Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Touch the Sky
Authors: Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn
Narrators: Thomas Fawley and Brandon Bujnowski
Series: Free Fall #1
Heroes: Lucas Barnett/Gabriel Stewart
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 7 hours, 16 minutes
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Lucas Barnett and Gabriel Stewart didn’t have it easy as kids. They were only trying to deal with bad situations at home when they became lifelines for each other. Their pipe dream was to someday meet in LA, where Lucas would design skyscrapers, and Gabriel would learn to fly. But then Gabriel disappeared without so much as a goodbye, and Lucas got himself in trouble with the law.
Five years later, both men are at a loss when they run into each other at a Hollywood bar. Lucas is still angry, but it’s not as if Gabriel could control how his mind and body had betrayed him. Being found on the ledge of that bridge had changed everything.
The attraction is immediate, but it’s more than their inability to keep their hands off each other. Neither man expects the fierce connection pulling them together. Unfortunately, ignoring their problems doesn’t make them disappear. Gabriel’s internal struggles are serious…dangerous. And no matter how much Lucas wants it to be true, saving Gabriel won’t make up for not being able to save his mom. If they don’t find the strength to face their own demons before the darkness takes hold, they risk more than just losing each other forever.
Review: An amazing story, but a slightly uninspiring performance. I knew going in that this was going to be a heavy story with some pretty serious subject matters. And I was thrilled when I realized it was performed by two narrators. I believe it brings the story to life, a little more realistically, when the two main characters have distinctly different voices. The problem for me, though, was that even with two narrators, I was still struggling at times to figure out who was talking. I can’t blame this all on the narrators because the story has flashbacks, and with an audio, it’s very hard to know it’s a flashback. It would have been helpful if the flashback, like the chapters, were noted in advance.
For the most part, this was a really enjoyable read…errr, listen. You feel the heartache in both Lucas and Gabriel and you just want to wrap them up and slay all their demons. Their story was also very sweet. Two boys who meet online and become the others lifeline when their real lives are so awful. One is dealing with unemotional parents who put conditions on their love, and who use his mental disorders against him. The other is the child of a single mother who is an alcoholic and who struggles to support her son. Both have mountains to climb, but they do it together.
This is not an easy story, but it’s a sweet one…if that makes any sense. The narrators sound very young, which was needed in this audio because the guys are very young. They also tried very hard to perform their scenes, even though to me it was a little flat. I think this may be the kind of story that needs to be read as so many aspects were kind of lost in translation. Regardless, it was enjoyable.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*