Author: L.A. Long
Narrator: Ruel Keith
Length: 8 hours 25 minutes
Publisher: AVN Publications
Released: Nov. 25, 2020
Rating: 4 Stars
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by L.A. Long. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Historical romance writer Lenore Held, aka LaSandra Lacy, feeling the need to step into the present century, both personally and professionally, has agreed to coauthor a steamy contemporary romance with male author, MP Finnegan. And as sparks begin to fly, on and off the written page, the world around them turns into utter chaos. Her son’s father, Senator Byron Maxwell, makes an appearance in her life after an almost 22-year absence. Theirs was the proverbial bad clique of a Washington romance: the gentrified, conservative, womanizing statesman and the beautiful, brilliant but naive, starry-eyed intern, who had the bad taste to become pregnant with his child. He pretended they didn’t exist, until now. Now he wants something from her, something that isn’t hers to give. Add to that a media play gone horribly wrong, a stalker, home invasion, and unhinged family members of the senator’s, and Lenore and MP’s life together begins to resemble a book plot. But unlike a book, the turmoil that surrounds them is real and deadly.
L.A. LONG is an insurance industry executive with a long history investigating insurance fraud. She applies her knowledge of the law, investigation, and human behavior to developing her story lines. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her family, three cats and a very human dog. She is the author of three novels, Another Notch in the Beltway, It’s Not Too Late for Therapy, and Operation No Coincidence. Learn more at LALongBooks.com.
The author has written what some may call a romance but she also includes some political intrigue and mystery. The political intrigue would fit in perfectly with some of the politicos that are currently in office. The intrigue didn’t take away from the romance that develops between the main characters but helps to move the story along. And some of that romance can get a little steamy.
Mr. Keith was all right as a narrator but I don’t know if he was the perfect choice for this book. There were times when I thought I picked up on the voice he would do for one character but used for another but then he quickly corrected. At one point, I thought I heard a background noise but not sure if that was intentional – so that’s what I’m going to go with. As I was getting toward the last quarter of the story, I heard a couple of missteps that I was surprised were not edited/corrected.
Listening to this book was a great way to pass the time but I think that I would have more fun in reading it myself. I tried to see if the narrator had read other work, just to give me something to compare to, but couldn’t locate anything. I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced this, but there came a time where you hear someone talk but don’t concentrate on the words.
Something like that is not fair to what this author has created. Going back to read the book would help to concentrate on her scenes. Even reading and listening might help. Plus, then I might not laugh at hearing Mr. Keith during scenes where one of the secondary characters is talking. I don’t know if he will take it as a compliment but when the narrator did the voice for said character all I could think of was Harvey Fierstein. I’ve always been a fan of Mr. Fierstein so I hope he takes it that way.
This was my first experience with Ms. Long and it won’t be the last. I’m interested to see what other works she has done. She writes under a different name and will have to check that work out as well.