Friday, August 7, 2015

The Enlightenment of Daniel by Eli Easton (audiobook)

Title: The Enlightenment of Daniel
Author: Eli Easton
My Rating: A
Narrator: Tommy O'Brien

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Sex in Seattle #2
Main Characters: Daniel and Nick
Release Date: April 2015 (audiobook)
Publisher: Dreamspinner
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
5 hrs 11 mins

Business tycoon Daniel Derenzo lives for his work until his dying father reminds him life is short. When Daniel starts to reevaluate his world he experiences a startling revelation—he’s attracted to his business partner and best friend, Nick, even though Daniel always believed himself to be straight. In typical type-A fashion, Daniel dissects his newfound desires with the help of the experts at the Expanded Horizons sex clinic. He goes after Nick with the fierce determination that’s won him many a business deal.

Nick Ross was in love with Daniel years ago, when they were roommates in college. But Daniel was straight and Nick patched his broken heart by marrying Marcia. Two kids and fourteen years later, they go through the motions of their marriage like ships passing in the night. But Nick’s kids mean the world to him, and he’s afraid he’ll never get joint custody if they divorced. If he can trust his heart to an awakening Daniel, they all might find their way to a happily ever after.

My Review:
Overall: 4.25
Performance: 4.25

I listened to this book on audio one day when I felt really crummy. I had a horrible migraine keeping me awake, but I couldn't focus on anything, so an audiobook was the best distraction. This book was perfect for that. I'm a sucker for a good friends to lovers book and this one was a pretty good one. And it should be noted that this book is a bit shorter than the normal full-length novel, but it never felt like the story had been skimped on at all. It's a rich, full, complex story with multiple layers and conflicts. 

Daniel is a different character. He's always lived his life extremely regimented. His parents had high expectations of him and as a result, he developed high expectations for himself. He always knew what was expected of him and strove to achieve that. As a result, it never even occurred to him that being gay was even a possibility...until he got an erection over a guy. But not just any guy...his best friend and business partner, Nick. 

Nick has always been bisexual and although he has hooked up with a few guys over time, that was a long time ago...long before he got married. When he realized that he could never have the guy who truly interested him, Daniel, he purposely switched his interests in other directions and met Marcia. But since then, their marriage hasn't been a story of passion. In fact they are both pretty unhappy, but Marcia isn't willing to let him go. She has her own high expectations. 

Both these guys have issues going on with their families that make things difficult. Daniel's father is dying. They've never had a close relationship, but this relationship added so much depth and meaning to this story. As his father is reaching the end of his life, he has regrets and doesn't want Daniel to end up the same way. He also really believes in Nick and Daniel. Nick has his entire family...Marcia who refuses to let go without any real reason why, a teenage daughter who is being molded into something she hates, and a son who just wants things to be happy. All of these familial relationships truly enriched the story so much. Eli Easton did an incredible job using secondary characters to push home the story. 

And it should be noted that I usually cannot handle books which feature cheating spouses. They make me feel a bit ill to my stomach. Because of the situation between Marcia and Nick, this one didn't bother me. So, if you are like me, you probably can give this one a try.

I enjoyed it. I've been listening to this series backwards. Now, I need to go get the audiobook for book #1, because I've loved the glimpses I've seen of Tony and Jack throughout the other two books. 

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