Talk Bookish To Me by Kate Bromely, Narrated by Natalie Naudus
Published May 25th 2021 by Harlequin Audio, Graydon House
TALK BOOKISH TO ME is Kate Bromley’s debut, and what a debut it is. A contemporary rom-com that had me laughing all the way through it. Kara is a romance writer, specifically historical romance, bodice rippers. She is having a hard time finishing her latest book. Her best friend is getting married, and she is a bridesmaid, but when she meets the groom and his wedding party, she is shocked. Her first love from college, the guy who cheated on her, is one of the groomsmen. Ryan Thompson’s unexpected arrival sparks Kara’s writing. Should she let him back into her life? What about planned trip to Italy for six months? Is this her best chance at a happily ever after?
This was such a fun story. I loved the banter between Ryan and Kara. Unfortunately Kara has some baggage that involves Ryan, even if he doesn’t realize it. Can she get past those feelings? I loved Duke, Ryan’s dog. All his scenes had me wanting to find him and give him a big hug. Ryan was a great character. Yes, he kept a secret, but it was for a good reason, wasn’t it? Kara had an emotional journey throughout this story. Her interactions with her family and friends felt believable and the writing flowed through all the ups and downs seamlessly. The secondary characters in Kara’s life all play a very important role in getting her to where she needed to be. I don’t want to spoil anyone’s reading of this story, so will leave it there. If you enjoy contemporary rom-coms, then pick up this book to read, I don’t think you will be disappointed.
I did a read/listen with this book, but less than halfway through it was strictly listen. Natalie Naudus does an excellent job with her narration of the audiobook. I love her voices, expression and tone. I will definitely watch for more audiobooks that she narrates. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary, Narrated by Josh Dylan & Eleanor Tomlinson
Published June 1st 2021 by Penguin Audio, Berkley
3 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐
I was really looking forward to The Road Trip as one of my highly anticipated reads of the summer. Unfortunately, it did not measure up to the previous books I have read by Beth O’Leary. Now, I am not saying it was bad, and many other people loved it, but there were some things that just rubbed me the wrong way. Addie, her sister and a guy from the wedding Facebook group are heading to Scotland for her friend, Cherry’s wedding. Addie met Cherry four years earlier when she was an on-site caretaker at her family’s French villa, they have been friends since. At the same time she met Cherry’s wealthy friend, Dylan and they had a relationship. Two years earlier, that relationship ended and Addie was gutted. On the way to the wedding, Addie and Dylan crash cars and now they are heading to the wedding together in Addie’s mini along with Dylan’s best friend and the person that caused the breakup. Tight quarters forces people to talk and figure things out.
This trip is interesting to say the least and there are several laugh out loud moments. The story is told in the present as well as flashbacks to Addie and Dylan’s past. Sometimes I found those jumps a bit harsh. I really didn’t like these characters much. They were all somewhat self-centered, spoiled and whiny. Of all of them, Addie was the most likeable and if I had not been able to connect with her in some way, I might not have finished this one. There were a lot of revelations as lies and secrets were uncovered. I think one of the funniest parts of the story is when the identity of the extra passenger is revealed. There is a lot of soul searching, some necessary apologies and forgiveness that move these friends forward. As I said earlier, it was just not my cup of tea. The audiobook was narrated by Josh Dylan and Eleanor Tomlinson. They did a good job with the story and I always appreciate when they have both male and female narrators to voice the various characters. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.