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4 star story. 5 star narration!!
A really good narrator can bring a story to life and make it a really enjoyable experience for the listener and of course that was the case with this book.
I hadn't come across this author before and so I was a bit wary about whether I would enjoy it or not but I shouldn't have worried. The story was actually quite good (four stars) and the narrator was excellent (five stars).
And the story was very entertaining - serious in places, amusing in others and totally engaging from beginning to end.
Storm is a young, gay TV star whose fame is rising. His agent employs a body guard, Taz, to protect Storm from his growing numbers of well meaning fans, stalkers and other threats.
Despite his popularity and fame Storm has insecurities and difficulties of his own that are not seen by his adoring fans and Storm is also deeply attracted to Taz.
Taz is a highly professional body guard and thinks that Storm is just another spoilt, promiscuous playboy but as he gets to know Storm he begins to see the beautiful loving man beneath the glittering facade and he begins to struggle with his own attraction to Storm.
This is an enjoyable bodyguard love story with a frisson of mystery within, with entertaining drama and some fabulous characters. The narrator did an excellent job and each character sounds very different and their different personalities are made real for the listener. The narration drew me into the story, made it interesting and also brought the story to life.
I didn't feel that the story was too long and I didn't get bored either. I generally find that some sex scenes can become tedious but with this narration they simply became part of the story.
I thought the mystery part of the story was a bit obvious but this didn't detract from my listening pleasure.
All in all this is a lovely story and a really lovely audiobook!
This audiobook was provided by Audiobookblast in exchange for an honest review.
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The Superstar is Book 1 in Patricia Logan's The Marine Bodyguards series. Storm is a celebrity that got his break on a reality tv show and is seen as an upcoming star. He's out and parties his way through his days with many different men and not always in a safe way. Storm is attracted to his bodyguard and seems to think that the best way to get his attention is by going off with random men, regardless of safety issues, even putting Taz's safety at risk. Taz takes his position seriously and regardless of his attraction to Storm, isn't going to put his safety on the line. Taz has his work cut out for him because even though Storm thinks he's a man of this world, he's naive and easily taken in by other's, even with the most ridiculous of stories.
I felt sorry for Taz through most of this story. He took his job seriously, and did what he needed to protect Storm, but good grief, Storm was so immature. I did question Taz's taste in his attraction to Storm, but even the best people have terrible taste. But, as the story went along and Storm managed to mature, I was able to think of him as something other than a willful child that needed a timeout. Taz and Storm's relationship is very, very slow going and they definitely have to work for it. Or, more like Taz has to finally give into his attraction. I enjoyed Storm's best friend in the story. She was not the typical shrewish, hateful best friend in many MM stories and that was a nice change of pace!
The narrator is Johnathan Young and I thought he did a good job. He has an easy to listen to voice, keeps a good pace, was able to provide emotions and distinctive voices for the characters. There were no long or odd pauses during his narration and he allowed the focus to be on the characters and story to be told. The narrator did a great job of bringing this story to life.
For those who care, there is sex on page with Storm and men not Taz. This happened before Taz and Storm became more, so it's not a big deal for me, but I know this bothers others. There's some mystery in this story, but honestly, the only person who didn't know the bad guy is a bad guy is Storm. Overall, this was an enjoyable story to listen to!
Overall: 4 stars
Performance: 4 stars
Story: 4 stars