REVIEW BY: Christie
TITLE: At Piper’s Point
AUTHOR: Ethan Day
NARRATOR: Michael Lesley
PUBLISHER: Wide City Press, LLC
LENGTH: 9h 56m
RELEASE DATE: March 29, 2016
Ten years and many boyfriends later, Cassidy Winters finally returns to the ancestral home of his late grandmother, Sadie Hart, despite the best efforts of his father to prevent it. Cassidy’s plans of a quiet, seaside ceremony to wish a final farewell to Sadie quickly unravel. Interruptions run roughshod, beginning with Neil, who walks out of the ocean and straight into Cassidy’s bed. The dominos topple one by one and news of his arrival spreads faster than Cassidy’s legs, bringing his boyhood friend and first love, Nate Sommers, to his doorstep. As if the island wasn’t getting crowded enough for Cassidy’s good taste and bad decisions, best friends Ollie and Spencer arrive in time to witness the uninvited return of Cassidy’s most recent ex, Teddy, who’s refusing to stay dumped.
Fists fly and all hell breaks loose amid mojitos and martinis while Cassidy finds himself planning a huge party to celebrate Sadie’s life. Accusations are aimed as arguments and libidos boil over, but even through the chaos Cassidy knows exactly who he wants. While he’s certainly willing, he isn’t sure if he’s ready or able for love and life at Pipers Point.
At Piper’s Point had so much potential to really be a fantastic book. I mean, have you read the blurb? Makes the story look super fun, a bit silly, and very entertaining. I totally thought this too. Then I started listening to the audiobook. *long sigh of disappointment* Yeah, not so much. In fact, I did not even finish the book.
Cassidy’s grandmother has died, and after a lengthy battle with his father, has finally won ownership of her house. A place he grew up in as a child, and had many, M A N Y memories from. I say it that way, because the book is almost one big flashback story, with tiny snippets here and there of the present. The flashbacks are so prevalent, I’m convinced that the author should have simply written a separate book to detail Cassidy’s life and that of his closest friends. That would have saved a LOT of confusion and irritation. Not to mention that the flashbacks were random, very poorly timed, and almost never seemed to make sense with what was going on in the present.
Then there’s the narration. This was not only my first Ethan Day book, but also my first Michael Lesley book as well. The storyline notwithstanding, the narration gave me the creepy crawlies. I’m pretty sure he meant for his voice to be velvety smooth and tried really hard to lay on the charm. But, it turned out to be as smooth as wet seaweed, being snagged up by an engine prop in the middle of a lake.
The only way I was able to make it as far as I did in At Piper’s Point, (which was about 4 ½ torturous hours by the way) is that I increased the speed of the narration to 1.5x the normal speed. But, even tho the ick factor was removed about 1hr in to the book, the story was still awful. Sadly, I feel like listening to even the few hours that I did, was a total waste of time.
Sorry for being so harsh, but there was really no way to get around it.
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