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Passion Project is Book 2 in the DIY series and can be listened to as a standalone. I loved that the main characters were in their 40's, dealing with adult issues and their flaws only made them more realistic and relatable. Mature adults are too often overlooked in romance stories and I was happy for the opportunity to give this a listen. The characters were well-developed and likeable and I was really rooting for a happy ending. Savannah was a great setting as well.
Kelley Hazen as narrator was awesome as usual. Each character had a distinct voice and it was easy to distinguish between them. The narration added greatly to my enjoyment of the story. Passion Project was a terrific listening experience and I would recommend it.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
After losing her husband 10 years ago, Marly's been raising her two kids and working at a construction company to support them. When she loses her job she's forced to think outside the box and auditions for a new DIY show in Savannah. At the audition, she meets the producer, Jack, and he immediately rubs her the wrong way. Jack is trying to get back on his feet with the new TV show, and things don't run smoothly. The irritation between Jack and Marly turns to attraction, but their pasts aren't going to let them move on so easily.
I really enjoyed this romance! It's the sequel to A Building Passion, which I loved, and included the characters from that book. It doesn't end on a cliffhanger and could be read as a standalone. It's a steamy read and the location made it even better! The DIY show gave it a really refreshing angle. Jack and Marly were great together, and I loved their interactions and conversations. I especially loved the kids. Jasmine's flashes between loving daughter and budding rebellious teen were so well written and believable, she just leapt off the page. There were plenty of times the dialogue had me laughing out loud.
The narration was really well done, Kelley Hazen performed distinct voices for each character. She just pulled me into the story and kept me listening til the end. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. It's a listen I'd recommend to romance fans.
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I enjoyed this audiobook. The listeners get to revisit some of the same characters from the first book, though this story is a standalone. (That said, I suppose I enjoyed it more because I had the context of the first book.)
Danny, Vanessa and Monica from the first book have the opportunity to take their web-based show to TV. Monica gets her older sister, Marly, to audition for the part of Danny's DIY sidekick.
In comes Jack, a producer has-been. This DIY show is his chance to re-enter the game and he needs it work. The chemistry between Marly and Jack is evident from the start though it features all the caution and mild discomfort you would expect from two experienced, slightly jaded adults.
But throw in the reality of family pressure, the drama around being in the limelight, re-defining careers, etc and this simple case of man-meets-woman becomes a whole lot more interesting, complicated and funny.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.