Reviewed by Susan65
Title: A Forced Silence
Author: Cate Ashwood
Narrator: Scott R. Smith
Series: Zero Hour #1
Heroes: Adam Carson/Sam McKenna
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 5 Hours, 47 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 3, 2017
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: For paramedic Adam Carson, his world is lights and sirens and saving lives. Pressures at work keep him firmly in the closet, and life is too busy to contend with the complications that come with dating and relationships. When a familiar face from his past turns up where he least expects it, Adam starts to question whether or not there is room in his life for those complications.
The last person forensic pathologist Sam McKenna expects to see at pub night is Adam, the guy who made his life hell in high school. The attraction is instant, but Adam isn’t gay and Sam has no interest in pursuing him. Still, the leftover animosity from their teenage years isn’t enough to extinguish the lust growing between them. After both are called to the scene of a horrific murder, Adam admits he’s not as straight as he led Sam to believe and they seek comfort and distraction in each other’s arms. One night becomes many as the murder investigation intensifies, but when Adam is faced with losing Sam, he is forced to make a choice: to break his silence, or to give up everything for the job he loves.
Review: Ami and Morgan reviewed this previously here.
I bought this audio for two reasons: the narrator and the cover. Not necessarily stellar reasons, I know, but in this case it worked out. I loved Scott R. Smith’s narration in the Scoring Chances series, by Avon Gale, and just knew that I would find success with him in a new series, with a new author. Although I preferred his performance better in Scoring Chances, he still did a knock-out job here, as well. He just has that voice that settles you and puts you at ease. He would make a great wingman, or psychologist…whichever you need on a given night.
Adam starts out as a kind of a jackass, but he quickly comes around and redeems himself…for the most part. There were times when he was a bit overbearing but not to point of me wanting to kick him out of Sam’s (Dex’s) bed. I must admit that it took a while for me to get the Sam and Dex straight in my head. I know Dex is what Adam always called Sam, but it was a bit hard to follow along, at first. Too many names in an audio can be a killer and I would prefer no other nicknames, especially if they could be mistaken for another person.
Sam is just too adorable, and hot as sin, all at the same time. He rocks the autopsy room and the bedroom, in equal measure. Okay, maybe talking about sex and corpses is not very sexy, but hey, the doctor is rocking it and kudos to him for being a star at both. But Adam is his worst nightmare and future dream come true. The guy was an ass to him in high school, but then grew into a smoking paramedic, who just so happens to be gay and into him now, too. It really doesn’t take long for these two to hit the sheets, but that was fine with me because Scott R. Reed does a magnificent job of performing the sex scenes. I had to make sure the bluetooth was off in my car because inevitably the sexiest and nastiest scenes would start playing when I had company. Great for me, but a little shocking for others, i.e. my carpooling coworker, if the look on her face is anything to go by.
But all in all, even though I was not a huge fan of Adam’s voice, or the way he treated the paramedic intern, I still loved the book, the story, and the performance of Sam. Not sure if book two, A Fallen Heart, is coming out in audio, so I might end up having to read the book, but I will hold out a little longer, just in case. Recommended for those looking for a hot doctor / paramedic, enemies to lovers story, performed by a great voice in Scott R. Reed.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*