Author: Amy Lane and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 9th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Ten years ago Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron George lost his wife and moved to Colton, hoping growing up in a small town would be better for his children. He’s gotten to know his community, including Mr. Larkin, the bouncy, funny science teacher. But when Larx is dragged unwillingly into administration, he stops coaching the track team and starts running alone. Aaron – who thought life began and ended with his kids – is distracted by a glistening chest and a principal running on a dangerous road.
Larx has been living for his kids too – and for his students at Colton High. He’s not ready to be charmed by Aaron, but when they start running together, he comes to appreciate the deputy’s steadiness, humor, and complete understanding of Larx’s priorities. Children first, job second, his own interests a sad last.
It only takes one kiss for two men approaching 50 to start acting like teenagers in love, even amid all the responsibilities they shoulder. Then an act of violence puts their burgeoning relationship on hold. The adult responsibilities they’ve embraced are now instrumental in keeping their town from exploding. When things come to a head, they realize their newly forged family might be what keeps the world from spinning out of control.
There was a lot I loved about this story. From the plot, to the characters, to the romance…I loved pretty much everything.
I absolutely love when I get to see older characters have a chance at romance too. I love that both Aaron and Larx are in their late 40s with baggage and kids and it seemed real. Their romance seemed possible.
Both men are bisexual, but Aaron has always found it easier to be with women so as not to rock the boat. But Aaron has been watching Larx for ten years, and when he finally makes the decision to approach and start something. I loved how the romance blooms spectacularly from there.
I love the way Nick J. Russo narrated this from his wonderful character voices for Aaron and Larx and all the kids and secondary characters, to the way he brings out the emotions without going over the top, to his inflection, tone and pacing. This was an absolutely delightful listen. I was so mad every time I’d have to stop and would wait impatiently to be able to push “play” again.
Nick J. Russo is a go-to narrator for me – if I’m on the fence and not sure whether a book might be right for me and I see he’s the one narrating it? Instant buy, because I know he, along with a handful of other narrators, will always entertain me.
The story itself made me mad (on behalf of the main characters and some of the kids), made me laugh, and made me happy. Call me a mush – but this one hit me right in the feels.