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This was a real disappointment. I’ve been spoiled with all the good gay literature out there and this one fell horribly flat. Contrived predictable story and badly developed and executed. It seems like it’s been written by someone who badly wants to be an author, but their skills simply don’t match up to it. The only reason I finished it is because I prefer to ensure I’ve given a book a chance (unfortunately they end up being hours you NEVER get back).
I find it frustrating that (especially with gay lit) people are eager to give 4/5 stars for everything. It means it’s really difficult to pick out the actually good books. I have to hunt through Goodreads reviews and find that if the rating on there is less than 4 then really consider if it’s worth spending a credit on Audible. No matter the genre I expect books to be engaging and make me buy into the characters and story - I don’t know why high standards should drop just because it’s gay literature. It does a disservice to the really good authors out there who write great books that should be celebrated.
I’ve made a vow to myself from now on to make sure I write reviews now that the Audible app has made it easier to do so. Can’t complain about people’s rubbish rating standards if I don’t balance it out with my own reviews after all!
Not sure if it was the narrator or editing, but the timing and gaps were off between sections so they roll together and it takes you a moment to realise that the scene has changed and it’s not a continuation from the previous sentence.
Broken down and desperate, Jamie grabs hold of the lifeline that a stranger in the library offers with both hands. After the fact he learns that Guy truly is a great guy, for lack of a better word, that was once in Jamie's shoes and is looking to repay the kindness he was showed to another. As days become weeks, then months, their relationship continues to evolve until Jamie is looking a Guy through new eyes. And Guy is more than happy to take their relationship to the next level... one step at a time.
If you're reading the synopsis and thinking this is a 'gay for you' story, you'd be wrong. As the story progresses and you get to know both characters you realize right along with Jamie that he was never as straight as he thought. Girls never really flipped his switch, but Guy does. I loved the patience and stability Guy offered Jamie, that they took on each new day and approached their budding relationship as friends and, eventually, more. Jamie was like a newborn chick early on, no clue what he was doing. The only thing he knew without a doubt is how right it felt to be with Guy.
This was my first book voice by Conner Goff and I'll definitely be looking for more by him. He did really well giving each character their own voice and distinct tone so that I was never confused as to who was talking.
Slightly sexy, even romantic, Step by Step is a must listen.
This is probably my favorite K.C. Wells story, and new to me narrator, Conner Goff, did a good job with the narration, without doing anything to particularly stand out or detract from the story itself.
This is such a sweet, low angst, lovely little story that starts off with almost a fairytale-like premise, but just keeps evolving into a gorgeous, loving romance.
Guy once had a benefactor who got him through some really tough times, and when he hears Jamie's plight he decides to "pay it forward" and do the same for Jamie.
There was a lot I loved about this story, from the dual POV of both Jamie and Guy, to seeing Jamie come to terms with his growing attraction to Guy, to the fact the age gap wasn't really (for them) a factor. And the sex is scorching hot! Like, mega, melt-your-panties HOT.
Side note: I know some people don't really like a May/December type romance, but their ages really aren't a big deal here. They are two adults who gravitate to one another and complete each other so well. So, if you're thinking of skipping because of the age thing - I'd highly recommend you rethink that.
I really liked that not everything was sunshine and roses (Guy has some real pieces of work for a son, ex-wife, and ex-boyfriend), but it was handled so it enhanced the story rather than took anything away. How refreshing!
I did wish I'd gotten a better idea of what Guy was doing in the library to begin with, and that Jamie's "coming out" had been on page, but the story isn't really affected by either thing not being shown.
Goff uses distinctive character voices, has good timing and pacing, and made this an enjoyable listen. In the end, I had a great time and I know I'll be back to read it again.
For the sticklers: Some of the POV changes were not readily apparent in the audio, and some words were pronounced a bit oddly for me, but most struck me as an alternate way to say the word rather than a mispronunciation.