Thursday, June 16, 2016

Audiobook Review: Coming Home (The Firsts and Forever Series Book 9) by Alexa Land

cominghomeaudibleTitle: Coming Home (The Firsts and Forever Series Book 9)

Author: Alexa Land

Narrator: Greg Tremblay

Publisher: Audible

Release: 12 January 2016

Length: 9 hours 50 minutes

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Synopsis

For 26-year-old rent boy, Chance Matthews, surviving day-to-day in San Francisco is difficult enough. Then an ill-fated road trip to Wyoming to search for his biological father throws his life into a tailspin. When a string of catastrophes leaves him stranded and desperate, help comes from the last person he'd expect. His knight in shining armor is everything he could want and then some, but Chance is sure a man like that would never want someone like him. That's the stuff of fairy tales, and he stopped believing in those a long time ago.

Coming Home is the ninth book in Alexa Land's best-selling Firsts and Forever series, but each book can stand alone, so jump in anywhere. Includes graphic sex and explicit language and is intended for adults only.

STORY

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Mark’s Review

OMG! Can this book be made into a film? Like right now? I mean, if ever I have listened to and enjoyed anything as much it must be this audiobook. I loved every single minute of it from beginning to end!

Chance is a rent boy and when I first started I was a little apprehensive of what this story would bring because I normally don’t do prostitute stories. But Alexa Land introduces me to a character who captured my heart immediately even despite what his job is. This is what I loved about Chance. Although he is a rent boy and I may say that sounding rather snobby, he is such a beautiful person inside and is only doing what he needs to do in order to survive. If you ran away from home and left school at fourteen with little education and no qualifications then what else could you do. He makes no apologies for what he does for a living but he is intrinsically a shy and quiet person who just likes to blend into the background. Keeping himself emotionally detached from his tricks, the sad thing here being that he believes that love and a relationship with someone is not an option for him.

He has friends though who accept him for who he is and not for what he does. This was lovely to see and to know that he is not completely alone. One of his friends is Nana, a lively, almost octogenarian who has more energy than the Duracell bunny. She is Italian and possibly has had mafia connections in the past due to her husband but these things are not spoken about anymore. Her new crusade in life is gay rights! She has grandsons who are gay and now she sees herself as the Richard the Lionheart of Gay Rights. She always has some project or another and trying out new things and the scenarios of Nana’s antics were just off the scale hilarious! I was literally guffawing with side-splitting laughter at Nana’s antics to the extent that I’m sure anyone following in a car behind must have thought I was drunk. I definitely wasn’t driving in a straight line due to laughing that’s for sure. This sweet old lady, with a huge heart and a protective nature was my hero. Loved her! Every time she made an appearance I would just get excited to know what she was going to surprise me with this time.

Anyway, this is Chance’s story so had better not let Nana hog the spotlight. Chance meets a mysterious guest while taking photos for his friend's wedding. Chance is also a talented photographer but doesn’t really believe in himself or his talent. Thinking that the only thing he knows in life is being a rent boy. This mysterious guest is the older brother to his friend who is getting married. Little does Chance know that one evening he turns up and makes proposition that although very unusual for a normal punter turns out to be the start of a turning point in Chance’s life. A pillar of strength and exactly the sort of person that Chance needs to take risk and try and turn his life around for someone he loves deeply.

OH MY! This book took me on a journey, one of woe and despair when we find out more about Chance’s family background and life before. Especially when he decides to go on a road trip to visit his estranged mother and his brother after having little or no contact for so many years. He also wants to see if he can track down who is father is. But one of joy and elation when Chance gets his life sorted for once and for all. This is beautiful story that takes a look at how we can go from rock bottom with little hope to being in charge of our own destinies once again and future full of hopes and dreams.

It is book #9 in a series but you can take my word for it that it most definitely can be read as a standalone no problem. This book is beautifully written and is my first book from Alexa Land. Can’t believe I have left it so long to read something from this author. What struck me most about this book was the balance. How Alexa masterfully  balances out the absolutely hilarious scenes (provided by Nana - still giggling when I think about them) with the truly heartbreaking moments with a good bit of angst thrown in. But it’s these moments at very opposite ends of the spectrum that gives each moment a depth and meaning that you normally wouldn’t find. If a book is just only dark and brooding then it becomes for me very monochrome. Just like a book that only has continuous comedy for me can become very trivial and not interesting. But it’s this balance that makes the funny moments absolutely hilarious and the emotional moments oh so more poignant. This book made me laugh one minute and had me crying with emotion the next. As I said at the beginning this is truly the stuff that needs to be made into a film, or maybe not? The imagination is a powerful thing and Alexa Land had all my synapses firing on all  thrusters with this brilliant book.

NARRATION

Well, only two words here to be honest. So this will be the shortest review of any narration I have ever written. ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!

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Audio Excerpt

 

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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for this wonderful review!

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  2. Glad you mentioned the wonderful way Alexa Land crafts her highs and lows. Her characters are the type of people we wish we could know. The narrator, Greg Tremblay, is, as you day, absolutely perfect.

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