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I don’t know how I feel about this novella at all. I liked that Max stopped having contact with Jake and Emily because Jake was a friend and Max had feelings for Emily. BUT 3 years had passed since Jake was killed, and 7 years since they’d seen each other, and when Max and Emily met again it should have been seen as something new and something exciting. It really wasn’t. There was a lot of desire for each other throughout the story BUT there was too much talk about Jake, I thought. His name was mentioned 71 times in this novella and that’s too much as far as I’m concerned. He was even mentioned right after sex. Really?
I think this could have been a much better if Jake could have been talked about a lot less. The story was called Second to None but I got the feeling Max would always take second place to Jake. I liked Max and Emily and Izzy but there was too much Jake.
So, no swearing to speak of but NH sure likes to write very explicit sex scenes.
As for the narration: There was nothing memorable about Megan Tusing’s performance. Her women’s voices were just okay, her men’s voices definitely need some serious help and she doesn’t read with any emotions to speak of. I might have listened to Ms. Herkness’s other books but when a man is the “star” of the book it doesn’t make any sense to me that a woman should narrate AND, I’m sorry to say, all of the female narrators that narrate NH's books fit in the same category as Ms. Tusing, they all suck and men’s voices. Every man in every book sounds just like a girl. All the 4 and 5 star reviews have to be from readers who don't care if the men sound like men.