Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Narrator: Michael Ferraiuolo
Workaholic Nate Erickson is a successful real estate developer who thrives on long hours and stress. When a Los Angeles project prompts him to relocate to Santa Monica, he welcomes the change of scenery. Nate has always considered romantic entanglements trouble, but his sexy next-door neighbor isn’t easy to ignore. Which makes no sense, because Nate is straight… or so he’s always thought.
Alex Reyes is a retired professional soccer player turned West Hollywood business owner with an insatiable lust for life. He loves his family, friends, and work. But there’s one life challenge left to accomplish: coming out publicly. Respect for traditional Latino values has kept him in the closet, but Alex begins to think he and his new neighbor might help one another combat their fears. As Alex and Nate forge a strong friendship, they soon realize facing their personal demons will take more courage than either man bargained. The reward is immeasurable… if the timing is right.
These guys were good together, and I definitely liked their chemistry. Alex has always been awesome, but I wasn’t sure about Nate since he was kinda meh in book 2, The Wrong Man. It worked well. I liked how Nate would be annoyed about something that Alex was doing, and then Alex would smile and be his charming self and Nate just immediately thaws.
Michael Ferraiuolo is a wonderful narrator, I absolutely adored him reading the Five Borough series by Santino Hassell and he brought the same charm and ease to these roles as well. He does accents smoothly and has good variety to his voices without them being exaggerations.
This series does have a certain format, and I guess so do I. There’s always some drama/conflict/misunderstanding type thing at the end that we all see coming from a mile away, and I always get thoroughly annoyed with one or both of them during this period. But up until then I was definitely loving their interactions and banter. I’d recommend this series, especially if you’ve read and liked Lane Hayes before. The audio version is also certainly worth a listen, if only for Alex’s sexy as hell voice!
The one thing that’s been lacking in this series for me is the sex scenes. Lane writes them well but they just don’t suck me in emotionally or get me revved up, perhaps due to the single-POV narrator describing everything. I thought maybe it was the narration staying somewhat at a distance, but when I reminded myself how hawt the Five Bouough sex scenes are… I find that hard to believe.