Tag: Adult

Audiobook Review: Forget Me Not by Julie Soto

Forget Me Not
Author: Julie Soto

Narrators:
Callie Dalton

Teddy Hamilton
Published: July 11, 2023
Audiobook: 9 hours 15 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: November 9-14, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 2 stars

Book Description:

An ambitious wedding planner must work with her grumpy florist ex, whose heart she broke, on the most high-profile wedding of her career, in this spicy and emotional romance from popular fanfic author Julie Soto.

He loves me; he loves me not… 

Ama Torres loves being a wedding planner. But with a mother who has been married more times than you can count on your fingers, Ama has decided that marriage is not the route for her. But weddings? Weddings are amazing. As a small business owner, she knows how to match her clients with the perfect vendor to give them the wedding of their dreams. Well, almost perfect…

Elliot hates being a florist, most of the time. When his father left him the flower shop, he considered it a burden, but he’s stuck with it. Just like how he’s stuck with the way he proposed to Ama, his main collaborator and girlfriend (or was she?) two years ago. But flowers have grown on him, just like Ama did. And flowers can’t run off and never speak to him again, like Ama did. 

When Ama is hired to plan a celebrity wedding that will bring her business national exposure, there’s a catch: Elliot is already contracted to design the flowers. Things are not helped by the two brides, who see the obvious chemistry between Ama and Elliot and are determined to set them up, not knowing their complicated history. Add in a meddling ex-boss, and a reality TV film crew documenting every step of the wedding prep, and Ama and Elliot’s hearts are not only in jeopardy again, but this time, their livelihoods are too.

Jessica’s Review:

This much I can say: I love the cover!

But can I please forget Forget Me Not? This one started as a buddy read with my friend Beccie but she ended up DNFing (did not finish) it at 53%. I made it through the audiobook, but it was not for me. What kept me going was all the wedding planning: I found that interesting and wanted to know what was going to happen on the big day. That was the only reason I kept listening.

Ama and Elliot are our narrators with Ama narrating present day and Elliot in the past, where it seemed like he still was! Neither of them was likeable.  And Teddy Hamilton’s narration/ voice of Elliot just rubbed me the wrong way! It made Elliot even less likeable.  There was also no chemistry between the two, it was all about hooking up: There was no romance here!  And I’ll just say this, those sex scenes were just too much detail for me! I was skipping through the track during them. Apparently, I need ‘sweet romances’ and fun ‘rom com’/ ‘chick lit’.

All I really know about these two characters:

Elliot is grumpy and supposedly heartbroken (but again there was no romance, just sex!). Oh yeah, he also has flower tattoos all over his body which makes him hot.

Ama loves donuts to an extreme.  An extreme danger: If you are allergic to peanut butter, why do you still buy peanut butter donuts? Answer: Because they are a top seller.  Really?!?!?!   She also has a former boss who kept showing up. Is she trying to sabotage Ama or help her?

I’m not going to say anymore about this one other than Beccie and I seem to be in the minority here.  Or are we? We both had similar thoughts on the book. I kept her up to date on what happened since I finished it.  Maybe we will have better luck with another buddy read at another time!

Purchase Links:
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Audiobook Review: The Sight by Melanie Golding

The Sight
Author: Melanie Golding
Narrator: Ella Lynch
Published:
September 5, 2023
Audiobook
: 9 Hours 53 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: September 11-15, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars

Audiobook Description:

Look into her eyes—she can tell you how you’ll die . . .

As a child, Faith acquired the ability to see when and how people would die—a “gift” she neither wanted nor could get rid of.

After foreseeing a family tragedy and being ostracized, Faith learns to control her visions, and returns to perform in her family’s traveling carnival. But when an unruly customer attacks her, she has a vision in full view of a crowd.

She is banned from the carnival she loves—and loses her only source of income to support her dying mother. Desperate to support her mother and with only one friend standing by her, she sees no reason to continue hiding her ability and goes to dangerous lengths to earn money. But when she sees herself in a man’s future death, Faith must face her own fears of her powers and tune into her gift to fight against a future that would ruin her life—and end someone else’s.

With The Sight , celebrated author Melanie Golding delivers another suspense-driven masterpiece with unforgettable characters and an ending that will leave you stunned.

Jessica’s Review:

This was another novel that caught my attention with the book description, but wasn’t totally for me. It took way to long (at least halfway) for me to be really interested, and for the book to get moving. The Sight is extremely slow moving, it was almost painfully slow for me.  But again, I was just curious enough to see what was going to happen and continued it.

