Title: Where Nerves End (Tucker Springs #1)
Author: L.A. Witt and Iggy Toma (Narrator)
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 20th 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 6 hrs 55 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Jason Davis can handle a breakup. And an overwhelming mortgage. And a struggling business. And the excruciating pain that keeps him up at night thanks to a shoulder injury. But all of it at once? Not so much. When his shoulder finally pushes him to a breaking point, Jason takes a friend’s advice and gives acupuncture a try.
Acupuncturist Michael Whitman is a single dad struggling to make ends meet. When a mutual friend refers Jason as a patient, and Jason suggests a roommate arrangement to alleviate their respective financial strains, Michael jumps at the opportunity.
But Jason soon finds himself regretting it—he’s too damn attracted to Michael, and living with him is harder than he thought it’d be. In fact, the temptation to act on his feelings would almost be too much if not for the fact that Michael is straight. Or at least, that’s what their mutual friend claims.
Iggy Toma offers a solid performance with easily discernible character voices and a knack for drawing the listener in to the story.
The first story in the Tucker Springs series is a super slow burn romance with likable characters.
When Jason Davis finally caves under five years of chronic pain and takes his friend Seth’s advice to go to an acupuncturist he’s unprepared to meet the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen.
Acupuncturist Michael Whitman is living life basically month to month. With both men struggling under various financial stresses, Michael accepts when Jason suggests that Michael move out of his month-to-month lease and into Jason’s house so they can both get some financial breathing room.
After Michael moves in their friendship blossoms, but it’s not long before Michael begins to fall for Jason, which is a problem for a lot of reasons…not the least of which is they live together.
I liked that there’s no insta-love but rather that Jason and Michael’s friendship slowly turns into romance. What I didn’t like was the on again, off again nature of their relationship. I was also a bit disappointed in the quick ending. I’ll admit I was left feeling like I missed a chapter or two. I wanted more time with the characters to be in their relationship, to get to see them happy for a while.
In the end, though, this is a slow burn romance, chock full of UST, and an entertaining listen with an open to hopeful possibility HFN.