself, I’m interested in stories featuring characters who are musicians. Let There Be Light features two scholarship students – one a champion swimmer, the other a virtuoso pianist – in a charming coming-of-age/coming-out story.

It’s a very low-drama tale that relies more on internal conflicts and issues to drive it forward, and I admit that had I read it, I may have decided it was too slow-moving and not for me. Fortunately, the excellent narration by Teddy Hamilton and new-to-me narrator Aaron Shedlock kept me engaged, although I can’t deny that things dragged a little around the middle and early in the second half.

You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals.

The Understatement of the Year (Ivy Years #3) by Sarina Bowen (audiobook) – Narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Christian Fox

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What happened in high school stayed in high school. Until now.

Five years ago Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then he’s made an art of hiding his sexual orientation from everyone. Including himself. So it’s a shock when his past strolls right into the Harkness College locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same slow smile that had always rendered Graham defenseless.

For Graham, there is only one possible reaction: total, debilitating panic. With one loose word, the team’s new left wing could destroy Graham’s life as he knows it.

John Rikker is stuck being the new guy. Again. And it’s worse than usual, because the media has latched on to the story of the only “out” player in Division One hockey. As the satellite trucks line the sidewalk outside the rink, his new teammates are not amused. And one player in particular looks sick every time he enters the room.

Rikker didn’t exactly expect a warm welcome from Graham. But the guy won’t even meet his eyes. From the looks of it, his former…best friend/boyfriend/whatever isn’t doing so well. He drinks too much and can’t focus during practice.

Either the two loneliest guys on the team will self-destruct from all the new pressures in their lives, or they can navigate the pain to find a way back to one another. To say that it won’t be easy is the understatement of the year.

Rating: Narration – A : Content – A-

The first sports romance I ever listened to was HIM, by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy.  I’m not a fan of sports of any kind and I worried that perhaps the sporty stuff would both bore me and go completely over my head.  Well, that book proved me wrong in the sense that while the sporty stuff DID go over my head, it wasn’t prolonged enough to get boring, AND the narration by Teddy Hamilton and Jacob Morgan was so incredibly good that it enabled me to get through those parts without being tempted to fast-forward through them!

The premise of Sarina Bowen’s The Understatement of the Year bears more than a passing resemblance to HIM – one of her collaborations with Elle Kennedy – because it’s centred around ice-hockey, and the two leads – Michael Graham and John Rikker (voiced here by Christian Fox and Teddy Hamilton respectively) – are childhood friends whose friendship ends abruptly, for reasons one of them doesn’t understand.  But unlike Wes and Jamie in HIM, Rikker and Graham had already acknowledged their mutual attraction and begun to explore the physical side of it before things crashed and burned between them, and their friendship ended for very different reasons, which ultimately forced one of them so far back into the closet, it’s a wonder he didn’t end up in Narnia.

You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals.