For The Living By L.A. Witt, Narrated By Charlie David
Genre: Contemporary Romance, GLBTQ, MM
Released: October 26, 2015
Cover Design: Lori Witt
For the last year, Jay Warren has struggled to find the nerve to tell his wife he’s gay. Every time he gets the chance, though, he freezes up. He’s ashamed of hiding it all this time, he doesn’t want to hurt her, and the guilt has been almost unbearable.
When his wife dies suddenly, Jay’s conscience threatens to eat him alive.
Funeral director Scott Lawson deals with the bereaved every day, and he’s all too familiar with the inside of the closet. He offers Jay some much-needed compassion and understanding, and from that connection comes a friendship that quickly – perhaps too quickly – turns into something more.
But are grief, guilt, and loneliness the only things tying them together? Or, will Scott get fed up with being used as an emotional crutch before Jay realizes what he has?
78,000 words approx. / 8 hrs and 4 mins
Reviewed by ButtonsMom2003
I couldn’t stop listening!
This is the first audio book I’ve listened to by Charlie David. It’s also only the second book I’ve listened to without first reading the book. I was captivated right from the beginning. Charlie David’s performance of this story is very moving. He lets emotion come through in his voice when the character is struggling and I could hear that struggle and feel the emotions.
The book’s blurb explains the story better than I could. Once I read it I knew that this was a story I wanted to review. I’ve read several books by L.A. Witt and enjoyed all of them and I loved For The Living.
Parts of this story broke my heart. Jay’s in-laws don’t take it well at all when he outs himself while he’s drunk. He feels so much guilt that he never got to tell his wife that he’s gay. He feels like her death gave him an undeserved “get out of jail” free card. The guilt is eating him up and causing problems for his fledgling relationship with Scott.
Scott is falling in love with Jay but he doesn’t see how their relationship can work unless Jay deals with all of the things he’s feeling. Scott is such a wonderful and compassionate person. He’s the kind of character that everyone will love.
This is a book that I wish I could have listened to without stopping but it just wasn’t possible because of real life stuff.
It’s funny to me in a way… I usually at least partially judge how much I like a book by whether or not my emotions get strongly involved while reading it, but I never thought about whether or not that would happen with an audio book (I’m still pretty new to them). I had tears streaming down my face more than once while I listened to this; I loved it.
O Factor: Scorcher
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L. A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .
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