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STORY (contemporary romance) - As you might guess by the cover art, much of this story takes place in and around wine country, someplace in New York. Faith (the main character) has a large family, and each member has his own quirky personality or situation that keeps the story interesting. The summary suggests that Faith is left at the altar, but it doesn't say why and I won't either. Let me just say it's another interesting component to this cute romance. There's lots of clever dialogue between characters which will make you giggle, and then there's a hilarious scene involving a restroom window which will make you laugh out loud.
I loved the romance in the story. Levi is dreamy and sexy, but the author never really "goes there" with long, explicit descriptions of sexual acts. While there are some pretty hot scenes, they're tasteful and romantic as opposed to graphic. (I like both kinds equally well).
PERFORMANCE - Amy Rubinate reads one of my favorite series, The Selection. This is not a difficult performance, but I love her sultry voice and she does a good job.
OVERALL (Actual rating 4.5) - This book has sexual situations and lots of talk about Faith's "rack" but otherwise is fairly tame compared to most romance novels. There's some mild curse words (mainly $hit) but not a lot. If you like clever contemporary romance, I'd definitely check this one out.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
But I did not like the audiobook narrator.
It was a nice way to pass the time if you’re in the mood for contemporary romance. It has a bit of a chick lit feel.
Levi never expresses his feelings. He acts and looks like he doesn’t like Faith. She’s the trusting one who falls for him and continues being with him even though he doesn’t say the right words. All she knows is that he desires her physically. I wish he opened up more at the end.
I loved early on in the book the way rich kid Jeremy became friends with Levi whose mom was low income and single. My heart melted over their friendship.
AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR - Amy Rubinate.
She was good when speaking dialogue. She has a nice soft feminine voice, but her voice for general narration and descriptions was monotone - like reading without thinking. Not good.
Genre: contemporary romance.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
This was ok. Just ok. But it was less a romance and more a “slice of life” story, and the romance ended up feeling like a convenient hook-up between two single people rather than anything particularly special.
Frequent attempts at humour fell a bit flat for me. The H constantly obsessed about h’s “rack”, but then noted his ex-wife’s bottom was just as great. The two grandparents sounded bitter and unhappy as they constantly bickered. Their behaviour at a party the h arranged for them was supposed to be funny but I thought they were ungrateful, rude and selfish. We also had two teenagers constantly exposed to their parent’s attempts to spice up their sex life – that just made me cringe.
I can live with a decent prologue but here we have so many flashbacks it felt like the first half of the book was more flashback than current day. Then there was the ex-wife, conveniently dismissed at the end, but to me that seemed the stronger romance. The H admitted he wanted to sleep with her the first time they met, was thinking marriage and kids three days later, and was devastated when she left. Whereas he more or less disliked the h for most of the book, was uncomfortable spending time with her family and felt “awkward” when trying to console her when she was upset. Comforting her seemed like hard work to him – not exactly a sign of true love!
This is a very well written book, as I would expect from this writer, and the narration was great. But it just lacked that spark of excitement, that feeling of chemistry. It just seemed a bit “wrong” in so many places – the gay ex-fiancé was supposed to be so perfect, but in the end it felt so overdone that I would have been more convinced if he turned into a psychopathic serial killer.
However my biggest peeve is the whole “gay fiancé” story line. Her fiancé refused to admit he was gay – pretty obvious when he has to fantasise about Justin Timberlake to have sex with her – and yet when his best friend stops the wedding, the h blames the best friend instead. For the next four years! She should have been thanking him!
I really got tired listening to it. It was way too descriptive for me and focusing too much on minor details and conversation which was not THAT important. I guess to make the storyline longer?
I found it dragging on too much