Audio Review: John Inman – Love Wanted

Author: John Inman
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Narrator: Ezekiel Robinson

Summary:

When it rains, it pours. Not only has Larry Walls been evicted from his apartment, but his hours have also been cut at the department store where he works, leaving him facing homelessness.

Meanwhile, Bo Lansing, a total stranger to Larry, toils at a dead-end job as a fry cook while attending night classes to become a certified chef. When the school closes its doors without warning, leaving Bo in the lurch for thousands of dollars in tuition, his dream of becoming a chef is shattered and his financial troubles spiral.

Desperate for a new beginning, each man answers an ad for live-in help posted by a wealthy recluse, and wonder of wonders, they are both hired! Just as their lives begin to improve, a young Kumeyaay Indian named Jimmy Blackstone joins the workforce at the Stanhope mansion.

When Mr. Stanhope’s true reason for hiring the young men is discovered by one of the three, a fourth entity makes its presence known.

Greed.

With all these players vying for position in a game of intrigue orchestrated by one lonely old man and a mischievous ghost, can a simple thing like love ever hope to survive the fray?

Review:

What happens when your favorite ghost’s matchmaking plans go awry? Listen to this audiobook to find out. It’s fun, interesting, humorous, with a bit of mystery thrown in, and it’s very well narrated. In general, a very satisfying experience.

When Larry Walls is at his lowest point, having his hours cut yet again at the department store where he works and getting an eviction notice from his landlord, he happens upon an intriguing ad and decides to give it a try. It appears that some rich guy is looking for live-in help in his mansion and it also appears that he’s looking for someone gay. Right up Larry’s alley.

When Larry arrives on interview day, he finds he’s one of many young gay men who are applying for the job, but the big difference is that he’s taken the time to put on a suit and he’s arrived in his beat-up old car, instead of being in club clothes and driving a sports car. Migrating to another young man, named Bo, who arrives in a truck that makes a rust bucket sound good, the two stand out in the yard awaiting their turn for an interview and making small talk. It’s obvious there’s a spark of attraction between Bo and Larry and when Roger, the wealthy old man who owns the mansion, spots them, he makes an immediate decision to hire both and send the others away. Why? Well, he’s matchmaking with all his ninety-year-old heart. He also has the help of his resident ghost—Jeremy, the man who was his lover for seventy years before he passed away.

This is a light-hearted, humor-filled story that starts off with one romance—that of Roger and Jeremy—and ends up with another. But it’s not what Roger had planned and it takes Jeremy to help him see the truth of what’s before his eyes. Along the way, a third party has shown up, so it might not be a Larry and Bo coupledom after all. Jimmy, a young Native American, has been hired as gardener and he provides the triangle that makes the mystery of whether or not Roger’s matchmaking machinations will work more interesting. John Inman’s writing style, imbued with his brand of humor, kept this light and easy listening. Add to that, Ezekiel Robinson provided a wide variation of voices, both male and female, so the plot was easy to follow and it made for an overall enjoyable audio experience.

If you enjoy light MM romance with a touch of humor and a dash of ghostly supervision, this is the one to choose.

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