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I honestly didn't think I could love this story any more than I already did. Easily on my favorites shelf, this is a perfectly fluffy, low angst, feel good romance that is absolutely, impeccably captured by Michael Ferraiuolo's performance.
I loved every minute of it.
Ferraiuolo's choices for Oliver, Jaime, and Jack's voices were faultless. He precisely captures Oliver's shyness, Jaime's infatuation, and even Jack's wistfulness.
The narration is a brilliant complement to a really wonderful, lovely story.
This is a perfect romance for anyone looking for a lighter, low angst, feel good story with great characters, hot sex, and a perfect sigh-worthy HEA ending.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Oh my goodness this is SO effin’ SWEET!
The blurb tells the basics: Oliver, an overweight game designer, has moved to Seattle and has decided to do a make-over with his life.. He hires an escort to teach him how to be a better lover since he was told by an ex that he lacked skill. When Jaime, a very attractive older man, comes over and notices the book he’d brought in to signal the escort, Oliver assumes Jaime is the escort.
Jaime is just a man who’s finally realized his passion leans toward bigger men and he’s finally embracing it and he approaches Oliver out of real interest, not professional, but he realizes that Oliver needs the “paying for it” to overcome his shyness.
Just as can be predicted from the beginning – the deception can only go so far before someone gets hurt.
But… it’s so much more than that. There are layers, and a sad ex and growth and laughter.
Unlike SO MANY books with overweight characters – this is NOT A MAKEOVER STORY! Thank GOD! Oliver is PERFECT as he is and Jaime shows him that he can be loved exactly as he is.
Even disguised as “just getting healthy”, books that show the MC changing their bodies and finding love are really telling everyone that only the physically perfect can find love. Even if the author tries to show differently. Cardeno C doesn’t do that and it’s so beautiful!
Another GORGEOUS part of this story is that there is no BIG MISUNDERSTANDING! Instead of drama and angst, we have two grown-ups having conversations about their concerns. Despite the way they met. It was so refreshing!
The writing is excellent as always. I couldn’t put this down and in fact started reading it again as soon as I’d finished.
I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a sweet, somewhat unique, low-angst romance. It’s funny, terribly sweet and somewhat thought provoking.
Michael Ferraiuolo does an excellent job with this. He gives both Jaime and Oliver very calm, serene voices and nobody has any over the top accents to add drama to this lovely story. He’s excellent with pacing, is easy to listen to and adds just the right touch to bring this story to life. Highly recommended.
6 of 5 stars
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This is the sweetest love story. Both characters were so genuine and lovable. As per the title, there are no games in here. I find that sometimes when authors tackle the issue of self-confidence it can be overdone to the point where as a reader you can fall out of love with the character. Not Cardeno; he makes Oliver a smart person with a good heart who can see when the fairytale becomes reality.
This was the first time I heard a book narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo and I'm totally sold. He's got such a nice voice and his performance is outstanding. Michael did a great job with the distinct voices of each character and brought them to life perfectly.
Loved this book!
Would you listen to Not a Game again? Why?
Yes because the person tell the story made it great to listen two
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Love the book
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Wish we had a book 2 to see the wedding unfold and how they cope