Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary Thriller
Narrator: John Solo
Snow, steam, and secrets.
The latest snowstorm carries something unexpected to the doorstep of Hutch’s secluded Alaskan cabin: a stranger named Jude, the most beautiful man Hutch has ever seen. Jude says he’s in the area for a ski trip and that he fled a domineering lover, thinking he could make it into town. But Hutch is a suspicious SOB and treats his unwanted guest warily. The problem is Jude isn’t just gorgeous, he’s funny and smart and flirtatious.
Two gay men snowed in for three days—things happen. Really good things. By the time the storm clears, Hutch finds himself a little too attached to Jude Devereaux, San Francisco-based male model. But is Jude what he claims to be? Or is he entangled in the secrets Hutch moved to Alaska to escape?
This story is definitely a solid three stars, which for me means enjoyable but there was a lot of little niggles. Insta love,unrealistic behavior, too easy resolution, etc. but a nice quick listen.
The narration by John Solo was good, although not my favorite. He has narrated several of the Dreamspun Desires books and generally I find his narration unoffensive but nothing to write home about. guess it’s stereotypical, but Jude’s voice is very deep and gruff. That fit for Hutch, but it felt like Jude should have a more smooth and suave voice given his character.
I believed their connection in the cabin, even though it was fast it still felt genuine. But the L bomb at 50% was not necessary and really felt premature. I would have been OK with it by the end, but it was a few hours too early.
Not my favorite of the Dreamspun Desires, despite Eli Easton being an auto buy for me, but definitely worth a listen. As I’ve said before, the series works well as an audiobook and is the perfect length for a light book that you can listen to on your commute. Although they never quite hit that sweet spot for me that gets them above a 3 star rating.