Author: Ethan Day
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Narrator: Michael Lesley
Summary: Cassidy Winters has come home again, though his plans for a quiet seaside ceremony to say a final farewell to his grandmother Sadie Hart unravel as his past comes back in the form of ex-lovers old and new. Accusations are aimed as arguments and libidos boil over, and while he’s definitely willing, Cassidy’s not sure if he’s ready or able for love and life…At Pipers Point.
I first read this story in 2012, as I was just discovering the joys of reading M/M romance, and it was also the first story by Ethan Day that crossed my path. Now, over 1500 books later, I found this to be just as refreshing, just as humorous, and just as poignantly emotional as it was the first time I read it. Couple Ethan Day’s sense of humor with the delivery of Michael Lesley’s imaginative narration, and it’s an audiobook that is sure to be a hit.
This is the story of Cassidy Winters who returns to the island where he spent every summer with his grandmother, Sadie Hart. It’s always felt like home to him, as his parents were emotionally absent all his life, and he was well loved by Sadie, her housekeeper, Natalie, and Natalie’s son, the very handsome, Nate. Cassidy has inherited Sadie’s home on Hart’s Island after a long, protracted court battle with his father, the very wealthy, but cold, Lionel Winters. On Hart’s Island, Sadie was an essential member of the community, and it was on the beach near the lighthouse where she met the love of her life, the husband who then left her a widow at a young age after a boating accident. Cassidy’s mission on the island is to fulfill her wish to have her ashes scattered at Piper’s Point. He has another mission in mind as well—he’s finally back after more than a ten year absence, and he’s ready to claim the man of his dreams.
The journey home, not just the physical journey, but the emotional one brought on by maturity and self-awareness, forms the core theme of this story. Surrounded by close friends, new and past lovers, and his one true love, Nate, Cassidy finds his way back and ultimately becomes a part of the whole community in both body and spirit.
It’s the tale of his journey to finding his true place in the world that makes this story incredibly good—from the day he first arrives and is seduced by the gorgeous Neil when he wades out of the water to discover a nude Cassidy sunbathing on the beach—to the arrival of his best friends, both of whom were past lovers; and the later arrival of Teddy, his most recent ex-lover; and finally, Nate, his first love, the man Cassidy has come to realize he loves with all his heart.
Michael Lesley truly displays his multi-voiced talent in this one as he portrays each of the cast of secondary characters, and the many townspeople, with unique and interesting voices. I enjoyed the special effects he used during times when more than one person was speaking at once just as much as I enjoyed the humor and wit displayed by the very talented Ethan Day. This is a great combo, and if you enjoy MM romances with slow burn, humor, men with pets, and a roomful of hot men, this one is for you. Don’t miss the chance to listen to the amazing audio version. It’s like getting the cherry on the ice cream sundae—it just hits the spot perfectly.