Monday, April 3, 2017

The Senator's Secret by K.C. Wells Audiobook Review

Politics, puppy dogs, and passion, oh my!

When his Republican opponent outs him with a photo in a Facebook post, Senator Samuel Dalton doesn’t have many options open to him. It doesn’t matter that the photo is totally innocent. He has no choice but to come clean… until his staff suggest putting a spin on it that leaves Sam reeling.

Sure, he’ll end up with a lot of sympathy, not to mention the possibility of more voters from the LGBT community, but it still seems a pretty drastic solution.

Now all they have to do is persuade Gary, the other man in the photo, to play along. It sounds so easy: convince the constituents of North Carolina that he and Sam are engaged.

No big deal, except for the fact that they’ve only just met….

Length: 6 hrs, 11 mins
Narrator: John Solo

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Having listened to several of the audiobooks from the Dreamspun Desires line, I found The Senator’s Secret to have a heavier storyline than most. This is likely due to the political aspect of the book as it lends itself well to a more complex and believable plot than the others I’ve listened to – and that’s not meant as an insult to the other books in the line as I have yet to be disappointed by a single one. While the romance between Sam and Gary is sweet and progresses as expected, it’s the dirty tricks and sabotage attempts by the senator’s opponent that adds the depth to their story as it gives Sam the opportunity to address some very important social issues regarding homosexuality.

It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Unfortunately for Senator Samuel Dalton, dirty political tricks can turn the snapshot of a perfectly innocent hug into a well-aimed torpedo intended to sink his political career. As his staff scrambles for a way to turn the tide in their favor, his friend and close advisor convinces him to take advantage of the situation and “come out” as a gay man – assuming that the man he was photographed with is willing to pose as his fiancé. And thus begins Sam’s coming out and the fake engagement between him and Gary. As expected, the two men discover that they have much in common as they get to know one another and the initial spark of attraction grows along the way. So even though they were thrown together quickly, the relationship that develops between the men does so gradually. I should mention that one of the characters is a virgin and that forces the other to take it slow because he doesn’t want push his partner faster than he’s ready to go – I’d apologize for the pronoun confusion, but as I don’t want to say who the virgin is, it is what it is. When Sam and Gary finally consummate their relationship… well let’s just say that the chemistry between the two is pretty dang hot and I listened to that chapter twice. Even knowing that I was guaranteed a happy ending with The Senator’s Secret, I was still surprised by just how that played out and found the ending to be absolutely lovely.

Normally, this is the point in my review I would discuss specific scenes or themes that I enjoyed and why. However, those scenes are what gives The Senator’s Secret that unexpected punch and I want potential readers to enjoy them as they encounter them in the story. I again applaud John Solo’s narrative talents. At no point during the audiobook did I get confused as to which character was speaking and I found his performance to be extremely enjoyable. I look forward to more entertaining titles from the Dreamspun Desires line, enjoying more of Wells’ writing talents, and listening to more of Solo’s narrative performances.

Born and raised in the northwest of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way.

K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter…

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career.

The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C. goes, it goes.

And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer…

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Senator's Secret by K.C. Wells, Narrated by John Solo to listen to and review.

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