Title: The Way Things Are
Author: A.J. Thomas
Narrator: Ron Herczig
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 9 hours and 20 minutes
At a Glance: A.J. Thomas has created a realism and vibrant characters in such an entertaining story.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: A night of drunken confusion at nineteen resulted in Patrick Connelly fathering a child. Determined to be there for his son, Patrick walked away from a sport he loved and forever hid his sexuality. After Patrick’s brutal divorce and a vicious hate crime, his son, Jay, has become obsessed with graffiti. Hoping for a fresh start, Patrick moves Jay to his childhood home in Seattle. Within two weeks, Jay is arrested again. On his way to pick Jay up, Patrick stops an assault, then finds himself in handcuffs too. Thinking things can’t get any worse, he’s confronted by the sexiest man he’s ever seen—his son’s new probation officer, Ken Atkins.
The hardest part of Ken’s job is working with difficult parents, and the undeniably handsome Patrick Connelly is going to be a difficult parent. A chance encounter and steamy hookup with Patrick leave Ken blindsided. As they work together to try to keep Jay on the right path, the passion between them proves impossible to resist. When the assault Patrick prevented comes back to haunt them and Jay gets into trouble again, Ken must convince Patrick that ensuring his son’s happiness doesn’t have to mean sacrificing his own.
Review: I just loved Ron Herczig’s narration of The Way Things Are. His voice has that touch of deep and gravely with a bit of a lazy drawl, and even though there wasn’t a big distinction between characters’ voices, the different levels of tone and pronunciations he used worked perfectly for each character. I really loved his portrayal of Jay. It makes you imagine a fourteen-year-old boy’s expressions. And he took Patrick and Ken, and made them come alive with their compassion and nurturing.
The story itself contains different kinds of love, that between Patrick and Ken, and tender father/son moments between Patrick and Jay. This is also a suspenseful story mixed with the drama of human trafficking, murder, and abuse. Both the e-book and the audio are well done and will not disappoint.
There is a very good review for the book written by Janet here at TNA, and I couldn’t agree with her more—A.J. Thomas has created a realism and vibrant characters in such an entertaining story.
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