Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator:: John Solo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 6 Hours and 47 Minutes
At a Glance: Another exciting book in the Bronco’s Boys series, and John Solo does a really good job on the narration.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Lowell Cartwright’s life as a mercenary problem solver has taken its toll, and after one more difficult job, he wants out. For help, he turns to Bull, a soldier of fortune turned club owner—not exactly a friend, but the best chance Lowell has. He visits Bull’s club to scope it out and meets Jeremy Hodgson. The twink captures his attention in a big way. Bull tells Lowell to stay away from the club until he decides whether he can help, so Lowell stays in town. When he spots Jeremy passed out on the floor of a convenience store, he goes to Jeremy’s aid.
Lowell piques Jeremy’s interest immediately, pushing all the right buttons. Then, when Jeremy needs help, Lowell’s kindness turns interest into something more.
But trouble comes knocking when Jeremy’s place is bugged. Maybe Lowell’s past is catching up to him, or maybe the danger centers on Jeremy’s roommate Tristan’s mysterious boyfriend. Whatever the source of the problem, the future Lowell and Jeremy hope for doesn’t stand a chance unless they can find a way to protect themselves.
Review: Lowell “Spook” Cartwright is a mercenary and a master at creating different identities. He’s a gun for hire but is getting tired of the dangerous business he’s in, and he wants out. He has just returned from an assignment that didn’t go so smooth, and now he has to go on the run when his location is compromised. What he needs is advice and a vacation.
Jeremy Hodgson works as a software developer and his hobby is collecting comic books, but he has hopes to be a game designer one day. He’s feeling down because he sees his friends with boyfriends, and he hasn’t even had a date in six months. To try and let his worries go, he and his friend Tristan head for the dance floor at Bull’s, where Jeremy ends up dancing with a mysterious stranger. When Bull overhears Jeremy saying the guy was like an illusion, Bull comes up with an idea how to find out who the guy is. As it turns out, Spook is a man from Bull’s past, the man who’d tried to take Bull’s life, and when Bull confronts him, Spook explains that all he needs is help getting out of the mercenary business. When Jeremy overhears what Spook has said, he doesn’t know what to think, which leads to all sorts of questions to be answered, not the least of which is, will Jeremy still want Spook if he discover the truth about Spook’s job.
Andrew Grey’s Upside Down is another exciting book in the Bronco’s Boys series, and John Solo does a really good job on this narration, offering just the right amount of emotion to the story, with each of the characters having distinct voices. I really like the idea of Zach, Jeremy, Tristan and Kevin’s friendship, and how supportive they are with each other, and you can’t forget Bull—he’s just a big teddy bear. They all remain energetic, fun, and always caring characters.
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