I have the hardest time finding audiobooks to enjoy, so I’m really excited to be on quite a roll with some great ones lately. Here are a few of my recent finds!
~ Part-Time Lover (Audible) by Lauren Blakely ~
Release Date ~ June 1, 2018
A sexy new standalone romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely!
I’ll say this about Christian — he made one hell of a first impression.
When I first saw the strapping man, he was doing handstands naked on a dock along the canal. His crown jewels were far more entertaining than anything else I’d seen on the boat tour, so I did what any curious woman would do — I took his photo. I might have looked at the shot a few dozen times. Little did I know I’d meet him again, a year later, at a secret garden bar in the heart of the city, where I’d learn that his mind and his mouth were even more captivating. But given the way my heart had been trampled, I wanted only a simple deal — No strings. No expectations.
Our arrangement worked well enough until the day I needed a lot more from him…
Let me just say, this whole part-time lover thing was her idea. I’d have gone all-in from the start, but hey, when a gorgeous, brilliant woman invites you into her bed, and only her bed…well, I said yes.
But then, one hysterical phone call from my brother later, begging me to find myself a wife so grandfather’s business stays in the family, and I need a promotion with Elise. Turns out a full-time husband suits her needs too, and a temporary marriage of convenience ought to do the trick, until we can simply untie the knot…
As long as no one finds out…
As long as no one gets hurt…
As long as no one falls in love…
But our ending was one I never saw coming.
Part-Time Lover was fun, dreamy, and romantic!
I really enjoyed Christian and Elise’s easy-going characters. There was a slow build to their passionate and sweet romance, and I really liked that it wasn’t overly angsty. Blakely’s descriptive writing is always perfect in whisking me away to dreamy locations! I loved the unique storyline bringing me back to the setting in France and enjoyed that Joy and Griffin’s characters had a small cameo in this as well.
Grace Grant and Shane East’s narration was fantastic, and their lively voices really brought out the emotions of Christian and Elise’s characters. I loved Grace Grant’s narration in Wanderlust, and I’ll be honest in saying that I don’t listen to very many audiobooks. However, I did have a bit of a challenge in replacing Joy’s character from Wanderlust with Elise’s in my mind, if that makes sense. It didn’t really affect my overall feelings of the story though, but it’s just something that stood out to me for the first half of the story.
Although Part-Time Lover was perfect as a standalone, it made for such a great follow up to Wanderlust. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it if you’re looking for a dreamy escape!
~ The Kiss Quotient (Audible) by Helen Hoang ~
Release Date ~ June 5, 2018
A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.
Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.
It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…
Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…
The Kiss Quotient was a uniquely refreshing read and excellent debut for Helen Hoang!
I loved that Hoang created Stella and her Asperger’s disability in such a fun, positive, and successful light. Sure, she faced her challenges, but there was no ‘woe is me’ for Stella, and I loved her quirkiness. As for Michael, he was just so sweet, patient, and totally charmed by Stella!
The story was very well-written and such a surprise! Honestly, the storyline was so innocent, sweet, and romantic on one hand, but my goodness was it steamy on the other! Although she might not necessarily know how to get it, Stella knew what she wanted. Also, Michael’s side job in the story might knock your socks off a bit as well.
The audiobook was narrated by Carly Robins, and her voice was wonderful as Stella. The story was told in dual point of views, and although I thought it was done great, I probably would have enjoyed dual narrators with this story.
I really loved this read, and if you’re looking for a really different, fun, and light-hearted romance, this one’s a must for you!
~ Faking It (Audible) by K. Bromberg ~
Release Date ~ September 25, 2018
Faking it never felt so good in this red-hot new standalone by New York Times bestselling author K. Bromberg — available in audio first!
Zane Phillips mistook me for his dog walker. It shouldn’t surprise me that the man with a suit more expensive than my rent would assume that I was there to serve him. The positive? I put him in his place. The negative? I missed my job interview because of it.
Now I find out he’s a rich Australian entrepreneur, and he wants to make up for tanking my interview. Yes, he’s impossibly hot — but he’s also an arrogant jackass — so… no thanks.
But after a little white lie I tell spirals out of control, I’m somehow offered the chance to play Zane’s girlfriend to help promote his new dating website — and the best part? He can’t say no because he’ll get caught in his lie too.
Little did I know this would entail sharing a tour bus with him for the next few months. The fact that the bus has just one bed isn’t the most ideal of circumstances, but this spokesperson gig might be the kick in the pants my career needs, so why not take a chance?
Famous last words.
Now I’m crisscrossing the country — and sharing that bed — with the one guy I can’t stand. And even worse, my traitorous body is wondering at every turn what it’s like to be down under the gorgeous Australian. But as the miles unfurl, so does our passion… and if I’m not careful, I might end up believing that fairytales really do come true.
This was both a great story and audiobook! It was a very well-written enemies-to-lovers romance, and Zane and Harlow’s characters were such a joy to follow. The narration by Erin Mallon and Rupert Channing was fantastic! I loved Channing’s Australian accent, and they both really brought the story to life. This was so enjoyable, and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun and dreamy romance!
Purchase Faking It by K. Bromberg!
Purchase Part-Time Lover by Lauren Blakely!
Purchase The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang!
I’m always looking for recommendations, so tell me your favorite audiobooks!
Have a lovely weekend!
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