As an audiobook addict I’m always happy for new audiobooks – especially those I haven’t already read in print before. I knew the author from two other books, one I really liked and the other one was good but not a good fit for me. So I was kind of curious about this one.
Let’s talk about the narration first: It was okay for me. I liked the narrator for Toby’s voice. Rain was spoken with a slight accent, which sounded a bit odd sometimes. I have to admit I have no idea if it fits a South African Accent, it also could have been Scottish to me - but I’m German and what do I know. But the tempo and the accentuations did work for me mostly. Matthew Lloyd Davies is definitely on the list of narrators I can listen to.
The book itself was somehow in between really good and okay. I liked the MCs, they were not perfect, acted sometimes very human. Unfortunately they also acted sometimes just a bit too stupid…..I’m looking at both, Toby and Rain here…
But there was a lot of stuff going on and sometimes it just felt crowded: A boss in love, both MCs having hang-ups over experiences in the past, sheep thief (and sheep phobia), gay bashing, missing father, etc.
The good chemistry Toby and Rain had going on suffered a bit because of this.
Thus said, the sex is hot, the two are good as a couple after a few hitches. Rain delivers the additional bonus of being a talented pole dancer. I also liked how most of the time they worked on the relationship. They were not stereotyped book characters but had their quirks and little human faults.
And did I mention that the sex was hot? Ups, sorry, I did.
Of the side characters I especially liked Lucas, who didn’t sit on his opinion from time to time.
What I didn’t like were some stupid moves like Toby’s not telling anybody about the harrasment, Toby getting a bit too emotional towards the end of the book, he cried a few times, and Rain letting his former boyfriend kiss him. Sorry, but this was the fifth book in a row with a kiss to be misunderstood – I’m so over this.
All together I enjoyed listening to it. It won’t make its way to my all-time favorites but it’s also a book I can imagine listening to a second time.