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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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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.