Title: Smitty’s Sheriff (Hope #3)
Author: Cardeno C. and Ezekiel Robison (Narrator)
Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
Release Date: August 1st 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Todd is too flakey. Richard is too stubborn. Together, they’re perfect. A May-December couple get a second chance at love.
Retired soldier Richard Davis wants a stable life in a quiet town with a forever man. Becoming the sheriff of Hope, Arizona, accomplishes two of his three goals, but instead of finding a serious partner, he falls for too-young-to-be-committed and too-flakey-to-be-serious Todd Smitty. Richard won’t find the right man if he’s obsessed with the wrong one, so he walks away from Todd.
It’s lust at first sight when Todd meets his sister’s army friend. He sets his sights on the worldly, strong, stable older man, and the more time he spends with Richard, the harder he falls. But after three years together, Richard cuts off all contact with no explanation.
When a mutual obligation requires Todd to move into Richard’s house, he’s thrilled at the opportunity to earn a second chance. Ignoring Todd from across town was hard enough. Can Richard resist temptation under his own roof?
Sighs I love Ezekiel Robison, and his narration of this story is pitch perfect. He captures the characters so well, and even though I wanted to strangle Rich at first, I slowly began to like him by the end of the story.
In a lot of ways this is about miscommunication. The one thing Richard had wanted from Todd – commitment – was something he never actually discussed with him. Rich just assumed he knew what was best for Todd, because Todd is so much younger, and therefore couldn’t possibly want to be in a long term, committed relationship.
I ended up really enjoying this dual POV, May/December romance with a hard-headed alpha male and the delightfully clueless man he loves. Especially the narration!
I just absolutely adored Todd. Man, I felt for Todd! It broke my heart to realize that he’s just a simple guy who misses big clues and didn’t understand what had happened when Rich broke things off with him. His low self esteem in the beginning killed me.
He would have loved to listen if Rich had wanted to share whatever was on his mind, but he understood why Rich didn’t do that with him. He wasn’t as smart as Rich, wasn’t as experienced in anything, didn’t understand the laws and politics in Rich’s job. Todd couldn’t give useful advice or solve anything, so talking to him was a waste of Rich’s time.
Todd is very happy being submissive, especially to Rich whom he implicitly trusts, because he just prefers for someone else to be in charge and hold the reins.
He didn’t have a problem with someone else being in charge; in fact, he preferred that dynamic because it kept him from having to worry about whether he was doing the right thing or acting like an idiot.
And Rich? Well, he is just what my brother would call “a poor dumb bastard” – by not asking for what what he wanted and assuming he knew what was going on without having the conversation that could have cleared it all up he ended up making them both miserable.
Rich Davis—the man who never called him his boyfriend, didn’t mention a future together, hadn’t asked him to move in during three years of dating, never suggested monogamy, and hadn’t stepped foot in public with him until they had the shared excuse of caring for Molly—had a jealous streak a mile wide and just as deep when it came to Todd, and that jealousy had a hair trigger.
It’s Todd who, for all his simplicity, recognizes the issue, talks about it calmly and openly, and gets things onto a track they are both comfortable with.
Sometimes he thought he was too simple to notice a problem. But other times he thought people made simple things way too complicated.
Though I had some issues with the way Rich handled their relationship by keeping it secret from the majority of the town, and how he behaved with Todd in the beginning, I came around in the end.
I just want Todd to be happy, and if Rich is what will make him happy, then I’m all for it. <3
I love Ezekiel Robison and his easy way of narrating so the story just flows seemingly effortlessly into your ears. Ezekiel is fast becoming an auto-buy narrator for me, particularly when he’s bringing Cardeno C’s words to life – I would absolutely recommend any audio by Cardeno and Ezekiel.