Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Trouble with Tony by Eli Easton

Title: The Trouble with Tony
Author: Eli Easton
My Rating: B+
Narrator: Tommy O'Brien

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Sex in Seattle #1
Main Characters: Tony and Jack 
Release Date: January 2015 (for audiobook)
Publisher: Dreamspinner
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
3 hrs 12 mins

As part of the investigation into the murder of a young woman, Seattle P.I. Tony DeMarco poses as a patient of Dr. Jack Halloran, the therapist who treated the victim at a Seattle sex clinic. This isn’t the first time Tony has gone undercover, but it’s the first time he’s wanted to go under covers with one of his suspects. He can’t help it - Jack Halloran is just the kind of steely eyed hero Tony likes. But he’ll have to prove Halloran’s innocence and keep the doctor from finding out about his ruse before he can play Romeo.

Dr. Halloran has his own issues, including a damaged right arm sustained in the line of duty as a combat surgeon in Iraq and the PTSD that followed. He’s confused to find himself attracted to a new patient, the big, funny Italian with the puppy-dog eyes, and Tony’s humor slips right past Jack’s defenses, making him feel things he thought long buried. But can the doctor and the P.I. find a path to romance despite the secrets between them?

My Review:
Overall: 4.0
Performance: 4.0
Story: 4.25

Flat out...there are three books so far in this series. I've read it completely backwards, starting with the third and working my way back. I didn't plan to do it that way. It's just how it worked out. 

But I have to say this is such an interesting premise for a series...set in a sex clinic...where sometimes the treatment is hands on. Certainly not the normal type of health treatment. 

The two main characters in this book are both pretty messed up and incredibly lonely. Jack was a combat surgeon who got hit by an IED. As a result, he had to give up surgery and his life in the military...his arm and hand are messed up. That's how he ended up as a doctor at the sex clinic...but normally he just does examinations, not the treatments although he is trained to do both. 

Tony is a PI. He's investigating a death of a woman who was treated at the clinic. To gain information, he goes in as a patient under Jack, who also treated the murder victim. BUT Tony actually has a real reason to be at the clinic too...he doesn't become aroused like a normal guy...his libido is extremely picky and has only liked 4 people in Tony's entire adulthood. That makes things difficult for a healthy gay male who would like to actually have sex every once in a while. 

This is a short book/listen. Like I said before, the premise is completely new and interesting. I loved both Jack and Tony and could empathize with their need for a connection. 

The narrator did a great job with Tony. Tony's a NYC Italian and the narrator got that accent spot on. He did a great job with the inflections and putting the emotion into the story. 

Overall, I liked it. It was a nice diversion for a few hours while I did my chores. I'm glad I listened to it. 

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