Author: Tere Michaels
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska
Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 09/01/2016
Length: 04 hours 52 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
When drama threatens to ruin a romance on a reality show, only a true friend can save a groomzilla’s wedding.
Daniel Green, an event planner with a neat, quiet, orderly life, reluctantly agrees to plan the wedding of his childhood friend Ander, an outrageous fashion designer soon to marry a wealthy entertainment lawyer named Rafe. To complicate matters, the happy couple have agreed to have their wedding made into a reality show—something that practical Daniel isn’t sold on.
Daniel is neither a romantic nor a wedding planner, but he’s the only person in the world who can manage Ander. Distracting him from his mission is Owen Grainger, a too-handsome-to-be-true producer whose quiet charm pulls Daniel into his orbit.
When the stress of the show triggers bad behavior from Ander, co-producer Victor Pierce decides it’s the key to a ratings bonanza, and he begins to undermine Ander and Rafe’s relationship to create more drama. Daniel is determined to protect his friend and his own reputation, but when he finds himself falling hard for Owen, there’s much more at stake than ratings.
This was a cute story. It was relatively low angst and had a lot of heart. The characters were likeable when they were supposed to be and unlikable the rest of the time. Each man had some depth and grew as the story progressed. I liked the concept and enjoyed the way things ended.
However, I felt like this story was just missing the meat it needed to be really good. It touched on a lot of things and had the potential to really dig into some hard topics, but the author never went anywhere with anything. It was as if she had this great outline and just skimmed the surface of everything. Like she didn’t want to really get into the heart of the angst and instead chose to just touch on some things so that the story would stay light and fluffy.
I wanted more about Daniel’s past and I really wanted more of Owen’s emotional scars. I wanted more of the Victor/Owen angst. I wanted more of the way Victor was trying to tear Ander and Rafe apart. I wanted more of how Ander fought back and more of Ander and Rafe as a couple. I just wanted more. The bones were there, but the execution needed more word count to achieve its full potential.
The narration was good. It mirrored the story and brought out the characters. Nick J. Russo’s voice is easy to listen to and since he is so prevalent at the moment, very predictable and steady.
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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