Author: J.H. Knight
Narrator:: Nick J. Russo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 5 Hours, 36 Minutes
At a Glance: Nick J. Russo does an excellent job of narrating
Blurb: Skip thought he had it all: the fabulous husband, the great apartment, and the teaching job he’d always wanted. Even the cat was perfect. When his partner of eight years decides he wants something else—something that doesn’t involve Skip or the apartment or even the cat—Skip decides it’s time to go home to the other side of the country.
However, Skip’s hometown doesn’t just hold a loving meddling mother but also the memories of his awkward crush on a boy he met his senior year in high school. A boy he humiliated himself in front of just when it looked as if his fantasies might become reality. Finding out Paul Miller is now working at the same high school where Skip has just been hired flips his world upside down. After a heated night together, Skip is happy being friends with benefits. Paul will have to convince him love is worth the risk.
Review: Once bitten. Twice shy.
A Simple Romance starts off with Skip in the throes of grief over his ex. Eight years of Skip thinking he knows someone, only to have that someone up and leave him for a younger man… As a result, Skip quits his job in Seattle and relocates, going back home to live with his mom.
As Skip starts his new job as a teacher at the school he graduated from, he meets an old crush, Paul. Now, this is where the story starts to become interesting because it’s coming from Skip’s perspective, and I can’t blame him for being gun-shy when it comes to Paul. Oh, don’t get me wrong, Paul is a sweetheart, but then, so was Monty when their relationship started out. So, the dilemma Skip is having is learning to trust again, not so much Paul but himself. There’s got to be a catch to this simple romance between him and Paul.
As for Paul, he also was in a long term relationship that ended tragically. And even he admitted that it took awhile for him to date again, which is why I became a little impatient with Paul for forcing Skip to decide on them becoming a couple. For crying out loud, they’d only been together for 6 months, and I thought Skip was progressing pretty well, considering he was still in the grieving stages of his breakup.
It seems to me the one person who really helped Skip the most was Faith. She was a true friend. Instead of pushing and criticizing him for his reluctance to commit to Paul, like his mom did, Faith listened to Skip. Sometimes it just helps to get everything out of the head and into a place where it can be looked at from different angles. I think anyone who has ever been in a long term relationship can relate to Skip and his reluctance to jump right into another one. There’s a lot of healing that should take place first. There are five stages of grief, which Skip eventually experiences—the final one being acceptance.
Nick J. Russo does an excellent job of narrating A Simple Romance. I loved how he gave each character their own voice, and I would not hesitate to listen to him again. When it came to the part where Paul offered his ultimatum to Skip, I found myself blurting out my opinion to Paul. I really got caught up in this story, and that’s the sign of a good narrator, when he grabs you and pulls you in emotionally.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I liked A Simple Romance, mainly because I thought Skip was a pretty brave soul to try and open up his heart again.
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