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As an avid fan of Lexi Ryan I loved the idea of her book on audible but also had reservations. This was my first time listening to any story being read aloud and I worried that it might lose something.
Let me tell you about 'Text Appeal' first.....
This is Riley's story, it's one about missed chances, mostly by her own doing, mainly out of a sense of duty.
That is until a mix up with her phone and everything starts to turn around, all her hopes and her fears. Suddenly she starts to see how her life could be, how she wants it to be!.........
Now when I read I normally form voices for characters in my head, but into the unknown I went, earphones plugged in, ready and raring to go!
I will admit at first it took some getting used to, listening to Piper Goodeve change voices from Riley to Charlie then to Chas. Then suddenly I realised it all just flowed and I found myself actually talking out loud with the characters. Telling Riley to make her mind up one way, rather than the other, shouting at Charlie 'the devil' Singleton and scolding Chas, the not so perfect boyfriend.
Because that's what happens when you listen, the narrator sweeps you up and carries you with them. I urge you to try it for yourself.
If you only listen to one story on Audible, make it this one! If your a regular on here than make this your next one, you'll love it!
Where does Text Appeal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
A huge fan of Lexi Ryan's books, Text Appeal is only the second book of Lexi's that I've listened to via audio and it is among my favorites. Her writing style lends itself well to listening and Piper Goodeve does the book justice with a strong performance.
What did you like best about this story?
I love Charlie Singleton (main male lead) and his path to self-discovery, which included his unexpected feelings toward Riley (main female lead).
Which character – as performed by Piper Goodeve – was your favorite?
Riley, for sure.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I was frustrated when Charlie and Riley misunderstood how each felt about the other, but couldn't say the words.
Any additional comments?
Neat plot twist!
I loved Text Appeal, and Piper Goodeve is a great narrator. Even though readers get varying perspectives, Piper makes it easy for readers to follow the storyline and understand the internal musings of the characters. Riley Carter is a female heroine who many readers will be able to identify with because she clearly is a "good girl," but there's a naughty girl inside ready to breakout; it just takes the right man to do it, and Charlie Singleton is definitely up to the task.
Riley and Charlie's sexting and steamy encounters are everything Riley's been craving but has never felt confident enough to ask for from her boyfriend, Chaz, who is a definite douche bag!
Readers can easily see the deeper feelings that are there for both Riley and Charlie before they really even do themselves, which makes for great storytelling because we get to watch that play out and even though there are missteps and misunderstandings, ultimately, readers know, like Charlie's sister/Riley's best friend knows, that there's always been something there between them; they just had to be in the right place to admit it and take what they wanted, which is a lot easier for Charlie than it was for Riley.
Riley learns with Charlie's help that it's never been hotter or more rewarding than to be a little naughty; it doesn't make you bad...it just makes you human because perfection is not something that can be achieved regardless of how hard you try.