a-forced-silence-coverTitle and Author:  A Forced Silence by Cate Ashwood

Narrator:  Scott R. Smith

Published by:  Dreamspinner Press

Format:  audio

Genre:  romance

Order link:  Audible

Reviewed by:  Alisa

What to expect:  A quick and easy romance with the back drop of an interesting murder investigation.

For paramedic Adam Carson, his world is lights and sirens and saving lives. Pressures at work keep him firmly in the closet, and life is too busy to contend with the complications that come with dating and relationships. When a familiar face from his past turns up where he least expects it, Adam starts to question whether or not there is room in his life for those complications.

The last person forensic pathologist Sam McKenna expects to see at pub night is Adam, the guy who made his life hell in high school. The attraction is instant, but Adam isn’t gay and Sam has no interest in pursuing him. Still, the leftover animosity from their teenage years isn’t enough to extinguish the lust growing between them. After both are called to the scene of a horrific murder, Adam admits he’s not as straight as he led Sam to believe and they seek comfort and distraction in each other’s arms. One night becomes many as the murder investigation intensifies, but when Adam is faced with losing Sam, he is forced to make a choice: to break his silence, or to give up everything for the job he loves.

Review: I liked this story about two guys who were enemies in high school but run into each other later in life and fall for each other. There is a murder mystery as the back drop of the story but it’s just a bit of the story. It doesn’t over shadow the romance part. Adam’s reasoning for the choices he made didn’t really make a lot of sense to me and I thought his change of heart towards the end came a bit too easy but eh……still liked the story. It’s one of those that if you think about it too much you will end up picking it apart but if you just go with it, it’s a pretty good read. The characters had great sexual chemistry and those scenes were hot. I will overlook some things if there are good smexy times. I will definitely read the next in the series.

I had mixed feelings in regards to the narrator for this story. His voice was fine for the main narration part  but his character voices were not as good.  Adam’s voice especially did not work for me.  I think this may have been a case of “It’s not you, it’s me”.  I have listened to this narrator on other books and liked them.

What you may not like:  I am not sure about the narration so it may be an issue for you too.  I would recommend trying a sample first.

What you will enjoy:  Did I mention how hot the smexy scenes were?  


Alisa runs the audio review column, Alisa Listens, at Binge on Books. She loves getting stuff done while she reads which makes audio perfect for her!

You can connect with Alisa on Twitter: @bookgirl0702





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