A new issue of my Audiobook Reviews Galore!
- Lauren Blakely’s NEVER HAVE I EVER has two of my favorite tropes – single dad and enemies-to-lovers
- THE TROUBLE WITH YOU by LA Cotton is a YA romance with lots of steam. Also enemies-to-lovers!
Never Have I Ever by Lauren Blakely
Also by this author: The Real Deal, Unzipped
Published by Audible Studios on July 30th 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Single Dad, Enemies-to-Lovers
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Narrator: Amanda Ronconi, Jason Clarke
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
Never have I ever been so infuriated by a man I wanted to kiss.
They say opposites attract, but I beg to differ. Combust is more like it. Because every single time I talk to Zach Nolan, I see red.
The too-good-looking, too-smart, too-effortlessly charming single dad who works down the hall from me has turned getting under my skin into a sport. Call it the battle of wits between the wedding planner and the divorce attorney.
Trouble is, when we’re forced into closer quarters planning an engagement party for our best friends, I start to see his other sides.
And I fear I’m falling for the enemy.
I’m not out to make friends. My goals are simple -- fight till the end for my clients, and my family.
The last thing I need is a vibrant, outgoing, snarky, and surprisingly big-hearted wedding planner to spend my precious free time with…except, watching Piper bond with my daughter just might break down the cinder block walls I’ve built around my heart these last few years.
Second chances don’t come around for guys like me…or do they?
NEVER HAVE I EVER
by Lauren Blakely
This story checked all my boxes.
– single dad
– a strong, astute heroine
– a sexy, sweet hero
– a cute, romantic love story
I loved that Zach was a divorce lawyer, not because he was bitter but because he wanted to help women get out of a marriage without being taken advantage of or being threatened by their former spouses. He was a shark alright but only for his clients. With his kids and Piper he was a big ole softie, albeit one with a sexy mouth. You know how widowers are often times still grieving the passing of their wives in romance? This was such a refreshing take with Zach being over it and emotional ready for a new relationship.
Piper was a wonderful heroine. Clever, astute, full of humor and a big heart. She was Zach’s perfect match in every way and I loved how she loved his kids. Their banter was absolutely delightful and funny. While listening to NEVER HAVE I EVER I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.
I have no idea why but before this audiobook I’d never had the pleasure of listening to Amanda Ronconi. I am tempted to listen to her whole back list! She is amazing! I even heard the humor and twinkle of Zach’s character when she spoke in his voice. It was awesome!
I have head of Jason Clarke before but damn, that guy has a chance running Sebastian York off. Wow. So good, so sexy! LOVED his performance.
If you love any or all of the above, don’t hesitate – Never Have I Ever is a light-hearted, adorable, thoroughly entertaining romance and once again, Lauren Blakely didn’t let me down!
The Trouble with You by LA Cotton
Series: Rixon Raiders #1
on June 17th 2019
Buy on Amazon, Buy on Audible
Narrator: Wen Ross, Sarah Puckett
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
Hailee Raine only has to survive one more year.
One year of life in her football obsessed town.
One year of nauseating school spirit.
Just one more year of her cruel step-brother Jason; and his cocky, arrogant, football-playing friends.
She hates them. Especially, Cameron Chase, the guy she thought was different.
Cameron Chase has the world at his feet.
He has it all; good looks, talent, and the charm to go with it.
He has colleges lined up at the door, all wanting a piece of Rixon Raiders star wide receiver.
Until something threatens everything he's ever worked for, and only one person can quiet the war raging inside him.
But he's supposed to hate her; his best friend's sister.
She's trouble with a capital T.
Then Hailee finds herself in the middle of a football prank gone wrong...
And suddenly hating each other never felt so good.
THE TROUBLE WITH YOU
by LA Cotton
My high school time is long in the past yet I still enjoy books with characters that young. Maybe it’s because I wish I could go back in time and relive some of those years.
They were pretty awesome in hindsight. Anyhoo…
Bully books are all the rage at the moment and I have ambivalent feelings about those because, honestly, bullying shouldn’t be romanticized. But nosy person that I am I just wanted to know why people are so taken with them. I can see it. I totally can. The key is how and if the author makes the hero redeemable. LA Cotton did a decent job with Cameron and the dual point of view definitely helped. He did some horrible things. Things, I would never forgive under normal circumstances. For too long he was Jason’s lapdog and didn’t stand up to him. But in the end he was so darned endearing when he started fighting for Hailee’s affection.
Hailee was the light of this story. She was smart mouthed, snarky and strong and didn’t take the crap those jerks dished out without retaliating. She had her own way of getting back at them and I really loved her for not falling over herself when Cameron started to come around and kept him at arm’s length. Not for long though because the guy had charms.
Now Jason, Hailee’s stepbrother, was a douchebag extraordinaire. Focused on football, arrogant as they come, full of himself and so incredibly rude, offensive and hurtful – It’ll be interesting to see if and how this author will redeem him.
Wen Ross is always a joy to listen to. I’ve never listened to Sarah Puckett before – her narration style is one of those I don’t enjoy very much. She has that strange way of dragging out the last syllable of the last word in a sentence, however, that aside her performance was quite good.
This is my first LA Cotton book and this one was really engaging – I just couldn’t stop listening. I’m still not sure if I’m happy about the whole bullying fad. However, with this being quite steamy it isn’t intended for a young audience. So now I’m looking forward to THE GAME YOU PLAY!