Title: The Right Words
Author: Lane Hayes
Narrator: Michael Ferraiuolo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 9 hours and 17 minutes
At a Glance: This book is a sweet story of love, with a little depth to it.
Reviewed By: Amy
Blurb: Escaping an abusive relationship left Luke Preston anxious and spouting panic-induced poetry. Desperate for a fresh start, Luke accepts a job remodeling a tired old beach house for a professional soccer player and his model girlfriend. While his passion is literature, not sports, focusing on the renovations eases his anxiety. Until the job he signed up for turns out to be more complicated than advertised.
Sidelined with a serious injury, soccer star Michael Martinez decides his beach house is the perfect place to recuperate. Remodeling might be the diversion he needs to keep his mind off his busted knee. Falling for the pretty designer with some quirky habits wasn’t on the drawing board. Unfortunately, Luke didn’t build a big enough closet for Michael to hide in. Having a star-powered sports career used to be all Michael lived for, but he’ll have to reevaluate his plans and find the right words if he wants to build more than a beach house with Luke.
Review: The Right Words is my first Lane Hayes books. That being said, I have heard a lot of good things about this author, so when I saw this pop up for review, I grabbed it. This book is a sweet story of love, with a little depth to it, so it wasn’t too sugary sweet.
Luke is a damaged person. He has been in an abusive situation, but is pulling himself out of that and finally is starting to get back on his feet. Michael is a closeted soccer player who, up until the end of the story, I had a hard time reading. He was very closed off as a character. Outside of the best friend, I feel these two lived in a bit of a bubble until much later in the story. I also feel that Luke didn’t go through enough growth in the story. His inner monolog didn’t change much throughout.
Granted it wasn’t a brand new idea or even a unique telling of a story. It was solid and good. I prefer slow building romances to the insta-love, so I truly appreciated the friendship and the romance that developed in this story. Overall, I really like this book.
Narration: Michael Ferraiuolo is a newer narrator, but I have listened to him in the past. He did a solid telling of the story, and was diverse in his voices. He doesn’t really add anything to the story, but he didn’t take away from it either. I consider that a success.
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