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Return of the Chauffeur's Son

By: Tara Lain
Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

Luca McGrath may be returning to Napa Valley, California, as a promising chef with dreams of starting his own restaurant and winery, but his heart still lives with the bad-boy son of a billionaire James Armstrong. Luca spent his childhood playing games with the golden boy of California society, so blinded by James he barely noticed the dark, quiet lure of his conservative older brother, Dylan Armstrong.

But now Luca's home, and his own powers of attraction are enough to make James question his dedicated heterosexuality and his promised marriage to a wealthy and powerful businesswoman. The obvious attraction between Luca and James spurs Dylan into action - but he's fighting a huge secret. While Luca dreamed of James, Dylan dreamed of Luca. When Luca gets caught in the struggle between the brothers and gets accused of culinary espionage, he's ready to chuck the fairy tale - unable to even imagine Dylan's power to make his dreams come true.

©2017 Tara Lain (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press

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Greg and Tara are a force

I loved the whole Restaurant competition, and it added to the story.
Luca was in love with James for so long, and Dylan was in love with Luca, but in the end it worked out for the best.
Dylan was a formidable business man and a down to earth human, who loved his family and Luca's dad.
I loved how it all played out

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  • Becky
  • 03-10-17

Wow!

I have to say Tara Lain knocked this one out of the park! Love, love, love her unique twist to my all time favorite fairytale romance Sabrina, and a great choice in narrators. Greg Tremblay did a amazing job bringing all of the characters to life. This book is definitely top of my list of books I will listen to again and again. Looking forward to your next book!

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 30-09-17

Sabrina remake with three hot men – audio review

Some books just hit the perfect note and Tara Lain’s Return of the Chauffeur’s Son is that book. I was never a huge fan of the movie Sabrina, but this remake is creative, imaginative, and just plain fun.

Luca is the chauffeur’s son, recently returned from a prestigious position in a restaurant, who has come home to Napa to be close to his dad, take a new job, and see if his boyhood crush on James Armstrong is still as fierce as ever.

Always treated respectfully by the Armstrong family, Luca grew up close to the younger son. Only when he returns does he discover his crush and friend is engaged to a very nice woman. Disappointed, although not as much as he thought he would be, Luca throws himself into this new job at Culinary Arts. All the local restaurants partake in an annual cooking competition and Luca’s new employer has lost several times to its archrival. So all hopes and pressure are put on Luca to win the prize.

No pressure, right?

Except there are rumours of spies everywhere. Oh, and James has decided he’s bisexual and puts Luca in his sights, despite his sweet fiancée.

Chaos, right?

Could be, except for Dylan, the eldest son in the Armstrong family. He is openly gay – not experimenting – and he sees James callously hurting everyone around him. He is focused on growing the family business, but keeps a close eye on his younger brother and tries to head off trouble at the pass.

I love the trope of a pseudo-love triangle. Because although Luca has always had a crush on James, Dylan is now on his radar. There is also a lot of love in the Armstrong family and that includes Luca and his father. Proof that not everyone views social class as everything.

The ending is predictable, of course, but I love the dénouement. Like I said, another Tara Lain hit. Low angst, lots of laughter, and most of all, a world where men are loved for who they are and not who they are attracted to. Or who they eventually fall in love with.

Greg Tremblay is one of my favourite narrators and he did a great job. This is a great listen.

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  • Piper
  • 22-10-17

An interesting story

I don't know if im wording this review correctly but i am going to try. first it was an interesting title . totally one i would have looked over. i did enjoy the book once it got started. i like the twist with thr brothers .I think overall it was an interesting story. i love food so i was hanging on . great job

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  • dylan kestler
  • 15-05-20

amazing<br />

I love this book and the voice actor does a amazing job telling the story like you are right there with them.

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  • Abe Fan
  • 05-05-20

A nice MM romance based a movie!

This has been a nice short MM romantic story, based on the movie Sabrina, with Henry Ford, that I liked. Greg Tremblay did a banging job narrating all the voices of the characters.... magnifique Greg, thank you! ❤️

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  • Sam54
  • 27-04-20

Another fun story from Tara Lain

Cute story. Very much like Sabrina the movie.
No murders. No gruesome events.
Greg Tremblay narrates exceptionally well.

