Author: Sean Michael
Narrator: Jeff Gelder
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
eBook Release Date: 01/07/2014
Audiobook Release Date: 02/17/2015
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Allen Jameson had it all—the perfect house, the perfect partner, the perfect life—until his partner, Gary, died suddenly, leaving him alone in the real world, where life isn’t so pretty and people make mistakes. Now Allen is the owner of Sweet ‘n’ Sassy Cupcake Shop, a cute boutique downtown, where he invents delicious flavors like strawberry and French meringue. Between working long hours and making special orders, Allen barely has time to think.
Then a hunky contractor walks into his shop looking for a treat. Allen and Byron Bannigan are total opposites, but they’re perfect together—salty and sweet like Allen’s signature peanut butter and chocolate ganache cupcakes. But as Allen struggles to juggle his business and his boyfriend, he learns he can only handle so much. He may have to choose between the cupcakes in his store and the cupcake in his bed.
My View – Story:
This is one of those stories where the narrator matters. When I read this on my own in ebook format, I was left thinking this was a cute novella. I loved the uncomplicated romance and the way the characters interacted. I loved Allen and felt so happy that he was finally with a man who brought out all facets of his personality. A man different from him who showed him that there can be second chances in life and that Allen deserved to love again. And I loved Byron. I loved the way he was not the typical rough construction guy but was supportive and loving towards Allen. This was just a very sweet romance and I really enjoyed it. So I jumped at the chance to review the audiobook.
Listening to this in audio format, I thought this was the cheesiest thing ever and kinda felt that Allen was stupid and overly simplistic. These thoughts had absolutely nothing to do with the story itself and everything to do with the way the narrator delivered his narration. When I read this, I was able to place inflection and emphasis where I liked. I was able to turn normal words into lustful statements as the story dictated. This narrator, however, did not and it made for a very awkward listening experience. I do not recommend this audiobook. Read it for yourself instead.
My View – Narration:
I have listened to other stories narrated by Jeff Gelder and I do not remember any of those being as awkward and dry as this one. This narration was lacking in emotion and delivery. Allen came across as stupid and B was gruff and creepy. There was nothing in this narration to suggest these men had any connection and so this story fell flat.
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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