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Ohmigosh how I loved this.
First off, I should mention I listened to this on unabridged audio from audible, and there needs to be massive props given to the audio performer, who did exactly that; this book is not read, it is performed. And brilliantly.
I should also mention this is the second in the 'Loft' series, and though you wouldn't necessarily lose anything plot wise were you to listen to them out of order, I do think you should absolutely listen to Kiss the Girl first, as there are a couple of secondary characters in this book that you've met in the previous title, and things are better in order. Just ask Samantha.
Okay, onward to Just Three Words. When we last left our quartet of the awesome women who make up Soho Saavy (the equally awesome boutique advertising firm), things were in a good place. They'd landed a huge client. One of them had become lucky in love. Everything was pretty fantastic, really. The four characters, Brooklyn, Mallory, Samantha, and Hunter, had wormed their way into my heart with their very different methods: Brooklyn with fast driving and whimsy, Mallory with dogged determination and cool logic; Samantha with her nerdy number-crunching love of organization, and Hunter with her live-in-the-moment style. They seemed like a fantastic group of friends who balanced each other out in life as well as work, and I couldn't wait to read more of them and see who might be up next for some love at the hands of Melissa Brayden.
So imagine my surprise when I got two-for-one. See, the potential romance in this book is between the super-sweet (and often super-awkward) Samantha, and... Hunter? Hunter, who has been described as nothing but a player from the get go. Hunter, with the (wonderfully performed) kitten voice of purring doom. Hunter, who is so very unlike Samantha (and vice versa).
So here's the thing. You know at the hands of Brayden, these two are in for a wild (and sexy) ride, full of awkwardness, hilariousness, and emotional surprises for the reader. So much happens to these two characters in the space of this book (as well as things that impact the business as a whole, too) that they never once seem to have a moment to catch their breath. And yet, as always, Brayden makes it all seem effortless, and the pacing never overwhelms. As Samantha and Hunter try to figure out what they feel (and if it's worth risking everything - including their fantastic careers), the rest of the world doesn't slow down for a second, and you get completely sucked in.
Also, for those of you listening to this on audio, I feel it only safe to warn you that if you - like me - listen to audiobooks while doing chores or walking the dog or raking the leaves, that you may earn more than a few stares from bursting out laughing. Much like Rob Byrnes, Melissa Brayden delivers whipcrack moments of humour that take you completely by surprise. And there are some doozies in this book - blind dates, rodent attacks... Don't say I didn't warn you. There were a couple of times I had to drop my rake and just give in to the laughter.
I'm pretty sure my neighbour thinks I'm insane.
This is Brayden at her finest. If you've never tried her, you should. If you have already read other books of hers, but haven't picked this one up yet, allow me to give you the nudge. You won't be sorry.
(Oh, and mad props to Brayden for Samantha's bisexuality, which absolutely sings with authenticity.)
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
Let me begin by saying that this is my sixth Melissa Brayden audio and the worst of them rates about 4.4 and this one isn't the worst. It's also the second book in the Soho Savvy series and the girls are even more lovable than they were in Kiss The Girl. Hunter in particular was fleshed out as a character; the author presented her in a great deal more depth than in Kiss The Girl.
Melissa Brayden's greatest strength as a writer is in creating sympathetic, likable, no make that lovable characters with the type of relationships that we wish we had. I won't go into any of the various scenarios presented that would illustrate these points but trust me the author can writes relationships really well.
Another positive aspect is the retention of Jessica's teenage neighbor Ashton in this book even though it's only a minor role. Perhaps in the next selection, the one where Mallory falls in love, her role will be expanded. I could even foresee her as the lead character down the line in a book of her own; or hey, maybe that's just me.
The one weakness the author has is her plots. Words like lame, repetitive, cliched, formulaic or ordinary come to mind. In the end it doesn't matter because despite those issues of plot weakness her books are always great listens and I'm waiting anxiously for Mallory to find her girl in the next Soho Savvy book. There is one more book by the author that has yet to make it into Audible; one that's hopefully being read and recorded as I write. Let's hope that Ms. Brayden has another dozen books in her.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This follows from the first "Kiss the Girl", with characters overlapping from the first. But the romance focuses on two different main characters from the first, Sam and Hunter.
Its very well written, with some very interesting people throughout the novel, From Hunter's father, to the old man in the retirement home.
Melissa Brayden brings all her quirky charm to the story and weaves a great story.
The Narrator Felicity Munroe brings a lot of different voices to the novel, and is great breaking out the charm of Sam from the pages.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I must say I enjoyed this the second book in the series more than the first. A bit more action and faster paced. Was sad it ended.