Friday, April 10, 2015

Audiobook ARC Review: Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote

Nothing Serious
From the blurb:

Mark O’Brien is finally being honest with himself. His relationship with Rachel is over and he’s moving out of the home they've shared for six years. They get along, but he can’t fix a relationship when the person he's with is the wrong gender.

Jamie Robertson, one of the removal men, is huge and ridiculously gorgeous, and Mark is smitten at first sight. When a cardboard box splits, revealing items of a personal nature that Mark never wanted anybody to see, he's mortified. But it sparks the start of a beautiful friendship with benefits.

As Jamie initiates Mark into the joys of gay sex, the two men get increasingly close and “nothing serious” turns into something rather important to both of them. But communication isn’t their strong point. Will either man ever find the courage to be honest about his feelings?

Heather's rating:

I'm SO conflicted on this story! Everything from the audio narration to the plot is just pulling me in two different directions! I settled on 3.5 stars, but there were parts that I loved and parts that I didn't care for.

I'll start with the narration, which tends to make or break audiobooks for me. I should have disliked this narrator (Michael Pauley). First of all, he is an American dude reading for characters who are clearly British, which is WEIRD! I was really puzzled by the narrator choice because the delivery of certain lines just sounded off with an American accent. Also, he has one voice, ONE, and he uses it for everyone, male or female. Finally, during the sex scenes, as the action picks up, so does the speed of his voice. Picture a sportscaster or an auctioneer getting more and more excited as things start getting heated. It was... odd. But, crazily enough, I enjoyed Michael Pauley! I think it is just that his voice is so sexy sounding... or maybe it was his acting skills. Either way, I was NOT displeased by the narration, though it was not my usual flavor.

In terms of the book, I was expecting to LOVE it. Gay first-timers are my thang, and so I was expecting to drool all over this one. And while the sex scenes were REALLY hot, and I liked the chemistry between the two men, nothing really happens during the story. I mean, NOTHING. It is light and low drama, but the whole plot centers around communication issues. It is easy, enjoyable reading, but not I-want-to-die-this-is-so-good amazing.

Overall, I'd recommend this for people looking for a short, sexy listen that features lot of sexual exploration and not a whole lot of plot.

**Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**
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