Saturday, May 2, 2015

Audiobook ARC Review: The Blinding Light by Renae Kaye

The Blinding Light
From the blurb:
Jake Manning’s smart mouth frequently gets him into trouble. Because of it, he can’t hold a job. Combined with some bad luck, it's prevented him from keeping steady employment. A huge debt looms over him, and alone he shoulders the care of his alcoholic mother and three younger sisters. When a housekeeping position opens, Jake’s so desperate he leaps at the opportunity. On landing, he finds his new boss, Patrick Stanford, a fussy, arrogant, rude… and blind man.

Born without sight, Patrick is used to being accommodated, but he’s met his match with Jake, who doesn’t take any of his crap and threatens to swap all the braille labels on his groceries and run off with his guide dog unless he behaves.

Jake gets a kick out of Patrick. Things are looking up: the girls are starting their own lives and his mum’s sobriety might stick this time. He’s sacrificed everything for his family; maybe it’s time for him to live his life and start a relationship with Patrick. When his mother needs him, guilt makes his choice between family and Patrick difficult, and Jake must realize he’s not alone anymore.

Heather's rating:

Sweet, slow burn story about a housekeeper falling in love with his blind employer. Low levels of sex, folks, but HIGH levels of charm!

I really enjoyed this story. It was easy listening, and surprisingly low angst for all the obstacles that the MCs faced. It was also fairly low drama, which I ALWAYS appreciate. The story was sort of hurt/comfort-light, or more like opposites attract. Where Patrick is uptight, stuffy, and caught up in his disability, Jake is down to earth and selfless (almost to an annoying level). They meshed very well together, and I liked the buildup and organic feel to them as a couple.

I think if it was rating the book on content alone, I would be rating this in the 3-3.5 star range. However, I really enjoyed the narration of this book. Warning: If you are Australian or very familiar with the Australian accent, I would stay away from the audio of this book. From my untrained, Americanized ears, I loved the narration, but I recognize that the forced-Australian accent was a little... wonky. It didn't bother me because my ears aren't trained to pick up what a correct Australian accent sounds like, but I'm just picturing what it would be like for a native of that area. It would be like a British person trying to do a bad New Yorker accent... shudders.

Accent aside, the narrator, Jonathan Young, did a very nice job. Great emotion, great cadence, great feel. I judge audiobooks more on my gut reaction than anything else, and my gut REALLY connected with this one.

All in all, a very nice introduction to Renae Kaye for me, and it got me pumped to try more from her in the future.

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

Buy this audiobook:

Dreamspinner Press, iTunes, Audible, Amazon

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