Title: Bankers’ Hours
Author: Wade Kelly
Narrator: Derrick McClain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 12 hours and 23 minutes
At a Glance: Buy this book for the expert narration, buy it for the fun story, and buy it because sometimes even a light comedy can have an emotional weight.
Reviewed By: Mike
Blurb: Even though bankers’ hours leave long weekends for romance, cosmic intervention is Grant’s only option when money doesn’t buy happiness and he’s got virginity in spades.
Grant Adams is a twenty-six-year-old bank teller who’s unlucky at love, yet hopelessly hopeful. After years of horrific first dates, he’s convinced he’s saving himself for true love. Surely he has bad taste in men because it couldn’t possibly be his persnickety nature that’s sent them packing.
Tristan Carr has been in a holding pattern since his daughter was born fifteen years ago, which suits his workaholic lifestyle just fine. This ex–naval officer turned auto mechanic never wanted anyone interfering with being a weekend dad. For Tristan to rearrange his carefully orchestrated life, a guy will need to be special. Or in the case of the newest employee at his bank, the guy will need to be adorable, shy, and open to the prospect of forever when it shows up at his window.
Review: Grant Adams is twenty-six. His bank just transferred him to a new city where he is trying to start a new life. Grant also has a few issues; he’s OCD; he has a deep aversion to germs, bugs, scary things, people he doesn’t know well; and he’s still a virgin. One thing he does know for sure is that he is gay. 100% gay. So when Tristan Carr walks into his bank, and up to his teller window, Grant is smitten to the point of being tongue-tied.
After a few days of flirting—that may not be flirting—Tristan asks Grant out to dinner. Grant, trying not to read too much into the invitation, completely crushes Tristan’s hopes that it’s a date that could lead to love. By the second date, a real date this time, Grant finds himself with a dead car and needing Tristan’s help. After spending a night together, without sex, the fates and the mother of Tristan’s daughter conspire to put them into a situation where they announce they are not just creepy gay men dabbling in random sex; they are getting married.
Events spin out of control in the grand style of a comedic farce. There are wolf spiders, car bashings, and miscommunications that result in fights, mini-separations, and Grant loaning out Tristan’s home so they can live together. It never occurs to them that they could back out of the marriage. They simply plod into it, in the best tradition of a 1940s comedy.
The voice of Derrick McClain is a treat to hear. One suspects that he could read a grocery list and give it emotional weight, or make it titillating, with very little effort. With this book his voice acting is laugh-out-loud funny, and deeply erotic, and heartbreaking. There is something satisfying about how easily he slips into and out of characters. The voices he has created for them are distinct and clear. Each of the characters has their own personality, and the listener gets to hear them interact in some pretty unique ways. McClain even makes the behavior of Tristan’s ex interesting, when many would have played her as just a throwaway. It gives the performance more depth and life.
Buy this book for the expert narration, buy it for the fun story, and buy it because sometimes even a light comedy can have an emotional weight that leaves you satisfied at the end of the story, and wishing there was just a little bit more to hear or read.
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