Audiobook Review: Cream and Punishment (King Family #2) by Susannah Nix

Posted January 6, 2023 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 8 Comments

I received this book for free from Home Cooked Books Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audiobook Review:  Cream and Punishment (King Family #2) by Susannah NixCream and Punishment by Susannah Nix
Series: King Family #2
Narrator: Chris Brinkley, Amanda Stribling
on January 18, 2022
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance, Adult Romantic Comedy
Length: 11:44
Source: Home Cooked Books Tours
Format: Audiobook
My Rating: four-stars
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She’s not just my ex-girlfriend. She’s my new coworker.

I knew Lucy Dillard was The One the first time I met her. Yes, I’m enough of a sap to believe in love at first sight. When I fell for Lucy, I fell hard. Everything was great between us—until the moment she dumped me.

Now I just want to forget about her. Instead, I’m stuck staring at her face all day. But I need this job, so I’ll find a way to be civil and professional.

There’s just one small problem: I’m nowhere close to being over her.

First, we were lovers. Then enemies. Now we’re trying to be friends.

I didn’t set out to break Tanner King’s heart, but you know what they say about the road to hell.

I’ve got too many responsibilities and no room in my life for love. I can deal with Tanner’s resentment until he starts working at the desk directly across from mine. Obviously, a truce of some kind is required. We’re both grownups. We can handle this situation like professionals.

There’s only one thing threatening this fragile peace we’ve negotiated: all these inconvenient feelings I apparently still have for him.

Cream and Punishment is book #2 in the King Family series set in the small town of Crowder, Texas, home of the King’s Creamery ice cream company. Each book is a standalone, full-length contemporary romance that follows one of the six King siblings as they find and fight for love.

My Review

I really enjoyed the first book in this series so I was very excited when a possible review opportunity opened up. And I ended up really enjoying this one as well! While there were tons of hilarious, laugh out loud moments, there were a lot of emotional, tears in my eyes moments too. One of the first hilarious bits had to do with a menstrual cup mishap in the work bathroom. But the solution to the situation just made me totally fall in love with Tanner. But then towards the end, when she was having more problems with her mother and Tanner was trying to help, well the way she handled that had me in tears, so upset both for Tanner, and even a little for her, despite how irritated her behavior made me.

I also loved how Tanner and Lucy talked about buying the bookstore and keeping it open. I mean opening a bookstore is my current pie in the sky dream. I loved how nerdy both of them were really. When Tanner said he missed her at one point and he loved her more than Lord of the Rings when she said he was interrupting the movie, I might have swooned a bit.

Finally, I loved Chris Brinkley’s narration as usual. I love how there are moments when his voice makes you feel that he, or the character, must be smiling. The female narrator was a bit much at first, I was afraid I had sped up the narration somehow because she talked so fast. But by the end I really enjoyed her voice as Lucy’s character.

There were a few family issues and happenings in this book that I hope to get more details with in future stories!

About the Author

Susannah Nix is an award-winning author of contemporary romances featuring smart women and swoony men, including the Chemistry Lessons series of romcoms about women who work in STEM fields and the Starstruck series of movie star romances. 

Susannah resides in Texas with her husband, two ornery cats, and a flatulent pit bull. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, knitting, watching stupid amounts of television, and getting distracted by Tumblr. She is also a powerlifter who can deadlift as much as Captain America weighs.

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8 responses to “Audiobook Review: Cream and Punishment (King Family #2) by Susannah Nix

    • Lisa Mandina

      You definitely need to check out Chris Brinkley! Have you read anything by Penny Reid, her Winston brothers series? He narrates all those too. I love the snowflakes too!

    • Lisa Mandina

      I found her through the SmartyPants Romance world really, and am giving her other books a try. And enjoying them!

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