Friday, November 20, 2015

Audiobook Revew: My Big Fat Southern Gay Wedding (A Southern thing #3) by Sara York ~ Includes Excerpt

Title: My Big Fat Southern Gay Wedding
Author: Sara York
Narrator: Jason Frazier
Length: 6 hrs + 2 mins
Publisher: Sara York
Release: 17th April 2015
Genre: M/M (contemporary)


When he was a kid, Jack Miller thought life would be a certain way, then he figured out he liked boys and not girls, changing the course of his future. Jack has spent the last few years learning that life doesn't always give you what you expect, in both good and bad ways.
Andrew's gone missing, and Jack's parents have split. He's made it through high school, but the future is nothing without Andrew. To be complete, Jack knows he needs to find Andrew and bring him home. But Andrew has disappeared.
Lost doesn't even begin to describe how Andrew Collins feels. Homeless and destitute, he's ready to end it all. Thinking that Jack is dead, Andrew returns to Sweet to end his life on Jack's grave. Instead he finds lies were told that drove him to a path of destruction. After not seeing each other for almost a year, Jack and Andrew come together, but their problems don't end there. They must work hard to make it to their big fat Southern gay wedding or risk losing it all.

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Mark’s Review

I’m a self-confessed, unashamed, romantic sap and this last book hit home like no other. Yes, this last book which sees Jack and Andrew reach their final and incredible happy end. It was a long journey, hard fought and after all they had  been through all the more deserved than any other HEA I have ever read. Yes, I think I cried a river at the beginning of this book, in the middle and at the end. Tears of desolation and joy.  I can’t believe I have only got around to listening to this series now.
At the end of the second book we leave Jack and Andrew believing that both were dead. This leads them to a one year separation where both are basically in mourning. Andrew has no direction anymore in his life, is homeless, destitute and has reached the point where he just wants to end it all. He just can’t continue without the one man that meant the world to him. So when he can’t bear it anymore, returns home to Sweet where he thinks Jack is buried to be with him one last time. However, when he is in Sweet he bumps into his former foster parents. Reunion scene no. 1 = I lost it and bawled my eyes out! Andrew is reunited with Jack’s mum and Billy. Reunion scene no. 2 = I lost it and cried a river! Jack comes home and sees Andrew for the first time. Reunion scene no. 3 = I lost it and ran out of tissues!
All this time Jack continuously searches for Andrew not knowing what happened to him or where he went. Believing he had moved yet again with his parents. Oh the heart ache when you miss someone so much. But alas it was starting to effect his studies and slowly begins to come around to the fact that he may never see Andrew alive again. He is just not able to move on or love someone else. He starts to feel he should but this leads him into a bigger dilemma than before. Andrew is too much a part of him until reunion scene no. 3 and we now know how I felt there!
Now they are together but the fight is still not quite over. The have to find each other again. Andrew is unsure that Jack will want him back when he hears about what had happened to him and what he had done. Jack now needs to readjust everything to make sure that Andrew never leaves him again. But their love is strong and together their experiences have made them even stronger. So they start to carve out a future together and making sure this time that nothing, absolutely nothing will stand in their way ever again. When Jack proposes to Andrew to marry him………yes, more tears. By this stage my tear ducts were on overdrive. I think I was personally responsible for the level of The Rhine rising by about 3 feet in one afternoon and another foot by the time we get to the wedding ceremony.
However, a few issues still have to be solved and that is Jack’s position on the football team. When he is finally outed against his will by a nasty spite attack by a not very nice person, it was heart warming to hear all the support he gets from his teammates and coaches. OK, here I must admit that I did have my only little eye roll in the whole book. Jack comes out but then so does half the football team. Here I was seriously thinking this was possibly a little too much of the  “gay.” I couldn’t really believe that a football team would or could have so many gay players. If this was the case then get me in that locker room quick, but I seriously doubt that would be the case in reality. One or two yes, but half the team? However, I suspended belief on that point as not to ruin the rest of this exquisite story.
There is also justice served to Andrew’s parents – YES! And blow me down there is a glimmer of hope for Nathaniel yet. When faced with losing everything he holds dear due to his bigoted attitudes he starts to reassess and re-evaluate things. It’s only a glimmer but it promises hope.
Then we get to the Big Fat Southern Gay Wedding and once more the waterworks were in danger of bursting a dam. The beautiful thing is that Jack and Andrew now know that there are also people out there who accept them, love them for who they are, support them and only see the incredible love that two people can share. This is a far cry from where they have come but gives them strength to continue and never look back.
I can only say that this book affected me deeply. A beautiful journey of two boys, fighting for their love, never giving up and becoming stronger than they ever were. Big sighs all round.
So where do I begin. Although I had a few reservations at the beginning of the series as a whole it was absolutely perfectly narrated. The emotion that Jason Frazier manages to get into his voice characterisations are fit for a film. To be honest this whole series should be made into a film. I loved every minute of it and Jason brought me to tears so often throughout  this book it really is a testament to his craft.
Will I go on to the fourth book and listen to Billy’s story? No, not at the moment. Of course I would love to hear Billy’s story but my problem is that the fourth book is narrated by someone else, namely Sean Crisden. He is also a fantastic narrator but after you have listened and got used to the the voice characterisations of one narrator it would pull me out of the listening experience I have just had. Therefore, I’ll listen to a few other books before I come back to Billy’s story so I’m not comparing the narrations of Jason with Sean. I feel this wouldn’t be fair to do and need to approach the fourth book with a different narrator afresh.

Audio Excerpt


Meet Sara York

Writing is Sara’s life. The stories fight to get out, often leaving her working on four or five books at once. She can’t help but write. Along with her writing addiction she has a coffee addiction. Some nights, the only reason she stops writing and goes to sleep is for the fresh brewed coffee in the morning.

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