My 5 Favorite Contemporary Romance Audiobooks in Kindle Unlimited

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Mini reviews: Until the Consequence of Me

Lovely Audiobooks mini reviews

Lately I have listened much faster than I could write blog posts, so I decided to make a few mini reviews of books I didn’t enjoy that much.

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#1 Until Harry by L.A. Casey

What is it about? A woman, who stayed away from home for several years because she was so heartbroken, has to return and face the man she has always loved.

What went wrong for me? I didn’t like the male protagonist. He was a pretty big dickhead at several points and I didn’t feel that he made up for it. The female protagonist simply loved him no matter what he did. But I’m vindictive and I could not forgive him for some of the things he pulled.

Who would like it? Someone in my Facebook group said it wasn’t really Romance but Chick Lit. I think she’s right and readers who are more interested in the woman’s journey and are not looking to fall in love with the guy will like it. It is a good book and the narration by Heather Wilds was really fantastic.

Look up the summary and reviews on Amazon: Click here**

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#2 The Consequence of Loving Colton by Rachel Van Dyken

What is it about? Incidentally, this is also about a girl coming back home and facing her childhood love.

What went wrong for me? I’m usually quite a fan of rom-com. But this was definitely too hilarious for me. I did not react well to having the narrators yell into my ear. I actually DNF’ed the audiobook because I couldn’t deal with it. The story was slapstick. And while I did work my way through the e-book, it never became what I had hoped it would be. I usually like Amy McFadden. I thought she did a wonderful narration of The Paper Magician**, but this one with the yelling… No. Just no.

Who would like it? Everyone who loves rom-com and can listen to the Audible sample without cringing. Rachel Van Dyken is a great author and this book is very popular. But I think it’s one of those that you either love or hate. Nick Podehl did a nice narration.

Look up the summary and reviews on Amazon: Click here**

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#3 Losing a Piece of Me by K.B. Andrews

What is it about? This is again about a woman, who stayed away from home for several years because she was so heartbroken, and has to return and face the man she has always loved (okay, maybe I’m trying to make a point by copy and pasting this line, at least to myself).

What went wrong for me? I went in expecting a very angsty, very dramatic read. Instead all the problems could be solved by talking them out. It’s pretty bitter when you waste 6 years of your life just because you don’t talk openly to the people you love.

Who would like it? Everyone who likes a sad and emotional romance and prefers when the stakes aren’t higher. Sarah Puckett’s narration was wonderful. Very touching and emotional.

Look up the summary and reviews on Amazon: Click here**

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I received Losing a Piece of Me for free in exchange for an honest review. Until Harry and The Consequence of Loving Colton are “read and listen for free” in Kindle Unlimited**.

So, what’s the bottom line? I have learned my lesson and will from now on be very careful with second chance romance novels. And I shall stay away entirely from stories where the female protagonist leaves her home for years, unless I’m sure that there are extremely dramatic reasons for it (it sounds awful, saying it like that… I don’t feed on anybody’s tears!)

And just to reiterate, these are all good books. They just aren’t the right kind of books for me because I’m a special breed of mood reader and these books all fit a mood I’m basically never in 😀 If you have listened to or read one of these, please leave a link to your review in the comments section! I’d love to check them out.

 

The Matchmaker’s Playbook: The dark corners of his mind and the feminist’s ear

The Matchmaker's Playbook Wingmen Inc by Rachel Van Dyken

Review: The Matchmaker’s Playbook (Wingmen Inc. 1)

by Rachel Van Dyken

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Let’s start with the most important bit: I could honestly have Jeremy York in my ear all day. This audiobook was really good fun on every level.

You might or might not know that I always listen with the critical ear of a feminist, so I usually steer clear of pure male PoV romance. But I wanted another Rachel Van Dyken book from KU and this is where I landed. No regrets!!

 
Rachel Van Dyken is really good at writing guys’ inner monologues. Sometimes in romance I have encountered male PoV chapters from other authors that just didn’t feel right; two-dimensional cardboard-characters who would only think about sex alternating with caveman-esque “must make woman mine”. Ian, protagonist of “The Matchmaker’s Playbook”, feels like a real guy though. He is confident but he also has those dark corners of his mind that he rather steers clear of because he’s been through some tough times.
 
Overall the storyline is pretty harmless and predictable, of course Ian falls for the one girl who initially rejects him. But this novel is simply really good at what it is. It’s a fun, light-hearted rom-com read with just the right amount of darker aspects to be compelling. It also felt really good to see the cocky player wallowing in his heartache.
 
Now, as for my feminist ear: there is some slut-shaming and basically, women looking for guys are divided into “the stupid ones” and “the sad ones”, with the stupid ones being the ones for one-night-stands. The sad ones are the girls Ian wants to teach in Wingmen Inc.. He wants them to learn how to get the guy they want/deserve for a long-term committed relationship. Overall the tone towards women is respectful and fair and I didn’t think there was a real deal breaker in there. And I liked Ian’s reasons for starting Wingmen Inc.
 
This was my first time listening to Jeremy York. He is an absolutely fantastic narrator! I loved his voice and the intonations made the story captivating. Sometimes I couldn’t fully distinguish between the male characters in a dialogue, but generally he’s good at different voices and the female voices were also nice.
 
When I picked this book up, I wasn’t aware that it is “a big deal”. Firstly, there is the Kindle-in-motion e-book edition. I only checked the preview and it wasn’t for me. The characters looked wrong and it seemed a bit silly. But it’s there if you want to check it out. Secondly, there is an actual movie. The trailer looked very promising and I will definitely watch it.
 
So, if you have a KU subscription, I recommend you pick this audiobook up! I don’t think you’ll regret it either.
 

Publisher’s summary

Wingman rule number one: don’t fall for a client. After a career-ending accident, former NFL recruit Ian Hunter is back on campus – and he’s ready to get his new game on. As one of the masterminds behind Wingmen Inc. , a successful and secretive word-of-mouth dating service, he’s putting his extensive skills with women to work for the lovelorn. But when Blake Olson requests the services of Wingmen Inc. , Ian may have landed his most hopeless client yet.

From her frumpy athletic gear to her unfortunate choice of footwear, Blake is going to need a miracle if she wants to land her crush. At least with a professional matchmaker by her side she has a fighting chance. Ian knows that his advice and a makeover can turn Blake into another successful match. But as Blake begins the transformation from hot mess to smokin’ hot, Ian realizes he’s in danger of breaking his cardinal rule….

Oooh-Factor:

3.5 out of 5 she-was-a-virgin stars
I would have liked a bit more fooling around before they went “all the way”. It’s a pet peeve of mine.

 

Audio-Factor:

Audiobook > Book
Jeremy York. Really now. I want him in my ear.

 

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Audible audiobook “The Matchmaker’s Playbook”

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