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Break Through: The District Line #2 Kindle Edition
|Length: 306 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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|Age Level: 18 - 18|
|Grade Level: 12 - 12|
- Book 2 of 4 in The District Line
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- ASIN : B07CLCSL1H
- Publisher : C F White; 1st edition (May 29, 2018)
- Publication date : May 29, 2018
- Language: : English
- File size : 3955 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1981013709
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #422,117 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Knowing the end of it--assuming it is only 3 book series (hopefully not)--did not diminish this one, since I already knew Seb & Jay; made this story even better!
Now, on to to the beginning, lol. ;-)
This book picks up after Seb has moved to New York. He’s trying to adapt, plying clients while dodging his father’s assistant who always seems to be trying to get into Seb’s pants despite the fact he’s married. Seb’s doing his best in the Big Apple, but he misses Jay.
Jay, for his part, has a chance to move into the big leagues. He’s been scouted and this is his opportunity – if he can keep his head about him and not lose it again. Truthfully he’s missing Seb and when the opportunity presents itself so he can see his former love, he leaps at the chance – damn the consequences. And those were huge consequences. Part of me cheered because, yay, the two men are together again and part of me wanted to knock some sense into Jay for risking his entire career. Now, the romantic in me loved the two big gestures. Ah, swoon-worthy.
Life’s not simple and staying together and in the closet is a huge risk. For both men. In the end they both have to decide what they’re willing to sacrifice to be together.
This book ends on a solid HEA but there’s more to come and I can’t wait. Interestingly, the book takes place during 7/7 but it’s only mentioned peripherally. I can still remember that horrible morning. One not to be forgotten and nicely woven into the story without it taking center stage.
Piers Ryman narrated this book and he’s quickly becoming a fave of mine. He does Brit brilliantly although his New York/American was a little less consistent. But although it was noticeable, it didn’t in any way detract from the story. So, am starting part three shortly.
Jay seemed a bit more self-assured in this book than the previous, but he had his moments of understandable wallowing during separation & justifiable bitterness about people in football who are reluctant for him to be out.
As for Seb, oh man, Seb. Just as in the last book, I wanted to wrap him up in a hug & tell him how much more he's worth than he's been led to believe, that he's not just a great musician, but a decent person worthy of love. Thank goodness that he's got Jay & his bandmates to keep him from throwing himself into the abyss. Seb's bandmates, along with Jay's family & best friend. (who is also also his neighbor & ex-girlfriend in one), provide a good deal of comic relief and, as friends often do, keep the two leads from doing something stupid from time to time.
I will definitely be looking for more of C.F. White's work, going beyond this series.
So far as the narration for the audio, Piers Ryman is fantastic with expressing emotion & his pacing is good. One unfortunate bit about this book for him is that he is not terribly skilled at voicing Americans/New Yorkers, and there are some in this story. His voice for one of the female Americans in particular made me shake my head. Thank goodness that they're minor characters and not present at all times, Overall voice differentiation was decent and I appreciated that they were consistent with the previous book. During the first chunk of the book, Seb & Jay are on opposite chores & chapters begin with a quick line of where things are taking place. However, once they are in the same country, perspective periodically changes mid-chapter. Ryman did pause between these changes, but sometimes it still took me a moment of context to figure out whose head I was in. However, again, the emotion that came through the narration and the pacing were fantastic, in my opinion, and I wouldn't hesitate in buying a book with him narrating; (well, maybe if all the characters are American women, I'd pause..)
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Now, part 1 left the reader on a bit of a downer, Seb flying off to NYC and leaving Jay behind. Part 2 kicked off a few months later, Seb miserable in NYC & Jay working his way to be being noticed & then being employed by the Hammers (West Ham for the uninitiated) and rather miserable too. Now at various points, I did have WTF moments (Seb's mother's rather fortunate reappearance and a rather accommodatingly tolerant captain & manager - it's set in 2007/8), but I couldn't help but enjoy it. Seb's character, though rather irritating, did invoke compassion and Jay was more likeable than in part one. It was also fun and made me laugh at various points, certainly leaving me with a smile on my face.
So, not quite 5*, more like 4.5 rounded up to 5, purely for it being a middle segment & wanting the final part NOW!