Audiobook Review: Tartan Candy (Fabric Hearts #1) by KC Burn

Finlay McIntyre (aka Raven) is a successful adult film star with a penchant for kilts, until an accident cuts short his stardom and leaves him with zero sexual desire, lowered self-esteem, and no job. He knew his porn career wouldn’t last forever, but he wasn’t prepared for retirement at twenty-eight. While trying to figure out the rest of his life, Raven agrees to attend a high school reunion. That’s when a malfunctioning AC unit in his hotel room changes everything.

Caleb Sanderson, an entrepreneur with his own HVAC business, has no idea what to expect when he steps into Raven’s hotel room to fix his AC unit. They’re attracted to each other, but Caleb, closeted, can’t afford a gay relationship, not with his mom pressuring him to produce grandchildren. If he wants to keep Raven—who no closet could hold—he’ll need to tell his family the truth. But Raven has a few secrets of his own. He refuses to reveal his porn past to Caleb, a past that might be the final obstacle to Caleb and Raven having any kind of relationship.

Listening Length: 7 hours and 21 minutes
Narrator: David Ross 

This was a sweet slow burn story with a great narrator to give it a lift.

Raven is still recovering both physically, and emotionally, from a motorcycle accident that ended his career in the porn industry. He is no longer flexible, his body is severely scarred (to him), and he has closed himself off to the prospect of being with any man, ever again.

Enter the sexy Caleb Sanderson, a hotel contracted HVAC repairman. Raven takes one look at him, and wants. He doesn’t understand his reaction to the man, but he needs to see him again. Breaking the AC unit in his hotel room, where he has finished a job of ‘companion’ for a sleezeball who needed a ‘date’ for his high school reunion, he finds himself hitting on the older man, and friendship and romance take over his never intentions.

These two are really sweet together. They work on their relationship slowly, while Raven tries to figure out how to tell Caleb about his old career. The story flowed easily, there was low angst, and rather than Raven using his injuries to completely back off from Caleb (even though his internal monologue told him to), he reacted in the right way, allowing their relationship to grow.

Caleb took things slow, giving Raven time to come out of his shell. I really enjoyed his easy going attitude. He didn’t push, indicate frustration, or make Raven feel bad about his resistence to show his body.

I wasn’t really keen on the drama that unfolded later in the story, and I thought it was a little anticlimactic, but it did follow with the mostly low angst vibe that I enjoyed. I could have done without it entirely, but I understand that the story was leading up to it, so accept it being there.

There was some pretty hot kilt lifting, and I’ve gotta say, the sexy stuff was deliciously provocative and gave me an enjoyable buzz.

The narration was pretty good, although where accents are involved, it can be a bit tricky. Lucky I am pretty ignorant to accents, because I am the destroyer of all things pronounciation. Truly, I am horrible at it. I can tell a fake british, or aussie accent, and some other accents sound odd and not quite right to me, but that is probably my issue. I thought David Ross did pretty well. I usually enjoy his voice skills, and I really don’t have any complaints with this one.

If you’re looking for a sweet slow burn romance, with an erotic twist, this is definitely a story I would recommend.

I received a copy from the publisher, in exchange for an honest opinion

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