Logan Crane’s life changed dramatically the day a blind fit of temper resulted in him accidentally injuring his wife. Although he’s now in an abuser counseling program, Logan cannot face the real source of his unhappiness: He’s always been attracted to men but has refused to accept it since witnessing an act of violence.
During his therapy, Logan meets Nick Zales, a counselor at a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Nick is understandably suspicious of Logan despite an immediate attraction to him. Logan feels the same attraction and faces a critical internal struggle as he finds himself falling in love with this enigmatic man. Both men are haunted by unacknowledged ghosts and abuse in their pasts. How can they help each other heal if they continue to ignore their own wounds?
I found this romance one of the better m/m offerings this year. The two main characters were well-differentiated and rather believable, and the supporting cast was interesting and believable. I also enjoyed the fact that the angts delaying the romance, based in anger-management and self-esteem issues, was credibly portrayed. I found the therapy sessions well-written and the character's slow self-awareness well laid out. The setting, somewhat mundane and working class, was also a welcome break from the jet-set model meets millionaire trope that seems so common to romance novels these days.
The novel begs for a sequel (not that it ends on a cliff-hanger) because there are some issues left unresolved, in particular familial relationships to work through.
If possible, I would have given 4.5 stars. The audio performance was also quite good and did honour to the quality of the written material.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Is there anything you would change about this book?
This was a nice book to listen to, kept my attention. The characters were believable and interesting. I kept wondering where/how Felicia did her research for this book. A few weeks after listening I found myself at the point in Pittsburg - it's still under construction.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
When I first started to listen to this story I was a little skeptical about the storyline and characters because I was not all to sure that I would be able to like one of the main character who had been an abuser - I mean normally they are the bad guys in the stories? But surprisingly this is actually a very sweet story and I enjoyed listening. It is a little different than most M/M romances by having a more serious storyline but it still makes my top 10. Narrator is fine.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Overall rating 3.5 rounded up. This is a very engaging story of anger, abuse and not being true to yourself. The story is really good and kept me engaged. Nick and Logan are very realistically portrayed and the story deals with some very real issues of domestic violence. The narrator was OK, not painful to listen to. But Jeff Gelder continues to be a little wooden, although this was much better than some of his past books. He had some diversity in the characters and at times puts emotion into his storytelling. I think it is his "pacing" of the story that doesn't quite flow. Sometimes it sounds like he is just "reading" it, which I could do without purchasing an audiobook. It is too bad because he as a great voice.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
It took me a long time to get over exactly how the story begins. It is an enjoyable listen, and I really enjoy Jeff Gelder's narrations. The book is definitely worth the time and money.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about Where the Allegheny Meets the Monongahela?
I loved the Angst!! And the slow build in the romance between the 2 main characters. I liked that although one of the characters started out as possibly unlikeable, the author was
able to turn him into a character that you could root for.
I likes the fact that through the course of the book, the playing field leveled out, so that each character had issues and problems that needed resolution.
Loved that there was not any external drauma or "big misunderstanding"
Who was your favorite character and why?
I really ended up liking Logan very much. This whole book was sort of a quiet low key type of romance. And I liked Logan's evolutional journey into his self acceptance as a gay man.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The narrator did an "ok" job. His delivery was a little stilted and dry. It took a little to get used to but was alright.
Any additional comments?
The only thing I really didn't like about this audio version was the very very annoying way that
at the beginning of each chapter the narrator announced "Where the Allegheny meets the Monoghahela.....Chapter blah blah blah".....followed by the chapter title and some sort of quote or verbage. It was annoying and consistantly threw me out of the story.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful