Where Nerves End by LA Witt #Review #AudioReview

Where Nerves End by LA Witt #Review #AudioReviewWhere Nerves End by L.A. Witt

Narrator: Iggy Toma
Series: #1 Tucker Springs
Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
Published by Riptide on December 22, 2015
Length: 6 hours 55 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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It has been a while since I visited the Tucker Springs universe.  I enjoyed this series and only had one niggle and that was the bit about me never getting around to reading book one.  Imagine my excitement when the audio for the first book came out and I had the opportunity to not only get this one last story in the series, but also try a new to me narrator.  This series is set in a small mountain town in Colorado and a pool of authors write the series about romances that each have their own flavor and bit of conflict.

In this one, poor Jason Davis is near a nervous breakdown with all the stress in his life that is aggravated even more by a painful shoulder injury that hasn’t healed.  Jason falls for his gorgeous acupuncturist, but there are complications because for one, Michael isn’t gay and now he is Jason’s roommate to help both of them with their financial burdens.  Talk about added complications.

Each book in the series works well as a standalone as evidenced by the fact that I started with book three, went forward with a few others, then went back for book two, read the last book and now went back for book one.  Haha!  Yep, totally works fine out of order.  There is the fact that the characters pop in and out of each other’s books, but not in a confusing or spoilerish way.

So the story begins with Jason weighted down by the dual burden of a failing business and a heavy mortgage on his home.  In both instances, he was to have a partner.  He lost his business partner and now bears all the expenses of the nightclub and on the home front, his ex walked out taking more than half and leaving a hefty mortgage payment because he found a sugar daddy.  Jason feels the pain of being abandoned by both, but what really distracts him and keeps him awake at night is the pain in his shoulder.  Finally, he gives in to Seth’s insistence that his friend who is an acupuncturist can help his shoulder.

And that is when he encounters the drop dead gorgeous Michael.  Jason gets relief from his shoulder pain, but now has a whole twinge after Seth tells him that his old buddy Michael is straight with an ex-wife and kid to boot.  As things go along and they discover that they are both barely getting by financially, Jason decides to torture himself by asking Michael to be his roommate and go halves on the bill to help them both out.  Why did Michael have to be straight, or was he?

This one doesn’t have much external conflict and is fairly slow paced.  Jason has been wounded physically, but it is the emotional pain that really hurt.  He just can’t seem to catch a break.  Then there is Michael.  Michael is as confused as a man in his thirties can be when his encounters with Jason bring startling revelations.  To say it’s complicated would be to put it mildly.

I both enjoyed the story because I wanted to see where things went, but I also felt the torture of these two guys not being able to go straight from point A to point B.  Attraction and liking and wanting weren’t ever in question.  There is some hot and cold and frustration, but the angst was definitely at an appropriate level for what was going on.  Jason was amazingly understanding of Michael even as he was frustrated to again, not be able to catch a break when he wasn’t really asking for the moon or anything.

Two things could have made it better and they weren’t awful so much as little niggles for me.  Others probably won’t care because these are mild concerns.  First, it was all from Jason’s POV, but I would have liked to get Michael’s side, too, especially since he is going through so much internal stuff.  The other was the fact that I felt there was some soapboxing going on particularly in the last half and it was repetitive.  I get it.  I really do.  Folks need to be open-minded and accepting of differences, but it’s a preaching to the choir thing (most people reading the book already get it) and I really just want to focus on a story and not an agenda when I’m reading a romance.

The romance was secret crush type so it advanced slowly.  Michael seems oblivious while Jason is tortured by temptation which lent a little humor to it.  But, the passion when it came, was nice and spicy.  I found the home acupuncture sessions so sensual.  I think those were hotter than the actual sex scenes.

The narrator, Iggy Toma, was new to me as I mentioned.  I thought his voice and style were a good match for this story.  I chuckled at the wry way he told Jason’s story.  I think he nailed the tone, pace, and voice of the characters particularly Jason.

In summary, this was an enjoyable story that was a good reminder of why I loved this series.  Complicated relationships, but easy going in pace and a relaxing small town setting.  I can recommend this book/series to other M/M Contemporary Romance fans.

My thanks to Riptide for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

About L.A. Witt

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.

L. A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter (@GallagherWitt).

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I’m so glad you always warn us about the slow-paced ones. I don’t read those! Keep it moving, people!

    Stephanie
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

    • Yes, it is definitely slow and there is little to no action so it would probably drive you bonkers, Stephanie. 🙂 I think there are only two books in the series that can claim even a mid-range pace. So definitely not ones I would recommend for you. Haha!

  • True, a dual POV does sound better as both of them are going through something so being in on the entire process will get the reader more invested.

    Great that you were finally able to start this albeit you did it backwards lol

    • I know, I know. I’ve done this with a few series that fortunately didn’t get confusing for the way I got them out of order.

      There were a few times when I really wanted to know what Michael was thinking since he is figuring out his sexual orientation and how his son factors into his decisions. Or even just something simple like when he started to fall for Jason.

  • I guess if I was in the car on a long drive I could listen to an audio book but other wise I’d rather read it myself, it’s faster for me. lol Sounds like an interesting book though.

    • I took forever to try audio books. I’ve discovered that I can’t just sit and listen to them b/c I get distracted, but they work well when I’m doing chores or, as you say, out in the car. I read faster, too, but I found that I could speed up the audio so it moved along closer to my own reading speed. Didn’t realize I could do that until after a half dozen books. I’m learning as I go. 🙂

  • I do adore small town settings

    • After reading the series, I feel like I could live there. It’s so quaint and the romances are different for each book.

  • Wow, Michael sounds tormented. Reminds me of an Italian film I.watched once. where the main character is married with a child, but then in comes another character, who is obviously gay, and Michael starts questioning his sexuality. The sexual frustration was off the charts. That story didn’t end well.

    • Yes, there is a bit of tension going on with this one as Michael figures out how to openly be gay and still have a good relationship with his son.
      The other story sounds sad and would probably have me bawling especially if there was no happily ever after.