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Audible by Dawn Kimberly Johnson at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 13-June-2013

Book Blurb

Three years ago, cameraman Powell Perdue and quarterback Talbot Wojewódka called it quits, citing irreconcilable differences. Powell wanted to live honestly, while Talbot felt he couldn’t and still succeed in professional football. One knee surgery and a trade later, Talbot finds himself back in town and quarterbacking for the Raptors, a struggling expansion team. Powell’s also back, working as a cameraman for KJOC-TV, following two years in Amsterdam and a second failed relationship.

When an interview meant as a publicity play throws them into each other’s path, they’re forced to face a love that never quite died and wounds that never fully healed. For any hope at a win, they’ll have to change up the game. Talbot must brave walking through his closet door and into Powell’s arms, and Powell must risk his heart one more time by standing his ground and giving Talbot a second chance.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Daily Dose package "Make a Play".


Book Review

When your heart has broken, it's difficult to give love a second chance. It's also hard to walk away from someone you love, especially when you believed that they were the one. But, as Powell Perdue and Talbot Wojewódka in 'Audible' by Dawn Kimberly find, if the love is still there, giving it another try may be worth the risk of being hurt again.

Powell is a great guy. He's considerate, a great cameraman, courageous, and gay. The one thing he most wants to do is live his life openly and honestly. For years, he wasn't able to do that because Talbot Wojewódka, pro-football player and Powell's lover, was in the closet. After catching Talbot with a woman, Powell had had it; all the sneaking around and pretending just wasn't worth it anymore. He cut all ties with Talbot and ran away to Europe for three years trying to escape his heartache. He's been home for a year when his job places Powell in a position which forces him to work with Talbot. He's miserable in Talbot's presence and wants nothing to do with him; but, to his dismay, Powell realizes he still loves him. Nothing has changed though. Talbot is still in the closet and even if he wanted to be with him again, Powell sees no hope because he isn't willing to hide who he is or whom he loves.

When Talbot sees Powell on the football field, he's elated. He's missed him terribly and still loves him very much. Hoping for another shot oat their relationship, he approaches Powell who immediately shuts him down. He does, however, attract the attention of the club owner's son, who is also gay. Surprisingly enough, Talbot learns that he is able to confide in him and the conversation helps him get his priorities straight. He's still got the problem of getting Powell to listen to the truth about their last encounter and realize that what he thinks he happened, didn't. Their future together boils down to one condition; unless Talbot steps up and out of the closet and publicly declares his love for Powell, there's no chance of being a couple again.

I really enjoyed this endearing love story. The flow was smooth and even and the writing clear and crisp, with just the right amount of angst to keep things interesting. The characters, main and secondary, were all well defined and well utilized, efficiently blending together to move things along. I recommend this story to anyone who likes football players, TV news reporting, handsome men, and believes love conquers all. Thanks, Dawn, for the delightful journey.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 85 pages/18765 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-June-2013
Price $3.99 ebook
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