Turning the Page Audiobook by Andrew Grey Narrated by Jeff Gelder

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/turning-the-page-by-andrew-grey-8205-b

Blurb

Malcolm Webber is still grieving the loss of his partner of 20 years to cancer. He’s buried his mind and feelings in his legal work and isn’t looking for another relationship. He isn’t expecting to feel such a strong attraction when he meets Hans Erickson – especially since the man is quite a bit younger than him.
Hans is an adventure writer with an exciting lifestyle to match. When he needs a tax attorney to straighten out an error with the IRS, he ends up on the other side of the handsome Malcolm’s desk. The heat between them is undeniable, but business has to come first. When it’s concluded, Hans leaps on the chance to make his move.
Malcolm isn’t sure he’s ready for the next chapter in his life. Hans is so young and active that Malcolm worries he won’t be able to hold his interest for long. Just when he’s convinced himself to take the risk and turn the page, problems at the law office threaten to end their love story before it can really begin.

Review

Malcolm’s lover died of cancer 13 months ago and he’s still very mucsh stuck in his grief. At his brother’s urgings and some serendipity, Malcolm ends up joining a former client for dinner and finding out they share a lot in common and definitely share an attraction..

Malcolm is hot and cold with Hans. He’s very attracted to Hans, but not ready to forget his husband nor can he forget the significant age gap.

Eventually some things stir up in both their lives that force their hands and both men have to ask themselves just what they’re looking for.

**

I loved the idea of dreary, sad Malcolm finding his way out of grief with the (10 year) younger Hans. Hans seemed so full of life and zest and it would have made for a lovely contrast.

However, what should have been a contrast felt like too opposite to fit. Malcolm never quite shook the “stick in the mud” label and he was still way too hung up on his husband for my tastes.

I didn’t see where Hans and Malcolm really connected other than physically.

There is some drama at the end that didn’t fit the tone of the rest of the story and seemed only like a way to throw our MCs together.

It wasn’t a bad story, but it wasn’t Andrew Grey’s best work. He usually really engages me with his characters and Malcolm and Hans were sort of meh to me and I wasn’t that invested in their relationship.

I did love the fact that both men were over 40 and Malcolm was over 50.

3 of 5 stars

Audio
Whenever I’m on the fence with a book, I consider the audio because it will sometimes elevate the story to the next level for me. I’ve absolutely seen books where a good narration made me feel a lot “better” or “more strongly” about a story so even though I didn’t love this story I opted to review the audiobook so that it might get a second chance. (An example is Fish Out of Water by Amy Lane. https://openskyebookreviews.com/fish-out-of-water-audiobook-by-amy-lane-narrated-by-greg-tremblay/) I’m also on the fence with this particular narrator, Jeff Gelder. He’s impressed me at times, but also made me crazy at times. I think, however, that by looking back at my reviews of his narrations, I can say that I will be avoiding him in the future. He’s just not someone I enjoy listening to and in this case, he really didn’t impress me.

He gave the characters some unique voices, which was nice, but Hans ended up sounding like a robot and very stilted. Jeff doesn’t add much emotion to his narrations and when he does it doesn’t always seem to match what he’s reading.

Unfortunately I can’t recommend this audiobook as I think it actually detracts from this story.

2 of 5 stars

Overall 2.5 of 5 stars

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Catching Heir by Julia Talbot

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Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/catching-heir-by-julia-talbot-7737-b

 

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Is he in love with an old hotel—or its new owner?

Professional snowboarder Cullen Patrick is successful and kinda famous. So when he inherits an old Colorado hotel from an unknown relative, he really should leave well enough alone.

Matt Nathanson has been managing the Treeline Estates since college. He loved the elderly former owner, and he stands to inherit the place if no one claims it in the next week. Of course, Cullen shows up, and Matt thinks it’s time to move on. He doesn’t want to like Cullen, no matter how engaging the guy is, or how hunky.

Cullen has grand ideas for the Treeline, but he doesn’t want to implement them without Matt, and he’s not sure he’s ready to give up snowboarding. Can Matt convince Cullen that putting down roots is worth it… and maybe catch his heir at the same time? 

Review

There are a few things you have to like to enjoy this book:

  • The author’s writing style. If you’re not familiar – take a peek – because it’s more stream of consciousness than other writers. Lots of one word sentences. Impressions rather than full blown ideas. Emotions rather than complex narratives. I really like it and think it works well in her shifter novels because those are based on an animal mind set that doesn’t “think” in the same way humans do.
  • Learning about how to run a hotel.
  • Learning snow boarding lingo.
  • No sex (fade to black)

I liked the opposites attract but found a lot of the dialog didn’t work for me. It was a bit too disjointed and “young” and I have no idea if it was accurate or not but it still felt a bit much on a 30 year old.

For two people who were so passionate about one another having it be fade to black was disconcerting as well. I know Dreamspun desires doesn’t require that so I’m not sure I agree with the author’s choice to go that way.

I like the author’s work with shifter novels but this wasn’t my favorite. It was fun, but not great. Really sweet ending though.

2.75 (rounded to 3) of 5 stars

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Otter Chaos by PD Singer

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Lon Ewing snowboarded in and turned economist Corey Levigne’s life upside down, introducing him to a world he didn’t know existed. Corey’s still adjusting to a boyfriend who shifts into an otter and raids the koi pond—and now Lon says Corey’s department chair is a werewolf?

Wolves at the university, wolves in the bank—across Lon’s desk sits Professor Melvin Vadas and his hench-wolves, demanding a construction loan for the pack’s new lodge in the mountains. There’s just one little problem: the proposed building site is home to a breeding population of rare fish.

What do wolves care for stupid human rules, an otter who’d barely make a good snack, or one pesky human determined to protect the environment? Once they’re snout to snout with Corey and Lon, there’s more than silverscale dace on the Endangered Species List.

Includes Tail Slide, the short story that launched Otter Chaos.

Fresh powder snow and running water in the Colorado back country call Lon like the moon calls the wolves. Belly-sliding to a good time on the weekends makes up for a workweek at a desk, and meeting Corey adds a whole new level of fun to snowboarding.

It’s easy to slip away for time alone in the woods without raising suspicion, but how’s Lon to entertain himself when bad snow and a worse spill force them off the mountain too early?

Never give an otter a box of Cheerios.

Review

The first story: Tail Slide is the true “romance”. This is where Lon meets Corey and they fall in love. It’s amazing!

When Lon is “in his fur” he thinks just like an otter and it’s hysterical! He can somewhat reach his human side but he has a hard time of it. Unlike other shifter lore he MUST be in his fur for several hours a day or else he shifts spontaneously. He is truly half an animal and must honor that.

Corey is all human and has to adjust to this amazing development of finding an otter where his boyfriend once was.

The two have to find a way to adjust their expectations about what a partner means including “fishy kisses”!

The second story, the much longer one, starts with Corey and Lon already living together. The bulk of this story is the mystery outlined in the blurb. There is some relationship building between the two MCs and that’s a nice touch.

Instead of having the love story start with ILY, that’s almost ignored in favor of the day to day compromises the two must make for one another.

This is not to say this isn’t sweet, sentimental or romantic – just more pragmatic than most romances.

I love how detail oriented PD Singer is in her works. She’s done a lot of research and adds so many details to make this a very rich and dense story.  There’s a lot of “boarding” terminology as well as lots of otter biology and some fish stuff too.  Fascinating!

I am super psyched because my little itty bitty home town is included in this story , Idaho Springs, so there’s that!

Anyhow – I really enjoyed this and hope to see more like it in the future.

4 of 5 stars

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