Yanni’s Story (Spencer Cohen #4)

Title: Yanni’s Story (Spencer Cohen #4)
Author: by N.R. Walker
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 27, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 120,000 words
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 2.9 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5


When Yanni Tomaras is kicked out of his family home, his parents’ final words are religious insults and an order to never return. Homeless and desperate, he’s lured in by Lance, charming on the outside, an evil predator underneath, who abuses him until he finds the courage to leave.

After years of being trapped, Yanni should feel free, but by the time Spencer Cohen finds him, he’s resigned to being handed back to Lance, and once again being caged by fear.

Starting school and a part-time job, Yanni starts to reclaim his life. But a love for silent films leads him to Peter Hannikov, a man twice his age with a kind heart, and an unlikely friendship between them blooms into so much more. Neither man knows what he wants, at first. Finding out exactly what he needs is Yanni’s story.

“I’d spent years as a bird, caged with my wings clipped, tormented and beaten.

I thought I’d escaped when I’d left my abuser, but in hindsight I could see that I was still caged, this time by fear and self-doubt.

Spencer and Andrew, and Andrew’s parents, opened the door to the cage that confined me.

But it was Peter who taught me how to fly.”

I know I’ll be one of the few odd men out on this one.

A couple of points before I start my review:

  1. I love NR Walker, and that won’t change despite my thoughts on this book.
  2. There wasn’t anything wrong with the writing it’s simply a case of expectations and preferences. We can’t love them all.

Going into Yanni’s Story, I was expecting angst, and a book not as slow paced as it was.

-As for angst, it wasn’t really there. Yes, Yanni has been through a lot, and we’re indicated all he went through, and I felt bad for him the but book didn’t pull at my heartstrings as I wanted. I like to cry in books. I never felt like crying. Why? Aside from a couple of episodes, everything felt too perfect, it all fell neatly into place, and everyone around Yanni was absolutely lovely. To be blunt: it was dull.

-Pacing. If you’ve ever read my reviews then you know I love a good slow burn. This book took slow burn to another level. I understand why the story was written this way Yanni needed to heal, but the pacing felt off, and after not much going on up to 70sh% of the book I started skimming at 75% because I just wanted to finish. This is a long book (120,000 words) it’s hard to sustain my interest for that long with such a sluggish moving story.

-Peter. Peter was kind, loving, and patient BUT I didn’t feel any spark towards his character. He was too sweet and (again) too perfect.

I feel like a twat for feeling this way on a book about this subject matter. A domestic violence victim fighting back and finding the strength within themselves to push forward, but I do. I think most readers will enjoy it and will be tickled with delight at the light daddy kink.

It pains me to rate NR so low: 2 Stars.

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Galley copy of Yanni’s Story (Spencer Cohen #4) provided by N.R. Walker in exchange of an honest review.


I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant