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Brielle Reyes may not have post-college life planned out like some of her friends do, but she figures she'll work for her mother's home cleaning service while job hunting for something that makes use of her history and philosophy degrees. It'll work out as long as she doesn't fall in love. Her last relationship was a disaster and she has no idea where she'll be in a few weeks, let alone the rest of her life. Since the only guy in her age range she sees now on a regular basis is cantankerous if handsome client Archer Ward, she probably won't have a hard time sticking to that vow. Probably.
Archer Ward likes very few things: illustrating as a somewhat-celebrated comic artist and his privacy. When his meddling mother hires him a cleaning service on an almost daily basis because she doesn't fully trust her son to live on his own with his disability, he's at first annoyed - even if his house cleaner is the most beautiful woman he's ever spent more than a few minutes with. When he realizes her dreams may take her far outside of his restricted orbit, he has to decide whether to stifle his interest in her or risk messing up her plans to explore if there's something more between them.
Neither can deny they're growing a little fond of each other, even if falling in love just now makes no sense whatsoever. But how often does love ever make perfect sense?
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By Claire on 08-07-17
I read hundreds of books each year but this is the first book I've read where someone in a wheelchair is a main character, there's something quite sad about that. I loved this story, it deals with the topic of disability is a very normalising and respectful manner.
Archer and Brielle are interesting because of their interaction. Other than Archer's disability both are very normal and yet the people around them help create some odd and trying situations.
The book is very well written, the story flows and is engaging and I really enjoyed listening to it.
The narration was excellent, smoothly delivered and with great character voices.
This book was supplied free by the author/narrator/publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.
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By jstep on 02-05-18
A cute, easy listen-More YA than adult romance
Touch of Fondness by Joy Penny was a sweet, easygoing listen. Contrary to the first few lines of the publishers summary, this book doesn't focus on the four friends at all. This is the story of Brielle and Archer, and the beginnings of their romance. Brielle has just finished college and hasn't found a job in her degree area. She starts working for her mom's cleaning company in the mean time. One of her first clients is Archer, a super cute, successful comic artist who happens to be wheelchair bound. At first Archer is kind of a jerk, but the end up connecting and start a romance full of ups and downs as Brielle struggles to determine if there is a possibility of a real future for them.
First off, let's just put it out there. This reminded me of Me Before You a bit. Same general premise, and though this was a perfectly decent listen, Me Before You is by far the better of the two. I know this book is supposed to be a sizzling romance, though it felt a bit more like a YA romance novel with a few non-graphic sex scenes. Again, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that, but if you're expecting something more graphic and/or hot, you won't find that here. It's a cute, sweet romance story.
Susan Marlowe did a good job with the narration. I have no complaints and I'd happily listen to another of her performances. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.