Title: One of Those Flings
Author(s): Lauren Blakely
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Would I Recommend? Nope
You had a horrible break up. You are starting to give up on love. So, what do you decide to do instead? Swear off men for a year and then celebrate your celibate year by going on vacation. Which means its time to celebrate your year of man cleanse with a solo tropical vacation.
Skyler has decided to do all the tourist things with a local tourist company. Snorkling, sightseeing, zip lining, the works. And who is the leader of this local tourist company? A super hot, charming and exciting man, Caleb.
Should she maintain her cleanse or dive into the deep end with Caleb?
I know reading and listening to summery books is stereotypical, but sometimes it can’t be helped. I am a mood reader so when the shoe fits…. You get the gist.
This was a multi-narrator production. The narrators did a good job getting into character and bringing the story to fruition.
In movies, some people will say that if a cast is given bad writing, they have to make the best of what they have. While I don’t think that Lauren Blakely’s short story wasn’t horrible, it wasn’t her best work either.
The premise is not something that I found appealing. I get it when we break-up with someone that we truly care about we need time to recover. For some people that means bettering themselves, for others it means finding the nearest person to have sex with, while other sit, cry, and wish the pain would go away. To be honest sometimes we do all three. With that being said, Skyler wrote off men for a year for a “man cleanse”, then celebrated it by breaking her initial goal the second she found someone attract. Then after 3 days of knowing each other they were ready to dive all in and make this long distance thing work. I am all for happy endings, truly I am. But when they aren’t smutty romances I hope that it is a little more realistic or plausible. Not only that, but the way the two main characters process this future potential relationship is a bit cringe.
It just wasn’t for me.
Do I think this is a good audio short story?
What was really wrong with it?
A man cleanse? I get needing to recover and find yourself, but the number of times they reference man cleanse was unnecessary. Not only that but for a short story, it was super predicatable.
Would I recommend this to anyone and everyone?
No, but I am sure it is for someone.
This short story audiobook is a palette cleanser in a sense. Its short, to the point, and predicatable. Personally, it had points and developments that drove me insane, but since it is only 2 hours, I didn’t waste too much time.