- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 52 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Riptide Publishing
- Audible.com Release Date: August 28, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0753K7654
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Caught!: Shamwell Tales Audiobook – Unabridged
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I first read this story when it came out in 2014 and when I saw it is being re-released I knew I had to read it to see how my taste and opinion changed in the past few years. Let me tell you I loved it all over again. Quality writing never loses its value. It is timeless no matter the trend changes and unique styles and a great voice never go out of fashion.
JL Merrow is an absolute master storyteller and I adore her writing style. The way she chooses the voices of her characters, and that light elegance she uses to make us fall in love with them just by reading their thoughts are one of a kind.
Caught is being told from Robert’s first person point of view which gives us a great opportunity to get into his head all we want. I really love his character. His quirky behavior, unique clothing style and his overall being-different-and-I-own-it attitude make this book and this MC unforgettable. The story spoke to me on so many levels and it also deals with important subjects like bisexuality, single parenting, gender behavior and acceptance. Being a teacher myself I always enjoy reading stories about “colleagues”. The portrayal of the school situations, the kids and their different family backgrounds give an extra layer of awesome to the story. That being said, I really miss Sean’s POV. I would have loved to see what he was thinking, but I also understand that this is Robert’s story and is told that way on purpose!
The humor that is woven into every line makes the writing unique and very enjoyable. I was laughing out loud many times and grinning almost all the way.
If you are an old school reader like me you will appreciate the slow, emotional build up, the whole courting process and the wonderful connection between Sean and Robert. There is also just the right amount of conflict to give your heart a workout and make things emotional and exciting.
I am not sure the name choice was intentional in a deeper level but Mr. Emeny has the name that with a bit of ignorance turns into Mr. Enemy in a heartbeat. It might be funny with his second graders but is very telling.
The way Robert’s life turned upside down the same way in a jiffy, we know that people are quick to judge and Mr. Enemy’s past, and the incident that had happened to him a while ago has long lasting effects on his life. Telling or not telling that is the question. Do you share important, possibly life altering information with your new relationship or keep it to yourself hoping it never comes up? But secrets are always revealed sooner or later. And we live with the consequences, the way Robert has to live with his.
What I really enjoyed here is that things are real. The emotions, the conflicts, the friendships, the misunderstandings, even some sex scenes have that natural, little awkward parts at times with clothes in the way while getting undressed… Everything seems lifelike and real… everything has its right place and all of them work in sync to make this story a fantastic reading experience. Highly recommended!
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The other issue, for me, is that every conversation and thought seemed laden with quips and entendres (ie) in the beginning portions of the story. It took me a while to get into the rhythm of it. It's not that it's British either, as I'm an anglophile at heart and I fully appreciate British authors (Harper Fox anyone?). It just seemed like they (Rob and Rose in particular) never had a normal conversation. Rather than being clever, it was just annoying after a while. I both liked Rose, and was exasperated with her. At times, I asked myself, do people talk like this ALL THE TIME? I know, it's me, but I couldn't help the way I felt as I was reading.
I loved that neither MC had familial issues being gay; bi, in Sean's case. In fact they had full love and support on both sides. I loved the brief glimpse of Peter, Rob's step father, that we get, and how NOT a wicked one he is. Refreshing. I also liked the portrayal of Rob's students and some of their parents. The conversation between Rob & young Charlie's dad was sweet in its way, and not what you'd expect from his dad going by appearances. Destinee's mom was also colorful. These bits were good.
My sort of lackluster/mixed reaction to Rob is really one of personal preference. I'm just not crazy about ditherers, but he was multi-faceted enough to redeem himself to a degree by the end of the story.
Cute story w/ some minor annoyances for this reviewer ;)
This book had some rough patches for me but I liked Sean and Robert as well as the village romance so much that I glided over those.
The attraction, sheer I really like you, and sexual tension between Robert and Sean is lovely. They are both great people-though Sean is a bit more so as he is more open. The bowtie stuff is hot. lol I love me some nerd and a man who appreciate.
The class difference is well explored as is the discussion of bisexuality. Robert runs scared because of what happened to him and this causes several lack of communication and trust issues. This might be realistic but the events could have still happen and Robert had take the risk to confide and really it would have been a better romance because the relationship would have deepened. More interesting to me.
I love all the small village stuff and all the other characters. I am thrilled to spend more time with this couple in the series.
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