Reviewed by Louisa
TITLE: A Solitary Man
AUTHOR: Shira Anthony and Aisling Mancy
NARRATOR: Jim Pelletier
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 10h 38m
RELEASE DATE: June 23 2017
Sparks fly when Chance meets tall, sexy Xav at a Wilmington bar and they have the hottest one-nighter of their lives. But Chance doesn’t do repeats, Xav seems detached, and they go their separate ways without a word. Later, when closeted Assistant District Attorney C. Evan “Chance” Fairchild meets Dare’s Landing’s newest deputy sheriff, Xavier “Xav” Constantine, Evan isn’t only wary. He’s irritated as hell.
Xavier is a former FBI agent turned deputy sheriff who is hot on the trail of a South American child prostitution ring. Evan is fighting to put an end to rampant cocaine trafficking and chafing under the thumb of an election-hungry boss. When someone tries to kill the eleven-year-old witness who holds the key to both their investigations, they’re forced to work together as they put their lives on the line to protect him. As Chance and Xav collide in the heat of a sweltering North Carolina summer, dodging bullets and chasing bad guys isn’t the only action going on.
This will be a fairly vague review because I want everyone to get to enjoy this book without any spoilers.
I have previously loved Shira Anthony’s books. They have been wonderful. And this collaboration with Aisling Mancy was amazing. It is well written, gripping and a complete page turner. I couldn’t stop listening. And it is a long book at close to 11 hours. But you will not regret spending the time listening.
The narration: My only negative is that the swaps between Xav and Chance/ Evan are not always clear and easy to identify. It becomes obvious fairly quickly that the point of view has changed, but there is not any easy identifier when it happens. Other than that, Jim Pelletier does a spectacular job. His voice is clear and the voices are distinctive. He handles the difficult topics well, his voice never losing it’s emotive quality.
The story is emotional. I imagine it would be even more emotional if you had children. Dealing with the world of human trafficking is not an easy one. When it also comes to drugs and rape it can feel like it is too much to hear about. But Anthony and Mancy manage to write it in such a way that you feel the emotion and despair without descending into complete hopelessness.
While a good portion of this story is about Xav and Evan working to solve the child trafficking issue. There is a love story as well that is completely beautiful.
I don’t really have any negatives for this wonderful story. It is well written, well narrated and overall it made me feel so many things. Loved it all.