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  • H. Martin
  • 25-11-19

Return of the Chauffeur’s Son

I was intrigued by this book from the first moment I saw Tara Lain was release it, but I was also worried about reading it. I'm a huge fan of Sabrina (the Harrison Ford version!), and I immediately saw the similarity of the storyline and was sure I would not like this story. Thanks to others who have read the book, I knew I had to give this a chance and jumped at the chance to listen to the audio and am so glad that I did! For anyone familiar with Sabrina, you'll see the vague similarities, but this book is truly it's own story!

Luca has finally gotten the opportunity to return home and is excited. He's gotten a wonderful position with the promise of taking over once the chef retires. He gets to be close to his father again. And, Luca gets back to his childhood friend James, who he's been in love with since he was a boy. The love triangle from the movie does play out in this story. Luca has drawn the interest of both James and Dylan. But, where this varies is Dylan isn’t underhanded in trying to gain Luca’s affection to get him away from James. Luca is a very strong character and not interested in being anyone’s pawn. But for Luca, the real stress is coming at his job and a competition that determines his future.

The narrator of this story is Greg Tremblay and he truly did a terrific job bringing this story and it's characters to live. This narrator is a professional, who I've heard many times, and he has a great voice that's easy to listen to. He's able to really bring the characters to life with individual voices and expresses appropriate emotions. The narrator keeps a great pace when telling the story, has good diction and has no weird pausing. This is an audiobook that I will listen to over and over again!

I loved this story and how there was similarities to the original story, but the author gave it her spin to really make it her own. If you’ve been on the fence about reading this book, I highly recommend you doing so. Or, if you like audiobooks, this is one you definitely need to have in your library!

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  • averi54
  • 30-06-19

Sabrina, retold...with nothing new

I've never been a great fan of Sabrina. I thought Sabrina and David were both brats. Anyway, for this re-telling, the writing was good and the character's banters funny and interesting. It's a nice read for anyone who's into angst free and predictable fairy tales.

Spoiler...(I think, though if you're familiar with Sabrina, not much of a spoiler then)

What I liked: I liked the characters' dialogue. The family/parents. This story shows that not all rich parents are evil and bigots. Also the most enjoyable thing was the narrator. Despite the story not being all that, I love Greg Tremblay. He does such an awesome job in giving life to the characters he reads. It's only the reason I bothered reading such a predictable story.


What I didn't like: The author spent a bit too much time on Luca's culinary life.The MCs for me didn't do it. The pacing between the MCs is lacking and quick. We don't get to go on a journey with the characters on how they develop, but we are told what they feel. Everything was glossed over just to get to the point of the two MCs getting together. I get that this is a re-telling of a classic but the author could have done more to make this version different, to bring something new and refreshing to it. Instead we get exactly Sabrina, a 3-men version. Yawns...

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James is smart but has a syndrome called, boredom. He goes on these sexual self-reflection escapades which don't always end on good terms. We're told how he's an everybody-magnet and the family golden boy but other than that not much to him. I never understood why Luca was so in-love with this straight bestfriend. So James a spoiled brat and Luca a brat. Two similar enough peas in a pod. The only reason why those two didn't end up together like they should is because James is straight and not gay.

Luca is an intelligent independent person with a good personality but that intelligence ends there. On the flip side, he's like a kid who, at 24, still has his head up the cloud about fairy tales and in love with the idea of golden boy prince charming. So much so that he can't see real grown-up love even when it's colorfully displayed in front of his face. He obsesses over James, who doesn't know anything about him and hasn't paid him any attention since they were little or notice his feelings and even as they're grown adults doesn't do anything for him.

Dylan is Type A. In charge, leading figure and kind. As the boss of his family's business, he's the perfect employer. He thinks of his employees and puts his family's well being first. And I love his talks with his father. He always cleans up after James' mess. Frankly, I didn't think Luca deserved this brother's love. Dylan does everything for Luca but the latter persist to stay up his bubbly cloud until Dylan goes after him and it's all out sex between them when we get no hint whether Luca even loves him back. In fact, it's Luca's father who tells him he needs to wake up and face the grown up music and only then does Luca realizes what should be.

Overall: In my book, it's a C+ story like the original.

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  • ClinD2002
  • 23-04-19

Great Story

I didn’t give this five stars for one reason only and that was just because I felt a certain someone escaped any and all karma by the end of the book, other than that a very well done raunchy gay romance, and honestly quite tame when compared with the normal fare.

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  • Zackkk215
  • 21-11-18

I cried because it was pure

I could not stop listening and I cried because it was so gushy. not heavy on sex but an amazing build up story