Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Serendipity Kit
Author: Connie Bailey
Narrator: Peter B. Brooke
Heroes: Christopher “Kit” Britten and Romy O’Keefe
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Book – 212 pages / Audio – 6 Hours, 38 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – December 6, 2013 / Audio – October 15, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Christopher “Kit” Britten drifts through life, partying with friends and spending his parents’ money. He hasn’t told them he’s gay, but he’s told all of his five sisters, and to keep from being harassed about responsibility, he works part-time for one of them. When she sends him on an errand and his shiny red Ferrari breaks down in one of Houston’s seediest locals, he pushes it to the nearest garage. That’s where he meets Romy O’Keefe.
Romy works hard as a mechanic to provide for his mother and little brother. When Kit pushes his to-die-for Ferrari into Romy’s garage, Romy is wary of falling for gorgeous Kit despite instant attraction. Kit impulsively decides to prove how serious he is about Romy by coming out to his parents – and his father disowns him!
Uptown and downtown clash as the two men share the tiny space in Romy’s Airstream trailer and struggle to make ends meet. When Kit’s former boyfriend comes sniffing around, and Romy gets the bill for his little brother’s surgery, it drives home to him how very different his world is from Kit’s. However, Kit is in love with the velvet-voiced Romy, and he isn’t about to give up.
Review – Book and Audio: This is a fun, light-hearted book, with very low angst. There is a very slow burn from interest to love. Kit and Romy meet in a garage when Kit’s Ferrari breaks down in front of Romy’s garage, located in the bad part of town. From that moment on, there is only a touch of sexual tension as both are pretty much immediately, and openly attracted to one another. The biggest source of tension actually comes from whether or not Kit will come out to his father to be with Romy. Once that happens, they are forced to go from dating to living with one another and some tensions arise between them, especially in regards to money. But they smooth those out easily, in fact, Ash (Kit’s friend) comments on the ease of their relationship, and Kit tells him “We talk things out”. And they do. Thus, not much tension.
I was very glad I had listened to this rather than reading it, because Peter B. Brooke did a great job with the voices, giving Romy a nice, low, and rumbly voice and Kit a light, but not too swishy voice. He also gave Kit’s friend Ash this funny “aristocratic/nasally” voice that was funny to listen to. Since it is set in Texas, there were some secondary characters with accents and that was nice. He even sang a bit, which was sweet. Romy’s boss had a fun Brooklyn type accent as well.
The recording had some technical errors, and there were times when my ears got blown out when the sound changed suddenly, but there weren’t that many of them. It was distracting though.
As an overall experience, I enjoyed listening to it, the story was easy, with low tension, and held some funny banter between Romy and Kit. If I had been reading it, I may have been a little bored, skimming to see what happens, because I was not captured by much tension, but as a listening experience, it was very enjoyable.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*