Happiness for Beginners by Zahra Owens ~ Audiobook Review by Brandilyn

HappinessforBeginnersAUDLG Title: Happiness for Beginners

Author: Zahra Owens

Narrator: Michael Stellman

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars


Jesse harbored a crush on his TV series costar, Kaye, for more than eight years, but when the show was canceled and he realized those years of playing gay hadn’t convinced Kaye to leave the straight and narrow, Jesse turned his back on acting for good. Ten years later, Kaye is back in Jesse’s life, on Christmas Eve – and the eve of his third divorce. Jesse’s not sure his heart can take another beating, but Kaye has a few tricks up his sleeve – and a few truths from his own heart – that might just convince Jesse that the gifts of love and happiness are not just for Christmas.

A novella from the Dreamspinner Press 2011 Advent Calendar package “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”.

My View – Story:

I am not sure what I was expecting going into Happiness for Beginners by Zhara Owens. That isn’t quite true, I thought we were in for a fairly typical second chance romance for two lovers who never had a first chance. While that is, to an extent, what we were offered, we were also given the story of two men that may not have a second chance.

Kaye is so deep in the closet that he, himself, can’t decide what he wants. There may be some mommy issues involved, but in the end it is all his own screwed up psyche. Jesse, for his part, has been harboring a crush for almost 20 years. He finally thinks he is getting his chance, only to be crushed again.

I am all for suspension of disbelief when I pick up a book of any kind, especially a Christmas story, but this one stretched my disbelief a little too far. The sheer number of issues that have kept Kaye closeted for all these years boggles the mind a bit. I don’t want to spoil the story, but I will say that if you get hung up on details, you might want to give this one a pass.

Overall, It was enjoyable. It left the reader mostly satisfied. It gave the MCs a start to something that could be great… or could crash and burn.

My View – Narration:

I was too flummoxed by the story to pay much attention to the narration on this one. Maybe that is a good thing, maybe it says that the narration wasn’t bad or spectacular. It just faded way and let the story be the at the forefront.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
All Romance eBooks
Audible US

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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