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    M/M Contemporary Romance w/Rumpelstiltskin Twist

    > > Judging a Book by it's Cover < < The cover has a very Old West look and feel to it, from the landmarks to the sepia tone cover. Only if you look closely enough and see the motorcycle's handlebars and mirror are you convinced it's a modern story. Personally, the cover would not normally draw and keep my attention. The synopsis seems sort of vague and silly, in a "Rumpelstiltskin" kind of way. I opted to listen to this audiobook because I've read a few stories by this author before and have liked them, plus I've never listed to David Ross prior to this and was looking forward to the opportunity to hear a new, to me, narrator. > > Looking Deeper < < POV ~> First-person, Jimmy's perspective. "A2 / Guy" is the bartender at Stonewall (a family heirloom bar he inherited from his grandfather), Jimmy is the co-owner of Penny's (a coffee shop). Guy is a little older, bigger; a "bear" with a shaved head and "Furry" elsewhere, rides a motorcycle. He's very protective of Jimmy. He has a penchant for wearing a different name tag each day at the bar, but no one had ever called him on it until Jimmy. Jimmy is smaller and seems quite naive and/or clueless to the world around him, which was so at odds with a small business owner. Their relationship was interesting and fun. It progressed naturally. A game played throughout, each night Jimmy was allowed one guess as to what Guy's real name was. If he got it right within 7 days, Guy would buy him a motorcycle. There are a few secondary characters, likable and not. Dialogue was good - natural - and had several laugh out loud moments. The cast interactions were believable. The plot was good. It was dynamic and contained some layers. There were conflicts, but most were from external sources and effecting things other then them as a relationship. Some were addressed and resolved, others were left in the background, possibly as a "to be determined" as the series moves on. Unfortunately, I had predicted the identity of the "whodunnit" as well as Guy's name, so those reveals were not as exciting as they could have been. The conclusion is fairly abrupt, leaving an implied HEA without any real confirmation or solidity. That said, there was no real cliffhanger, either. The story was enjoyable. I'd continue reading the series based on this one. Story Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.1 ~ Stars: 4 . Narration: David Ross has a clean voice. His pronunciation and speech is clear and easy to understand. The tone of voice is pleasant to listen to. The story is narrated at a steady pace. The only issue I had with the character portrayal was that a few times he seemed to slip out of character or made one sound like the other during scenes containing dialogue. But overall, it was an entertaining audiobook. I'd willingly listen to more books narrated by Mr. Ross. Narration Score: 4.1 ~ Stars: 4 . OVERALL: 4.1 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received an audiobook copy of this book from IndiGo Marketing and Design and the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐

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