Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Smitty’s Sheriff
Author: Cardeno C.
Narrator: Ezekiel Robison
Series: Hope #3
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 3 Hours, 19 Minutes
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Todd is too flakey. Richard is too stubborn. Together, they’re perfect. A May-December couple get a second chance at love.
Retired soldier Richard Davis wants a stable life in a quiet town with a forever man. Becoming the sheriff of Hope, Arizona, accomplishes two of his three goals, but instead of finding a serious partner, he falls for too-young-to-be-committed and too-flakey-to-be-serious Todd Smitty. Richard won’t find the right man if he’s obsessed with the wrong one, so he walks away from Todd.
It’s lust at first sight when Todd meets his sister’s army friend. He sets his sights on the worldly, strong, stable older man, and the more time he spends with Richard, the harder he falls. But after three years together, Richard cuts off all contact with no explanation.
When a mutual obligation requires Todd to move into Richard’s house, he’s thrilled at the opportunity to earn a second chance. Ignoring Todd from across town was hard enough. Can Richard resist temptation under his own roof?
Review: Well, when I started this audio, I didn’t realize it was book three in the Hope series, but good news, I don’t feel like I’d missed anything as the main characters took up most of the book. I’ve listened to a few Cardeno C. audios and they are usually fast and enjoyable. But, this one took me a bit by surprise. I am not a huge fan of May-December if the one character is still a teenager, but since Todd was in his early twenties, I was good to go. The issue I had was not so much the age difference (20 years), but the way Richard treated Todd…it felt more like a father scolding his son than a boyfriend. There were many scenes when I was just ready to call it quits, especially because Todd willingly changed who he was to make Richard happy. Not cool.
But, I let the story play out and in the end, there was a reason for Richard being such a jerk. It was a bit weak, but long story short, Todd needed to be controlled and Richard loved to control Todd, so if it worked for them who am I to complain?
Ezekiel Robinson is a new narrator for me. He did a great job with a tough story and I especially enjoyed his sexy voice, moans and groans. It was quite obvious he was getting into it, or he is really just that good. Regardless, I have Mr. Robinson to thank for finishing this audio. I was not feeling the control freak vibes but the narrator did a phenomenal job of keeping me vested.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*