Thursday, December 29, 2016

Audiobook Review: All Roads Lead to You by Harper Fox

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Title: All Roads Lead to You

Author: Harper Fox

Narrator: Tim Gilbert

Published: 2nd December 2016

Length: 1 hr and 39 mins

Synopsis

Successful British model Sam was making a big name for himself on the catwalks of Rome when he met and fell head over heels in love with Lauro, a waiter in a pizza restaurant. Lauro, charming and naïve, returned all Sam's affection, and they enjoyed one passionate summer in the vibrant city and the wild campagna countryside beyond. But Sam had big dreams. He accepted a modelling assignment in New York and left his pizza boy behind.

Now Sam is back, older and wiser. But Lauro is older and wiser too. Can the city of eternal romance work its magic on these two star-crossed lovers?

©2012 Harper Fox (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

STORY

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Mark’s Review

Can you rekindle love a second time when so much water has flowed under the bridge? Well, here we are faced with exactly that situation. Sam and Lauro meet when they are fresh faced youths and fall intensely in love. They spend a summer together loving each other but Sam gets an offer to work in NY and the attraction of the big apple with all it’s promises of fame and fortune is something he can’t turn down. Also the fact that Lauro for some reason will not introduce him to his family makes Sam feel like some kind of dirty little secret anyway, so he takes off for the US.

This whole situation for me raises the question that when two young people meet, here they are both around 19, can it last? Is it too early to start a serious and committed relationship so young before your career or life is established? I know there are some exceptions and spend the rest of their lives happily together but more often than not your soul partner, the one you’ll spend the rest of your life with for most people usually come at a later stage in their lives. So yes, at this conjecture Lauro and Sam breaking up without as much as a goodbye kiss would be normal.

But then we grow up, our lives may or may to take the direction we expected but if you cross paths again with your first love? The person who made that first big impression on our heart that you never really forget. Well, Sam is back in Rome after his modelling career ended which n the fashion industry is a very short lived career anyway. Sam hadn’t made any contingency plans for after his modelling career ended so he his down on his luck and just surviving by trying to make ends meet by less favourable means. Lauro on the other hand now manages his own successful chain of restaurants but again even here all his success is not all what it seems.

At a chance meeting they find each other again and now the question in the room is whether the flame of their youth can be rekindled. I loved how Harper dealt with this. When they first meet of course there is a lot of  ground to cover, a chasm has opened up between them caused by time and experiences unshared. Neither one is sure as to whether the love is still there but before this question can be cleared up then a lot of skeletons need to be taken out of the closet and given a good airing. This is not an easy thing to do but Lauro takes the lead and his concern for Sam is all too big to let him go a second time.

This is a beautiful short story about second chances, about finding each other again, about the fact that a love that never really truly died can be rekindled and this time hopefully they’ll hold on to this second chance and not let go. Combine this with Harper’s wonderful narrative where I could feel, touch and almost smell the very air and atmosphere of Rome. A writing style that assaults the senses in the most positive way. I can recommend this story to anyone who is looking for something that will give them the feeing that everything is OK in the world, that there maybe a greater plan out there unknown to us, even after you may have experienced a particularly bad period.

Narration

Again another new to me narrator but Tim Gilbert does a sterling job. Recently I love the fact that audible are using more British narrators for British authors which for me gives the book the extra something special. Especially when the narrators get it just right. As I have said before sometimes the danger of British authors is they may sound too snobby or BBC for my ears. But Tim is none of the latter. His lilting and soft tones are exaclty what is needed for this book. there are no six pack, tough guy, alpha male types here. He brought Sam and Lauro alive for me and his Italian accent in Lauro’s English was to die for! Loved it. Gave Lauro that typical hot blooded Latin lover characteristic without playing to the stereotypes, just natural, cute and sexy. Another narrator that I would have no second thoughts to listen to again.

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Meet Harper Fox


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Bestselling British author Harper Fox has established herself as a firm favourite with readers of M/M romance. Over the past three years, she’s delivered thirteen critically acclaimed novels, novellas and short stories, including Scrap Metal (Rainbow Awards Honourable Mention),The Salisbury Key(CAPA nominated) and Life After Joe (Band of Thebes Best LGBT Book, 2011).

Harper takes her inspiration from a wide range of British settings – wild countryside, edgy urban and most things in between – and loves to use these backdrops for stories about sexy gay men sharing passion, adventure and happy endings. She also runs her own publishing imprint, FoxTales.

Harper has recently returned from Cornwall to her native Northumberland, and already the bleak moorlands around her home are providing a wealth of new ideas for future work.

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