Eloreen reviews ‘Model Citizen’ by Lissa Kasey (Published by Dreamspinner Press July 22, 2015, 220 pages – Audio released July 26, 2016, 7 hrs and 53 mins in length) Narrated by Mike Pohlable
Oliver “Ollie” Petroskovic’s life as an international supermodel was heading in the right direction. He worked part-time for his brother at his detective agency – Petroskovic Haven Investigations – and had just bought his dream house. But all that changed when he found his brother dead, a victim of PTSD-induced suicide.
Almost a year later, Ollie is trying to keep his brother’s business afloat, but can’t get his PI license. Then his brother’s best friend, Kade Alme, shows up, fresh from the battlefield after a close brush with death. Kade is looking for a new life, in more ways than one, and with PI license in hand, he’s exactly what Ollie needs to keep PHI running.
When one of Ollie’s childhood friends gets in trouble, Ollie feels he has to help. Kade insists on investigating, if only to keep Ollie safe. Neither realizes the danger they’re in as someone tries to tear them apart before they can find solid ground together.
Why I listened: This is audiobook week and Model Citizen recently released. It has private investigations and a model, and one of the main characters is both. I was intrigued when Lissa requested it to be reviewed and jumped on it.
The narrator: This is the first time I’ve listened to Mike. I wasn’t sure about the voices he did in the beginning because the different characters were similar in tone and fairly whiny. I normally listen at 1.3x speed and I had to slow down to 1.0x speed to better understand what was going on and hear the different voices. As the story unfolded the distinct voices were much better, and he had a lot of them, and I was able to speed it back up to my normal speed. In the end, Mike did a great job of the different characterizations especially since one of them was a particularly whining, stereotypical gay, twink-type person in the first place.
The story: Ollie is an international supermodel who helped out his PI brother Nathan on a part-time basis as researcher and office assistant. That all changed after Ollie buys a house for him and Nathan and goes into the office to discover his brother dead on the day of the closing. Eight months later, Ollie can’t get his PI license which makes the various sticky situation with the police difficult. In the midst of Ollie trying to keep PHI together by himself, a childhood friend returns to his life out of the blue about a case where accidents are accumulating on set of a reality online show, and Ollie wants to help out because he likes to help people despite being out of touch with Donovan for years. Enter Kade, military brother of Nathan returned to town to help out Ollie at the request of another friend of the Petroskovic family, police officer Will. Kade has his PI license to keep PHI running, and he wants to help out Ollie after a bombing cuts his own military career short.
I love the story. A supermodel with brains and a techie. A PI with a sensitive side that he doesn’t let out often. Kade and Ollie tangle together as they untangle the mystery of the “actors” with what amounts to reality TV internet porn. Very intriguing premise and while I wasn’t surprised at the culprit, it did take until almost the reveal to have an idea who it was. I enjoyed it in the end despite the hard-to-understand beginnings and would recommend listening or reading the story.
With this, I give Model Citizen an overall 9/10 pots of gold with 10/10 pots of gold for the story and 8/10 pots of gold for performance .
Lissa Kasey lives in St. Paul, MN, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing, and collects Asian Ball Joint Dolls who look like her characters. She has three cats who enjoy waking her up an hour before her alarm every morning and sitting on her lap to help her write. She can often be found at Anime Conventions masquerading as random characters when she’s not writing about boy romance.