Anthony Carrino loves his big, gregarious Italian-American family, even if his sisters are interfering, and his dad, the local sheriff, knows everything going on in town. He's happy as a middle school guidance counselor. Despite helping kids and their parents fix their problems, Anthony can't manage to get his own love life right. If only everyone would stop calling him the "nice" guy.
Dean Pierce doesn't do relationships. A tough-minded military man, he is dedicated to his job as a Night Stalker, flying Chinook helicopters and not speaking much to anybody. He certainly doesn't want to deal with a mess of emotions. But when tragedy strikes, Dean finds his hands full with his troubled niece, her irresistible guidance counselor, and a meddlesome family, which includes a rather large puppy.
©2014 Skylar M Cates (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
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"Sweet comfort read"
This is a great comfort read. Dean is a Special Forces soldier who is forced to take a hardship discharge in order to take care of his niece when his sister unexpectedly dies. He travels to the small town of Glamour, AZ and meets Anthony, the local guidance counselor. One of the best things about this book is Anthony’s family; a big Italian family that loves and supports each other fiercely. It is always great to see that in an mm romance. Dean on the other hand has past demons he is trying to conquer. He was not “out” in the army and has a hard time adjusting to civilian life and his feelings for Anthony; he doesn’t think he is worthy of someone as beautiful and good as Anthony. The narrator does an amazing job. He has great voices and really brings emotions to the characters. There is a little angst and not a lot of drams. Overall, worth a credit.
Matt Baca has the most sweetest voice ever! He sounds so d@mn adorable, which would fit for a novel about a teenager. For this story, his voice just did not match the main characters and I could not listen to the erotic scenes at all. LOL.
Now, the story was decent and I was entertained, plus Matt Baca is a fabulous performer. But for this story, it sounded like a teenager playing grown-up.
Anyway, good story.
it was so boring I fell asleep. It is on my list of books I never finished.
"Ugly Cover But a GREAT BOOK!"
I didn't quite understand the name. That is why I passed it up several times. Now I get it Glamour is the name of a town not a prissy beauty school. This was actually well written a story about a man in the military who has to leave to care for his niece and the guidance counsellor who takes her in. The narration was great especially the sibling bickering. I downloaded the next edition @audible and plan on reading the last book since it's not offered as an audiobook. I hope you give this more a modern cover. The teacher in his hot glasses and the giant pilot gazing at each other. Just saying.
"Riva got it right."
Riva, a fellow reviewer who's taste I've begun to trust, got it right. A comfort read. Sweet story about an unlikely pair who get together against the odds. Light, comforting albeit just a little frivolous - but then, isn't that what we want from the genre?
"A gem I didn't know I had in my shelf!"
**** 4,5 big guy stars ****
Audio edition, narrator Matt Baca.
8 hours 12 minutes
This was such a gem hidden away among my shelves! I'm so happy I finally got around to listen to it!
A beautiful, slow burn love story mixed with a family theme. The story had so much going for it!
Loved Dean and Anthony. They were so different, but perfect for each other. I appreciated nothing was rushed into. I also liked Anthony's family. Their interactions and conversations were true and genuine. I liked reading about Mia, Anthony's sister and Cody. It was a little touch that made the whole book just sweeter. I honestly could have done without Rick "the prick", Anthony's ex-boyfriend. I'm not sure it added to the story. It made for some light angst, but that story line could easily have been dropped from the book, really. It would have been enough with getting to know Dean, Nicky, Anthony and his family.
I was also introduced to Aaron Weiss, Dean's army buddy, who is the main character of book 2 "The Only Guy."
Matt Baca is a new to me narrator. He did an awesome job, and I'm really impressed! He did all the voices, and the narrated sex scenes were really hot.
Very well done, Baca!
I'm so looking forward to start the second book! Recommended!
"Really liked it."
Yes, I thought it was really good. The characters were likeable without being TOO perfect. There wasn't easy solutions to problems. Tough choices and sacrifices had to be made and it gave it a more realistic feel.
I've read this one and the sequel now and am half way through the 3rd. And with all of them, I've had moments where I really liked it. And then it seems to be building to something squee worth maybe and then.....it goes back to being really good-never quite hitting that indefinable quality that puts them over the top.
The narrator. Mr Baca is my new favorite narrator , I love the sound of his voice.
Sweetness, the main characters were very likable.
The sound of his voice is very soothing and perfect .
"A sweet book"
He was a bit "reader-y" in spots, but he has a lot of great potential as a narrator. He did good voices and distinguished the characters nicely.
It was a sweet book, but (and I very rarely say this) it should have been shorter. The plot line and writing just didn't hold up well for 8 hours of listening, and I felt it was just kind of dragging on when I got to hour 5 or so.
"Good but not special"
Not the best book but still, if you are looking for a sweet story to lose yourself in for a couple of hours it is worth your credit.
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