Title: Love You So Special (Love You So Stories #3)
Author: Tara Lain and Ry Forest (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 24th 2019
Listening Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Can a man’s secret yearnings be revealed in a tank full of fish?
Artie Haynes knows he’s nothing special, with just-your-regular-brown hair, a solid plumber’s job, not much education, and a family that can barely get off the couch. But Artie has quirks – like his love of tropical fish, a landlord who’s a professor of existentialism, a passion for the amazing piano music he hears at a concert hall while he’s fixing the bathrooms – and the fact that he’s never come out as gay and probably never will. But when he’s hired to build a guesthouse for the pianist whose music enchanted him, Artie is swept up into an unimaginable world.
François Desmarais may be famous, rich, and revered as one of the world’s great classical composers and pianists, but he’s soothed and challenged by the inquisitive, stalwart, protective man in his back yard. When François’ terrible fear of crowds turns into a dangerous plot, Artie can stay in the closet or prove just how special he is.
Okay, this cover just blew me away. This was a fantastic visual for me. While I really enjoyed so many aspects of this story, there were some things that just really bothered me as well. Overall, it was a very sweet romance that proves that opposites attract.
Artie is a blue collar kind of guy. He’s the first in his house to graduate high school and he’s built his life around hiding the fact that he’s gay. From the clothes that he wears to his profession of plumber, no one knows. Well, that’s not entirely true. His fish know everything about Artie.
Francois is a musical genius. He’s a composer and he’s a world class pianist. But he’s got a crippling anxiety of crowds and well, most people. He lives in a huge mansion with his mother where he’s safe. But when he meets the plumber who’s working on his home addition, he can’t believe how easy it is to talk to him. And he can’t understand what it is about him that makes him feel comfortable.
The romance between Artie and Francois was so sweet and a very slow burn. I really enjoyed how their feelings were laid out so well by Tara Lain. It was very well written and fun to read.
I didn’t love the homophobic aspect of the story. It was saddening how great lengths Artie went to to stay in the closet and how the story made his parents seem like awful, uncaring people until he brought home someone like Francois.
This audio version was narrated by Ry Forest, who I really enjoyed listening to. With all of the French accents, it was fun to hear his vocal range. I did get confused at times as to who was talking when Francois was conversing with his mother as they both had accents, but overall I really appreciated what the narration brought to the story.
If you are looking for a sweet, slow burn with MC’s that are clearly meant to be, this is for you.