Reviewed by Kini
One of my absolute favorite tropes is second chance at romance. I hardly ever so say no when the opportunity comes up to review one. I’ve never reviewed an audiobook, so I was eager to give it a try. I don’t know much about this author but I did read her co-written book called “P*rn Star” a few years back and I remember it being funny. Anyway, I delved into it.
The basic premise is that the heroine, Jenna and the hero, Tanner, used to date ten years ago but broke up. She’s a model turned up and coming actress. He is a superstar actor. Jenna gets a call to be the lead actor in a new film, the only catch is that she will be starring opposite Tanner. The man she once loved but he wronged her.
This book is hot and sexy and it made me slightly uncomfortable as I was listening to it. But in the best way. But one of the worst things about this book was the sex. I feel like such an old, get off my lawn person by saying that. Mostly I mean that I felt like the amount of sex served as filler and I missed out on the rebuilding of their relationship. There is a lot of time with them spent on the movie set, then they rush in to having sex, and some more time on the set, one fake/real date, some conflict and then it’s over. The book is about 5 and a half hours long, it won’t be published in print until May so I couldn’t figure out the page count to equate. I estimate it is 150-200 pages long. So a small time investment.
It takes until almost halfway to find out why they broke up in the first place. And then it is resolved and forgiven so fast. There is some manufactured drama with paparazzi. But it too came and went with a flash, see what I did there. The hero is Australian and the male narrator does a nice job with that. It is told from dual POV and the female narrator is fine until she tries to speak for the hero. The first time she spoke as Tanner I thought I was going to have to DNF the book. I powered through and it became less irritating to me.
Overall it was a quick read. It was sexy, but I found it a bit lacking in the actual relationship. It was an easy listen while I did things like drive and knit, not at the same time, of course. It wasn’t overly taxing, but I would have liked more of the couple rediscovering each other as adults and doing more than sexing each other up.