Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Caught Running
Authors: Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux
Narrator: Jeff Gelder
Heroes: Jake Campbell/Brandon Bartlett
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 7 Hours, 29 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 29, 2012
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Ten years after graduation, Jake “the jock” Campbell and Brandon “the nerd” Bartlett are teaching at their old high school and still living in separate worlds. When Brandon is thrown into a coaching job on Jake’s baseball team, they find themselves learning more about each other than they’d ever expected. High school is all about image – even for the teachers. Brandon and Jake have to get past their preconceived notions to find the friendship needed to work together. And somewhere along the way, they discover that perceptions can always change for the better.
Review: This was one of my favorite books back in 2011 and so I decided to go ahead in 2017 and see if the audio could live up to my memories. Well, it was still really good, but it wasn’t as great as I had made it up to be in my mind. Not sure if that’s because my tastes have changed, or what, but regardless, it was still an awesome story and one I will always recommend. I think the authors matured in their writing in their more recent books. One of my peeves was the constant “the science teacher” in reference to Brandon jolted me after the fifteenth time, and I don’t recall those types of descriptors in future books, thankfully.
The narration, by Jeff Gelder, was key in keeping me entertained. His inflections and his sexy voices of Brandon and Jake were all kinds of awesome. I seriously loved his Jake performance and now I need me a “Jake” in my life. That’s equal parts storytelling by the authors and performance by the narrator.
Still, how can anyone pass up the nerd and the jock storyline? I loved how sweet and romantic these two were and I really appreciated their openness with one another. These two fill you with all sorts of butterflies and you know that they will get that elusive happy ending before the story ever ends. They just work so well together, the respect and adoration is there, and it is all brought to life by the great performance by Jeff Gelder.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*