Anticipating Disaster (Anticipation, Book 1) by Silvia Violet #Audiobook #LGBT #Review #MM

Erryn reviews ‘Anticipating Disaster (Anticipation Book 1)’ by Silvia Violet. The ebook was published April 26, 2019 and is 230 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Michael Pauley, released on May 31, 2019, and is 5 hrs and 13 mins long. A copy was provided for an honest review.

Why I read this book: I was intrigued.

Oliver likes writing, reading, and the feel of satin and lace against his body. He also talks way too much when he’s nervous, knows more trivia facts than any man should, and is about as good at dating as he is at skiing – which is to say, completely and totally inept.  

David’s never been with a man before, despite recognizing that some men make his pulse race and his body heat. But no one has ever made him as hot as his newest ski student – adorable, athletically challenged Oliver.  

David’s never been into casual hookups, though, and Oliver’s in Wyoming for only a week – barely long enough to teach the man to ski, let alone convince a risk-averse guy like Oliver to give their relationship a shot.   

Changing their entire lives based on one amazing week might be a recipe for disaster. But the greatest disaster of all might be playing it safe.

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Erryn’s Review: 

“You’re just you, Oliver, and that’s fine.”

I might have swooned over that line.  Oliver is not quite in step with his family.  He’s a little geeky, he’s averse to the cold, he likes writing, and he enjoys the solitude of living on the cottage of his grandmother’s estate.  He ‘peoples’ when he has to, but it’s never with joy and verve.  Truthfully, he’s a little awkward, a little clumsy, and absolutely adorable.  Characters like Oliver always run the chance of falling into the caricature realm but Oliver never does.  He’s reminds me of several people I know.  Hell, he reminds me of myself.  I’m just as happy sitting watching the world go by than trying to participate.  I often feel awkward in social situations and even though I think snow is beautiful, you’ll never find me on the ski hill.

Oliver doesn’t have a choice.  His grandmother has signed him up for ski lessons.  In the beginner class.  Where the average age of the participant is about ten.  She doesn’t see anything wrong with this while Oliver sees total humiliation.  Then salvation appears in the form of a handsome man who’s already rescued him once on this disastrous trip.  David offers to give Oliver skiing lessons and after initial hesitation, Oliver decides better to be humiliated in front of the gorgeous guy than stuck on the bunny hill with a group of rowdy prepubescents.

David really does seem perfect.  Handsome, competent, and an outdoorsman – he’s the complete opposite of Oliver.  Or so Oliver perceives.  There is a connection between the two men but Oliver believes David’s straight and so he doesn’t want to get close.  Until the kiss.

That kiss.

The kiss that leads to David admitting he finds Oliver attractive.  In fact he’s found men attractive before, but he’s never met anyone who makes him quite so hot and horny.  And makes him feel something deeper.  He’s protective of Oliver, there to defend him when his sister ridicules him.  I have siblings and let me say, I wish I had a David around sometimes.  Our siblings always know how to aim the knife so it sinks deep.  But with David by his side, Oliver is able to fight back.  Is finally willing to stand up for himself.

There’s the little problem of geography, though.  Miami and Wyoming are thousands of miles apart on a map and more than a little different in attitudes.  Oliver is convinced he will never be happy in a place like David’s town of Anticipation (great name, by the way).  His perception is challenged, though.

“It was so much easier there.”

“Where?” Candace asked. Obviously not following his internal dialogue.

“In Anticipation. It was so much easier to talk to people.  I don’t know why. Everything just felt different. Maybe it was being with David or maybe it was because I knew I wasn’t going to see those people again, but I could relax. I could actually finish sentences. But if I’d stayed there, I’m sure that would have changed.”

Oliver’s impromptu visit to David’s town leaves him with more questions than answers.  It was supposed to be a vacation fling.  It wasn’t supposed to mean anything.  Yeah, but when hearts are involved, all bets are off.  And when you meet the person who makes you happy, makes you believe in yourself, how can you not find a way to make it work?

To say the least, I enjoyed this book.  It’s the first Silvia Violet book I’ve read and I definitely plan to listen to more.  Fortunately the next two books in the series are already on audio.  I loved the secondary characters and she’s nicely set up the next few men who are going to get their happy endings.

This is not the first book I’ve heard by Michael Pauley, but it is another great one.  He provides fabulous differentiation between the two main characters, makes little old ladies sound perfect, and does an overall fabulous job.  Can’t wait for the next book.  Oh, and don’t forget the purple panties.  Must have the purple panties.

Erryn’s Rating:

10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars

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Silvia Violet writes fun, sexy stories that will leave you smiling and satisfied. She has a thing for characters who are in need of comfort and enjoys helping them surrender to love even when they doubt it exists. Silvia’s stories include sizzling contemporaries, paranormals, and historicals. When she needs a break from listening to the voices in her head, she spends time baking, taking long walks, and curling up with her favorite books.

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