Title: What Can Be
Author: Mary Calmes and Robert Nieman (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: January 12th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Thirteen years ago, Eli went on a summer trip with his mother and never came back. Now, existing in a new life as Jacob Somerville, he’s again running from fear and memories, only to end up where he started. As Jacob struggles to reconnect with his father and brothers, he realizes that his lover, Craig Zhao, was the only thing filling his empty heart and standing between him and ghosts of the past. It will take the power of love—from his family, from Craig, and from himself—for Jacob to see that his life truly is filled with the promise of what can be.
A novella from the Dreamspinner Press 2011 Advent Calendar package “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
I love that there’s quite a bit of emotion packed into this novella and that it also includes a sprinkling of angst and some heated sexy times. If I have one complaint it’s that I would have liked for the end to have been fleshed out a bit more, but that’s more about me being greedy and wanting more of these characters than anything else.
Please note: This is classic Calmes – where the main character – Eli/Jake – is beautiful and beloved by all, and…well if you’re a Calmes fan you know how it goes. Just sayin’.
Robert Nieman is a new to me narrator. I enjoyed his style; he was really good at conveying the emotional depth of the story and characters and he brought out the angst of the storyline without making it a caricature.
I’m a bit bummed that he didn’t really do character voices, which would usually worry me, but he delineated enough in his tone that I wasn’t confused when multiple characters were conversing. Sure, I would have preferred a bit more on that end, but it didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the narration on a whole.