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I love this book and these characters. they're spunky and cute and super dramatic. on top of that the narrator was absolutely perfect. It feels like these characters were written with this narrator in mind. her voices and tone just took a great book to a whole new and wonderful level. I especially love her teenager voice. I laughed and cried and bit my lip in anticipation. my only off moment was when the name of the bar changed half way through from showroom to showplace. but that was more interesting than anything.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I don't expect too much from these types of romances (let's face it we buy these novels as a way to escape and a to enjoy a quick guilty pleasure), so that's why I was so pleasantly surprised when I listened to this audiobook.
Melissa Brayden has written a charming book with two wonderful, very down to earth characters, Brooklyn & Jessica, they both come across as normal people with virtues and flaws.
There's quite a cast of secondary characters, mostly Brooklyn's friends. They've been friends since college and they are partners on a small advertising firm. Jessica is the head of a larger firm, and this brings an interesting dynamic in which our two heroines are competing for the same clients. You can say that this is a lesbian version of Mad Men!
Contrary to what happens to many books on this genre, this story seemed pretty plausible to me. The dialogue sounded sensible and normal, and the reactions and emotions of the characters are not at odds with their personalities. And the author was able to achieve this without making the story sound boring or too predictable.
As with any romance novel, the main characters have lots of emotional baggage and issues that need to be resolved before they can start their happily ever after, but the story keeps you involved and overall it's is actually a pretty entertaining, well written book.
There are also quite a few very funny scenes, there's a particular one that happens while two of the characters are at Starbucks that was hilarious!!
Since the story involves the lives of 4 close friends, I am looking forward to what's next for the rest of the gang!!
Felicity Munroe did a wonderful job with the narration, I don't believe that I heard previous audiobooks narrated by her but I'll make sure to see if I can find more here in Audible...
14 of 16 people found this review helpful
Another great work from Melissa Brayden, fitting the romance genre to a 'T'. The performance by Felicity Munroe, is amazing, she brings all the characters to life and performs great ascents for all the different characters - great job!
The romance is centered around Jess (very focused head of her own advertising company) and Brooklyn (partner in a small competing ad company).
What works is the story, it is a great traditional romance, with a conflict in Brooklyn which prevents her from admitting her love to Jessica a. There are a couple of side plots, around a teenager and her mother with a drink problem. As well as Brooklyn finding out she her birth mother wants to see her.
The romance is great, the performance is great, the story and location is very well done. It does start a bit slow, but once it gets going and the characters are established it is very enriching. The narrative is not as snappy as "How Sweet It Is" but the location and descriptions are close to me heart as it is set in NYC . The I<3u moment is very well done.
So why is this not 5 stars. Well just a couple of things. First there are a lot of repeats, again, which become noticeable, 'Starbucks' gets way to much mention in this, I get that it is there for a humors scene which uses this, but it almost feels like product placement. A number of phrases/actions are repeated a few too many times ( hair pushed off her forehead), and, I'm not even sure this is possible, but perhaps too much kissing, oaky in real world its not possible, but in a novel, maybe. This are minor things. It is an engaging listen, and I can relate a lot to the Brooklyn character (it would be nice to believe what is offered to Brooklyn can happen, I have no evidence of it, and perhaps that makes these types of stories bitter/sweet)
Very much recommend it as a very strong lesfic romance.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is the first audio book I've listened to where I haven't read the book. It was strange to say the least and took some getting used to. What a great first listen it was though in the end, I really liked the characters and the storyline was real with just the right amount of farytail we all know and love from lesfic. I will absolutely listen to, and maybe now read, more from this author.
Expressive and well written this was yet another Melissa Brayden story that was well worth the credit. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series now.
Narration is great too which is always important. She does try hard with a New York accent but fails miserably (and I'm Australian so really don't hear one often). It's not bad enough to be annoying and I still enjoyed her character voices just giggle worthy as sometimes the accent was there and sometimes not.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
the characters are fun and friendly. i want to to be part of this world.