Blurb: When Felix lands a job taking care of a man recovering from severe injuries, he thinks his life may have just turned around. Anything has to be better than the place he’s leaving. There’s something about Lane that draws Felix to him and makes him question if this place could finally become a home for him. But when someone begins stalking Felix, he is left to question who Lane is and what actually happened to him. Together, Felix and Lane will be forced to see just how far they will go to protect each other. Being chased by cops, kidnapping a man, and breaking into a drug operation seems to be his normal since arriving in Lane’s life. Felix may be out of his element, but one thing he is sure about is that he doesn’t want to leave, even if it costs him his life.
Review by Dee:
Book previously reviewed here https://openskyebookreviews.com/time-to-laugh-hidden-in-darkness-by-alice-winters/
When I read the book the first (of many times), I was startled by the lack of ‘kid glove’ treatment Felix gave Lane. Don’t get me wrong, it was funny as hell, but wow!, it’s rare to read a story where the disabled MC is treated as they deserved; in this case, a bit meanly (Lane was a bit of a dick at first).
The sarcastic humour and banter is genuinely funny and the crime/suspense kept me engaged.
The audio, as performed by Joel Leslie, does not disappoint*. He continues to wow his listeners with his talent. In this case, he brought Felix to life, capturing his snark perfectly. Joel also captured Felix’s vulnerability and, at times (few), his sensitivity; especially when dealing with Lane. It goes without saying that the overall performance was great, but wow, did he nail the essence of Felix.
This will be an audiobook that I’ll re-listen to often. Loved it!
*(except that there were very slight pauses between sentences due to the ‘I said”s – an editing issue)
5.5 stars out of 5
Review by Morgan
I agree with Dee that Joel Leslie did a wonderful job as always with his narration. He manages to convey humor and romance as well as give us a variety of well developed characters.
His narration is definitely a 5 of 5 stars for me.
I’m not a fan of the story however. I don’t like mysteries and I found Felix tedious rather than charming but I know others like Dee really found him hysterical. He just grated on my nerves and detracted from my overall enjoyment. (It could be a mood thing… but it just didn’t work for me.)
The humor here is just not my style of humor so I have to give the story a 2 of 5 stars. Overall a 3 of 5 stars.