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Good story, but narration stole the show, and helped boost the overall rating from 3 to 4 stars. I find stories with mixed reviews tend to have the more intriguing plots, and while Four Letter Word wasn't as intense, or drama filled as other audiobooks, the plot was interesting and held my attention. I liked how J. Daniels takes the concept of calling the wrong number, develops a plot and runs with it. Sydney's wrong call turns into a few innocent back and forth texts with Brian, and they quickly fall into routine of texting, and talking. They flirt, tell secretes, and even come with cute nicknames for each other. It's implied they will never see each other, until the night Brian watches his friend from across the parking lot stop three women from committing vandalism and he recognizes Sydney, his nightly phone call obsession. Brian can't believe Sydney's actually in the same town. She wasn't able to see him across the parking lot and doesn't know just how close they really are, but seeing Sydney changes everything for him.
Brian has been living a double life that has been weighing on him. While he is part owner in a surfer shop, he takes side jobs in the adult industry to earn extra cash fast for someone who he unintentionally hurt. Only handful of his friends know Brian's secrete, and why he's consumed with guilt. As Sydney and Brain develop deeper feelings, he starts to regret his decision to work for Ecstasy, and quits his "dirtier" job, but secretes always have a way of coming out.
The narration really made this story! Both Kate Russell and Sebastian York's performance was awesome!
Overall, decent plot, and good character development. I liked the secondary characters just as much as Brian and Sydney and look forward to their story, Hit the Spot in the Dirty Deeds series.
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Four Letter Word is a clever and witty, completely original take on a romance. I love when characters have such distinct personalities that you know who is talking without knowing who is talking. Usually that is the benefit of narration, however I know it would have been obvious even without the narrators.
J Daniels created so much sympathy and empathy and concern for her characters that I genuinely cared what was going to happen next as if they were my friends. I was totally lost in this world.
Although Sebastian is the only narrator listed, this is, indeed, a dual narrative. However Sebastian, in my opinion, is the only reason to keep listening. The female narrator was the wrong choice for me. Her tone and follow through was too old and matronly for the character. I didn't enjoy listening to intimate scenes because she felt like my mom basing it on voice alone. She is an extremely talented narrator and most definitely has a place in the narrative world, I just felt as though this book was the wrong fit and Sebastian York was the wrong partner for her.
Sebastian was perfection, but always is and plays the manly roles with an expertise that is enviable.
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