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I’ve listened to books by this author before and they’ve been a mixture of ok to good, but they’ve really pulled one out of the bag with this book. Genuinely really good!
It follows the typical path you’d expect from a romance book, but it was the best version of the marriage of convenience turning to love storyline I’ve ever heard. I’ve listened to way over 1000 books and I’ve got quite picky with what I expect. It’s fairly cheesy and predictable towards the end, but in that satisfying joyful way you’d want from a great romance film so that’s ok in this genre (what you want when you listen to a book like this after all). I rarely give 5 stars and hate all the inflated reviews out there for average books, but this one really deserves its rating.
Sebastian York was exceptional as always (his voice is made for sexy male narration after all) but it’s the first time I’ve heard Diana Luke and she was brilliant! Her accent was beautiful and had a great range of voices.
Not sure whether it was the writing or the narration (probably both) but I was fully drawn into this book and the characters. I loved that the male lead was awkward too rather than the typical dark and mysterious or macho. It was more akin to books by Penny Reid (fantastic author with great characters) than the normal boring romance replicated banality out there.
The only negative was the recipes (which sounded delicious and made me hungry) which probably work well in a written book at the start of some of the chapters, but were pretty lengthy to be read out on audio so it disrupted the flow a bit. Since the recipes seemed good I’ve not knocked any stars off for that though.
Great accents, very well narrated. I love Sebastian Yorks voice but he does so many books very well that you can get used to it (and I tend not to like his co-narrators), Diana Luke's delivery was so good it made it refreshing to listen to Sebastian again.
Fab story, although still fits with the usual rubric of romance novels -it was a fresh take.
Loved the story. SY was good as always. The female narrator was a bit to handle. The author painted one picture of the characters and the female narrator painted another. Very confusing at times. Wished I had not bought the audible version but read it myself.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
At first I wasn't too sure if I would enjoy this book. It starts off a little slow but I ended up loving this story so very much. It had a everything, humor, angst (but not too much), and even some really cool drink and food recipes. It was a perfect blend of emotions and had a kick butt spit fire heroine. Definitely recommend this book.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful