Title: Resurrecting Elliot (Newport Boys #2)
Author: Cate Ashwood and Michael Pauley (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 8th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Nightmares and panic attacks following a horrific tragedy leave Professor Elliot Lawrence a prisoner in his own home. After months of relying on his sister as his only connection to the outside world, Elliot is desperate for a sliver of independence. But leaving the safety of his home isn’t an option, not yet, and he reaches out in the most innocuous way he can think of: grocery delivery.
Colton Kelly, retired porn star and recent college grad, is struggling at two minimum wage jobs to make ends meet. During one of his grocery deliveries, he meets Elliot. Although the attraction between them is instant, they must first traverse the long road of putting Elliot back together. When disaster strikes yet again, this time in Colt’s life, Elliot’s not sure he’s strong enough to be the man Colt needs him to be.
I really enjoyed this. I loved how wonderful Elliot and Colt were for each other. I mean, sure this required some suspension of disbelief, but this story, and all it’s sweetness and hurt/comfort came at a time I really needed it. You know how sometimes a story just strikes you the right way just when you need it most?
Colton Kelly is a retired porn star and recent college graduate trying to find a job as a teacher. In the meantime in order to make ends meet he’s holding down two jobs, one of which is delivering groceries.
Elliot Lawrence is a professor who witnessed a horrifying act and is suffering from PTSD, anxiety and becoming agoraphobic unable to leave his home. In a bid for more independence he places an online order for groceries to be delivered to his home.
When Colt shows up it’s attraction at first sight, but the two build a friendship first that morphs into love. They each give the other much needed support, encouragement, and love.
Cate Ashwood and Michael Pauley gave me six and half hours of entertainment, comfort, and enjoyment. I enjoyed Pauley’s character voices and pacing, and will definitely check for more of his work.
Some of the story does take place off page, which is fine, but there were two things especially that I would have liked to have gotten the conversation or outcome of on page*. *
First, toward the end I think Colt and Elliot stop using condoms, but I don’t remember any discussion about it.
Second, by the end Colt is an assistant professor at the university. I remember the offer including the opportunity to get his Master’s and PhD at the college’s expense. So did Colt get his Master’s? Was he working on his PhD?
Overall I really enjoyed the sweet hurt/comfort of the story, getting to know the characters, and the narration.
P.S.: Though it does have a short appearance by the couple from Book 1, Keeping Sweets, this can absolutely be read as a standalone.