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I can't recommend this audio book highly enough. the story is a great character study, unfolds nicely, and the narrator is exceptional.
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It's important to set expectations before picking up this book: this novel isn't just a romance. If you just wanted a light romance read, you might want to pass.
The first few chapters start out pretty normal. The two girls meet in hawaii on business trips. Turns out they're going to the same conference. In the typical romance-novel way, they end up sharing a suite. The next day the conference starts, and Jennifer realizes the girl she's attracted to, Kade, is the main speaker and a big deal in the industry. Fast forward a year. Kade becomes Jennifer's boss by coincidence. So far so normal, but this is where the romance waters start to get cloudy. In addition to the romance, the author takes detours to show about the girls' relationship with their elder family members, discuss jennifer's business (more technical than your typical author), and contemplate the difficulties of being a woman entrepreneur. I wasn't surprised to look up the author on goodreads and find she has a background in start ups. I'm used to the novels where the authors aren't experienced in the field and just graze it enough to set up the plot. You probably know what I'm talking about; novels about everything from computer hacking to soldiers. I was pleasantly surprised to get the impression this author did know a thing or two about the field.
The characters share some conflicts I can relate to, particularly prioritizing work vs personal life and how to forgive people who are jerks. To be honest, from the get-go I was hoping kade would get together with her assistant Holly instead of Jennifer. Holly knows Kade so well and does everything Kade needs, even if Kade doesn't want it. I was glad Holly got something positive at the end. Some of the conflicts are caused by a one-way lack of communication (which was totally her fault). I respected Kade and liked her more of the two, despite jennifer being the "nicer" person.
I listened to the audiobook performed by Lori Prince, who did a fantastic job as always. The male characters don't have a lot of dialogue, and she performs the two girls admirably. Jennifer has the younger voice and Kade is the slightly deeper, mature voice.
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