Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Buy link: Audible.co.uk
Five sex-free dates. How hard can it be?
When they were at uni, Owen always had a bit of a crush on Nathan. But Nathan was apparently straight, and Owen was too busy with other guys to take his crush seriously.
When Nathan moves back to Bristol after a year away, Owen hears that Nathan has come out of the closet, and he propositions him. Nathan doesn’t want to be just another notch on Owen’s bedpost, though, so he challenges Owen to prove he can be serious: five dates before they have sex.
Owen doesn’t think that sounds too difficult. He’s expecting Nathan to find his charms irresistible anyway. But as they grow closer, Owen begins to care more about proving himself to Nathan than he does about getting him into bed.
I loved this story so when I was offered the chance to review the audiobook version, I jumped at it. I love Jay’s writing and the ease with which she draws you into Nathan and Owen’s world, but hearing that world brought to life by Matthew Lloyd Davies was something else entirely.
I have to admit, at first, I wasn’t sure I liked his voice. Not that it’s not a beautiful voice, it is. A very proper English gentleman’s voice like Colin Firth’s that I would be more than happy to listen to all day – but I was a bit concerned as to whether he would pull off some of the more… shall we say… intimate scenes? And, having already read the book, I knew there was more than one.
I was, however, completely wrong about the intimate bits and found myself drawn in by his characterisation of Nathan and Owen, and the secondary characters, Simon, Jack and Kirsty. He brought them to life before my very ears and I listened to the whole thing in one go! His narration was gorgeous with the right amount of inflection, the subtle change in tone for each character and the right amount of emotion.
I loved it and can’t wait to hear the sequel in that silky smooth voice.
The Dating Game (Audiobook) gets a well deserved 5 Stars!