Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Of Love
Author: Sean Michael
Narrator: Michael Pauley
Heroes: Kent McMann/Dex Lochland
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 4 Hours, 46 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 21, 2015
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Free-spirited computer programmer Kent McMann loves life, candy, his family, and his job designing apps. With his go-getter attitude, he succeeds at anything he tackles. So having a child with a surrogate mother is the perfect start to the family he’s always wanted, even though he still hasn’t found his longed-for Mr. Right.
Then, into Kent’s life comes triathlete Dex Lochland, who also happens to be a successful app designer, and the two of them hit it off. They soon begin a relationship full of fun, sex, laughter, and love. But when Kent learns his attempt at fatherhood with the surrogate has succeeded, Dex is shocked. Unknown to Kent until that moment, Dex has never wanted children.
Kent’s decision before he met Dex might cost him the man of his dreams.
Review – Book: Kent is a rich guy who wants a family and he’s not willing to continue to wait around for “Mr. Right” to have it. He decides to work with a surrogate and gets to work building his family. He’s happy to meet Dex one night through a work function and doesn’t put two and two together when they begin to date.
Dex is a professional ironman tri-athlete who works out 6 hours a day. He likes having fun and really thinks he and Kent click. A family never even crossed his mind.
When Kent finds out his surrogate is pregnant, he’s both amazingly happy and totally depressed because Dex has expressed no desire for kids and isn’t in favor of them. Even though he and Dex are fast becoming really important to the other, he’s not sure something like kids won’t blow them apart.
This was a unique romance in that the two MCs fall for one another fairly quickly and with little fan-fair. The tension comes from the “relationship” and what it means when a child gets thrown into the mix.
Dex was kind of a jerk at times and Kent was kind of a doormat at times, but in general, they both did a fair job of simply being two guys with very different interests in life.
When Dex finally does make his conversion to being pro-family, it’s fairly believable and authentic.
Review – Audio Book: Michael Pauley does a great job with this. So much of this story is conversations between Dex and Kent, and Michael does a great job of giving each of those an authentic feel and adding in the emotion needed to make those conversations convincing and interesting.
He even managed to make me not cringe at all the “honeys”, “baby’s” and “loves”. 😉
I enjoyed this for what it was: a light, easy going, low angst story about two guys (who lead VERY easy lives) finding love and building a family together.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*