An audiobook review blast!
Title: Cruise Control
Author: Kerry Adrienne
Author Location: Raleigh, NC
Genre: LGBTQ Romance (M/M)
Release Date: March 9, 2015
Page Count: 68 pages
Publisher: Earthshine Publishing
Retired soldier Blake Best drives hard—his car, his life, and his choices. Former Airman Parker Monteith is fighting to keep his life on cruise control so he doesn’t lose it all.
One Maserati brings them together. Can Blake slow down enough to discover the important things aren’t in the fast lane?
This was a quick read–on audio, it was just over 2 hours of listening time, which makes this either a novella or a short story (probably the latter); in other words, a short and sweet read.
Ultimately I enjoyed the story, though it definitely would have benefited from a longer format. Both Parker and Blake’s characters could have used some more development–what’s the story behind Blake’s temper, for example? How did he manage to keep his orientation from his family, yet his Army unit knew all about it? Did no one in Parker’s town truly guess about him? Both men seemed to figure each other out almost instantly, after all, so how is it that they could keep it a secret from a good chunk of the world? Their relationship ended up being pretty rushed, and Blake especially moved pretty fast from “I live in Florida” to “I want to stay here in Georgia with you”.
Not to say I begrudge them their HEA; because I was definitely rooting for them. But I would have liked more overall.
(Plus, does Blake get to keep his car? I sincerely hope so, because he has an unnatural attachment to that thing–I shudder to think what will happen if it has to go back to the company…)
The narrator did a decent job with the book; I wasn’t crazy about his character voices, especially Parker’s, but when he was reading the narrative bits his voice was absolutely delicious.
All in all, it was a pleasant diversion and a sweet story about two men finding the possibility of love where they least expected it.
Rating: 3 stars / C+
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
About the author:
Kerry loves history and spends large amounts of time wondering about people who lived and walked on Earth in the past. She’s a mom to three daughters, six cats, and various small animals, including a panther chameleon. Her shoe horde will attest to her fine shopping skills.
In addition to writing, she’s a college instructor, artist, costumer, and editor. Her new love is her Mini Cooper Convertible, Sheldon, and they have already gone on many adventures.
Kerry is represented by Marisa Corvisiero.