Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Patchwork Paradise
Author: Indra Vaughn
Narrator: Craig Beck
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 6 Hours, 42 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: July 14, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Oliver and Samuel’s relationship is fairy-tale perfect. They share a gorgeous house in Antwerp, go out with their friends every weekend, and count down the days to their dream wedding. But their happy ending is shattered one late night, and just like that, Ollie is left bereft and alone.
The months that follow are long and dark, but slowly Ollie emerges from his grief. He even braves the waters of online dating, though deep down he doesn’t believe he can find that connection again. He doesn’t think to look for love right in front of him: his bisexual friend Thomas, the gentle giant with a kind heart and sad eyes who’s wanted him all along.
When Thomas suddenly discovers he has a son who needs him, he’s ill prepared. Ollie opens up his house—Sam’s house—and lets them in. Ollie doesn’t know what scares him more: the responsibility of caring for a baby, or the way Thomas is steadily winning his heart. It will take all the courage he has to discover whether or not fairy tales can happen for real.
Review: OMG. Kleenex, chocolate and wine. That’s what you need to get through this book. WOW!
If there were some angst, poured on top of an angst pie with some angst icing… that’d be this.
First, Oliver loses the PERFECT guy (Sam) to a stabbing.
Then, Sam’s family acts like a-holes and tries to take away the house they’ve been building together.
Then, Sam tries to date (months later), but it doesn’t work out and then he finds out his best friend has been crushing on him all this time only he’s bi and he also slept with their female bestie while she was on a “break” with her boyfriend and then he also slept with someone else who got pregnant who then had the baby and had postpartum depression and now he has to raise the baby for them both and now … gasp….
So. Much. Drama.
It felt a bit like being in an ocean. One wave would crest then another would hit and knock you down again.
I just wanted poor Olly and Thomas to find some happiness!
It does finally happen but not without a LOT of work.
So – be warned – if you’re interested in an easy-going love affair – keep looking! This is really well written but soooooo angsty.
I think there was a lot of realism in the story and that made me really happy at times but also kind of brought me down, too. I definitely didn’t get enough “it’s all good” time with our MCs – not to balance the boat load of sadness that we had to wade through to get to our happy.
However – the narration saved this book for me. I LOVED it! Craig Beck is a new-to-me narrator, but he was so easy to listen to. He also gave each of the characters a vaguely different accent so it was easy to tell who was speaking, and it wasn’t quite British but leaning that way, so it felt foreign enough to be in Antwerp (I have no idea what accents there would sound like … but I enjoyed Craig’s interpretation.)
I don’t know that I would have stuck with the book, but I absolutely loved listening to this story and was really glad I’d made it to the end.
I think, for fans of long, long heroic journeys with a SLOW burn romance, you’ll like this story.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*