Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Title: When Love Gets Hairy
Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Narrator: TJ Jamesin
Series: Provincetown #3
Heroes: Teddy Miller and Nino Santos
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: Book – 240 Pages/Audio – 7 Hours, 55 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – December 13, 2013/Audio – August 8, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: As vain as he is beautiful, Nino Santos happily lives life waiting for the next ferry full of fairies to bring him new conquests. As long as they aren t hirsute, he s all in. So he’s shocked to wake up after a beach party he cannot remember with a hairy naked man lying next to him.
Teddy Miller doesn t remember the Bear Week party either, much less the Abercrombie & Fitch model wannabe next to him. Teddy doesn t give two cents about appearances, but guys like Abercrombie don t return the favor. That s why he prefers men with extra fur and padding over carbon copy clones of perfection a type of man Teddy is far too familiar with.
When Nino and Teddy glimpse each other the next morning, it s loathing at first sight. Instead of exchanging phone numbers, they exchange insults and vow never to see each other again. In Provincetown, however, escaping a trick best forgotten isn t easy. Mutual friends and chance circumstances keep Nino and Teddy in each other s orbit. But are they fighting each other or the attraction growing between them? The answer lies amid Provincetown s windswept dunes and the night neither of them can recall.
Nino wakes up one morning to find a big ole bear (Teddy – for real) in his bed and is immediately disgusted with himself and the situation. Neither of them remembers how they ended up in Nino’s bed, much to Nino’s dismay, but they aren’t happy about it. Nino is very vain and hates all things hairy. Teddy is reverse-vain and hates all things “plastic” or overly manicured.
Nino and Teddy exchange snarky words and agree to never see one another again if they can possibly help it.
Of course, this is Provincetown during Bear Week, so it is no wonder that at various social occasions Nino and Teddy run into one another. They snark each time, but slowly, with each encounter, find more and more to like about one another – in a way they would never have predicted.
They have some hurdles to over come: Nino’s rules for life which pretty much make any relationship impossible. Teddy’s unrequited love for Brody. Nino’s vanity which is rooted in a bad childhood as a “fatty”. Teddy’s disdain for anyone who “works out” which is rooted in his failed relationship with Brody.
With the help of friends, the love of a good dog, and a little bit of liquid courage, the two manage to break down barriers and find a way into the other’s heart.
I loved this series and thought this was the best of the bunch. I found Nino and Teddy to be funny, realistically stereotypical, troubled but hopeful. Louie, the dog, was an added bonus!
I enjoyed seeing the characters from earlier books involved in the story line and really liked the relationship between Irene and her new love interest.
I love sap and this has plenty in it, the boys really do find love. Oh yeah, and we get to see what happens next for Zach and Van – added bonus!
I give it a 4 stars – I really liked it
Now it’s listed the narrator is TJ Jamesin but I gotta tell you, it’s Tristan James. I’m not sure what the deal is with the name change, but since he is my hero, I can definitely recognize his voice. So, if it’s a disguise, it didn’t fool me
Anyhow, he did another wonderful job with this narration. His voice is so easy to listen to, and his emphasis on words and “acting” was just right. It’s hard for men to perform women’s voices, but he does a nice job, not too squeaky or annoying.
I give it 5 of 5 stars
Overall Impression (Book/Audio): I loved it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*
*I received a copy of this audio book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*