Bartender Tony Gemetti has it all: a rich, hot boyfriend, a McMansion in the ’burbs, and unlimited sex in an expectation-free zone. He thought that was all he ever wanted out of any relationship - until Jack begins making excuses for frequent disappearances. Realizing he has more than his libido and enough drawers for his T-shirt collection riding on this relationship, Tony figures it’s time to find out what’s going on.
Jack Noble has spent his life hiding his real self behind a carefully created image. With Tony, he finally knows real freedom, real happiness. Now a past of buried secrets and lies is closing in, and no matter how hard he tries to stop it, the truth is tearing through. Once Tony learns what kind of man Jack really is, he won’t stay. Jack’s sure of it. Suddenly the past shows up in a completely unexpected way, testing the boundaries of their old, coasting-along-on-fun relationship. Tony indeed finds that Jack isn’t the man he went looking for, but it’s too late. There’s too much at stake to just walk away. First, though, he has to make sure there are no lies left for Jack to hide behind.
Warning: Listeners should be free of any heart condition that may be affected by a hero with an overactive imagination, painful back stories, and hot sex in a variety of athletic positions. Neither the author nor the publisher is responsible for any sudden or frequent urges to have children with Tony Gemetti.
I have read this book so many times on my Kind!e and so I thought I'd buy it on audio too. It is just as wonderful. What I love about this book is its an established couple who really live each other but they've never dealt with or even talked about any problems other than superficial ones. When serious issues from the past come into their relationship, they need to have some heavy conversations but they just don't know how. The problems continue to multiply faster than they can discuss them or even wrap their heads around the massive changes in their lives. I love how well written these characters are and their reactions. A couple of the side characters, who have their own story in another book, aren't quite the voices I'd imagined & one scene gets a bit muddled making it hard to tell who is speaking but overall the reader is very good.
If you could sum up Not Knowing Jack in three words, what would they be?
Tony and Jack are introduced in Regularly Scheduled Life, book one of the Ohio series, and I fell in love the with the flirtatious bartender, Tony, then and there. Tony has got to be one of the best characters ever developed in a gay romance novel, and I still say “everyone needs a Tony in their lives”. He is a big kid at heart, but is loyal to a fault. There is no one you can trust to have your back more than Tony. Jack learns this the hard way, after he treats Tony like crap and kicks him to the curb, twice, on the same day.
What other book might you compare Not Knowing Jack to and why?
Regularly Scheduled Life
What three words best describe Jason Winters’s voice?
No emotion for excitement, sadness, hurt feelings, or anger…it was all kind of monotone and it really got to me. I’ve come to expect a lot more from my audio’s and when all I get is a reading and not a performance it just ruins the experience.
If you could rename Not Knowing Jack, what would you call it?
Any additional comments?
My main issue was the tone of voice used through out the reading. Using a calm tone when the words spoken were “Jack said icily”. An icy tone of voice is not similar to one you would use when speaking to a toddler, and that is what I got.I will not be listening to any more by this narrator.
The main characters in this story were supposed to be older - near 40 - but you definitely couldn't tell by the dialog or by the actions of either of them.
I'm read characters who were in high school who came off as more mature.
The narrator - Jason Winters - he just made the story worse. I could hardly tell the difference between the two main characters. And wow - he made everything sound whiny.