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Driftwood

Narrated by: Chris Clog
Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Summary

This is the FoxTales edition of the book previously published by Samhain Publishing. Other than the cover art and description, the book is the same.

Thomas Penrose is a village doctor in rural Cornwall. Popular with patients and friends alike, and handsome into the bargain, he lives in a romantic clifftop tower by the sea. It's a wonderful life - if only Dr. Tom could enjoy it. He's a veteran of the conflict in Afghanistan, fighting a lonely battle against alcoholism and PTSD.

Determined not to inflict his troubles on anyone else, Tom keeps himself to himself. But fate has other ideas, and brings a handsome surfer crashing to his feet after a dreadful wipe-out on Porth Beach. Just another crazy surf bunny? Not a bit of it - Flynn Summers is one of Cornwall's heroes, a fearless search-and-rescue helicopter man. Why is he risking his beautiful neck in the stormy off-season waves?

Despite the rocky beginning, Tom and Flynn become friends. Both are concealing sorrows behind a tough façade, and for once in his life Tom thinks he's met someone who can handle him, shadow-side and all. But Flynn isn't a free man. He's unhappily locked into a bond of obligations and bad memories with formidable pilot Rob Tremaine - and Rob has no intention of letting Flynn go.

As Tom and Flynn begin their high-risk, high-reward romance, will the tides of the past sweep in to destroy their new love?

©2017 Harper Fox (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Wonderful story

As always with Harper Fox, this story is lyrical and romantic. Full of atmosphere, you can almost taste the sea air and hear the roar of the helicopters.

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  • Aethena Drake
  • 10-08-19

Great story. Great narration.

I enjoy every single one of Harper Fox's books, and the narration is always well done. This book was no exception. The words flow beautifully and the characters are vibrant.

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  • Bryley
  • 18-10-20

not bad

I was looking for something a little more edgy. I was pleased with the narrator and the story. idk why I thought there would be more danger or something. I felt like it needed just a little more.

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  • Zell Oakley
  • 12-10-20

Beautifully written

Harper Fox may be the highest quality M/M writer out there, currently. Her books have a true sense of place; whether they're set in modern day, as this one is, or in post-WWII Britain, or the Dark Ages, you feel like you're immersed in the setting. Her characters are complex, the plots exciting, and the romance lovely but always subservient to the plot. One feature of Fox's characters is that they are all somewhat broken, to varying degrees. Thomas has PTSD, OCD, is an alcoholic, and probably has some form of social anxiety disorder. But he is never defined by his issues, and they don't get in the way of the plot. Typical, overdone romance novel tropes are absent, as they are from most Fox novels; no big misunderstandings, no alternating point of view, no "I thought I was straight but then I met my roommate's brother and I'm smitten" sexual identity crises. It's just a solid love story framed against an exciting plot in a beautiful setting. Fox's books do occasionally have some drawbacks, but none of them are present here. There's no surprise supernatural element, no twist 80% of the way through the novel that negates much of what was written before, and no politics clumsily jammed down the reader's throat. Chris Clog narrates a lot of Fox's books, and always does an admirable job. The only issue I had with the audiobook--and it's not only minor but I'm not sure whose feet at which to lay the blame--is that occasionally the scene will change and there will be no indication, either in the vocal inflection or the text itself, that it has. More than once I was listening and realized that it was the next day, and I had to rewind to see exactly when the time jump happened. Overall though, just a spectacular book, and it revived my interest in this author after a couple disappointing efforts.

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  • J.S. Locke-Russell
  • 28-09-20

Heavy but Worth it!

I wasn't sure how I felt about this one. I have a problem with understanding and enjoying characters who struggle with mental illness or blame themselves for abuse, but the strength if these guys was written to shine through as they battled their own demons and each others.

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  • Lene Andersen
  • 19-03-20

Narrator was amazing

The best thing of this book was the narrator. It was such a pleasure to listen to his voice. I liked the writing style in the book, but there were some things in the story that weren’t convincing me. It seemed unlikely that Tom, with broken bones and after just waking from a coma, could do the things he did. It seemed his injuries were forgotten or ignored. The romance never made me excited or gave me the feels. I’m not sure why, though. Some of it happened a bit fast, maybe. And maybe I wasn’t convinced of the connection between Tom and Flynn. This is my second book by this author, and while I didn’t quite love Driftwood, I loved Seven Summer Nights, and I really like the writing dtyle, so I will definitely read more of her books.