Erryn reviews ‘Frog’ by Mary Calmes. The book was published on April 25, 2012, 126 pgs. The audio was released September 3, 2014, was narrated by K.C. Kelly and is 5hrs and 23mins.
Why I read this book: A friend recommended it.
Weber Yates’s dreams of stardom are about to be reduced to a ranch hand’s job in Texas, and his one relationship is with a guy so far out of his league he might as well be on the moon. Or at least in San Francisco, where Weber stops to see him one last time before settling down to the humble, lonely life he figures a frog like him has coming.
Cyrus Benning is a successful neurosurgeon, so details are never lost on him. He spotted the prince in a broken-down bull rider’s clothing from day one. But watching Weber walk out on him keeps getting harder, and he’s not sure how much more his heart can take. Now Cyrus has one last chance to prove to Weber that it’s not Weber’s job that makes him Cyrus’s perfect man, it’s Weber himself. With the help of his sister’s newly broken family, he’s ready to show Weber that the home the man’s been searching for has always been right there, with him. Cyrus might have laid down an ultimatum once, but now it’s turned into a vow – he’s never going to let Weber out of his life again.
I have owned this audio for years, but never got around to listening to it. A friend has been nagging me for months, so I finally took the plunge. To be clear – I really enjoyed the story, and the narration was fantastic. But do I feel compelled to listen to it again? No. Has my friend read it over repeatedly and is now claiming it’s a comfort read? Yes. Different tastes, I guess.
I like the opposites attract story. Weber is a rodeo rider. He’s a cowboy. He’s run his body into the ground and has accepted it’s time to move on from the bull riding circuit. He hopes to find a job at a ranch and maybe settle down, although that might be a pipe dream. He’s on his way to a gig in Alaska when he breaks down to visit his ex. The one man he can never forget. The man who’s gotten under his skin. The man he cares for more than anyone else in the world. Not that there is anyone else…
Cyrus has a good life. He’s a neurosurgeon with a successful practice. He saves people’s lives. But he can’t seem to save Weber. Stupid man is running himself into the ground. So Cy put some distance between them – and has regretted it ever since. Now Weber’s back in San Francisco and Cy’s not letting him go.
And he has three little reasons Weber might want to stay, and one big one. The three little reasons are Cy’s nephews. His sister’s life is falling apart and Weber is in the perfect position to help. This part of the story really did touch my heart. Especially the xylophone. Precious. The big reason is, of course, Doc himself. That attraction is there, simmering just below the surface. And sometimes exploding.
But Weber’s convinced he’s just a frog and Cyrus should be kissing princes. Cy just doesn’t see it that way, and he takes it upon himself to convince Weber to stay – forever. Now, the story is told entirely from Weber’s point of view, so his transformation felt genuine. And I enjoyed witnessing his inner struggles. I like when characters are put through the wringer before they get their happily ever after.
I will also give kudos to K.C. Kelly. I always enjoy his performances and this was no exception. He does lazy cowboy drawl and uptight city doc really well. And his voice for the women and the children was good as well. So I encourage you to try this oldie but goodie. I’m glad I did.
Mary Calmes believes in romance, happily ever afters, and the faith it takes for her characters to get there. She bleeds coffee, thinks chocolate should be its own food group, and currently lives in Kentucky with a five-pound furry ninja that protects her from baby birds, spiders and the neighbor’s dogs. To stay up to date on her ponderings and pandemonium (as well as the adventures of the ninja) follow her on Twitter @MaryCalmes, connect with her on Facebook, and subscribe to her Mary’s Mob newsletter.