Dana reviews My Hero by Max Vos (Self-published September 29, 2013, 262 pages. Released on audio August 21, 2015, Narrated by Jared Bradford, 6 hours 3 minutes in length.) An audio copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Title: My Hero ( audio edition)
Author: Max Vos
Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 6 hours and 3 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Narrator: Jared Bradford
Publisher: Max Vos, Inc.
Audible.com Release Date: August 13, 2015
This is a gay male romance with explicit sexual situations between men.
When he was 16 years old, Rich Miller saved a young man from drowning at his local pool. Little did he know that years later, as a senior in college and Olympic diving hopeful, Rich would meet up once again with Johnny Milloway, now a big football player – and when Rich says big, he really means “bear”. The shy jock remembers his saviour, and the two men become friends.
Johnny isn’t put off by the fact that Rich is gay. In fact, the more time he spends with Rich, the more curious he becomes. Johnny wants to know all kinds of things – what it’s like to kiss a guy, for instance. Only it doesn’t stop there…
Rich finds it difficult to believe that this relationship can go anywhere. Johnny is straight, and Rich isn’t prepared to deal with the heartache he knows will come his way in the future. He has enough on his plate as it is – the worlds are just around the corner. His father would rather watch a football game than spend time watching his son dive. What he doesn’t count on is Johnny, who can be very determined. And having Johnny in his life proves to be a catalyst for some pretty earth-shattering changes.
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The narrator: This was my first time listening to a book narrated by Jared Bradford. It felt like more than a simple listening experience. The narrator really took on the roles as if he was acting them out. When the character talked with a mouthful of pizza, it sounded as if Jared did as well. I though the did a really great job. He also provided different voices for the different characters keeping them separate for the listener, and making it easy to know who was saying what at any given time. I would definitely listen to more audios narrated by him.
The story: I had only read one book by Max Vos prior to this and the subject was much more controversial. My Hero was for the most part a sweet love story. It was friends to lovers, though the transition was quicker than most. Even though Rich had saved Johnny’s life when he was a lifeguard years before, they didn’t become friends until they were in college. But it didn’t seem long before Johnny was asking Rich to show him what it was like to be with a man. I always like the stories when a character who has always believed himself to be straight takes that jump when he finds someone attractive, not just in looks but in personality. It doesn’t even mean that their own sexual preference has changed, but that their willing to see if they can find that happiness with someone even if it’s someone of the same sex.
I really liked Rich and Johnny and got swept up in their romance as quickly as they did. Though they didn’t define their relationship, they seemed strong together. I was a little bothered when Johnny told Rich that he had a date with a girl, but not totally surprised because he was in the closet. At the very least I thought he was using it for cover, but when Johnny denied that he was gay, I saw it was much more than that. After Rich gets angry, and Johnny realized what he was losing by not claiming Rich for his own, I was relieved. He’s learned his lesson, I thought, and was eager for them to talk to each other and get through this. So, I admit I was thrown for a loop by Johnny’s next actions.
This might seem a bit of a spoiler, but there is something in books that bothers a lot of people, but I can deal with. I’m taking this moment to get out my opinion. The thing is, when a character does something wrong, I get mad as the next person. But as long as they show proper remorse, I can forgive them. It’s not a deal breaker for me. I admit I’m not quite as quick to forgive as Rich, though. I’m not sure if it makes him a pushover or I’m just vengeful, but I think I would have required a bit more pleading and begging from Johnny before taking him back in my arms. In truth, Rich is forgiving and probably a better person than I am. In the process of deciding whether a relationship will work with Johnny, Rich does something else that makes me even happier. He reaches out to his estranged father, and they have a good conversation that goes a long way in repairing their relationship.
In the end, I was very happy that I got to listen to and review this book. The narration is great and so was the story. It had a good ending, and there wasn’t a feeling of incompleteness, like I needed more. So knowing that the author plans to write another book about this couple just feels like a bonus. 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading it when it comes out for sure.
Max Vos is a classically trained chef with over 30 years of food service experience. After retiring in 2011, Max found himself with time on his hands and was urged to turn his talents to writing. ‘Cooking English’, a short story, was his first published work, and has four other short stories currently in publication with Ravenous Romance. His first novel, My Hero was a number one best seller on Amazon. He continues to challenge himself with varying topics, from Marine Vampires to taboo subjects. The one thing you will always be guaranteed to find in his writing is hard, gritty, man-on-man sex.
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