Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Little Squirrels Can Climb Tall Trees
Author: Michael Murphy
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Heroes: Kyle Miller and Joseph
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Book – 200 Pages / Audio – 5 Hours and 44 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – July 27, 2012 / Audio – October 9, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: Kyle Miller is a rare breed. Though born to conservative parents and raised in small-town Oklahoma, Kyle realized young that he had to escape rural America. Now he’s living in New York City, working as an ER doctor, and paying off his massive student loans. He’s never been on a plane and never seen a movie, but he is worldly enough to recognize attraction when it smacks him in the forehead. Not that he knows how he managed to crack heads with Joseph, who’s a good foot shorter than Kyle’s six-and-a-half feet.
Joseph is Kyle’s polar opposite in other ways too, well-off where Kyle is poor, and self-assured while Kyle is insecure. He’s also determined to show Kyle what a great guy he is and bring the confidence Kyle shows in the ER out in his everyday life. But Kyle’s hectic work schedule and inexperience with relationships won’t make for an easy romance.
Review – Book: Joseph is at the gym when he bumps into (literally) one of the hottest guys he’s ever met. This strikes up an immediate interest in one another, and they end up going on an inadvertent first date that lasts the entire day.
Kyle, the “hot guy”, is an ER doc, fresh out of Harvard, who hasn’t ever really dated. He knows he’s gay, but he was raised in a very conservative household, then went to a very difficult school, then a demanding residency, and now he’s so buried by student debt and (weirdly) shyness, he doesn’t know how to act with Joe.
Luckily for them both, Joe knows an “awesome man” when he sees him and doesn’t let Kyle go. He shows him how to be a gay man in New York and it doesn’t take long before they are in a committed relationship with one another.
Kyle still has to come out to his family and Joe still has to battle with Kyle’s insecurities now and then, but mostly, this is a love story. Simple, straight-forward, but hilarious.
Joe’s inner dialog is hysterical. Kyle is pretty funny, too. Together they go from first times, to moving in, to meeting the family all the way through their first vacation (Kyle’s first airplane ride!) and a proposal!
There are other, secondary characters, who give the story even more color and humor, and all in all this is a very light-hearted, full of hot sex, funny love story that makes you laugh and say awww at the same time.
I really enjoyed it and give it 4 of 5 stars.
Review – Audio: Nick J. Russo has done some really good narrations in the past, and I was looking forward to his narration here. Let me tell you, I was blown away. He is so damn funny! He does Joe’s inner dialog to a “T” and then he adds in these other characters: Mano has this hysterical Hispanic accent that is just swishy enough. Kyle has a tough but tender southern drawl, but diluted by time away from home. Kyle’s mom is all back woods hick with attitude.
It doesn’t happen often, but for me, I enjoyed listening to this book even more than reading it – Nick does such an entertaining job of bringing these characters to life.
I highly recommend it and give it 4.5 of 5 stars.
Overall I’d round up to 4.5 for the audio book, it’s just delightful!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*