Title: Love on Location
Author: Lucy Felthouse
Narrator: Joel Leslie
Run Time: 1 hour and 54 minutes
At a Glance: I really liked this cute short story and was rooting for these characters from the get-go.
Reviewed By: Sadonna
Blurb: When Theo Samuels heads off to film on location in the village of Stoneydale, he’s expecting drama to take place on camera, not off. But when he meets gorgeous local lad, Eddie Henderson, he struggles to ignore his attraction. A relationship between the two of them would be utterly impractical, yet they’re drawn together nonetheless. Can they overcome the seemingly endless hurdles between them? Or is their fling destined to remain as just that?
Review: Theo Samuels has just landed his potential breakthrough role. The filming is taking place on an estate in a village away from London, Theo’s home. As he’s preparing for filming, he comes across Eddie Henderson, a young local man who is doing work on the estate. Eddie offers to give Theo a bit of a tour so that he has the lay of the land and will feel more comfortable in his role. Theo takes him up on the offer and soon finds that he’s interested in more than a tour of the countryside.
But Theo is also worried. He’s not out to anyone in the industry and he’s a bit worried about what that might mean to his career. He really enjoys Eddie’s company, but when he thinks he might get distracted by Eddie, and that he might accidentally give himself away, he struggles. In the process, he doesn’t want to hurt Eddie, but he’s not sure he’s ready for what anything beyond friendship might mean.
Theo is not used to this situation, and he’s nervous about saying the wrong thing and hurting Eddie. Given that he’s never really felt this way before, he’s not at all sure what the next step should be or how he should handle things. Turns out Eddie’s not really been in this situation before either, and they will have to be honest and try to figure out a way forward if there is to be anything more than an onset fling. Both guys have to determine for themselves if this potential relationship is worth the possible difficulties and changes that will undoubtedly come their way.
I really liked this cute short story and was rooting for these characters from the get-go. As usual, Joel Leslie’s narration is spot-on. Eddie and Theo are very likable characters—they are young and inexperienced and definitely trying to find their way in a new situation. Theo’s fear of the impact to his career is made clear in his reactions, steps and missteps with Eddie. Eddie’s ability to stand up for himself is a definite plus in moving Theo off the dime. As a side note, I listened to this story while I was shoveling and blowing about a foot of snow in -4 wind chill. It definitely kept me motivated and made a rather onerous chore much more palatable.
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