“We don’t choose who we fall in love with, we only choose what we do about it.” ― Abdelrahman Ashraf Abuzied
Author: Lane Hayes
Narrator:: Tyler Stevens
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 7 Hours, 20 Minutes
Rating: 5 Stars
Blurb: Jay Reynolds has a crush on his project leader at work, but an office romance with Peter Morgan isn’t likely to happen since Peter is straight. Worse, Jay soon fears Peter is homophobic, and his initial infatuation turns to loathing. But one fateful night, Jay is forced to acknowledge things aren’t quite as they seem with Peter. Suddenly, his crush is back and unbelievably, Peter is interested too.
They begin as friends with benefits arrangement, which becomes difficult for Jay when he starts falling for his sexy boss. Peter’s past issues keep him from committing, and Jay has to decide if he can be satisfied with friendship if Peter isn’t ready to take a chance on anything more.
Review: I am an audio book lover. I travel for work and have lots of time to listen, so I am very picky about narrators. I usually read the books before they come out on audio so I have a picture in my mind of how these characters are supposed to sound, and Tyler Stevens nails Jay.
Jay is a southern farm boy (actually, it’s a massive estate) from Virginia, who comes from a large caring family that raises thoroughbred horses. He is well educated, well dressed, and gorgeous, with a love for techno music, old movies, and talking before he thinks. His best friend is Aaron from the first book, and he has never seen the inside of a closet. He is comfortable in his own skin—until, that is, he has to work with his massive office crush, Peter. Peter has the ability to unnerve Jay in his professional and personal life, and it is fun to listen to the narrator babble through conversations as Jay navigates through his relationship with Peter. He portrays Jay as a formal southerner with a dramatic flair.
Peter is an overachiever of everything, especially work. He is overcompensating for the fact his is gay, and is not what his old, Italian mother expected of him. He does not hide that he is gay (if asked), but having a relationship of any kind does not fit into his plans to conquer the lobbyist world. Tyler does a great job of switching voices and does a great “Peter” imitation.
I cannot decide which of the two audios I love more in this series. I love them both! Tyler Stevens does an excellent job depicting the characters with his voices in this audio book. If you have read the book previously, Jay makes sense. If not, remember my description of the formal, southern drama queen and then it will make sense. He truly brought life into each one of these characters and made it very entertaining for the listener.
This series would go on my re-listen rather than my re-read shelf.