Title: Written in the Stars
Author: Alix Bekins
Narrator: Peter B. Brooke
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
eBook Release Date: 04/02/2012
Audiobook Release Date: 02/23/2015
Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Bailey McMillan’s life is a mess. The general public blames him for his former employer’s nuclear pollution, resulting in professional disgrace. Humiliated, he takes a job as an editor at a science magazine run by his best friend, John. That part isn’t so bad; Bailey is fond of John, who seems to find Bailey’s abrasive nature amusing.
Unfortunately, working for John also leads to writing an astrology column in exchange for getting free rein in some op-ed articles—and then being sued over one. The (totally coincidental) accuracy of the column offers opportunity for further professional disgrace if anyone discovers its author—and then Bailey digs himself a little deeper.
In an attempt to prove astrology is bogus, he agrees to an experiment to date someone from each star sign. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Bailey’s got a stupid crush on John, who stubbornly insists on a detailed breakdown of every date—bad and otherwise. Bailey’s luck has to improve sometime… right?
My View – Story:
Written in the Stars was snarky and funny in parts. Bailey is quite the character. However, I never really warmed up to him. I found him rude and abrasive and never saw what any of his dates that were attracted to him did. I never saw what John saw in him.
The dates themselves were often funny and entertaining, and if the book were billed as a gay man’s experiment to find compatibility with astrological signs, it would have boosted my rating. However, as a romance between John and Bailey I felt it fell short. It took so long to get there and then I didn’t feel any romantic or sexual chemistry.
Though the scene between them was hot, it was only because I could take their personalities out of it for a while. Once they started talking again, I lost any sense of spark.
However, it was funny and entertaining in spots, I did like the author’s style and would try another of his books.
My View – Narration:
I didn’t care for the narrator’s voice of Bailey. I felt it was too nasally and annoying. It made it even harder to warm up to the character. I also found my mind wandering at times listening to him and had to back track several times to re-listen as sometimes the narrative would start to drone. I did like that he had a different voice for all of the many characters though.
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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