Reviewed by Morgan
Title: A Simple Romance
Author: J.H. Knight
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Book – 217 Pages / Audio – 5 Hours, 36 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – March 13, 2013 / Audio – November 14, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: Skip thought he had it all: the fabulous husband, the great apartment, and the teaching job he’d always wanted. Even the cat was perfect. When his partner of eight years decides he wants something else—something that doesn’t involve Skip or the apartment or even the cat—Skip decides it’s time to go home to the other side of the country.
However, Skip’s hometown doesn’t just hold a loving meddling mother but also the memories of his awkward crush on a boy he met his senior year in high school. A boy he humiliated himself in front of just when it looked as if his fantasies might become reality. Finding out Paul Miller is now working at the same high school where Skip has just been hired flips his world upside down. After a heated night together, Skip is happy being friends with benefits. Paul will have to convince him love is worth the risk.
Review – Book: Skip is at a loss. He’s lost his husband of years to another man and can’t stomach the idea of staying in the same apartment or even the same city as his ex, so he moves back home to his mother’s house for regrouping. She convinces him to get a job teaching at his old high school and then drops several big hints that he might enjoy meeting the new physics teacher while he’s there.
It turns out the physics teacher is none other than Skip’s first crush, Paul. While both are now out and proud, back then only Paul was, and Skip couldn’t deal with it, so he never acted on their mutual attraction. Now that they’re adults, the only thing holding Skip back is the fact that Skip is only 4 months out of a serious relationship and not sure he wants to be involved in another so soon, on the rebound.
In addition, Paul is a widower- his husband died from cancer two years ago, and Skip is leery of being Paul’s rebound man, as well.
But… the two are mega-hot for each other, and after their first date, there is really no slowing them down.
The rest of the bulk of the story is Paul and Skip deepening their relationship. It inches forward, Skip panics, Paul soothes, they proceed again, and repeat. Meanwhile they have super hot sex. .
Paul (who has the patience of a saint!) puts up with all of Skip’s panicky moments and manages to see the forest through the trees. He keeps his eyes on the prize, knowing, pretty much from day one, that he and Skip are in it for the long run.
Things are looking up when Skip suddenly asses out in a big way and it looks like Paul might actually leave him. But, Skip finally comes around and accepts what’s been in front of him all this time and the two have a delightfully satisfying HEA.
This is a tremendously cute story. There is only a minimum of angst, as the title suggests, this is a simple romance. Both Skip and Paul’s moms connive to get their boys together and it’s hilarious. The sex is hot and plentiful, and beyond a little frustration at Skip’s obliviousness to their perfection as a couple, this is a very enjoyable, light, and fun story.
I give the story a 4.5 of 5 stars.
Review – Audio: Nick J. Russo is a great narrator. He does a nice job with Skip and an okay job with Paul. (Paul is Hispanic, and when he bursts into Spanish diatribes at Skip’s foolishness, you can tell Nick has to struggle with the language.) I always enjoy Nick’s narrations, and he didn’t disappoint here.
I give the narration a 4 of 5 stars.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*