- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 14 hours and 46 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Leta Blake Books
- Audible.com Release Date: October 17, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076FFW2XD
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Smoky Mountain Dreams Audiobook – Unabridged
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Spoilers abound in this one, so I will be purposely vague. Failed making-it-to-the-big-time country crooner Christopher Ryder meets and starts a relationship with failed-being-a-gay-man Jesse Birch, who owns and operates his own jewelry design studio. There are so many things in the path to their happily-ever-after that it is almost comical. I mean, poor guys! You really will root for these boys from the word, "Go."
Give yourself some time, because this is a longer book coming in at just over 400 pages. Don't start it and then have a test coming up or a paper due! You'll hate yourself because this is hard to put down.
This is a great book folks! It ends in the holiday season and is chalk full of warm 'n fuzzy holiday cheer. I can HIGHLY RECOMMEND Smoky Mountain Dreams to read by your Christmas tree.
OMG, I forgot to mention the sex! *head/desk* Where is my brain? These two were outstanding in the sex department. And after reading this, you'll never look at your or your mother's or grandmother's or anyone's string of pearls the same again. *clears throat*
Wow...third time's the charm. I think with this book, Leta Blake just made it onto my auto-buy-author list. This is the third book of hers that I've read and it's the third book of hers that I've loved.
I swore I wasn't going to get sucked into this book. I have too much on my TBR pile already and when I started it, I was 85% point of the review book that I was reading...which was also VERY good. But I read a mention about this book on Facebook so I went over to Amazon to check it out. I wasn't sure about the story line, so I started reading the kindle sample...just to see if I wanted to buy it to add to my TBR, NOT to read it. From that point on, I didn't set my kindle down again except for must-do things like take my child to school. Yep, I was sucked in and sucked in quickly.
So what was it about this book that was so good? Two words...Christopher & Jesse. Both of these guys tore and shredded at my heart strings and while their stories are VERY different, they are also so alike in that they are alone in this world. Yeah, they both have people in their corner, but no one that's THE ONE. The one that they know they can rely on no matter what. Neither of them have that and it's a lonely existence.
For Jesse, that hasn't always been the case. For most of his life, he had Marly. She was his best friend from a very young age. He was also always gay, but on an overseas trip, things changed between them in a bit of a twist...bisexual for you...and she got pregnant. He absolutely loved her, but 5 years ago she was in a car wreck that left her in a vegetative state. Now he lives a lonely existence concentrating on his two children and his jewelry-making business.
Christopher, on the other hand, has never had anyone but his Gran. He's an entertainer at the Smoky Mountain theme park. He's the back-up. And in his own words, he's always been pretty much second choice in everything. When he talks about this, it breaks my heart. But Jesse has season passes to the park and has a bit of an obsession for Christopher. So it's pure luck when Christopher comes to Jesse's jewelry shop to get a piece made for his grandmother.
These two together...LOVED them. Just in that they are so freaking good together. But there are SO MANY complications in their lives. Jesse has a whole family, including...hello, a wife and kids. His daughter is having serious issues dealing with her mother's state. She's a 12 yo girl who needs her mother and doesn't understand that she may be there in body, but she isn't in any other way. There's also the complication of the fact that Jesse's gay or bi...that's not an easy thing for kids to understand. For Christopher...wow, his family is just plain nuts and not in any way good. Religious fanatics that tear him down and reject him for being gay every single they are around them. Those scenes shredded me to read. I just want to hold and protect him from their horrible venom.
And then there's the thing that they do extremely well...wowzer, the scenes in this book are incredibly hot. Jesse is a jewelry maker and let's just say he has amazing skills when it comes to pearls. And all joking aside, it is an incredibly sexy book, but I loved the way the two guys connected over their creative arts in such a sensual way. Jesse makes and designs jewelry, but he's also a really intuitive person. He sees emotion in everything, including his jewelry. It's almost like auras, but he reads them in everything including spaces which was an interesting twist to the book. And then Christopher is a song-writer. I loved the way his music would come to him at surprising moments.
The book was just plain good. It moved me and entertained me and I didn't want to stop reading from the moment I started it. It's a really beautiful story about letting go and learning to love. And ultimately it's a story about two men finding a family within each other. I loved it! Leta Blake- remember her name and add her to your TBR list NOW!!!