• Driftwood

  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: Chris Clog
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (603 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is the FoxTales edition of the book previously published by Samhain Publishing. Other than the cover art and description, the book is the same.

Thomas Penrose is a village doctor in rural Cornwall. Popular with patients and friends alike, and handsome into the bargain, he lives in a romantic clifftop tower by the sea. It's a wonderful life - if only Dr. Tom could enjoy it. He's a veteran of the conflict in Afghanistan, fighting a lonely battle against alcoholism and PTSD.

Determined not to inflict his troubles on anyone else, Tom keeps himself to himself. But fate has other ideas, and brings a handsome surfer crashing to his feet after a dreadful wipe-out on Porth Beach. Just another crazy surf bunny? Not a bit of it - Flynn Summers is one of Cornwall's heroes, a fearless search-and-rescue helicopter man. Why is he risking his beautiful neck in the stormy off-season waves?

Despite the rocky beginning, Tom and Flynn become friends. Both are concealing sorrows behind a tough façade, and for once in his life Tom thinks he's met someone who can handle him, shadow-side and all. But Flynn isn't a free man. He's unhappily locked into a bond of obligations and bad memories with formidable pilot Rob Tremaine - and Rob has no intention of letting Flynn go.

As Tom and Flynn begin their high-risk, high-reward romance, will the tides of the past sweep in to destroy their new love?

©2017 Harper Fox (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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Beautifully written

Harper Fox may be the highest quality M/M writer out there, currently. Her books have a true sense of place; whether they're set in modern day, as this one is, or in post-WWII Britain, or the Dark Ages, you feel like you're immersed in the setting. Her characters are complex, the plots exciting, and the romance lovely but always subservient to the plot.

One feature of Fox's characters is that they are all somewhat broken, to varying degrees. Thomas has PTSD, OCD, is an alcoholic, and probably has some form of social anxiety disorder. But he is never defined by his issues, and they don't get in the way of the plot. Typical, overdone romance novel tropes are absent, as they are from most Fox novels; no big misunderstandings, no alternating point of view, no "I thought I was straight but then I met my roommate's brother and I'm smitten" sexual identity crises. It's just a solid love story framed against an exciting plot in a beautiful setting.

Fox's books do occasionally have some drawbacks, but none of them are present here. There's no surprise supernatural element, no twist 80% of the way through the novel that negates much of what was written before, and no politics clumsily jammed down the reader's throat.

Chris Clog narrates a lot of Fox's books, and always does an admirable job. The only issue I had with the audiobook--and it's not only minor but I'm not sure whose feet at which to lay the blame--is that occasionally the scene will change and there will be no indication, either in the vocal inflection or the text itself, that it has. More than once I was listening and realized that it was the next day, and I had to rewind to see exactly when the time jump happened.

Overall though, just a spectacular book, and it revived my interest in this author after a couple disappointing efforts.

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Very disappointing

It was almost impossible to suspend disbelief throughout the story — especially for the final action sequence.

The narrator was okay, even though there was no differentiation among the characters’ voices. It was difficult to finish the book, and I had to listen at 1.5x speed to get through it.

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Great story. Great narration.

I enjoy every single one of Harper Fox's books, and the narration is always well done. This book was no exception. The words flow beautifully and the characters are vibrant.

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not for me

it was a struggle to finish. just seemed to dark for my taste. the ending was crazy. not gonna spoil but dang...😖😖😖

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Gripping and sweet

I really enjoyed this intense and romantic story. Very engaging! I was emotionally invested in the two main characters; scared, sad, happy... I also want to visit Cornwall now lol. Excellent story and an outstanding narration. Thank you to all Troops for your Service & sacrifice. These stories are a grim reminder of how much you give in the line of duty. Thank you so much.

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Intense Story / Great Performance

The plot is intense and engaging, and the gay elements realistic. The writing was excellent, vivid and even eloquent in places. The reading / performance was outstanding.

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Bit too formal, very boring

I really wanted this to be a good book. This was unbelievably boring. NONE of the English people I know speak so formally. The sex scenes had very little detail and were pretty uninspired. The author put a lot of description into the setup of the surrounding scenery, such a shame they forgot to write three-dimensional characters or put the same imagery and thought into the plot.

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I loved it

I loved the whole book and the narrators voices, it kept me entertained the whole time. Highly recommend!

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romance 1. an attraction or appeal to the emotion

the Romance of the sea, a love story, a love affair an old tale of Knights and noble ladies (laddies?) , an adventure all bases are hit with this tale of a heroic relationship. I loved it.

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Another Epic Love Story!

Every Harper Fox story is unique and this one is now in my top5! The narrator brought every character to life!

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I missed something

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  • Ronald Betts
  • 03-15-22

A story of love under difficult circumstances

Excellent story of love between two men who are suffering from PTSD and help each other through, there is one thorn a supposed lover who is a beast that has to be overcome. Found this story incredibly erotic with a beautiful and exciting end and the narrator Chris does a great job.

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  • david reside
  • 01-23-22

Good

Its a good listen, the narration is to character. One that might revisit in the future

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  • Mr D Davies
  • 01-22-22

Almost a Barbara Cartland

This really is a modern day gay romance novel. Even I as a gay man found the sex scenes too long and overblown (forgive the pub) and the endearing sweet nothings a bit fake and tiresome. But he captured Cornwall and the Rescue teams well. This is my second novel by this author and narrator duo. I think it will be my last.

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  • Barry C
  • 01-22-22

Spellbinding

I loved this book from the first paragraph. The story is enchanting, the characters three-dimensional and the narration pitch-perfect.

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  • Jo Bird
  • 01-14-22

What a delight!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. Set in Cornwall, a place I know, the characters are delightful and beautifully rendered by the narrator. The Irish wolfhound is perfect. The plot is quite dark and twisty but with moments of sheer wonder. The ending is a disaster followed by a perfect HEA.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-30-21

My favourite Harper Fox book

I was swept up in this book. There is so much to love. Great word choices and sentence structures lending a haunting feel to some scenes and deep introspection so smoothly delivered, highlighted by really good narration.
The protagonist in this book breathed while I read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-23-21

Thrilling and comforting

I loved this book. It took me a little while to get used to the narration but I think that was because overall it was so subtle and brilliant.

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  • shazzah
  • 09-13-21

gripping

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, in the car, on the bus and just while doing household chores. I felt an immediate connection with the lead characters and would like to know how.life progressed for them a few years down the line...

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  • Stephen Bentley
  • 08-19-21

Wildly romantic tale

Plot is wildly improbable. Very romantic. Well performed, well put together as a story. Pacey.

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  • casey saunders
  • 04-05-22

So good

great story, loved it! 😍 Sad, lovely, kept you on edge. a must read.

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  • Bridget
  • 01-13-22

Love it. But

I have fallen totally in love with Harper Fox but I had a couple cringe moments with a couple scenes. Difficult subject to write about in what is essentially a romance
Still love her 🥰