- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 19 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: March 1, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XC9JF48
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You Are the Reason Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The Tav Series by Renae Kaye
The Blinding Light (Book One)
You Are the Reason (Book Two)
If you are in the mood for some m/m reading, I just read The Blinding Light (The Tav #1) by Renae Kaye and You Are the Reason (The Tav #2) by Renae Kaye. Both were hot, which is always nice, but what I loved about both was how funny the main characters were. Jake, from The Blinding Light was funny in a no-nonsense kind of way, and Davo from You Are the Reason was funny in a sort of goofy, clueless kind of way. His reactions when he thinks he might be straight are hilarious, along the lines of "What will everyone think?" and "Will my family still love me if I'm straight?" The other thing I like about the books is the fact that the books are not about the characters' issues with being gay; no horrible coming-out stories or gay bashing. So many m/m books seem to only be about those topics, as if that is all an m/m book can be about. It was nice to read about other challenges.
Told in first person, this story takes the reader along on Davo's journey of self-discovery and first love. And true to form, author Renae Kaye delivers a satisfying story told with humor, sentiment and imaginative fun, not to mention some spicy-sweet M/M love.
This story focuses on a friend of Jack's: Dave or Davo. He was a regular at The Tav where Jack did the bartending. They became friends over time and that extended as Jack and Patrick became partners as well as parents. The odd thing is I can't remember if Davo was mentioned in the first story.
Davo is a salesman but not the slick weasel type that would swindle you. No, he's successful in his job, a hard worker, spontaneous but honest. Davo's from a strong family unit that are okay with his being gay and are still a big part of his life. He knows just what to say when it needs saying but still has those moments where he speaks without thinking. Part of his trouble in having a relationship with Lee is he's never had a boyfriend. All this is new. Lots of unexplored territory. Of course he's going to fumble but it's a learning experience.
You Are the Reason is told from Davo's viewpoint. He sees Lee in full blown color and rocking those heels. Funny, we know all about Lee's looks but every little on Davo, just that he's this average Joe with brown hair. Lee is still living at home, is a dental hygienist, likes to wear dresses and makeup.
The romance between the two is slow building and fun. The interaction and dialogue is priceless -- Renae Kaye at her best. No, there isn't a lot of conflict between the two main characters. Again it's focus on Davo and his internal conflict and resolve. It's about a guy overcoming his past and admitting he can change, one step at a time. Davo becomes more open in accepting every aspect of being gay. That's a big deal. Davo is out and admits he is gay but beyond that he had so much more to learn about himself and how he perceives others. In many ways he handles himself well. He wants the reputation of his company to stand on it's own merits and not by any false advertising. Like leaning on who you know in the business to push a deal. But no, he wants to stand on the integrity of the business because that is how he operates -- You know, no smart mouth weasel salesman, oh no. Now that says a lot about his character. And as the story advances he puts that approach towards how he feels about Lee, about his friends, and who he is as a gay person. His thought process is interesting and oh so entertaining. I also got the feeling he isn't overly educated - Not with falling back on his magic 8 ball for answers.
This is a story of family, friends, reaching beyond your narrow mindedness and changing your perception of being gay. Yes Lee was the touchstone for Davo and their relationship was the catalyst. Having Patrick and Jake from the first book pop in and add to the dialogue was icing on the cake.
Yes there were brief cameos with a transgender. Even if Bobbi wasn't mentioned again in this story, it's a toe in for more in the next book. I see it as testing the waters. Again, the point of view was from Davo and while he was at that center participating during group and playing basketball. . . . Lee was off behind closed doors. Who knows if Lee was off page having more contact with Bobbi. I can't criticize an author for how it was presented or even that it was. I'm curious to see how that will progress in the next story, or if it will.
The humor is spot on, the characters are wonderful, and the situations are entertaining. I love the Aussie terms and the experience of cricket. Going to the trots has new meaning as that wording in the states, at least in my universe, means you have the runs and it's time to hit the bathroom. You know, trots. Yup, humor is priceless in this story and I loved it. It's a re-read for me and I hope there is more in this series. - Dan's Wife
Light on the angst, the story focused more on Davo's emotional growth. Great read.
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