Reeling from the recent death of his wife, police officer Evan Cerelli looks at his four children and can only see how he fails them. His loving wife was the caretaker and nurturer, and now the single father feels himself being crushed by the pain of loss and the heavy responsibility of raising his kids.
At the urging of his partner, Evan celebrates a coworker's retirement and meets disgraced former cop turned security consultant Matt Haight. A friendship born out of loneliness and the solace of the bottle turns out to be exactly what they both need.
The past year has been a slow death for Matt Haight. Ostracized from his beloved police force, facing middle age and perpetual loneliness, Matt sees only a black hole where his future should be. When he discovers another lost soul in Evan, some of the pieces he thought he lost start to fall back in place. Their friendship turns into something deeper, but love is the last thing either man expected, and both of them struggle to reconcile their new and overwhelming feelings for one another.
©2014 Tere Michaels (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
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"Finally in audio"
I love this series, well, mostly I love Matt, Evan is too much of a martyr for my taste. Sadly I don't like the narrator very much, he sounds like he's going to cry most of the time, if they stick with him for the rest of the books in the series, I won't be getting them.
But, if you've read the blurp and listened to the sample and thought "wow" then go for it, it really is a good series.
"Bad Narrator really takes away from this book"
OMG, talk about dousing my excitement with cold water. The narrator was really bad. He sounded like he was sitting on the washer during the spin cycle because his voice had this vibration thing--almost like he was crying.
This is a beloved series but I will not recommend anyone do this one on audio. Please read it because you won't be able to focus on the story. Basically, widower Evan Cerelli is drowning in a sea of grief until his friendship with an ex-cop Matt Haight becomes a lifeline. What happens when two straight men begin developing feeling for each other? This was their awkward and terrifying journey as they tried to figure out what this means.
Great story, I love this series and it is second only to Cut & Run for me. The writing here is really gripping and I just felt the angst. I have read the book several times and couldn't wait to get the audio. I highly recommend this one as a READ series, not a listen series.
"Well that fell flat"
A way better narrator. He sounds like an old man with a bad accent and everyone that was male sounded the same. I couldn't tell who was who half the time.
When Matt and Evan got together for the first time. It was like they were teenagers sneaking out together.
Tristan James, Jeff Gelder, Greg Trembly. Heck I'd even have settled for sean crisdens terrible voices.
Not much to cut in this book.
I was so sad hearing the narration for this book. I've waited a long time for them to come out with the audio book and when it finally came out it fell flat for me.
"I didn't mind the narrator"
I actually put off listening to this book b/c of all the terrible narrator reviews. But I got to tell you, I didn't mind him. It is not the best I've heard, but it is certainly not the worst. But I thought he did an OK job. I only wish he had more diversity for Evan and Matt; sometimes I couldn't tell who was speaking b/c they sounded so much alike.
This was one of my favorites as an ebook and I really enjoyed it in audio form as well. Actually it has been a while since I read it, so in listening to it, I actually picked up on a lot. This is the story of a cop mourning the loss of his wife and finding joy with another man. I think they call it "latent homosexuality" and it hits both men. But what makes this story so powerful is the courage shown by both men to be with each other. I'm going to get the 3rd book, which picks up the story and skip the 2nd, because it is with a different couple and really doesn't have Evan & Matt. The 3rd book deals with what happens AFTER the HEA of this book.
It was worth a credit to me, but for others apparently not.
"I didn't mind the narrator"
Other reviewers haven't been too gracious about the narrator. He's not the best narrator I've heard, but I didn't find it detracted from the story. Good story, enjoyed it. Worth a credit.
"Narrator detracts from the story"
This is actually a very good story and I love the family of one of the main charaters. BUT the narrator is really weird. The story starts out with the death of the wife of one of the MC - and he (the narrator) sounds heartbroken - and at first u think "Whoa hes really getting in to this" but no... I dont know - mayby he should have taken some personal time to get over what ever is making him miserable, because he sounds on the verge of tears all the time. My advice -READ the book instead!
"Revisiting a favorite story"
The story, the set up between two previously straight men, who come to find that they belong together.
The happy ending, as the problems and doubts are resolved and the men decide they do belong together.
Yes, but he is stilted at times, sort of robotic. At other times there is no difficulty.
A worthwhile tale, one I've reread multiple times. It is a pleasure to have an audio version available.
"This is a definite AAAAAHHHHHHH!"
A lovely tale of straight men finding M/M love, a family finding it's way, and an interesting insight into the acceptance of those around the Boys. I'm a sucker for a good romance so in my opinion you did a good job on this one, dear Author, and I look very forward to the continuing story.
"Love this start to a great series"
Tere Michaels builds a great story arc with a widow finding a new life in an unexpected place (or should I say person).
Listening to this series for a second time - a rare occurrence for me!
"An amazing series, not a great narrator"
The blurb sets this up nicely. Evan and Matt are two lonely cop/ex cops who become friends. Then, very slowly, they become more. Neither has ever been with or thought about being with another man, so their feelings hit them from out of the blue.
They have their own doubts and insecurities and then they face the challenge of telling others about their partnership and that threatens what little peace they’ve managed to find.
Suddenly Evan is shot and Matt is in charge of the family. He’s doing great, but Evan’s inlaws want to take over. When Evan finally heals, he runs, scared, away from Matt and their relationship, back to familiar territory.
Both are miserable. It takes Miranda getting into trouble to show them what they were missing.
By the end, they’ve decided to officially “try” this relationship on for size… but there’s still a lot to overcome.
This was one of the first m/m books/series I’d read and it set a very high standard. Double GFY. Family drama. Slow, slow burn. Intense emotions. Two cops. Very hot, very sweet sex. Real emotions and real problems.
Fortunately the next book was already out when I had read this or I’d have been so impatient to see what happens next. The real nitty gritty of being a couple starts in book 2.
I was so psyched when this came out on audio! I love the series so much! However… I know from reading other reviews that JP Handler is a very polarizing narrator. Some people just adore his work, others hate it. For me, he’s too much. His voice sounds like he’s on the verge of tears the entire time. There are times I really appreciate the emotion he puts into his work, especially the dialog, but for the rest it is hard to listen to.
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