Author: Jenny Holiday
Narrator: Michael Fell
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Run Time: 8 hours and 35 minutes
At a Glance: Michael Fell has an amazing voice and did an excellent job with this book. I don’t think I need to say anything more about his work, because he truly blew me away with his tone.
Reviewed By: Ky
Blurb: All that up-and-coming musician Jesse Jamison has ever wanted is to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. When a gossip website nearly catches him kissing someone who isn’t his famous girlfriend – and also isn’t a girl – he considers the near miss a wake-up call. There’s a lot riding on his image as the super-straight rocker, and if he wants to realize his dreams, he’ll need to toe the line. Luckily, he’s into women too. Problem solved.
After a decade pretending to be his ex’s roommate, pediatrician Hunter Wyatt is done hiding. He might not know how to date in the Grindr world, how to make friends in a strange city, or whether his new job in Toronto is a mistake. But he does know that no one is worth the closet. Not even the world’s sexiest rock star.
As Jesse’s charity work at Hunter’s hospital brings the two closer together, a bromance develops. Soon, Hunter is all Jesse can think about. But when it comes down to a choice between Hunter and his career, he’s not sure he’s brave enough to follow his heart.
Review: I didn’t expect to have this much fun with this story! Sure, I expected to like it well enough, but not so much that I couldn’t stop listening to this story until I reached the end. Infamous takes us through about four years in total in the characters’ lives, and though there are a lot of time leaps, it still had all the things I crave in a story like this. Learning that a story spans through many years is usually a done deal for me, and I read the book immediately. Though, I didn’t know about it in this case, so it was a nice and highly welcome surprise.
Jesse and Hunter meet on a long train ride, and exchange numbers. After that, it takes two years and a little fan in the hospital where Hunter works for them to meet again. Through months of visits and dinners, they develop a friendship, and, slowly but steadily, their lives start to entwine to the point where they are completely tangled in each other’s days. I was afraid this was going to be an out-for-you story, and I never like those—I think everyone should come out when and how they feel ready and comfortable to do it, and not as an ultimatum to keep a relationship. It had been going that way, but luckily, at the last second, it changed its course and we got an awesome rock star romance with a HEA.
A thing that bothered me was Hunter’s tendency to pick up and leave whenever things got messy in his personal life. Luckily, it was also the reason we avoided the out-for-you trope, so I can’t be too bothered about it. Infamous turned out to be an amazing slow burn story about an upcoming rocker bad boy and a workaholic baby silver fox doctor who formed an unlikely friendship and managed to turn that into a solid relationship with a bright future.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Michael Fell. He has an amazing voice and did an excellent job with this book. I don’t think I need to say anything more about his work, because he truly blew me away with his tone. I don’t think you’ll get what I’m talking about just from the sample of the audio, but give it a try anyway. I would have given high praise to the story anyway, but Mr. Fell’s voice took that to another level.
Highly recommended story – the audiobook version in particular!
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