Hang the Moon ARC Review

Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥

Series: Written in the Stars #2

Release Date: May 25, 2021

Publisher: Avon

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and audiobook courtesy of Harper Audio & Libro.fm


SYNOPSIS

In a delightful follow-up to Written in the Stars, Alexandria Bellefleur delivers another #ownvoices queer rom-com about a hopeless romantic who vows to show his childhood crush that romance isn’t dead by recreating iconic dates from his favorite films…

Brendon Lowell loves love. It’s why he created a dating app to help people find their one true pairing and why he’s convinced “the one” is out there, even if he hasn’t met her yet. Or… has he? When his sister’s best friend turns up in Seattle unexpectedly, Brendon jumps at the chance to hang out with her. He’s crushed on Annie since they were kids, and the stars have finally aligned, putting them in the same city at the same time.

Annie booked a spur-of-the-moment trip to Seattle to spend time with friends before moving across the globe. She’s not looking for love, especially with her best friend’s brother. Annie remembers Brendon as a sweet, dorky kid. Except, the 6-foot-4 man who shows up at her door is a certified Hot Nerd and Annie… wants him? Oh yes.

Getting involved would be a terrible idea—her stay is temporary and he wants forever—but when Brendon learns Annie has given up on dating, he’s determined to prove that romance is real. Taking cues from his favorite rom-coms, Brendon plans to woo her with elaborate dates straight out of Nora Ephron’s playbook. The clock is ticking on Annie’s time in Seattle, and Brendon’s starting to realize romance isn’t just flowers and chocolate. But maybe real love doesn’t need to be as perfect as the movies… as long as you think your partner hung the moon.


REVIEW

Annie has made a plan. She’s going to move from Philadelphia to London where a career advancement awaits her. But before she does that she decides to spend some quality time with her best friend Darcy in Seattle. Except… Darcy isn’t there – she’s on vacation with her girlfriend Elle. Darcy decides Annie will have to get to know Seattle better with her brother Brendon! Annie remembers Brendon as a sweet dorky kid – so she doesn’t think anything of it. Except Brendon isn’t so dorky now – he’s actually smoking hot and there is a definite attraction between the two of them.

Brendon is a big fan of love. He loves love and everything that goes along with it. The grand gestures, the romance movies – everything! Annie is the opposite and doesn’t see love lasting after the happily ever after. Brendon decides to show Annie that romance is real by taking her on romantic outings in and around Seattle. Will he eventually get her to believe in love and stop her from moving halfway across the globe and settle in Seattle instead?

After reading Written in the Stars last year I couldn’t wait to read Hang the Moon ! Annie and Brendon were so cute together. Their scenes either had me laughing out loud or I had hearts in my eyes. I loved how swoony their romance was. And although I’m not a big fan of insta-love, I did believe in the romance between Annie and Brendon.

I loved seeing Darcy, Elle and Margot again too! The easy dynamic between all of the characters really added to the storyline for me. Not only did I love Brendon and Annie together, but I also loved how deep Annie and Darcy’s friendship was.

Audiobook:

Story: 4.5
Narration: 5
Overall: 5

Hang the Moon was narrated by Lauren Sweet and I think she did a wonderful job narrating both Annie and Brendon. I switched back and forth between the audiobook and the e-book version of Hang the Moon and I loved how easily Lauren was able to take me to Annie and Brendon’s world. I listened to the audiobook on my runs, on my commute and any other chance I got! I feel like the audiobook really added to Annie and Brendon’s characters.

Add Hang the Moon to your TBR if you’re looking for a funny, swoony and sweet romance. I would rate Hang the Moon 4.5-5 stars (rounding up).

I can’t wait for Margot’s story next!

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The Subway Girl Audiobook Review

The Subway Girl by Lisa Becker

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥

I received a complimentary audiobook copy of this book from the author.

Ryan sees a girl on the subway and immediately feels a connection with her. He decides he better make a move to talk to her, but before he gets his chance she’s gone. All her remembers are little details – a pink beanie and an English accent.

Ryan is determined to find her and even creates a website to find this mysterious Subway Girl. That’s how he ends up being contacted by a celebrity gossip website – to see if they can help Ryan find The Subway Girl.

I won’t reveal too much more of the plot, because I don’t want to spoil the book! But everyone in the story is vested in Ryan to find the Subway Girl. What we slowly come to understand are the motives why – and some of them definitely ended up surprising me.

