Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling super-square, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership.
Against their better judgment, they fall victim to chemistry, and what starts as infatuation quickly grows tender and terrifying. With Silas’s help, Trip gambles his heart and his art on a rotten plan: sketching out Scratch, a "very graphic novel" that will either make his name or wreck his career. But even a smash can’t save their world if Trip retreats into his mild-mannered rut, leaving Silas to grapple with betrayal and emotions he can’t escape.
What will it take for this dynamic duo to discover that heroes never play it safe?
©2013 Damon Suede (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
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"Great for a comic book lover but too long for me"
Let me start out by saying Damon Suede is an absolutely awesome writer. Anyone who can weave into a story that “unicorns are just weaponized ponies” has some kind of paranormal muse whispering in his ear. This book is beautifully written, especially if you are a comic book fan or movie geek. He gives shout outs to, Marvel, DC, and other obscure comic book publishers, as well as, Bruce Campbell, The Tick and other obscure pop cult icons. There is some amazingly detailed background on all things comic, movie and TV geek. On the romance side, the MC get together fairly early in the book, so very little angst and a lot of very hot smex. The story is mainly about their rollercoaster ride of a relationship. Charlie David does a fantastic job as usually in bringing the characters to life and drawing the reader into these characters.
That said, I’m afraid I am NOT that into comics or the movie and TV industry and was kind of bored with it at about hour 8 of the 14 hour narration. Although that stuff is interesting, 14 hours of it gets REALLY old. There is really nothing happening in the story except interesting industry knowledge and the two MCs living their geek dream and trying to communicate with one another. Which is sweet, but again 14 HOURS!! I'm afraid I like a little more drama in my romance books. I would say if you want a really intriguing, well written listen about the comic and movie industries (there is even some gaming stuff) and a just OK romance, it is worth a credit.
Brilliantly written. beautiful and sexy. my only complaint is a minor one with Charlie David. He does superbly well but every once in a while mispronounced a word and it can be a bit jarring. But overall a great book. I look forward to many more books by Damon Suede.
"Entertaining listen.. except"
I read the book and loved it so decided to listen since it had been a while. I loved the story and my favorite characters is Silas. He is so sweet and lovable.
The narration was... odd. He did a very good job for the most part but he repeatedly mispronounced words. Not just the difficult words but simple ones too. It was just weird from a professional narrator. It would not stop me from listening again.
basic story, nothing really exciting about it. I was not a fan of sounds given to auxiliary actions of objects. did we really need the sound of the door closing to be written or the sound of paper falling.
I fast forwarded the book so I can be done. Charley David has a good voice but he could not save this book.
"Enjoyable, but frustrating."
Charlie David has an amazing voice and performs the characters fantastically, but ... and this is a huge but for me, he didn't spend enough time preparing for this. There were too many words that were mispronounced, easy words that shouldn't have caused anyone confusion unless possibly English wasn't their first language. Pollen is NOT Poe - len and that is just one example of many, even if he didn't know how to pronounce it he should have been able to tell what the word was from the text.
Part of the narrators job is to make sure they know what is being said before it is recorded. He completely failed in this aspect and it's so frustrating because if he hadn't this would easily have been a five-star performance.
"What a fantastic, realistic boook."
The book was one of the best books I've gotten in a while in the m/m romance genre the story was real, the emotions were true, even if the body parts were exaggerated.
Zero at the Bone and Few Josh Lanyon books come to mind with the trueness of the emotion
The narration at times is like speed bumps on a smooth highway. Charlie David is normally more than competent but there are dozens of glaring mispronunciations. Someone needs to introduce him to an audio dictionary so he can hear the words pronounced properly.
The conclusion, which I will not spoil for anyone. But you'll be satisfied. For once neither half of the couple has to die or get a terminal illness to finish the book.
Buy the book. Get the Kindle copy and read along, it helps cover the word bloopers.
"I've had better."
I think this author is pretty talented, but his overuse of euphemisms for male genitalia is very off-putting, at least to this female reader. I also felt this book was pretty dull. There wasn't nearly enough action or angst for my liking. I bought this because I enjoyed the writing (minus the euphemisms) in Hot Head, but this wasn't nearly as good.
I seriously don't understand why everyone has such a hard on for Charlie David. He's the most irritating narrator in this genre, in my opinion. Every time he says "shone," but pronounces it "shawn," I want to slit my wrists. Also, his "southern" accent is like nails on a chalkboard for me (i.e. someone who knows what an Alabama accent actually sounds like). I've returned most of the books I've purchased that were narrated by him, but I decided to keep this one so I could leave a review. Feel free to say it wasn't helpful just because I don't fall down at his feet to worship at the Charlie David alter.
No, because sophomoric prose and tired cliches like this is why the world doesn't take gay literature seriously.
The creative process behind the comic book idea the characters are working on even though the romance between them is trite and boring. Go write that comic instead!
The narrator could pronounce words correctly...just, you know, for a start....
I'm getting a refund...
"Such a hot story and with feels!"
Trip, a comic book artist and misanthrope, has had an unrequited love for his douche boss forever. When he ends up attracted to someone who is quite his opposite, Silas, he doesn’t know a great thing when it bites him on the nose!
Silas knows what he’s got in Trip, but keeps doing the “wrong” thing and making the skittish artist more antsy, but in the end the two end up not only finding their own love, but embarking on a new career that may give them both just what they need!
This is a book I did not appreciate until I’d listened to it. For whatever reason, I didn’t connect well with the story. I liked it, but I absolutely fell in love with it after listening to it.
Charlie David helps to really breathe life into each of the characters and OMG the accent he uses for Silas is freaking adorable! The chemistry between the two MCs is OFF THE CHARTS in a way I didn’t appreciate until I listened to it.
After interviewing Greg Tremblay, I started to really pay attention to the differences there are between listening to a book and reading it. Your mind skips and skims and puts things in place that may or may not be there, but listening to the story slows things down and really forces you to listen to and take in each word.
I think that Damon’s writing really lends itself to this because he can write in a way that is “unique” – sort of stream of consciousness and visceral and when that flow is hemmed in and pushed through a narration it sort of brings it back into focus.
Regardless, this a very sensual and hot story and though there are some rough parts in the middle (where Trip is being particularly dense) the ending is satisfyingly sweet and happy!
I highly recommend this and give it 5 of 5 stars!
"Great story, OK narration"
Really loved this story. I mostly liked how it was read, but I found the narrator's pronunciation really distracting. I think I should forgive the nonstandard pronunciation of terms of art, and chalk some of the other words up to dialect, but that still doesn't cover the spread. I ended up feeling like the narrator just didn't know what he was saying.
Without a doubt, the twists and turns between Silas and Tripp and their developing relationship
Hot Head, by the same author
Charlie David's performance was excellent and he really brought the characters to life
If only! But a with a story of this length, just not possible
Possibly the best narrator I've listened to - so far! Highly recommended and I will definitely return to this book
"Could've been good"
I liked the characters but by the chapter 5 I was put off by the history of the comics that seem to unravel and I just lost interest. Definitely a gem for gay comics aficionados.
No. Because I didn't enjoy it.
Charlie David is excellent as always.
Probably not as I didn't finish the book.
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