Listening time: 9 hrs. 13 min.
To remake their future, they’ll have to use pieces of their broken past. The young man the world knew as Jordan Barnett is dead, killed as much by the rejection of his first love at his moment of greatest need, as by his ultra-conservative parents’ effort to deprogram the gay away.
In his place is Silver, a streetwise survivor who’s spent the last three years learning to become untouchable…unless you’re willing to pay for the privilege. He shies away from anything that might hold him down long enough for betrayal to find him again.
Zebediah Harris spent time overseas, trying to outrun the guilt of turning his back on the young man he loved. Now, almost the moment he sets foot back in Baltimore, he discovers Silver on a street corner in a bad part of town. His effort to make amends lands them both in jail.
Trapped together in a cell, Silver sits on his mountain of secrets and plans a seductive form of revenge, but finds that using a heart as a stepping stone is no way to move past the one man he can’t forgive, let alone forget.
Warning: Contains a surly hero. May cause angst. A prolonged delay in sexual situations may cause frustration. Author recommends a steady dose of familiar friends and characters to alleviate those symptoms. No actual teenagers were used during the construction of the backstory.
It's been 5 long years and I love you just the same...maybe it's just a bit of like.
But it has been five since I read this book...5 years and more than a few other books so for me it was almost like listening to a whole new story but ironically I ended up with essentially the same results so I'm going to borrow a bit from my review from 5 years ago and add to that for this audio book review.
Let's start with the story here's what happened 5 years ago...
The first 70% of this book gets 3 stars. While I really did like Silver and Zeb better than the couple in book 3 (Gavin and Jamie) the story felt stilted, and I kept reading and reading and in spite of the fact that things were happening it felt like the story was going nowhere and there was no progress being made. Thus resulting in me frequently wandering away to do whatever popped into my head.
Finally the last 30% grabbed me and held my attention so while my rating overall will stay at 3 stars. There is a section of the story that gets a solid 3.5 stars from me. I liked what was happening. The progress being made, Silver and Zeb finding a way back to each other, trying to work things out and...
WHAM, BAM THANK YOU MA'AM!!! Story over...the end. Again, again I get to the part where I'm truly beginning to enjoy things and it's over and so is my 3.5 star read and we remain at 3 stars only now for me; it's 3 shaky stars that aren't shining quite as brightly. I'm sorry Ms Mitchell; I know it's your story to tell but I needed just a little bit more. I was starting to genuinely care about these two characters as a couple and just when I was really getting into the story it just ends, and I'm left feeling like someone kicked my puppy.
one being that I found Silver to be for the most part a real attitude case but given the life the poor kid's had I'm not sure that I blame him for the attitude, and I'm not sure if it's a case of I knew what was coming or listening to it on audio made the difference, or maybe a bit of both but the ending was for me a little less abrupt and I wasn't left feeling quite so much like someone had kicked my puppy so that was a little better and also brings us to the subject of the narrator...new to me narrator Scott Drummond.
I liked what I heard. Speaking strictly from the audio point of view this story was solidly narrated and while Mr. Drummond currently only has 7 books to his credit on audible of which this is the only one that interested me...not say that the others are good or interesting, they're just not in my wheel house, however, I can comfortably say that I hope to enjoy more titles narrated by him in the future.
At the end of this it comes down to an increased rating to 3.5 stars from my previous rating of 3 and I feel that for the most part it's because for me this worked a bit better as an audio book than it did when I read it originally...so, I'm going to take that as a win.
An audio book of 'Bad Influence' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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