Title: Pins and Needles
Author: A.J. Thomas and Jason Riley (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: January 12th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
The truth is rarely seen on the surface, and getting to it might mean digging deep….
After a devastating accident and a long stay in the hospital, the last thing petroleum engineer Sean Wilkinson wants to deal with is the settlement the oil company tries to force on him. He’ll never be able to work in his field again, his education is all but useless, and his surgeons are pessimistic about whether he’ll ever walk again. He needs someone in his corner, but most lawyers take one look at his tattoo-covered foster father and turn their backs. It’s just Sean’s luck that the one attorney willing to give him a chance is also the hottest guy he’s ever seen.
As a trial lawyer, Nate Delany has a lot to prove—to his father, the world, and himself. Sean intrigues Nate, and he struggles to reconcile the gifted tattoo artist he can’t stop fantasizing about with the quiet, brilliant engineer. His investigation reveals facts left out of the accident report—including an illicit affair, greedy coworkers, and a vicious corporation that will do anything to protect its bottom line. When Sean’s life is threatened, winning Sean’s case, and his heart, becomes a lot more dangerous.
I enjoyed most of the story, especially because it’s told from the dual points of view of both Sean and Nate. It even reminded me in the beginning of the John Grisham novels I loved back in high school (and god that sentence made me feel old). The characters were well developed, the plot was captivating, there was enough legalese and suspense to keep me fully engaged without being too over the top, I just wish the romance side would have been more developed.
I struggled in the middle because of the miscommunication brought on when Nate tries to distance himself from Sean because getting involved with a client could get him disbarred, and Sean thinks Nate is rebuffing him because of his injury, and it just really bothered me. The suspense in the story brought on because of the sabotage to the boat and Sean’s recovery I felt were more than enough without adding this unnecessary drama that could have been avoided with a simple conversation.
The narration was okay, but there wasn’t a lot of embellishment to Jason Riley’s reading, which made it feel a little flat for me personally – but then I like a “performance” and to hear the emotion in the narrator’s voice.
Riley’s narrative style was a bit fast-paced, which I know will appeal to those people that constantly love to speed up their audiobooks, but for me, especially in the conversational portions of the story, it became confusing at times, because Riley doesn’t really use a lot of distinctive character voices so sometimes with his faster-paced speaking style I was confused who was speaking at certain points and had to rewind to re-listen to portions again for clarification.
Those niggles aside, the listen was mostly entertaining, Riley has a nice tone of voice that’s quite appealing, and I would definitely give something else of his a listen in the future to see his growth. With only the mild speed bump in my enjoyment in the middle of the story, I found the rest to be quite engaging, I liked the characters, and the ending had me sighing.
If you like good hurt/comfort stories, with some suspense and action thrown in I’d definitely recommend giving this a shot.