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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Book DA Dreamspinner Gay Gay Hurt/Abuse m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Monthly Theme Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Purchased Standalone Time to Laugh

Time to Laugh: The Blinding Light Audiobook by Renae Kaye Narrated by Jonathan Young

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Blurb

Jake Manning’s smart mouth frequently gets him into trouble. Because of it, he can’t hold a job. Combined with some bad luck, it’s prevented him from keeping steady employment. A huge debt looms over him, and alone he shoulders the care of his alcoholic mother and three younger sisters. When a housekeeping position opens, Jake’s so desperate he leaps at the opportunity. On landing, he finds his new boss, Patrick Stanford, a fussy, arrogant, rude… and blind man.

Born without sight, Patrick is used to being accommodated, but he’s met his match with Jake, who doesn’t take any of his crap and threatens to swap all the braille labels on his groceries and run off with his guide dog unless he behaves.

Jake gets a kick out of Patrick. Things are looking up: the girls are starting their own lives and his mum’s sobriety might stick this time. He’s sacrificed everything for his family; maybe it’s time for him to live his life and start a relationship with Patrick. When his mother needs him, guilt makes his choice between family and Patrick difficult, and Jake must realize he’s not alone anymore.

Review

Renae Kaye has that amazing ability to make you laugh while she tugs at your heart strings.
She’s very “australian” and I love that aspect of her writing, you definitely feel immersed.

I’ve read/listened to this several times by now and I’m always touched by the ending. It’s so perfect. I think Jake’s mom is both OTT and absolutely a real person. We all have those family members who are … atypical… and who march to their own drum. That’s her. While Jake might be a bit too perfect for words – in the end – he gets a Cinderella type reward worthy of his goodness.

Patrick is fantastic. Curmudgeonly and surly at first, only to be completely turned around when his sh*t is thrown back in his face by the mouthy Jake.

Jake’s friends and family are funny and well rounded as characters who add to the story without really detracting from the main thread – and whom later get their own stories! – most of them.

There was an appropriate amount of smexy scenes, not overwhelming and those that were there were definitely hot.

I also liked how the two resolved the issue of money between the two of them. It might not be the most romantic way to do it, but it’s a realistic approach to a sensitive, relationship-breaking subject.

Overall just a really touching, sweet and funny romance.

Audio

On the one hand I think Jonathan Young did a great job with this. I’m not sure what his background is but if I had to guess I’d say he’s American doing an Australian accent? This is based on listening to some of his other audiobooks as well as this one. I wish he’d stuck with the accent throughout instead of going back and forth – but it worked and I bought his accent as used in dialog.

This is a fantastic way to enjoy this story.

4.5 of 5 stars

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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Contemporary Enemies to Lovers Gay Hopelessly Crying Hurt/Abuse Insta Love m/m Medical Morgan Music/Rock Star Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Purchased Scorching/high heat

Free Read Friday: Deliver Me (The Music Within Book 1) by Faith Gibson

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Taggart Lee has it all.
Fame.
Fortune.
Everything except love.

Tag is the jaded lead singer for 7’s Mistress, the biggest rock band in the world. After fifteen years in the business, he’s drowning in it all. When tragedy strikes, he takes a break from the road and the monotony his life has become. When he meets a gorgeous man on a park bench, he sees his lifeline.

Dr. Erik Henrikson thought he’d met the one.
He had.
The wrong one.

A year after his breakup, he still has a lock on his heart. Then he meets Lee, someone whose life has just been turned upside down. When he finds out Lee’s true identity, Erik throws away the key.

Tag has two weeks to make the doctor want him. He has three months to prove he won’t hurt him.

Tragedy brings them together.

Lies and betrayal push them apart.

Is love enough to deliver them?

*This book contains explicit sexual acts between two men. Two very hot men.

Review

This is a freebie on Kindle Unlimited, but I’d buy it anyway!

Tag is the lead singer for the fictional band 7s Mistress – aka the top band in the world right now. He’s been doing the rock star/touring thing for the last decade and he’s getting tired of it all.

When his only family, his beloved sister dies giving birth to his niece, he rushes home to Nashville to take care of things. After the baby gets out of intensive care – she was born prematurely – he has another few months to get things figured out before contractual obligations force him back on the road.

When he’s at his lowest point, despairing ever being enough to raise a child, missing his sister, hating his choices in life, he meets Erik. Though he doesn’t know it at the time, Erik is a pediatrician, and ends up giving him life saving advice.

As they begin their relationship, Erik is guarded from being cheated on by a past lover and thinks Tag is as straight as the media portrays him, they begin to sort through what is real and what isn’t.

Though there are plenty of obstacles between them and happiness, they eventually realize that they want that happiness together.

**

This was an absolutely breath taking story.

I loved it!

I have a soft spot for rockers – forget movie stars, models, business tycoons – my hot spot lies with the musician. So Tag hit all my buttons. He’s hot, poetic, talented, lives life hard but has a warm and gooey center.

Erik is more reserved and shuttered, but he has enough strength in him to be the rock that Tag needs.

There are some OTT moments in the book that make it less than perfect – the crazy best friends in both their lives act in ways that push the envelope of credibility – but Tag’s ability to drop out of the band was really a matter of the right time and motivation. He was exhausted and having a daughter and family only provided the impetus he needed to do what he’d been thinking about. I found that to ring true.

Erik’s willingness to care for the baby almost sight unseen was a little unbelievable – but again – the heart wants what it wants – and in that time and place it made sense.

So – with a little nod to the suspending of disbelief fairies – I think this was somewhat plausible and entirely ooey gooey to watch unfold.  (When the two of them sing to Delilah over the phone… oh man… heart palpitations!)

The smexy times were hot, the feels were abundant and the HEA was spectacular.

I highly recommend this and am looking forward to seeing how in the world the author will redeem the evil best friend in book two!

4.5 of 5 stars

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