A Shot in the Dark

Books on Tape. Sept. 2023. 9:16 hrs. ISBN 9780593663639. $76. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE
Back in NYC for a summer art program, Ely is determined to maintain her sobriety and to learn all she can from famous photographer Wyatt Cole. But when they meet in a queer nightclub the night before class and sparks fly, they must navigate the power differential of a teacher being attracted to a student, though both are consenting adults. The two try to stay respectable all summer but grow closer as Wyatt confronts his family, who rejected him for being trans, and as Ely deals with a relapse and her summer project about her complicated relationship with the Orthodox Jewish community that expelled her. Lee, well known for YA queer romances like A Lesson in Vengeance, seamlessly and successfully transitions into adult queer romance with hot and steamy scenes. Readers will connect with Ely and Wyatt as they come of age emotionally and search for their own true homes and families. Narrator Scott Turner Schofield, who is trans, lends an authentic and engrossing voice to the chapters that come from Wyatt’s point of view. Narrator Gilli Messer, a fluent Hebrew speaker, flawlessly voices Ely.
VERDICT Recommend to listeners who are looking for a realistic and complicated love story.
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