Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Model Citizen
Author: Lissa Kasey
Narrator: Mike Pohlable
Heroes: Oliver “Ollie” Petroskovic/Kade Alme
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 7 Hours, 53 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Oliver “Ollie” Petroskovic’s life as an international supermodel was heading in the right direction. He worked part-time for his brother at his detective agency—Petroskovic Haven Investigations—and had just bought his dream house. But all that changed when he found his brother dead, a victim of PTSD-induced suicide.
Almost a year later, Ollie is trying to keep his brother’s business afloat, but can’t get his PI license. Then his brother’s best friend, Kade Alme, shows up, fresh from the battlefield after a close brush with death. Kade is looking for a new life, in more ways than one, and with PI license in hand, he’s exactly what Ollie needs to keep PHI running.
When one of Ollie’s childhood friends gets in trouble, Ollie feels he has to help. Kade insists on investigating if only to keep Ollie safe. Neither realizes the danger they’re in as someone tries to tear them apart before they can find solid ground together.
This is a story that some people will really love, and others – won’t. It focuses on a very self-centered and not very mature Ollie and he’s paired with the seemingly perfect and patient Kade. The mystery plays a prominent role in the story and the romance is definitely secondary to it.
In audio format I found Ollie to be almost unlikable. He felt very immature and it was hard for me to “root” for him. I think most of this lies with the narrator. He’s not a good “actor” and his depiction of Ollie probably colored my opinion. He felt like a big whiner and I was annoyed with his fixation on his brother’s death. He didn’t treat Kade well, and I wasn’t very compelled by the “mystery”. (I do think mystery lovers will enjoy this more than I did.)
I had a very hard time sticking with this, and by the end I was really frustrated – especially since it ended in a cliff hanger.
I can’t recommend this, but I know others really enjoyed it. If I’d read it first I might have felt differently, but I didn’t like the audio and it colored my opinion of the story.
Book rating: 3.5 stars
Audio rating: 2.5 stars
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*