Audio Review: Damon Suede – Pent Up

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Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Narrator: Christopher Kipiniak

Summary:

PENT UP: Mix business with pleasure and take cover.

Ruben Oso moves to Manhattan to start his life over as a low-rent bodyguard and stumbles into a gig in a swanky Park Avenue penthouse. What begins as executive protection turns personal working for a debonair zillionaire who makes Ruben question everything about himself.

Watching over financial hotshot Andy Bauer puts Ruben in an impossible position. He knows zero about shady trading and his cocky boss lives barricaded in a glass tower with wall-to-wall secrets and hot-and-cold-running paranoia. Can the danger be real? Is Andy for real?

What’s a bullet catcher to do? Ruben knows his emotions are out of control even as he races to untangle a high-priced conspiracy and his crazy feelings before somebody gets dead. If his suspicions are right, Andy will pay a price neither can afford, and Ruben may discover there’s no way to guard a heart.

Review:

Well, to start, since this is an audiobook review, I must say that I was disappointed in the narrator. He was okay, but not only did he add nothing to the story, he detracted from it. And the fact that the story was very complex made it impossible for me to follow on audio. Fortunately, I had an e-book copy on my TBR and was able to switch over so that I could finish the story.

The plot synopsis is clearly outlined in the blurb, but the blurb really doesn’t do justice to the complexity of the financial thievery that goes on behind the scenes. Andy is ostensibly involved in investment banking, but apparently has a little side business in screwing over venture capitalists. Or, at least that’s what I think is going on. To be honest, much of it went over my head. The one thing I hate more than reading politics is reading about finance and financial schemes. Sorry I didn’t realize this story would be so heavily into finance or I wouldn’t have requested the audio for review.

The romance was fine, and in fact, there were some mighty sexy scenes between two men who weren’t experienced in man-on-man sex, but then again, this is Damon Suede, so I was pretty happy to see that my hopes were fulfilled. He also had a very interesting subplot among stories I’ve read that have an MC in recovery. This book was riddled with AA slogans and sayings, many of which are only heard at meetings, and in fact, are actually commonly heard at meetings. There’s no doubt at all that the author did his research before writing it and may have even attended open AA meetings, since they are open to anyone interested in alcoholism. It’s a sure bet that the author is also either already a financial guru or spent a great deal of time picking some Wall Street insider’s mind. Though I was somewhat lost, it was more because I’m not interested in finance, but I can still recognize the brilliance behind the creation of such a complex and convoluted plot.

Giving us two characters that were completely different and yet totally perfect together was the icing on the cake. If you want a brainteaser and a ‘poor boy meets rich guy’ romance, this one is for you.

**3 hearts: 4 for the story and 1 for the narration**

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