I've been meaning to read this book forever. It's a - I hesitate to say classic, maybe foundational work? - in the M/M genre, and people get fanatical about it. It gets referenced all the time.
On the other hand, I've picked up over the years that it has all the Mary Calmes' flaws in spades, so I knew it would probably irritate me. And I knew it ended in a cliffhanger so you have to immediately buy Vol. II. So I kept putting off reading it.
Then I saw it was out as an audiobook. This seemed like.a painless way to absorb the book, so onward! It was ... not great. I did listen to the whole thing, but I won't bother with Volume II.
At the beginning of the book, Jory says that he got a D in his logic class, and that only because his teacher felt sorry for him. I'm glad that came up, because thereafter whenever he did something birdbrained I said to myself "D in Logic" and carried on. I also decided to myself that he was an unbeknownst Veela, and that helped me make sense of the constant fawning he received from everyone. It is also how I explained to myself how Sam found Jory out and about in Chicago over and over (at least five or six times). Drawn by Veela aura! (Dane must be a secret Veela too. Maybe they are related!!)
But still - the repetition. The endless new people who end up having nothing to do with the story. The cursory treatment the thriller aspect received. I wondered if this was once an online serial - maybe even fan fiction? A good editor could have made this awesome, because there really is a lot of charm and humor in parts, and the thriller part could have been really good if it was interweaved with the story instead of dropped in like an anvil here and there.
I wish I had read this when I started reading M/M. In 2010. I might have felt the magic that so many people did. I am too picky now.