We have Faith who can see people’s deaths. Forced out of her job at a carnival, she is made to do readings for people wanting to know how they die. Faith doesn’t know when these people will die, she just sees the death. She can guesstimate if it is soon or far off by the way the person appears in the vision.  One day she sees one person’s death and that she is the one who killed that person.  What are you to do with that kind of information when you see that?!?!From the setting and tone of the book you would have not thought it took place in present day! Until cell phones and You Tube are mentioned, I thought I was listening to a story that took place in the past. I listened to the audiobook and did like the narration.

The big twist that occurs happens right at the end, which was just too late to really save the story. When it happened, I was a little shocked and had to listen to that chapter again! I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss anything since I was listening to it for my commute to/from work. If I was interested in having a different perspective knowing the full story now, I might be tempted to read/listen again.  And some readers might just do that! And knowing the ending twist does change the beginning half of the book, so it might not be as slow moving with a second read/listen!

Many thanks to the publisher for granting me a copy to listen to and review in my own time.                                                   

Purchase Links:
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Release Week Review: Audiobook Review of Curves for Days by Laura Moher

Curves for Days
Series: Big Love from Galway #1
Author: Laura Moher

Narrators:
Paul Bellantoni

Michelle Price
Published: August 22, 2023
Audiobook: 10 hours 23 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To:  August 11-16, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 4.5 stars 

Audiobook Description:

Rose Barnes has got curves for days—and to Angus Drummond, the big, bearded contractor working on her new house, she’s the perfect thorn in his side. Little does she know Angus is perturbed on a daily basis by his attraction to this cheery, smart-ass woman with her sunshiny enthusiasm, her kindness, and her beautiful body.

Angus feels he has a debt to pay to the world and doesn’t deserve love until he pays it. Best to keep his mind on his work and his hands to himself. But the more Rose sees of Angus’s gruff, honorable thoughtfulness, and the more rusty laughter she surprises from him, the more she wants him too.

As their unlikely friendship becomes love, antagonism turns to partnership, and Rose’s house becomes a home. But Rose is keeping a secret that could blow up everything with Angus, and sure enough, it comes to light at the worst possible time…

Jessica’s Review:

This was a book that is 1000% written for me! I adored it nearly completely and identified with the FMC (female main character) Rose. Rose is plus sized and this is just a feel-good book with a great deal of body positivity and women of all sizes need that!

Rose is extremely relatable (I think any woman who is of a larger size in any end will identify with her). She is also friendly and helpful, and some women will love that she has a mouth on her and will use any and all the expletives she feels she needs, intended or not! She has a quarter jar and puts a quarter in it every time an expletive is said.  She would be a rich woman if that jar was full but….  This isn’t a spoiler as it is mentioned in the first few lines of the novel, Rose actually is rich due to a winning $80 million lottery ticket left to her!

Due to her circumstances Rose has trust issues and a past with a traumatic experience, she finds herself in Galway, North Carolina and decides to start over there.  She meets Angus who is Mr. Grumpy who ends up working on her new-to-her house.  We have the sweet and grumpy trope here!  This book is a slow burn with some steam to it! And dang, it was steamy enough for me! It was probably a level 2 of 5 for the steamy scenes. I don’t think I would be much steam-wise for the serious romance reader, but we do have open bedroom scenes. 

I really enjoyed the growth of the relationship between Angus and Rose. Even though he is grumpy he is also a Mr. Softy at heart. They both have issues that have to be worked out.  Curves for Days is a bit deceptive with the cover as there are many serious issues brought up, and this would be the trigger warnings: 

Body Shaming
Rape
Veterans’ issues including PTSD and suicide

The veteran’s issues that Angus deals with and his work with veteran’s is very important and going in I had no idea this was going to be a romance with serious issues throughout.  These issues that veterans experience and are unable to get help are really brought to the forefront of this book.  Our veterans’ really need so much more done for them than what is done now.  Bravo to Moher for bringing attention to this.

The only thing I didn’t really like was the given ‘third act conflict where I was becoming less of an Angus fan.  I am totally #TeamRose and adore her! By the end of the novel, I was very happy!

Both Paul Bellantoni and Michelle Price did a fantastic job with their narrations as Angus and Rose.  They really brought both of those characters to life for me. And I really liked Bellantoni’s voice!

I really enjoyed this first in the series and look forward to the next book that comes… Next April! It seems so far away now, but will be here before I know it!

Many thanks to the publisher for granting me an alc (advanced listening copy) to listen to and review. I really enjoyed this one!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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