Title: A Slice of Love
Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator: Andrew McFerrin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
To make a small fortune, start with a large fortune and open a bakery. That’s the advice Marcus Wilson has heard. Unfortunately, Marcus doesn’t have a large fortune—just a bakery, A Slice of Heaven, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and the determination to make it successful. He needs more help than he can afford, so when he hires accountant Gregory Southland, it’s for hours in the shop as well as on the books.
Gregory takes a second job at the bakery to help pay the bills now that his health is improving. Soon he’s looking forward to spending time with Marcus, but as the business—and their relationship—grows, so do the complications: First Marcus’s stepmother involves him in a cause that could give the bakery a reputation it doesn’t need. Then Marcus and Gregory disagree over whether to involve A Slice of Heaven in a civil rights dispute. To top it off, Gregory’s ex-boyfriend makes an appearance just when he is at his most vulnerable. But the greatest complication by far is Marcus and Gregory’s struggle to learn to trust each other and themselves, especially when it comes to baking up matters of the heart.
My View – Story:
We first met Gregory in book two of the Of Love series by Andrew Grey, A Serving of Love. As with most Andrew Grey series, you don’t have to have read the other three books in the series to enjoy A Slice of Love, but you will understand the dynamics with the minor characters a little better. It has been almost a year since I listened to the first three books in the series.
So what did I think about this story? It is another good comfort read for those who enjoy good contemporary romance with little angst, genuine characters, and an expected happily ever after.
Gregory was the cheating, good for nothing ex we met in A Serving of Love. In Serving he was jobless, sick, penniless, and not very likeable. We are expected to like him more in this installment, but, honestly, I felt like we were given a different character with the same name instead of a look at a redeemed character from the past.
As for Marcus, slipping into bed so easily with Gregory just felt disingenuous. There were a number of times the scenes in Slice left me with this feeling. It felt like was little angst there was was thrown in for the sake of conflict and didn’t flow well with the story itself. Sometimes, as with Thom, it was never adequately explained or integrated into the story.
I enjoy Andrew Grey titles on the whole, but this just wasn’t one of my favorites. It was a good comfort read, but I think I needed more… something… If you like your books to make you hungry, this is a good on for that. Speaking of which, I really need a cinnamon roll.
My View – Narration:
If you have listened to the first three books of the series, then know that this book has a different narrator. Since it about a different set of main characters, I don’t see that as a problem, but some people will want to know that ahead of time.
This isn’t my first Andrew McFerrin narrated title. He wasn’t as perfect on this title as he was on others, but he was still very easy to listen to. Some of the voices had me a bit perturbed, but the voice used for the main characters and the main narration was smooth and easy.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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