Erryn & Melissa review ‘Catch a Falling Star’ by Matt Burlingame, narrated by John Steinkamp. The ebook was Published April 4, 2017 and is 72 pages. The audio was published March 29, 2018 by Matt Burlingame and is 1 hrs and 39 mins long. Complimentary copies of the audiobook were provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why we read this book:
Erryn: I listened to another book by Matt Burlingame that was a horror/paranormal story and didn’t enjoy it. I specifically said in the review that if the author published an audiobook in another genre, I would definitely listen.
Melissa: The blurb sounded so cute and when I listened to the audio sample I couldn’t say no. This sounded like a very sweet romance.
A therapist once told Martin Stevens that being gay was the only thing that saved him from being the most boring man alive. He spends his daytime working a dead-end job and his nights still pining after the ex-fiance who left him five years ago. When his older brother, Daniel, takes him to see a touring musical, a mishap sends superstar performer Alec Jameson flying off the stage right into Martin’s lap. It’s love at first sight. But can that love withstand the scrutiny of the press, a shock-jock radio personality bent on causing trouble, and the return of Martin’s overbearing ex-fiance?
When this ended I literally said “awwww.” This will be my second book by Matt Burlingame, and the two couldn’t be more different from each other, lol. My first book by him was the suspense/thriller BooFF, which some might classify as horror (I do not), and then my second is this totally cute and sweet short story romance featuring Martin and Alec, two guys who fall in love in a week. I know, I know. Insta-love, pft. But LISTEN!!! This was cute!!! So, so cute!
Go with me here. I haven’t gone off on as far a tangent as you might think. Have you ever seen the movie The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet? Well, I have, and for those who haven’t you can see the movie preview online. Diaz’s characters works in Hollywood and in her head she constantly hears a narrator narrating her life, just like a movie narrator would. It’s funny, really. Anyway, Catch A Falling Star’s audio narration reminded me of that “movie” narration.
I don’t know if that will be the case for everyone, and it wasn’t for the whole book, exactly, mostly the beginning. And it totally worked for me!! The narrators voice isn’t one you would think of for romance, but I just LOVED IT!! I thought his voice just worked so well for this story, the characters and the writing.
Now I ask you – was that tangent really far out into left field or what?
As for the story itself I just thought it was adorable. Martin has been a quiet, reserved guy, who some might call boring. But he’s nice and deserves a shot. Alec is a performer who – based on what we learn towards the end – had led a somewhat quiet life as well. He didn’t date and while he had friends and was nice towards his fans, he too kept to himself like Martin. When these two meet, instant sparks and with the help of Martins’ brother Daniel, Martin is spruced up to not look like such a fuddy duddy. But Alec didn’t need Martin to be spruced up. Oh no. Alec already liked Martin for himself and after some comedic (albeit cringe worthy) moments, these guys get their HEA.
I do recommend this and give it 3.75 stars, rounded up to 4. Narration is also a 4. 🙂 Good job everyone!
8/10 Points of Gold (80% Recommended) – Compares to 4/5 Stars
I listened to another book by Matt Burlingame and it just didn’t appeal to me. I said very clearly in my review, though, that I would happily listen to another book by Matt in another genre. I saw this book and jumped up and down with glee (metaphorically, of course. I don’t think anyone in the library actually wanted to see me trying to move at the needed speed.)
I’m so glad I gave this book a try. It was a quick listen, but I had a smile on my face the whole time.
Because I could so relate to Martin. I may have a few more friends, and my therapist might not think I’m the most boring person in the world, but there are moments when the voices in my head point out how ordinary I am.
When Martin caught Alec, I perked right up. How would I react if someone that famous came suddenly into my life? I’m not a fan of insta-love, but this love story felt more real to me. Even as famous as Alec is, he is also lonely.
I also connected, having had a bully in my life. The horrible man tormented Martin during their childhood and now the man has decided to humiliate Martin all over again. And the ex-fiance? Being left by the jerk was the best thing that ever happened to Martin because it meant he was single when Alec landed in his arms.
This was just a great listen to make me warm and fuzzy on a cold and rainy day.
And John Steinkamp? This was my first time listening to him and he was perfect. I can’t wait to listen to another book narrated by him.
Thank you, Matt, for bringing a smile to my face. Please, write more romances!
And maybe being ordinary isn’t so bad after all.
9/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
Matt Burlingame is an award-winning journalist and playwright, living in Northern California. After 20 years of working for various LGBT newspapers, websites, and even co-hosting a late-night radio show, he has retired from his aspirations of being the gay Murphy Brown to pursue his love of fiction writing. His first book, the self-published dark comedy Sorry Charley, was released in 2012. He has written and co-written over ten critically acclaimed plays, including Recovery Mode, Poughkeepsie Porn Co., Countess Dracula, and the controversial Paperclip Messiah. His plays have been produced nationally, most notably in New York and St. Louis. He has been a well-known LGBT podcaster for over ten years and produced and co-hosted shows focused on writing, comedy, theater, gay sex education and positive body image. With the support and encouragement of his gay cat, and lifelong friend Nephi, he has now immersed himself into the wonderful world of M/M romance.