Saturday, August 22, 2015

A Simple Romance by J.H. Knight (audiobook)

Title: A Simple Romance
Author: J.H. Knight
My Rating: B
Narrator: Nick J. Russo

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Skip and Paul 
Release Date: November 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview
Skip thought he had it all: the fabulous husband, the great apartment, and the teaching job he’d always wanted. Even the cat was perfect. When his partner of eight years decides he wants something else—something that doesn’t involve Skip or the apartment or even the cat—Skip decides it’s time to go home to the other side of the country.

However, Skip’s hometown doesn’t just hold a loving meddling mother but also the memories of his awkward crush on a boy he met his senior year in high school. A boy he humiliated himself in front of just when it looked as if his fantasies might become reality. Finding out Paul Miller is now working at the same high school where Skip has just been hired flips his world upside down. After a heated night together, Skip is happy being friends with benefits. Paul will have to convince him love is worth the risk.
My Review:
Overall: 3.5
Performance: 3.25
Story: 3.5

I listened to this book and audio and admit I probably would have liked it more if I had simply read it. The narrator wasn't bad, but he had a voice for Paul that I just hated. And the problem was when it came to sexy times, it got even worse and made the story twist so that it sounded like some sort of bad 70's porn. Not an issue with the story line at all...and honestly, my problem with the narrator was probably only one that I would take my opinions on all that with a grain of salt. 

Overall, the book was pretty entertaining, although I have to admit that I think Skip's internal struggle with committing to Paul for anything more than just sex went on a tad too long. I did enjoy his mother in the story and getting to see Paul's interactions with all his family. Skip is gun-shy when it comes to committing to more...understandably so when his other relationship fell to pieces which completely surprised him. He wasn't ready to have his heart shattered and truly never saw it coming. 

I liked those aspects of the story line. I liked that both the guys are teachers and their connection from school. There are some sexy times and while the book is pretty short, it provides an entertaining afternoon's distraction. I do enjoy this author's voice.

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