I have never listened to either if these narrators before, but they were both excellent. I don't usually enjoy male narrators doing female voices but ..Show More »Chris Brinkley was not too bad 😉. Joy Nash is superb! They story was also very sweet, with some raunchy parts too, but not so much that they take over the whole storyline, like some books do. It had a good story line and brilliant characters, which were all interesting and all added to make a truly enjoyable listen/read. I laughed out loud at some parts which got me some odd stares! I wish that I had realised that there is actually a book before this one....Beauty and the Mustache....which is also about the Winstons, albeit the Winston sister. I'm off to listen to that now!
This is a wonderful romance between two characters that should never have met but, once they did, just could not resist each other. I enjoyed listeni..Show More »ng to this book and I often laughed out loud at the humour and banter not only between the two main characters, but also the H’s many siblings.
That said, I did have a minor criticism: A huge part of the plot centred around the consequences of a romance between an A-list Hollywood movie star, and a small-town “mountain man” with a shady past. However, after much anticipation of what could happen, we never really got to experience the resulting fall-out. After their engagement went public, there was a bit of a minor mis-understanding which was sorted quickly, and that was pretty much it. I was left feeling just a little cheated at not actually finding out what happened next. Was her career affected? How much trouble did the press cause descending onto a small town? How was the H portrayed by the media? What about the implied threat from his father? Like the previous book, there was several plot threads that were just not tied up and that left me feeling a bit frustrated.
Not frustrated enough, however, to deduct any stars, because this was a fabulous book, very witty and very funny with an extremely likeable couple. Their romance was told equally from both POVs which helped to understand them both and while they may have seemed a very odd pairing to the outside observer, they were, in fact, a perfect match for each other. Much credit must go to Penny Reid for portraying an h who was “fuller figure” but also, active, sexy, comfortable in her own skin and completely unselfconscious. Although a feature of the book was the fact that she was “breaking the mould” in becoming a fuller figure, ethnic minority, leading lady actress, it was not dwelled upon or obsessed over, and we were not constantly reminded she was larger than the normal leading lady (both in romantic fiction, and the movies!).
Penny Reid does make a habit of developing character pairings that run against normal expectations, and developing characters that are definite individuals, and once again she has produced a romance that does not fit into any traditional romance book “mould”. I hope she continues not conforming, because her books are a true pleasure to listen to.
Oh Cletus......... he's adorable, as are all the Winston boys. In the previous 2 Winston Brothers' books he comes across as extremely quirky, regime..Show More »ntal and completely set in his ways, and book 3 only cements my opinion of that. However, Jennifer Sylvester (the banana cake queen) is equally as quirky and is in fact his ideal companion. It's a shame they don't realise they are the perfect couple, neither of them have trouble matching up other people with their soulmates, however they seem to live in denial when it comes to themselves. As much as I loved Jennifer, she had absolutely no back bone until Cletus took her under his wing. I actually felt empowered when she stood up to her father. I loved the way she challenged Cletus, I loved the way she got one up on him and I loved the way she made him feel. A beautifully written book, told in dual POV, it made me laugh out loud. A sweet, charming, funny story and a must read for Penny Reid fans.