Stirring Up Trouble and All Stirred Up by ZA Maxfield ~ Audiobook Review by Brandilyn

StirringTitle: Stirring Up Trouble and All Stirred Up
Series: Stirring books 1 & 2

Author: ZA Maxfield

Narrator: Biff Summers

Publisher: Self Published

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

Release Date: 11/02/2016

Length: 04 hours 26 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance

Summary:

Stirring Up Trouble

Toby Andrews is cooking up more than a little trouble for Evan Blankenship. Because of pranks, indiscretions, and plain bad timing, his ability to work in New York’s temples of haute cuisine is a thing of the past. When Toby’s sister tells him he should look up an acquaintance whose restaurant – Le Potiron – is failing, he doesn’t have much choice.

Pretty soon he’s in bed, literally, with a cook who hates people, trying to save a restaurant that only the neighborhood mothers seem to love, and on the verge of another – possibly painful – lesson or two about what it means to be successful.

Evan hates everyone but Toby. Toby likes to stir things up. See what’s on the menu at Le Potiron in Stirring Up Trouble.

All Stirred Up
After Brendan and his mother witness a completely random tragedy, his carefully controlled life begins to fall apart. First he starts having nightmares and panic attacks, and then he loses focus in his daily life. His board of directors insists he take a vacation at a so-called “relaxation destination”, and to make matters worse, they’ve hired newly minted psychiatrist, Dr. Dirk Melovitch, to accompany him.

Dirk, whose job it is to help Brendan learn to relax, walks into the lobby of Brendan’s hotel wearing a borrowed suit and an attitude that rubs Brendan the wrong way from the moment they meet. They head for the airport and their carefully planned itinerary goes out the window, one small setback at a time.

From the airports of New York and Atlanta, to the long, lonely highways of Texas, to an upscale rehab destination in Santa Fe, Brendan and Dirk each try to gain the upper hand until both find out that it’s not just life that can get a guy all stirred up.

Story Review:

While technically each installment in the Stirring series by ZA Maxfield – Stirring Up Trouble and All Stirred Up — can be read as stand alone stories, I recommend reading them together. They are both short, so you have nothing to lose.
Twin brothers Evan and Brendan Blankenship each find their happily ever after in their half of the series. However, how they come to that HEA is different for the two brothers. Fitting since, despite being identical twins they are indeed very different people.
In Stirring up Trouble, grumpy, people-despising Evan meets his match in the affable, trouble-magnet Toby. I can’t say that the plot is all that intricate, but it is entertaining.
All Stirred Up lets us see into the mind of the other twin, Brendan. He is a party boy who has partied just a bit too much. He has also been witness to a horrific accident. A road trip and an off-limits psychiatrist are pitted against Brendan’s self-worth.

Neither of these stories are deep or mysterious. They are probably 1 step from porn without plot. I.e the porn is strong in these two little tales. There is just enough plot, however, to keep me listening.

Narration Review:

I was pleasantly surprised by the narration of this series Biff Summers narrates both installments. He was nice to listen to, consist in the voices across both stories, and brought each character to life. I will be happy to listen to another

Links

Stirring Up Trouble and All Stirred Up on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Audible

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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