I enjoyed the way Lisa was able to highlight both the wonderful aspects of social media/celebrity gossip as well as the pitfalls. Through Ryan’s journey, we are able to see what motivates the different characters in The Subway Girl and if their motivation is out of the goodness of their heart or something more sinister.

While the sexy times in The Subway Girl were hot (so hot), I wasn’t really invested in the main romance. I do feel like sometimes there were too many voices in the book and those took away from the romance for me.

Audiobook:

Story: 3
Narration: 4
Overall: 3

I’m a big fan of Erin Mallon and I think she did a wonderful job narrating the various characters in The Subway Girl. I could always fell the different emotions that a character was going through.

I enjoyed the audiobook of The Subway Girl! Mystery, romance and a bit of reality TV all combined for an entertaining romance.

Rafe: A Male Buff Nanny Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Loose Ends #1

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥

So many friends recommended Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon to me and I am so glad that I finally picked this book up! It was HOT and sweet and everything that I was looking for. I ended up listening to the audiobook and really enjoyed the narration.

Rafe Whitcomb is a male nanny and has decided to look into doing something else career-wise since the family he currently takes care of is moving. Dr Sloan Copeland is having a hard time finding a nanny. Her current nanny up and left while Sloan was still at work. She’s a single mom and needs a nanny desperately. When Rafe is highly recommended Sloan doesn’t hesitate to meet with him.

The chemistry between Rafe and Sloan was smoking from the first moment they met each other. I really liked the open communication between the two of them. Of course it has to be a given because Rafe is Sloan’s nanny. But I also really enjoyed how they communicated their feelings with one another. Both of them were so mature and that is so refreshing in romances.

Audiobook

Story: 4
Narration: 4.5
Overall: 4

I listened to Rafe without reading along and I feel like Lacy Laurel did a wonderful job narrating. I do wish that there was a male narrator, but understand that it’s not necessarily needed as the book is told in third person. I had no problem discerning the different characters that Lacy was trying to portray and honestly LOVED it when she narrated Xeni! Those were some of my favorite scenes and I cannot wait to read Xeni next.

If you’re looking for a romance between two mature adults that’s low on the drama and high on the steam, pick up Rafe!

Fireworks by Sarina Bowen Audiobook Review

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: True North #6

Heat Level: 🔥🔥🔥

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Do you love to read book series? And if so, do you have to start from book #1? I absolutely love book series, but I don’t necessarily have to read them in order. I love reading the blurb of the book and choosing the one that I am currently in the mood for.

I have definitely been binging on Sarina Bowen’s backlist recently (everything from her Brooklyn Bruisers to the her Man Hands series) and decided to listen to the audiobook of Fireworks (book #6 in the True North series). I have read book #1, Bittersweet in the series (I really enjoyed that book) and didn’t feel like I had to read all of the others in order to read Fireworks. It definitely is a standalone in the series. Below is my audiobook review.

Audiobook:
Story: 5
Narration: 5
Overall: 5

Every time I pick up a new Sarina Bowen book, I am blown away. I loved everything about Fireworks! Skye and Benito’s love story was perfectly woven between the past and the present with bits of suspense that kept me on my toes.

Skye is currently out of a job. She kind of sort of drew a phallic figure on TV while doing a weather forecast and her network has given her some vacation time to use up ASAP. Skye’s step-sister asks her to come to Vermont for a little trip and that’s where the suspense portion of the book sets in. I don’t want to spoil the rest of the story, so I’ll just say that I loved the set up to get Skye to Vermont and how the rest of the story played out.

Skye and Benito have the kind of love story that makes me swoon. This is definitely a second chance romance, but I loved the slow way their relationship started out and the circumstances that brought them together. They knew each other twelve years ago, but they haven’t spoken to each other since. Second chance romances are my favorite trope and I loved the connection between Skye and Benito. These two had so much sizzling chemistry and you could see the fireworks go off when they were together.

Skye is my favorite kind of heroine. She is strong and independent and so very brave. I loved Benito’s character. He is quite simply … perfect. I don’t know even know how to describe Benito without smiling. He is kind and sweet and only wants happiness for Skye. So much history between these two and I loved the way the past was woven in with the present to paint an overall big picture.

I loved loved loved listening to the audiobook of Fireworks. The audiobook was narrated by Susannah Jones and Zachary Webber and both of these narrators were absolutely perfect. Susannah Jones has such a great voice for audiobooks. I could feel when Skye was nervous or excited and there was so much enthusiasm in her performance. Zachary Webber is always such a great narrator and his voice was perfect for Benito. These two were a great combination for Fireworks and I hope they narrate as a team more often!