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I love Molly Harper. I love Amanda Ronconi. I haven't tried Molly Harper's "Writing As" so when this popped up in my search I thought, why not. I didn't realize they were going to be erotica but that didn't really bother me- I could've done five minutes worth of research to learn this had it really been an issue, nor did I expect all the foul language, but I don't mind the F'bomb being dropped.
The stories are about an hour a piece which doesn't leave much time for the actual story so what we end up with is 30 minutes to set up the story and characters. Luckily it's all taking place in one location (don't think about that too much because...ew, there are a lot of body fluids in this restaurant which I think would probably shut it down if this was real world) so some of the characters overlap which helps to define the major players.
The other thirty minutes consists of the sex scene or the events leading up to the sex scene. While it's not really half and half that seems to be the major outline for these brief tales.
The writing is good, quick-witted, and Amanda Ronconi nails the humor as always. For the most part I like the stories and will listen to the others. I do wish they were longer giving the reader longer to know the characters. Perhaps if it had been one full-length book with all these couples it would've been a little better, but I'm not a writer, I'm just a reader.
Where does Served rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This came out a week ago and I've listened to it 3 times already.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Served?
"My daily does of F-word" and the scene that follows made me 1) stop walking, 2) and laugh OUT LOUD. Love love love this banter. I also liked the volumne set which really wraps the individual stories together. I hope she explores some of these relationships in bigger books.
What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?
Amanda's rendition of a Cajun drawl makes me want to book some time in rural Louisianna or maybe just frequent several of NOLAs restaurants.
Any additional comments?
This set of raunchy short stories are based around an up and coming New Orleans restaurant. Between the hot-under-the-collar staff and the over-excited patrons, the restaurant doesn’t fail to get in on the action.
These stories are fun, sweet, and sexy with a healthy dose of food love on the side. They are quality short stories; well written with interesting characters and each one is tied nicely to the next. They are definitely worth a read if you like hot romances.