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Jem Matzan is a superb reader. His voicing of Sean is perfect. Hope to hear more of him. The gently nostalgic story gradually unfolds amid an atmospheric lakeside setting, the scene of an earlier childhood romance. Kyle is a little bit of a jerk (no wonder with parents like his!) but makes the right choices in the end and everything comes together, so to speak.
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Kyle (aka Casey) has been away from Westlake for 15 years. As a teenager he got caught messing around with his boyfriend, Ryan, and subsequently rushed away and kept away until now.
Kyle has returned because his grandmother has died and he’s shocked to find Ryan still lives in the quiet town. (Turns out to take care of his ailing father.)
The two reminisce and reconnect – only a little – they are both afraid of what that holds for them. Kyle is still in the closet, Ryan is a father and afraid to be someone’s secret.
Eventually they find that there is more to their romance than just history and they find a very, very sweet HEA.
Keep in mind that this was an audio book and as such it lacked some of what I see many others saw by reading it.
I’m a Kate Sherwood fan, but this was a “meh” story for me. It lagged, there was very little tension to keep me engaged and the chemistry/romance was a bit too subtle to keep me involved. As a result I kept finding my mind wandering as I was listening and it took a long time for me to finish the story.
Overall, it was more of Kyle’s story about coming to grips with his past, his coming out as a gay man and his grief over the loss of his grandmother far more than the romance between him and Ryan.
The narrator did a nice job, again, nothing too compelling in either direction – good or bad.
If you are in the mood for a low angst, character driven (rather than action driven) story read by a narrator with a nice voice but not too much drama, this should fit the bill.