Pura Vida by Sara Alva ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

puravidaTitle: Pura Vida

Author: Sara Alva

Narrator: Joseph Northton

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: unkown

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

Release Date: 08/14/2015

Length: 02 hours 23 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult


Simon has found himself in an open relationship for the summer—though not by choice. Instead of wallowing, he’s decided to make the most of a family vacation to Costa Rica by hooking up with the first hot guy available. Trouble is, he has no clue how to go about doing that.

Luckily, he runs into someone with a little more experience. But when the moments of lust turn into something more, Simon isn’t so sure he’ll be able to return to his old relationship. And there’s no way to hold onto this new one, either, as thousands of miles will separate them in only a few short weeks. Either way, he’ll have to learn to let go.

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love Has No Boundaries” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

Story Review:

I enjoyed this short story. It was rather sweet and heartwarming. What looked to be a summer fling turned out to be the start of something memorable. This is the kind of story that brings to mind youth and crushes and reminds us all of our preoccupation with ourselves when we were young. Yet at the same time, this story presented a picture of the desire for love and how that can often lead us to make choices we would not have otherwise entertained.


These boys had an attraction that was instant but the emotional connection was timid and fragile. The author portrayed their feelings through their actions and thoughts so that the reader could see them fumble through deciding what kind of affair this would turn out to be. It was easy to see that Juan and Simon had different opinions of how to view their growing connection. I enjoyed watching this journey of innocence. I like that there is the potential for this love to last but that the author did not force the forever.
However, the ending left me rather confused. I am still not sure if Juan agreed to Simon’s terms or not. The way the final scene played out was very unclear. I had to listen to the epilogue three times before I realized I was not missing anything, it was just weird and confusing.

Narration Review:

Joseph Northton is a new narrator for me. I think he did a great job. His voices were appropriate and his reading brought out the innocence in this story. His narration brought this one to life and I enjoyed listening to him.


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I would like to thank the author for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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