First Comes Marriage by Shira Anthony ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

FirstComesMarriageTheAUDLGTitle: First Comes Marriage

Author: Shira Anthony

Narrator: John Solo

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 02/09/2016

Length: 06 hours 20 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


Their marriage was supposed to be all business….

When struggling novelist Chris Valentine meets Jesse Donovan, he’s interested in a book contract, or possibly a date. The last thing Chris expects is a marriage proposal from New York City’s most eligible bachelor!

Jesse’s in a pinch. To keep control of his company, he has to marry. So he has valid reasons for offering Chris this business deal: in exchange for living in a gorgeous mansion for a year, playing the doting husband, Chris gets all the writing time he wants and walks away with a million-dollar payoff. Surely Chris can handle that. He can handle living with the most handsome and endearing man he’s ever met, a man he immediately knows he wants in the worst way and can’t have. Or can he?

Story Review:

I LOVED this story. Others may not agree, but this one hit me just right and I loved my listening experience. Jesse and Chris’s story was a slow burn that was totally worth the wait. Loving this particular trope is my dirty little secret, but I do so love a good arranged marriage turns into love story. And Ms. Anthony did it up good with a great premise, great follow through, and great characters, especially the lovable and slightly broken Jesse. I fell so hard for him that I wanted to wrap him up in my arms and never let anything bad happen to him.

I liked this story so much I even forgave the stupidity of both men who could have avoided a LOT of heartache if they would have just stopped being so stubborn and TALKED to each other. But Jesse and Chris’s journey was just so…perfect for me that I didn’t care about their stupidity. I loved these men together, I loved the way they grew, and I loved the way they fell in love.

I also have to give Ms. Anthony props for the evil step-grandmother twist. It was handled so well that it only enhanced Chris and Jesse as a couple and I totally want to see more of their relationships a few years down the road.

Narration Review:

John Solo did a good job reading this novel. His characters were good and the emotions were well displayed. I just have a hard time with some of his voices sometimes.


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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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