Brett Taylor’s world collapsed three years ago when he lost the love of his life. Almost as bad as the grief is the advice he’s starting to get from everyone and their brother, telling him it’s time to move on. They’re flat-out wrong. He left his career as a musician and escaped to his ranch because he needs the peace and quiet, and he’s doing just fine. He doesn’t want anyone invading his memory-filled, booze-fueled solitude.
JT Campbell’s world has been defined by his parents’ money, status, and his own empty relationships, until he’s desperately sick of it. A quest to find something meaningful leads him to Brett’s failing ranch. It’s supposed to be a brief stay. JT never wanted to be anyone’s savior or compete with the ghosts of lovers past. Still, he can’t help wanting this gruff and grieving man.
JT’s mind knows it’s a bad idea, but his heart keeps pushing him to find out what lies beneath Brett’s rough and broken exterior. Brett’s not going to make it easy. JT can only be patient, keep his sense of humor, and hope for the day he may be allowed far enough into Brett’s world to unbreak his heart.
The main thing I enjoyed about this was the narration. Nick J Russo is an amazing narrator and he did a terrific job giving all the really emotional and angsty story a good voice.
First, I have to say that I have a limited tolerance for angst in the first place. Some here and there to give a story drive is ok – for me- but a lot tends to make me discouraged and isn’t something I seek in a story. (I know tons of folks love it – but I’m not one.) IMHO Brett is overwrought about something that doesn’t seem like as big of a deal as he makes it out to be. On top of that, he’s still pining for Walt, his dead lover, and that gets tedious quickly.
I had a really hard time even liking Brett. He felt too whiny and was kinda selfish and manipulative. All in all he was mostly a jerk to JT and he didn’t really ever resolve that to my satisfaction. (Spoiler/) He HIT JT! For looking through some papers! That was a really bad move and I’m not sure he apologized enough for that. (/spoiler )
Although JT seemed like a great guy, I doubted his sanity in his infatuation with Brett.
There were parts of the story that held a lot of promise: the ex-music star, the ranch, the May/December factor – even some of the angst and sadness. But… It was just toooo much angst and hang wringing they went on for pages and pages (hours and hours). The two MCs spent so much time waffling back and forth – will I, won’t I, I miss Walt, I was terrible to Walt, I’m too old, he’s too young, he won’t love me, he can’t love me… and on and on!
I just got worn out!
If this had been edited to about half the total content and the story progressed a bit faster this would have been a 5 star read for me.
I’d be interested in the follow up book, just to see if Brett comes around and is a decent partner for JT but I’d be leery of being sucked into more drama.
2.75 of 5 for the book
(I seriously LOVE the new cover though! Delicious!)
Nick J Russo kept me in this! If it weren’t for him – if I’d been reading this – I’d have either skipped to the end or stopped reading. Nick’s excellent narration kept me involved and I was able to stick it out. He really gives Brett some quality emotions and I thought he interpreted JT really well, too.
I think listening is the way to go, as far as experiencing this story!
I’m not sure I “recommend” this – but if you have a high tolerance for angst – you might really enjoy this audiobook. Be prepared for a lot of pining, however, and some people are not so keen on that.
5 of 5 for the narration
Overall 3.5 of 5 stars
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