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One of Those Flings

Title: One of Those Flings

Author(s): Lauren Blakely

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: Audiobook

Would I Recommend? Nope

Book Rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Spice Rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Synopsis

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?


Thoughts?

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.

Final Review

Do I think this is a good audio short story?

Ugh…No.

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.


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The Summer Melt

Title: The Summer Melt

Author(s): Emily March

Genre: Romance

Format: Audiobook

Would I Recommend? Meh

Book Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Spice Rating:

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

Synopsis

Small town romance story? Sure why not. Sexy Scottish accents? I am not opposed. A little competition? It couldn’t hurt. Something short and sweet (under 3 hours)? Perfect for a trip.

Dana Delaney runs and owns her ice cream parlor, Scoops. During peak summer tourist season, Dana is staying busy. When her friend from the pool suggests an employee switch, Dana isn’t sure how it will play out; but she is convinced that it will increase sales. And she’s right.

But when her star player falls sick, its time to call in the big leagues. Enter Cal Buchanan. Visiting Eternity Springs as an A-list sport agent on a mission to help a client with a surprise proposal. Even if he does get a little distracted by the beautiful Dana Delaney. It can still all work out, right?


Thoughts?

It’s an audio-novella, which means its short and not a whole lot has to happen. The premise is super cute and I think works really well for a sweet summer romance. The narrators did an excellent job with their characters. The Scotttish accent wasn’t too bad, though I will say I am not sure I understand the attraction to accents.

So far its all only good things; why the three star rating? It was super cute and for a quick summer romance listen it fit the bill, but honestly, I was just glad to be done with it. As I mentioned, audio novellas are short and sweet, but this one had some plot points that happened SUPER fast. It seemed super unrealistic. I was also a little concerned at the start when one of the characters was still in high school and the older characters hadn’t been introduced yet. Don’t worry there is no age gap or sketchy things in this novella.

Overall, the premise was interesting and I remember some of the things about it, but it wasn’t something I personally would get excited about.

Final Review

Will you re-listen to it?

No, probably not. While it was cute, it wasn’t anything spectacular for me. It met me needs and then I was able to move on.

Does it meet the classification of a Summer Read (or listen)?

Absolutely! Its a perfectly cute summer time romance listen.

Would I recommend this to anyone and everyone?

If they asked about it, sure!

For anyone, like myself, who likes finding summer reads because trying to read about summer in the middle of winter is a struggle, then this would fit the bill. Its cute and summery. The romance is just the right about of flirtation to make you want to swoon. Honestly, its a quick listen, so even if it is not your usually option, its worth a shot at least.