3.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Author Provided Book Contemporary Dee Friends to lovers Gay Heat Index Length m/m Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Standalone

Audiobook: Summer Heat by Jay Northcote Narrated by Mark Steadman


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A summer fling is an ideal cure for a broken heart. But when it’s with your best friend, things get complicated.
When Adam is dumped by his boyfriend, a week away at a beach resort seems like a great opportunity to get over his ex. Sun, sea, and no-strings sex will be just the boost he needs to move on with his life.
Adam’s best friend, Finn, agrees to accompany him at short notice. Finn’s had a crush on Adam for years, but is determined to put his feelings aside and be the perfect wingman in Adam’s time of crisis.
A spontaneous threesome with another guy forces Adam and Finn to confront their attraction to each other. Having a holiday fling together wasn’t part of the plan, and as their trip heats up, they soon realize that one night of fun won’t be enough for either of them.
The passion might be scorching, but their hearts and friendship are on the line. If their romance is going to survive the flight home, they have to be honest about what they want.


I read and reviewed the book a little while back – it’s a lovely novella about recognising that sometimes love is right under your nose. I really liked Adam who’s just been dumped; he seeks refuge with his best friend, Finn. They go on holidays with each other and eventually fall in love with each other.
So the audio…
The story is told in alternating POV which I’ve always liked, but Mark Steadman barely differentiated between Adam and Finn. At some point, I stopped trying to figure out who was talking and concentrated on listening to the story. Which brings me to complaint #2, the narrator’s cadence reminded me of someone reading the news. I didn’t get the emotions of either guys, or the other side characters. Overall, the narration was not bad, (once I got used to it), but it was a bit disappointing, considering that this is a lively, fun book.
I would listen to this again, but only because I really liked the book and I can’t read and drive at the same time… ☺

3.5 of 5 stars


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