If you don’t know by now that I have a little itty-bitty audiobook problem, then you have not been paying attention, so I will say it again. I love audiobooks. Don’t get me wrong, I love paper books and eBooks as well… but audiobooks and I go way back. They are how I discovered the magical world of Harry Potter. They are the way I was able to traverse the lands of Middle Earth (before the movies *shocker*). They are the way I did not go completely insane commuting in Houston traffic. So a little bit of an obsession was born. Over thanksgiving I discovered a couple of short and sweet audiobooks by Lex Valentine, Broken Bonds and Save Your Love. I thoroughly enjoyed both, BUT didn’t get the reviews written in a timely manner. When I asked Ms. Valentine to be a guest here, I decided to instead review her latest Audio release Kissing Joan Collins – her 2012 Valentine’s day release from MLR press.
Title: Kissing Joan Collins
Author: Lex Valentine
Narrator: Chip Wood
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Gay suspense author Logan Moore fell in love with the most perfect gay man ever during his freshman year in college. But his roommate and best friend Chase Courtland never showed an interest in him. Twelve years and a handful of failed relationships later, Logan acknowledges that he still loves Chase. When Chase puts on a designer dress, four-inch heels and a wig and transforms himself into Joan Collins for a Valentine’s Day masquerade party, Logan’s libido rockets out of control. One look at Chase’s perfect ass in the skin tight dress and Logan is ready to drag him off to bed. But can two best friends bridge the gap of a dozen years of denial and build a life together after one amazing night of revelations, confessions and love?
I enjoyed Kissing Joan Collins for what it is. It is a short, sweet, Valentines story about two old friends who have each been lusting after the other for 12 years. 12 YEARS!!! That is the one thought that kept running through my head. Second-chance romances and long time friends-to-lovers romances like this one sometimes just break my heart because they wasted 12 YEARS! Yes, yes, yes they are fictional characters, but still. There wasn’t a ton of plot developement, telling only as much back story was was absolutely needed. But this isn’t meant to be an epic novel, that is not what the call had been about. Logan and Chase are both idiots, cute idiots, but idiots non-the less. Actually, they are both of average to above average intelligence, they just both hid behind their own insecurities for too freaking long.
KCJ was the first book I listened to with Chip Wood narrating. He did a passable job. Didn’t detract from the story in any way, but didn’t really bring the story to life like many of my favorite narrators can. I wouldn’t turn down another Chip Wood narrated story. Overall, if you are looking for a sweet love story with little angst, I would recommend Kissing Joan Collins in either format.
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