Trusting the Elements (Never Too Late, Book 1)
By Elle Keaton
Narrated by Steve Balderson
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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 at home along with his general lack of luck in the romance department. This is his last chance, he’s certain, this time he’ll meet the man for him, the one he’s sure is out there somewhere.
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 and 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?
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.5 stars
🔥🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 4
🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration: 4
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 a 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.
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