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I will give you this warning – there are MULTIPLE points-of-view (including the pets). This makes listening a challenge. Each chapter provides the name of the person/dog/cat whose POV is being presented. Written on paper, it is easy to scroll back. On audio? A bit more attention has to be paid.
But totally worth it.
Sean Lenhart has narrated all the books in the series and he is great. His over-the-top portrayal of Julian is still present and completely spot-on. To some listeners, however, it might be a bit much. Once you get used to it, though, it blends in, so hang in there.
I’ll be honest and say I was surprised to see a narrator Jill Smith. Ms. Smith is female and that is almost non-existent in the world of m/m books in audio. Since Sean has done a good job with the other books, I was confused. Within moments that confusion was cleared up.
Jill performs the young teenage boys (Marcus, Jackson, and Dean) as well as the women, and interestingly, the female dogs. She does not narrate at any point, simply speaks their dialogue. Another interesting technique I haven’t heard often, but it works. And her performance of Luna deserves special appreciation. It was perfect and hilarious.
If you are not a pet-lover, or if you have never been curious about an animal mind, those chapters might not be of interest, but, again, give them a chance. I loved them. Humans have limited knowledge of what pets think and how they process the world, but these are humorous interpretations and I am sure there is some truth in all of them. In the end, I enjoyed these chapters.
All four teenagers from Safe Harbor, the LGBT shelter the men volunteer at, have their own chapters. I was pleased that there were definite differences between the twins, named Axel and Diesel by their homophobic father. (Easy to see why they have chosen to go by the names Dean and Jackson.)
The end of Book 2 provided plenty of promise that the teenagers would all have happy endings and this book fulfills that promise, even if things take an unexpected but perfect turn. The ever-expanding Moore family has 4 new teenagers (and one more 4-legged character the listener will have no choice but to fall in love with).
As for the plot, it does cover the end of Book 2 – Julian and Xander’s wedding. And if you know these two men, you’ll know the preparations are going to be a stressful circus. But with their family and friends rallying around them and Christmas celebrations in the meantime, it is fun all around.
This book, like Book 2, often takes a step back in time when the chapter changes. The change of POV often presents the same scene again. It always took me a moment to orient myself, but I’ve come to expect that with these books.
In case you’re wondering, there’s plenty of hot sex. Logan also makes an admission that had me laughing out loud.
Since it’s the Moores, there are family bets, brotherly love, and wonderful parents. There are so many incidents and scenes I want to mention, but I will resist as most would be spoilers. You’ll just have to listen for yourself.
I will say, however, that there are more baby Koalas, manipulative felines, silly canines and, above all, love.
I give the overall a 4.5 but will round up to five because of the 7 pets on the front of the cover.
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I loved this continuation of the Julian and Xander's story. The best part was seeing the proceedings from the furbabies POV. They were hysterical.
The collaboration between Sean Lenhart and Jill Smith was really good, but I have to to say that Sean was excellent with both the narrative and non-narrative bits.
This story is best experienced as an audiobook - the animals are hysterical - especially the cats and their territorial ways (the Xmas tree scene is a scream) and Luna. Ms. Smith portrays her brilliantly.
I highly recommend this audiobook, it's so funny :)
Could rave about yet another great book from Alex Miska and fabulous narration from Sean Lenhart! And made even better with the addition of Jill Smith!
This one fills in in between books 2 and 3. This one brings us a different chapter from all of the characters we've had so far - Logan & Chance, and Julian & Zander - as well as Dean, Jackson, Luna Mikey, Leo, Cassius, Frankie and Roger! Yes. the pets have their own views and are freaking adorable. I loved it as I read it and I loved it even more listening to it. Sean and Jill bring such life and energy to the story and personalities of all of the characters. Though I have to say, the best parts for me were Jill's Luna and Sean's Julian, still making me smile.
I cannot recommend this book enough! It would probably help to listen to the previous two books in the series in order to fully understand what they're talking about at times but it's such a fun listen! Randomly smiling and laughing to myself whilst playing it on my headphones at work gets you some funny looks but so worth it
Another sweet and funny story from Ms Miska, it had me laughing out loud at times. Really enjoyed that each chapter was from a different view point, even the animals had a say. Loved the wedding and the proposal, they were a nice touch. I would suggest that you make sure you've read/listened to the previous three in order, to get the best out of this one. Lovely story, very well narrated also. Definitely recommended.