Audio Review: The Blinding Light by Renae Kaye

Reviewed by Nikyta

BlindingLight[The]AUDMedTitle: The Blinding Light
Author: Renae Kaye
Narrator: Jonathan Young
Series: The Tav #1
Heroes: Jake & Patrick
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 6 hours and 55 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 26, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon & Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Jake Manning’s smart mouth frequently gets him into trouble. Because of it, he can’t hold a job. Combined with some bad luck, it’s prevented him from keeping steady employment. A huge debt looms over him, and alone he shoulders the care of his alcoholic mother and three younger sisters. When a housekeeping position opens, Jake’s so desperate he leaps at the opportunity. On landing, he finds his new boss, Patrick Stanford, a fussy, arrogant, rude… and blind man.

Born without sight, Patrick is used to being accommodated, but he’s met his match with Jake, who doesn’t take any of his crap and threatens to swap all the braille labels on his groceries and run off with his guide dog unless he behaves.

Jake gets a kick out of Patrick. Things are looking up: the girls are starting their own lives and his mum’s sobriety might stick this time. He’s sacrificed everything for his family; maybe it’s time for him to live his life and start a relationship with Patrick. When his mother needs him, guilt makes his choice between family and Patrick difficult, and Jake must realize he’s not alone anymore.



I read this book last year so you can read my review of it here. It was one of my favorite stories not only because Patrick is blind but also because it was funny and adorable and I loved how independent Patrick was and how much cranky and grumpiness Jake could put up with. I loved the bantering between them and the lovely notes they shared when Patrick didn’t even realize his housekeeper was a man. The story was phenomenal even if I still felt like the end was wrapped up too nicely and didn’t really appreciate the “househusband” aspect.

I only had two niggles with the performance of this one. One, I felt like the Australian accent wasn’t consistent or deep enough. Granted, I’ve never been to Australia (and only have my few Australian friends to base this on) and I understand there’s different dialects but I didn’t like that when Jake’s thoughts were being narrated there was no accent but when he spoke there was one. I expected it to be more consistent (naive of me? maybe so). My other niggle is that sometimes I couldn’t really understand the narrator in some spots. Maybe it was the story (although I don’t remember being confused when I read the book), I’m not sure but it happened a few times.

In the end, this was a good audio book. I loved listening to it and experiencing the boys again because this was one of my favorite reads last year. I’ll try something else by this narrator and will definitely be reading more by Ms. Kaye!

Overall Impression: I really liked it!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Audio Review, Book Promo, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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