Out of the Shadows (Audio Review)

Title: Out of the Shadows (Dreamspun Desires #40)
Author: K.C. Wells and Finn Sterling (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 13th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Can he step out of the shadows and into love’s light?

Eight years ago, Christian Hernandez moved to Jamaica Plain in southern Boston, took refuge in his apartment, and cut himself off from the outside world. And that’s how he’d like it to stay.

Josh Wendell has heard his coworkers gossip about the occupant of apartment #1. No one sees the mystery man, and Josh loves a mystery. So when he is hired to refurbish the apartment’s kitchen and bathrooms, Josh is eager to discover the truth behind the rumors.

When he comes face-to-face with Christian, Josh understands why Christian hides from prying eyes. As the two men bond, Josh sees past his exterior to the man within, and he likes what he sees. But can Christian find the courage to emerge from the darkness of his lonely existence for the man who has claimed his heart?

I’m actually really bummed.

I usually enjoy Finn Sterling’s narration and this, for the most part, was no exception. Sterling uses distinctive character voices for every character, he has good pacing, he has good timing, he adds just enough emotion to his performance…this was shaping up to be a 5-star narration for me.

And then one of the main character’s voices changed.

The character voice for Josh literally changed throughout the production. Josh’s voice started out normal, and the change was subtle at first. But then it got progressively higher in pitch until, by the end, the character sounded like what I would imagine it would sound like if Mike Tyson and Mickey Mouse had a love child.

I honestly do not understand how it is possible that Sterling didn’t notice, or how this got through proofing without someone acknowledging, “Dude, you changed Josh’s voice. What’s up with that?”

Talk about disappointing. If it weren’t for that I would be raving about this – the story is sweet, low angst, nice characters, a little heat…too bad Josh’s voice became my main focus taking away from the rest of what would have and could have been an awesome audio.

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Audio copy of Out of the Shadows provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

The story is sweet, low angst, nice characters, a little heat...too bad Josh's voice changing throughout became my main focus taking away from the rest of what would have and could have been an awesome audio.

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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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