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The story was OK but narration was painful to listen too. The reading was choppy and the voices were grating shrilly.
Henry is a laid back baker who comes from money but wants a different life for himself and Tristan is a rather uptight Englishman who had to work for his money but who hates his job and where he’s at in life. They meet over sweets and start a slow burn romance. Tristan eventually knows who Henry is but it’s Henry that wins Tristan over, not his money.
Tristan knows it’s getting serious when Henry takes him home to meet his very rich family. Henry knows that since Tristan can’t “do” anything for his family they won’t approve, but he’s fallen in love and he doesn’t care. Of course this lands Tristan in a spot at work where “he just can’t say no” and it all goes south.
Henry finds out and there is a BIG MISUNDERSTANDING and… eventually it works out for a lovely (if rushed) HFN/HEA.
There are parts of this book that really worked for me and parts that didn’t (and if I hadn’t read the story first I would be really mad if I’d only had the audiobook to experience.)
I loved that it was two quiet/nerdy guys. The love between these guys develops slowly and sweetly – like the recipes in the book – and it’s a nice gentle “getting to know you” kind of romance. There’s not a lot of steam, but lots of feels and a low hum of sexual tension. In fact it took til 33% in for them to kiss and 75% for them to have sex… but it works. At this point I was expecting a lovely little crest into eternal happiness but that doesn’t happen. Instead…
BAM – there’s this BIG MISUNDERSTANDING and then they’re broken up. (The misunderstanding is really silly and one of those things where if they just talked to each other it would have been nothing, and since they love each other already, it seems like they would have no problem discussing things.) Of course they eventually get back together again but it was a very rushed ending and left a bad taste in my mouth.
I get that there needed to be a little “something” here at the end to give it a climactic finish, but this didn’t seem to fit the rest of the story. I think there was plenty of stuff just between Henry and his family to give enough “friction” that this misunderstanding didn’t need to happen.
So – I had these rather mixed feelings about the story before I had the opportunity to listen to it. Sometimes I’m won over by an audiobook in a way that makes it even better than reading the book – a good narration can do that. This is not the case here. This is a terrible narration. Seriously.
John-Paul Barrel’s reading voice here is monotonous, nasal and flat and his English accent is horrible.
I’m sorry to say that I cannot recommend this narration at all. I love the two authors and I thought the story was good, I’ve listened to this narrator before do a fair job but this narration doesn’t work on any level.
I hate to do it but I give this 2 of 5 stars for the narration. (I’d give the story 3.5 of 5 stars, but the narration is just not good.)