3.5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Audiobook Book co-workers to lovers Contemporary DA Dreamspinner Gay Gay Hidden Lovers High but not hopeless Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort lawyer m/m Mid level steam/heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words)

Audiobook: Pins and Needles by A.J. Thomas Narrated by Jason Riley


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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.


(Book reviewed here previously)

This reminded me of a gay, romantic, John Grisham novel – I loved it!

We get a little bit of everything. Some corporate intrigue and danger, some hurt/comfort, a little bit of client/lawyer romance, an interesting/heart-warming bit with Sean’s father, and some tattooing!

The romance between Sean and Nate sometimes frustrated me because it felt like a conversation about clients and lawyers and relationships would have fixed a lot of the angst – but once that gets settled it was good.

The action might have overshadowed the relationship stuff a bit, but all of it really blended well.

All in all I enjoyed this and would recommend it to fans of legal drama and hurt/comfort romance.

4 of 5 stars


I wasn’t that impressed with this narrator. Jason Riley is a new to me narrator, he’s easy enough to understand, but he speaks pretty quickly, which normally wouldn’t bother me, but sometimes I was waiting for him to breathe! He has a nice voice quality, but didn’t do much in terms of accents or differentiating the characters. The sound quality was good, but there wasn’t a lot of depth to his “performance”. I wouldn’t avoid him in the future, but I wouldn’t seek him out either.

3 of 5 stars

Overall 3.5 of 5 stars


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