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Trusting the Elements

Never Too Late, Book 1
Narrated by: Steve Balderson
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

There’s nothing like a near-death car accident to open your eyes. Otto Proulx decides surviving was a sign; he’s being given a second chance to claim the life he wants to live. For the past few years he’s been hiding in the shadows, vague texts from a troubled ex-partner keep him close to home along with his general lack of luck in the romance department. Change is on the horizon for Otto; he's thinking about relocating his business and decides a move the the coastal town of Westfort, Washington, may be just the thing. 

Greg Trainor runs a specialty kite shop and helps his friends out when they ask. That’s the kind of guy he is: if somebody needs something, they call on Greg. He’s a big guy, an ex-basketball player and admits no genius, but he’s dependable. So…yeah, when he sees a car precariously perched on the side of the road, he stops to help out; it’s what he does. 

One night of passion leads to…several more and suddenly both men are searching around to define what they have together. Neither wants to scare the other off and neither wants to ask for more. Will the two men be able to set aside their fears and create a family together, trusting the elements are in their favor? 

Trusting the Elements is a (mostly) light-hearted, sexy, give-me-all-the-insta-love book and the first in the Never Too Late series.

©2019 Elle Keaton (P)2019 Elle Keaton

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Thrill, lust & love! Enjoyoable!

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Thrill, lust & love! What an adventure!

Sometimes what you need and aren't looking for finds you anyway and it's even better than you imagined! This is how I felt about Otto & Greg's story. They find each other at the perfect time and while there's a lot of steam, a good amount of angst and a far bit left unsaid they have a connection that draws you in and keeps you wrapped up in their lives for the whole ride!

With an ex determined to cause trouble Otto and Greg must fight for what they want and admit their feelings for each other. I loved the small-town elements and deep issues addressed in this book. My heart broke along with the characters but also healed and fell in love too. A truly enjoyable read/listen by Elle!

Now I did have a few notes on narration. This narrator is new to me and he did a really good job with the character voices, including Otto's adorable sass and excelled at the personalities of the side characters such as Blaine but I felt the overall narration was a bit dry and uninspired, an unenthusiastic read along. It wasn't bad, just noticeable when compared to the inflections of the character voices. I think this might be a case of the story carrying the narration since this is such a great story. I understand narrators are all different, would I listen to him again? Yes I would, it was just a weird contrast to listen too.

Thanks for reading!

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Love the story!

I really enjoyed the story, I love the characters, especially Otto and Blaine :) They are such lively characters!
Greg rescues Otto from a minor car accident, but they go their separate ways, only to meet again at the local pub. Sparks fly between them and they spend the night together, just a hookup, right? 4 days later, it's very clear that this is no ordinary hookup, however they both have baggage and insecurities that prevent them from taking the next step.
Luckily both men have very sensible friends who give them the nudge/shove needed to take the next steps.

Steve Balderson is new to me. He is good with the character voices, including Otto's liveliness and sass; Blaine's quirkiness and Greg's tone. On the non-narration parts he sounded a bit stilted and uninspired. It wasn't bad, just noticeable when compared to the character voices. Since this is a such a great story, it's still a good way to experience the book.
Would I listen to him again? Yes :)

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Beautiful

Otto and Greg's journey was such a beautiful story i loved it so much

I felt like I was their included in this journey i was so hooked

The storyline was incredible I loved every part of it

Steve balderson did a beautiful job of bringing Otto and Greg's journey and their story to life i felt every emotion

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  • Jill K.
  • 13-11-19

Cute love story

I thought that this was a really cute insta-love story. I think Otto is the cutest thing ever and so funny. I really recommend this book. Cannot wait for more in the series. Very hot sexy times and no angst.

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  • Suzanne N. Reeves
  • 08-11-19

Enjoyable

It took a while for me to warm up to the narrator's style of reading. The narration didn't detract from the story, which was throughly enjoyable. Can't wait to see how this series continues.

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  • Voska
  • 02-11-19

Good

The story was really good and I loved the characters. I enjoyed it and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series. I say read because I’m not sure if I’ll wait for the audio or not. The narrator started off very wooden and monotone and while he did get better as the book went it wasn’t enough of an improvement for me to give that part of the review more than 3 stars.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 06-10-19

Great listen.

This is such a great start to this new series. I love Otto and Greg. I love seeing a one night stand that turns out to becoming more. It is great to see how their relationship grows. I think Steve Balderson did a great job in bring this story to life. Definitely a new narrated to me but I do like his voice.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 30-09-19

A great start to a new series.

I read and reviewed Trusting the Elements when it was first released as an ebook. I'm happy to report that I really enjoyed the story again listening to it in audio format.

This was the first audiobook I've listened to narrated by Steve Balderson and he was pretty good. His voice was easy to listen to after I got used to it. I did find that the narration was somewhat slow. I listened to this one at 1.25 speed and enjoyed it much more. It's rare that I listen to a book at anything other than normal speed, but even my favorite narrator has done a couple where I've felt that I needed to increase the playback speed, so I don't think this is a negative comment.

Below is a copy of my original review for the ebook when it was released in July 2019.

I loved Elle Keaton's Accidental Roots series so I was really excited to read Trusting the Elements, her first book in the new Never Too Late series; I wasn't disappointed!

This story is seriously hot! Our two MCs have what they both think will be a one-night-stand but it turns out to be much more. I really loved these characters; they are both a bit broken. Otto has a stalker ex-husband and Greg was left with no family after he came out.

Trusting the Elements doesn't have the same level of suspense that her Accidental Roots books have but the tension created by Otto's ex-husband gets pretty heavy. I loved the connection between Otto and Greg. While both of them felt something for each other after their first weekend, neither of them wanted to say it out loud. Otto doesn't trust his feelings after the disaster of his relationship with his ex. Greg feels like he's not smart enough for Otto and has a hard time believing that Otto really likes him.

I loved the secondary characters in this story, too, especially Blaine. I really hope he gets a book of his own. I almost forgot to mention that there are cute kitties and a lonely little girl that will steal your heart. 😊

Note: If you are a subscriber to Elle's newsletter be sure to read the free short story she wrote for Greg's friend Dante who appears in Trusting the Elements; it's hot! I hope we get to read more about Dante.

A copy of this audio book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com*** (posting on October 3, 2019)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-09-19

A great start to a new series

An accidental meeting turns into a one night stand that becomes more. Great stories with 2 MCs that grow as the story progresses. Good supporting characters that I hope we see more of!