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Summary

Love Again is a classic fake-relationship-turned-real-love romance saga. 

Honey Fontaine is a young woman trying to evade her mother's husband hunting by enlisting a pretend boyfriend, handsome business man Ashley Elliott. Neither is prepared for the intensity of feelings that develop.

©2020 Rasheda Ashanti Malcolm (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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Dreadful and depressed the heck out of me!

What a thoroughly miserable listen.
Why?
The heroine is 28 and acts like a teenager and is treated as such by her parents. The mothers in the story don't come out particularly well either - they are extremes and incredibly negative.
Honey, for some reason, seems to be adamant in getting in the way of her own happiness - self sabotages - won't be honest with the man she loves - despite the fact that he's done nothing to deserve it. It was so frustrating!
The plot was fairly predictable and again, the heroine was completely clueless about what was happening internally.
The characters (except for the peripheral ones) are vapid, materialistic and I just wanted to slap them.

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frustratingly good

loved it, I have been looking for some black UK authors that I can relate to. reminded me of so many things in my own life. The time frames felt a little unrealistic at times

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Very difficult listen

This story is depressingly predictable and ridiculous.
This is supposed to be a story about people in their mid to late twenties but instead it's like listening to the antics of clueless teenagers.
The most annoying part of the book in the main protagonist, Honey. She comes across as a whiney child desperate to be an adult but failing at every turn. She is clueless, rude and determined to get in the way of her own happiness at every turn.
I found myself wanting to scream for most of the book.

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Very Entertaining

A young love story set in London with a great storyline and is well narrated, highly entertaining.


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I was hooked

I loved it I finished it in 24hrs. The story was great and the narrator read excellently well. A must read/ listen.

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a real london feel. beautiful and moving

the setting was realistic and relatable to all living in London. a moving story, sad at times, but redeeming

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Flawed premise, some affecting scenes

I had very mixed feelings whilst listening to ‘Love Again’. Romances aren’t really something I dabble in much, they really have to capture me with a particularly memorable female or irresistible male. Too often they fit patterns that means they are predictable and just one of a very crowded market.

‘Love Again’ tries to be different. But I can’t say that does it any favours’ at least for me. Honey is 30, living with her mother and step-father still and her mother is trying to find her a husband. This both annoyed me and made the book anachronistic - this plot device would suit something set in a culture or a time where this was common. To bring Ashley into Honey’s life, where she persuades him to pretend to be dating her, to get her mother to desist with her suggestions? It just seemed forced.

Honey actually annoyed me, created to be a strong character but to me she just seemed prickly and slightly condescending. Ashley might not be Mr Darcy, but he’s a perfectly decent man, clearly attracted to her. Her rebuffs weren’t that realistic as the text even gives us multiple clues of her attraction that she too acknowledges.

With a gang of friends that every good rom-com has, Honey’s are outside of the usual mould, and seemed overdone to be as far from what you’d expect as possible, rather eye-opening in their appearance as under-represented groups. There are some stories there that actually caught my interest more than Honey’s.

Ashley had my sympathy. There is another potential love interest, a little too obviously unsuitable and the plot gives Ashley all the advantages, some directions stir emotion in ways that made me feel manipulated. With a few scenes that were affecting, Honey also changes her mind about her plans and every time you see it coming.

Maybe this type of book just isn’t for me, There is only so much you can do within this genre. As audiobooks go, the narrator tries valiantly with the male voices but you can’t ever forget that it’s a woman voicing them and I’m afraid I didn’t like the voicing of the men characters. The young women fared much better, and the structure and narrative style made this a very suitable choice for an audio read. It’s also fairly brief, and pleasant enough.

For me though, I couldn’t help but continually critique. I didnt’t like the idea or how it was carried through, and no one character took it above the average.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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Devoured in one sitting!

After reading ‘swimming with the fishes’ I was not disappointed! Addictive, easy listening great narration