Reviewed by Susan65
Title: One Giant Leap
Author: Kay Simone
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Heroes: Curtis “Launchpad” Larkin/Patrick Harte
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 10 Hours, 45 Minutes
Publisher: Chewelah Publishing
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Houston we have so many problems…
Curtis “Launchpad” Larkin’s career as an astronaut has had its share of ups and downs.
Alternately lauded as the single-handed savior of NASA and condemned as a reckless, hot-headed bully, Curt has been through the wringer of public opinion and come out on top. When he embarks on his final mission with NASA, Curt figures there’s no curveball that life has left to throw him.
But when the role of spacecraft communicator is passed to a young engineer back in Houston who he’s never met, Curt’s mission takes on a new trajectory.— “CAPCOM to commander. Do you read?” —Patrick Harte’s life is turned upside down when he’s called to fill in at mission control, working directly under his hero, Curtis Larkin.
Falling for Curt is just a small step for Patrick — but it’s one giant leap to think that the astronaut could ever return his feelings.—
“The more I talk to you, the more I know that we understand each other.” — After Curt connects with Patrick from worlds away, he can’t imagine life on earth without the other man… Despite the fact that he’s never laid eyes on Patrick. And their problems won’t stop once he’s cleared for landing.
The bad-boy astronaut is no stranger to controversy — but will the genuine and soft-spoken man of his dreams be able to keep up with the trouble Curt seems to stir everywhere he goes?
Review: This was a surprise, the good kind. I’d read the blurb, so I knew one guy was an astronaut, but I didn’t expect the near entirety of their budding romance to be, literally, worlds apart. But, I was totally into it. Patrick and Curtis “launchpad” Larkins had an amazing story made even better by Greg Tremblay’s performance. Us audiobook lovers all know that the narration can make or break a great story, in this case, Mr. Tremblay enhanced my enjoyment and brought this story to life.
I think we all, at one time or another, wanted to be astronauts, or at least were intrigued by the thought of astronauts and space travel. I never expected to listen to a romantic audiobook consisting of an astronaut and his “Capcom”. It was almost like their budding romance was a reality tv series since they had virtually no privacy. I know I am not giving this review justice, but trust me when I say it works, and it works well.
Patrick, a NASA engineer, is thrust into being the mission’s Capcom when the original falls ill. Having the commander on the shuttle being his childhood hero and crush just made it a bit more stressful…and exciting. Curt is on his last mission and at first, he is not thrilled to have a new Capcom, but life has a way of putting two souls together who, out of all the people in the universe (thank you, Patrick), belong together. These two start off a little rough, but it does not take long for the crew to embrace Patrick and make him one of their own.
This narration was so well done that I could easily lie back and visualize Patrick and the COMM’s and Curt floating around the shuttle. I was also on pins and needles for their first meet once the shuttle landed back in Houston. Seriously, this is more than a romance, it is so much more…and worth every second.
If you want something new in your MM stories, then look no further than One Giant Leap. You will fall in love with these guys (and gals) the same way I did, guaranteed. If slow burn is your thing, then look no further. If a great performance by your narrator is your thing, then you know you got it with Grey Tremblay. Highly recommended.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*