Author: KC Burn
Publisher: Dreampsinner Press
Narrator: David Ross
Tate Buchanan is a troublemaker who can’t keep a job, no matter how many times his lucky argyle sweater gets him hired. Add to that a learning disability and an impetuous nature that sends him into altercations to protect the defenseless, and he hardly manages to make friends, let alone find a man who’s interested in him for more than one night.
Most people think EMT Jaime Escobar is a player, but the truth is he wants a serious partner—he just can’t justify wasting time on guys he knows aren’t a match. But when he treats a gorgeous redhead after a fight, he finds the spark he’s spent so many years looking for.
Jaime wants to take the next step with Tate, but it’s clear Tate’s not going to curb his impulsive behavior—his next fight sends him to the hospital. Jaime’s relationship with a near criminal isn’t something his family is ready to accept, not any more than Tate is willing to be kept a secret. Jaime will need a lot of understanding—and some luck of his own—to keep them both. But this is one fight he’s going to see through to the end.
Squeeeeee! I have gotten so lucky with a string of good audiobooks recently! This was just lovely! Not at all what I was expecting based on the the blurb and the cover. I think I had forgotten the description, but was so pleasantly surprised by how sweet and broken Tate was. I just wanted to wrap him up in my grandmother’s quilt and love him until he couldn’t take anymore.
The progression of the relationship was totally believable, despite being somewhat fast objectively. There was instant attraction and connection, but no insta-love. It was great seeing a normal guy-asks-guy-out-on-a-date in a romance novel, since often it’s some elaborate set-up or get together. I loved watching Tate tentatively reveal himself and allow Jaime in, and watching Jaime slowly discover all the bumps and bruises on Tate’s soul.
I loved that there was no massive miscommunication, despite all their differences and needing to work through a few things. I loved that there was no massive overreaction, despite Tate’s past and inexperience in mature adult healthy relationship. I just loved it all.
The narration by David Ross was great, I didn’t really notice it, which is a pretty big compliment with narration. I listened to this book over the course of 12 hours, some of it driving or doing chores and some of it just sitting and staring off into space and enjoying his voice and the story. I’d highly recommend the audio version of this book, while I certainly would have liked the story either way, I think it increased my enjoyment.
The epilogue was a nice little extra, but I would really like more of these two guys. I haven’t read the rest of the series, and while I liked the secondary characters I honestly feel no need to go back and read their stories, but I do need to check in on Tate’s progress and see them all fat and happy! So I’ll for sure be keeping an eye for the next book, even though I’m sure Diego will be the MC, I’m hoping we’ll check in with my new favorite guys.