REVIEW: SARINA BOWEN – LOVERBOY

REVIEW: SARINA BOWEN – LOVERBOYLoverboy by Sarina Bowen
Also by this author: Brooklynaire, The Understatement of the Year
Also in this series: Moonlighter
Series: The Company #2
on December 1, 2020
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Second Chance
Format: audiobook ARC
Source: Author
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Narrator: Joe Arden, Emma Wilder, Vanessa Edwin
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
Cliffhanger: No

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five-stars

Secrets, desires, and exquisite pie. It’s all in a day’s work at The Company.

Growing up, I was the rough guy from the wrong neighborhood who couldn’t catch a break. Posy was the pampered girl I tried to impress. But all she gave me was a single kiss before I had to skip town.
Now I’m back, and the tables are turned. Posy runs a struggling pie shop. I’m the VP of a secretive billion-dollar security company.
Not that I can tell her.
There’s a murderer on the loose in New York, and he seems to spend a lot of time at Posy’s shop. It’s my job to identify him before he can harm a hair on her pretty head.
Going undercover as Posy’s new barista wasn’t my idea. I don’t even drink coffee. But now I have to call her “boss,” and do everything the curvy perfectionist asks of me. I’d forgotten how much we infuriate each other, and that she somehow fills me with both irritation and desire in the same breath.
There’s nobody more skilled at stealth ops than me. I can bring this killer down. Right after I take a cold shower. And just as soon I figure out how to make a skinny peppermint latte with milk poured in the shape of a kitten...

I’m 100% sure that Sarina Bowen wrote this series for me. Or at least that’s what my delusions say. All kidding aside, LOVERBOY is just another reason why I love this author so much. It just checks all my boxes.

I had the chance to listen to an early copy of the audiobook and let me tell you, Joe Arden and Vanessa Edwin are SLAYING it. You actually hear Joe Arden’s twinkle in his eyes. This man has so much charisma in his voice I can’t recommend his narration enough. I’m new to Vanessa Edwin and I’m very pleased to report that she did a beautiful job with her portrayal of Posy. Sometimes I find it jarring when I hear a new voice narrating the male part in a chapter (takes a couple chapters until I don’t notice anymore), that didn’t happen here.

Now Gunnar and Posy I adored. They have some past baggage but they weren’t overly antagonistic. Their chemistry is captured in fabulous banter and I could have listened to Posy’s hormones, which hijack the mic (obviously), forever.
I loved how they dealt with their past. I hate drama that comes from miscommunication and misunderstandings because characters fail to explain what bothers them. That didn’t happen here at all, their past issues were handled just like grown-ups do. Calm, collected, clear. That’s something that stood out to me.

Also, is phantom smell a thing? I swear, the ongoing talk about coffee made me imagine smelling coffee everywhere. And if you aren’t a coffee addict and aren’t the least bit tempted to at least try one after Ms. Bowen’s ODE TO THE BLACK GOLD I don’t know what will.

Sarina Bowen mixes romance and suspense with a dash of mystery like a pro (duh!) and the result is a thrilling, captivating read that is on the lighter side and perfect to take your mind off the heavier things these days. This series is just awesome, fingers crossed we get many more books set in THE COMPANY in the future. I had the best time with these easy-to-love characters and hope you’ll give this one a whirl!

five-stars

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