Title: His Uptown Guy
Author: Felice Stevens and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
Publisher: Felice Stevens
Release Date: May 14th 2019
Listening Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
When Jesse Grace-Martin loses his father on 9/11, his charmed life is gone forever. People look menacing, and the streets no longer seem safe. After experiencing a brutal mugging, Jesse retreats to his apartment in the landmark Dakota building. Five years later, his first attempt to walk outside those famous gates again is a disaster – except for meeting the gorgeous maintenance worker who helps him through his crushing panic attack. Jesse can’t stop thinking about the guy but hesitates to reach out, knowing he has little to offer.
Dashamir Sadiko has big dreams. Money in the bank tops his list, and his glimpse into the life of the uber-wealthy at his job at the Dakota is all the incentive he needs. Struggling to work full-time and go to college, Dash desperately wants to break the cycle of poverty his parents had hoped to leave behind in Albania. When the two men become friends, Dash isn’t sure what to expect but can’t help his growing attraction to sweet and sexy Jesse. It’s nice to see how the other side lives, but his affections can’t be bought; Dash wants to be his own man.
Defying the Dakota’s co-op rules, the two share lunches, their hopes and dreams, and ultimately their hearts. Jesse slowly regains his courage, but he’s worried he’ll never be the person he once was and that he’s not good enough for Dash. And Dash isn’t convinced the son of poor immigrants has a place at the table with a blue-blood, trust-fund man. Jesse needs to realize that money can’t buy happiness and love, while Dash must learn to trust that what they have is real, that he’s more than Jesse’s walk on the wild side with an uptown guy.
I’m awed. Honestly. This was such a great story, but hearing it performed by Nick J. Russo just added so much dimension and feeling.
I had previously read the ebook when it was published and truly enjoyed the story. It was a unique blend of two different worlds, colliding and creating harmony within each other. Jesse and Dash were so loving and careful. Their story so full of depth and growth in the wake of tragedy.
The emotions were not only captured but enhanced by the narration. I loved the deeper, booming voice of Dash and the sweet tone to Jesse’s words. This was so brilliantly done.
This is going in my ‘Love’ file to be listened to over and over.