L-L-L-Little Reviews #22: 3-Part Adult Romantic Comedy Serial

Posted March 22, 2020 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 0 Comments

My audiobook listening is probably going to go way down, since I won’t be driving anywhere really for a while due to the quarantine thing. My school, well, all schools in the state of Kansas have gone to online learning for the rest of this school year, so I won’t be driving there. My part time job at the bookstore has had to cut back hours as well, and I’ll let those who need the hours have them, since I’ll still actually get paid for my school library job. But since I usually listen to audiobooks when I’m driving, that will really cut me back on them. So right now, this post, will wrap up all the new audiobooks I’ve listened to. The one I’ve got going in my car right now is a favorite, featuring one of my all time top book boyfriends, it’s Play by Kylie Scott, and I’m loving listening to Andi Arndt tell me Mal’s story again. But anyway, the books I’m featuring today are three parts that were available on Audible Escapes, all the same book really.

P.S. It’s Always Been You by Lauren Blakely:

Part 1:

My rating: 4 stars

So I really enjoyed this, although it did leave off at a big part, which I get, it is supposed to! Now, this was an audiobook, and had Andi Arndt narrating the character Presley, awesomely as she always does. And Scott Eastwood narrated the male character, Hunter. And unfortunately, there’s my biggest gripe with this. It’s not that he has a bad voice. No, I actually really like his voice. But oh my gosh, does he need to learn how to read aloud! He pauses at all the wrong times, and speeds through places where there should be pauses and emphasizes words or syllables that should not be. It wasn’t anything I could fix with speeding it up, but I muddled through his parts because it was a good story at least. I think it might be his first audioboook narrating experience? So maybe he can talk to some more experienced readers, like Joe Arden, Sebastian York, etc., and get some help?

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Narrated by Scott Eastwood and Andi Arndt, a sweeping, second chance romance that weaves mystery, passion, and humor as two present-day lovers search for a love story from the past…. 

Past loves should stay in the past. 

After the way my first love took off for the ends of the earth, the last thing I want is to see him on billboards and bookstore bestseller shelves. Now my boss just handed me the project that could make my career. All I have to do is partner up with the man, the myth, the legend – adventurer Hunter Armstrong. 

That’s easier said than done, because when we reconnect, I learn Hunter has his own agenda on this project. And it’s not to find a treasure in art and antiques. It’s me. But what we discover shocks both of us, and we have no choice but to follow the clues…. 

Part 2:

My rating: 4 stars

The second part had a lot more of the angst and a lot of fun adventures. Chasing the clues to find all the letters of the love story begins and is so much fun! All the side characters and the historical bits related to circus time was a lot of fun. Unfortunately, Scott Eastwood’s reading still dragged it out for me and I suffered through his portions, doing my best to listen and not correct all his weird pauses and such in my brain, like my brain wanted to do.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Indulge in the second installment in #1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely’s sweeping, second chance romance!
I was pretty good at living without regrets until a way too close call during a skydive. Instead of my life flashing before my eyes, I saw one face, one regret that’s been gnawing at me ever since—Presley. And now I know I have to win her back at any cost. Fate steps in when we discover hidden stories from the past. And they’re an opportunity I can’t pass up. The just might be the path back to the woman I let get away while we chase down a love story a hundred years in the making. 

Part 3:

My rating: 4 stars

The conclusion was good, and had a bit of fun surprises to it. And not just that, I liked that it was pretty realistic in how the two dealt with challenges that came up in their relationship. Not overly dramatic, although there may have been a first thought for each, but both quickly realized that being together was important not how they did it. I loved the way that Hunter came to his realization, and that he was able to be there for Presley and put her first. Once again though, Scott Eastwood’s narration left a lot to be wanted for this audiobook. His voice, great, his performance still bad. Like when I’d have middle school boys read aloud. Yeah, that bad.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Devour the final installment in #1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely’s sweeping, second chance romance! Hunter Armstrong sauntered back into my life unexpectedly, all lopsided grin, mischievous eyes and rugged determination. Not to mention a huge heart. He’s nearly impossible to resist, but that’s what I have to do as we follow the clues in a trail of love letters from a century ago. But with every new twist in the story, this treasure hunter seems to set his sights more firmly on reclaiming my heart. I desperately want to believe him, but the trouble is I don’t know if I’m simply getting swept up in the past, or if we can truly try again for a brand new present. 

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