Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Audiobook Tour: Someone to Call My Own by Aimee Nicole Walker (Review + Excerpt)

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Road to Blissville Series, Book 2

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COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer/Simply Defined Art
NARRATOR: Joel Leslie
Listening Length: 8 hours and 49 minutes


Psychic Emory Jackson and former black ops specialist Jonathon Silver are men from two completely different worlds with one thing in common: heartbreak. Emory still mourns the loss of his husband five years prior, and Jon is reeling with grief from the recent death of his twin brother.

Sparks fly when mutual friends introduce them, but it’s so much more than basic attraction. There’s an undeniable awareness and a sense of belonging that neither man can deny. Despite Emory’s premonition of a future with Jon, he has vowed never to love again. Jon is convinced that his tainted soul is the reason he will never have someone to call his own. What if they’re both wrong?

Maybe these broken men with their jagged edges could somehow align perfectly to form something whole and beautiful. But will that realization come too late for them?

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“What are you doing here, Emory?”

“I think you know.”

“I have a pretty good idea, but what has changed since I left Blissville forty minutes ago?”

“Nothing,” I answered honestly. “I don’t love you, Jon.”

“Yet,” he corrected. “You don’t love me yet.” He reached for my hand and slid his fingers in between mine. “If you walk across that threshold with me, I’m going to push you up against the nearest surface and fuck you. Probably more than once. Can you live with that?”

His words sent an electrical current racing through my body. My dick hardened fast and almost painfully beneath my tight briefs. No one had ever talked dirty to me or tried to dominate me, but it ignited something inside me like he was holding a lit match near gasoline fumes. In Jon’s eyes, I saw the raw need that burned through him just as strong as it did me.

“Take me inside.”

Jon didn’t ask me if I was sure; he gripped my hand tightly and pulled me up the broad, stone steps to the front porch. I expected him to drop my hand to unlock the front door, but he hit a few numbers on a keypad with his left hand before twisting the knob to let us inside.

I had caught a brief glimpse of the living room beyond the foyer before Jon turned to me. He didn’t even bother shutting the door before he backed me up against the foyer table. Jon’s hands immediately went to my neck to loosen my tie while he swooped down and captured my lips in a hard, demanding kiss. He released a torrent of emotions he’d repressed since we met, and I tasted each one on his tongue.

~ 4 Stars Overall~

(3.5 Stars for the narration, 4 Stars for the book)

This book is not really a standalone, you really need to at least read book one “Unscripted Love” in this series to understand what is going on and where these characters came from. This series is also a spin-off from the Curl up and Dye series, and we actually get our first glance of them in those books as well. So even starting with those books wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

Let’s start with the audio, Joel Leslie is up there as one of my favorite narrators and I’ve listened to around 25 or so of his narrated books so far. I have to say that this might actually be my least favorite narration from him at this point. For the narration alone this one was just okay for me, and not “great” in my personal opinion. Joel always has a wide range of accents and tones for his character voices. I just wasn’t really impressed overall by the narration for Jonathan's “Cajun” style accent, for me it was a little odd/off at times. But I do think that even though this wasn’t my favorite narration, it totally worked with the story we get in this book.

That being said, I absolutely loved the premise, plot and characters in this book and the story is what kept me going through the narration and had me thoroughly enthralled and immersed in this book. I really liked this book and characters a lot more than the first book in this Road to Blissville series. The character dynamic for these two men was off the charts, even though there wasn't a lot of in-depth communication and interaction it still somehow just worked. They had the perfect amount of push and pull in their relationship, neither man wanted it to happen but both knowing it was pretty much inevitable and couldn’t be denied. It’s just a rollercoaster of emotional ups and downs the entire time. And OMG when Jonathan finally pronounces his love for Emory it is Amazing!

Emory’s ex died a few years before in a car accident and since then he has been having psychic visions as to things that happened in the past and will happen in the future. I’m not a huge fan of psychic trope books but this one worked well for me because while Emory is a huge part of the book as a main character, his “Psychic powers” aren’t totally unrealistic and do mesh well with the rest of the book. Jonathan is brash and unyielding when it comes to everything in his life. He is still trying to make sense of the death of his twin after recently just learning he even existed. Both of these men have tragic pasts with a lot of baggage being dragged around that they need to sort through and figure out. But I think Emory was perfect for Jonathan. Emory helps ground him and brings out the better person we can all see that he really is inside.

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I am a wife and mother to three kids, three dogs, and a cat. When I’m not dreaming up stories, I like to lose myself in a good book, cook or bake. I'm a girly tomboy
who paints her fingernails while watching sports and yelling at the referees.
I will always choose the book over the movie. I believe in happily-ever-after. Love inspires everything that I do. Music keeps me sane.

Joel Leslie/Narrator
Joel Leslie is a UK transplant, growing up with American parents in a British commonwealth.  A classically trained actor with an MFA in theatre from USC, he is often cast for his unique ability to deliver native, authentic combinations of American and British sounds.  His great range and ability to bring characters to life with honesty, wit and versatility delights producers and listeners alike.

He is proud to have a strong following with m/m listeners and an ongoing relationship with some of the finest writers in the genre.  He loves that every day he gets to share these beautiful, inspirational and empowering GLBT characters with the world.

His authors have praised him as “a narrator among narrators, a man whose ability to create different characters rests on the power of his voice and his impeccable delivery,” and a “true delight…" "his professionalism, good humor, and charm make him a dream to work with,” "Anyone else would only be second best”.

Joel has consistent access to his home studio for all production needs.  When not in the booth he spends his time chasing after two loquacious wiener dogs.

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