Author: Shira Anthony
Narrator: Peter B Brooke
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 3 stars
Buy Links: DSP
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Five years after a prestigious scholarship jumpstarted his opera career, Aiden Lind has it all: fame, choice roles, and Lord Cameron Sherrington to share his life with. Maintaining his façade takes effort, but under his poised, sophisticated mask, Aiden is still the insecure kid from rural Mississippi. Then he walks in on Cam with another man, and the illusion of perfection shatters.
Philadelphia attorney Sam Ryan never moved on after his partner died, though he tried. Instead of dating, he keeps himself busy with work—but when he unexpectedly runs into ex-lover Aiden while on a rare vacation in Paris, he’s inspired to give their love a second chance. First, though, he’ll have to get Aiden to forgive him. Because when Sam was still grieving five years ago, he broke Aiden’s heart.
When rekindled lust blossoms into a true romance, it seems like the start of something wonderful. But Aiden’s career has him on the road much of the time, and the physical distance between him and Sam starts translating into an emotional disconnect. If Aiden and Sam can’t learn to communicate, their separation may prove more than their love can bear.
Review: This is the first book in this series I’ve ever read or in this case listened to. I know I like Shira Anthony’s work and I’ve had this series recommended to me many times. Like so many books, I just don’t have the time to read them all. So when this audio book became available I thought I’d give it a try. I thought the narrator did an excellent job of giving me a good sense of all the character’s personalities through their accents and tones of their voices. I do feel like he added to how engaging I found the characters. Each character was presented with a unique expression of his interpretation of who they were. Sam’s accent was a little thick and distracting at times but that also seems like a pretty real life problem with people who have strong accents.
Aiden is a rising star in the opera world. He was propped up by his ex Cam who helped him with his career while breaking his heart with his cheating. Aiden had too much of himself wrapped up in being Cam’s boyfriend and has to find his way back to himself. Sam once knew real love but he lost him way too young. When the two meet it’s terrible timing but they’re attracted to each other and hook up. It doesn’t end pretty. A few years later they’re reunited and the sparks are still there. The guys have grown and healed a little. They decide despite all the burdens a long distance relationship brings to the table they don’t want to let a second chance together pass them by.
My problem with the story came with all the angst and miscommunication Sam and Aiden had going on. There was SO much of it. It was like grown men who were extremely attracted to each other but could not have an honest conversation with each other. They also avoid their problems a lot. Both men struggle with being away from each other which is expected when you’re away from someone you care about. They also struggle with being together in person. Sam hasn’t fully let go of his ex and imposes some of those expectations and limitations on Aiden. Which creates quite a few fights. I don’t remember ever forgetting to call a boyfriend for days or a week but these guys do. I wanted to shake them both. They were at times cruel to each other. Pushed each other away. For me it was all too much and tipped from concern to full blow annoyance. Which makes me crazy because I really wanted to love this series as much as so many other people did. I’m hoping this one is just a miss for me. I do own Blue Notes so I’ll give that a try at some point. I have enjoyed many of this author’s books but this one just wasn’t for me. The narrator was great though. I especially liked his brooding Aiden or sassy Cam.