Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Finlay McIntyre (aka Raven) is a successful adult film star with a penchant for kilts, until an accident cuts short his stardom and leaves him with zero sexual desire, lowered self-esteem, and no job. He knew his porn career wouldn’t last forever, but he wasn’t prepared for retirement at twenty-eight. While trying to figure out the rest of his life, Raven agrees to attend a high school reunion. That’s when a malfunctioning AC unit in his hotel room changes everything.
Caleb Sanderson, an entrepreneur with his own HVAC business, has no idea what to expect when he steps into Raven’s hotel room to fix his AC unit. They’re attracted to each other, but Caleb, closeted, can’t afford a gay relationship, not with his mom pressuring him to produce grandchildren. If he wants to keep Raven—who no closet could hold—he’ll need to tell his family the truth. But Raven has a few secrets of his own. He refuses to reveal his porn past to Caleb, a past that might be the final obstacle to Caleb and Raven having any kind of relationship.
Tartan Candy is an interesting take on the old porn start troupe. I like the idea of Raven working as an escort after his accident. It shows how well he knew what he wanted and how to achieve it after life threw him a curve ball. There’s no shame in his profession and he consider it a career but not a permanent one, thought.
The way the main characters met is charming and interesting–a good story to tell the grandkids. Caleb and Raven have great chemistry from the very beginning and the way they deal with their attraction is fun and realistic. Their banter is refreshing and Raven’s introvert side works well with Caleb as a family man.
There are many secondary and guest characters and all play a part in the story. Through them, we learned more about the MCs and how their lives were changing with every moment they spent together. Their stories were simple but filled with meaning. The author did an excellent job creating the world in which they all fit.
Some parts were a bit too detailed when those details were irrelevant to the overall story. Also, the ending felt rushed, too soap opera like, and too perfectly wrap. Don’t get me wrong, I love a HEA, but I like to experience how the characters took the time to get there. This is a good story, it just needed a little something to make it great.
I enjoyed David Ross’s narration. The characterization fit and the story flows easily from one scene to the other. The voices were natural and the listener only needs a couple of pages to get used to the voices and the story.
The cover by L.C. Chase gives the reader a basic visual of Raven’s looks & tartan kilt without getting into specific details about his appearance.
Narrator: David Ross
Length: 7 hours and 21 minutes
Published: October 10, 2016 (Audio Edition) by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English