Author: Joslyn Westbrook
Narrator: Sierra Kline; Tim Paige
Length: 6 hours 4 minutes
Publisher: Fifth Avenue Publications
Released: Dec. 7, 2020
Rating: 4 Stars
Told in the first person. Alternating persons.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Joslyn Westbrook. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
What happens when a book blogger accidentally publishes her digital diary online?
A viral shitstorm, that's what.
No way did I want thousands of subscribers to read my confessions—yet, that's precisely what went down last night after four too many Cosmos with my girls.
Now, Damage Control is my new middle name because my diary confessional has my roommate, Lucas Stone, written all over it.
I've been in love with him forever—well, ever since I saw him sprint across campus naked during our first year of college.
And now that Lucas knows how I feel about him?
Well, things are destined to get awkward.
Because Lucas Stone, my BFF—the man who sleeps only one room over—just got engaged. And his fiancée isn't me.
CONFESSIONS OF A BOOKAHOLIC is a steamy, friends-to-lovers, sports romance full of laughter and a tiny bit of angst.
Wife. Mom. Foodie. Fashion Junkie. Rom-Com Lover. Author of sexy rom-coms and feel-good contemporary romance, Joslyn Westbrook's novels feature sweep-you-off-your feet heroes and the sassy, classy, badassy heroines who can't seem to breathe without them. When she's not writing, Joslyn can be found watching Netflix, cooking, shopping, and spending time with her husband and children at home in sunny California.
Independent Audiobook Award finalist Sierra Kline is a programmer by day, narrator by night. Sierra earned her degree in theater from Michigan State University, which she has been fortunate to put to heavy use both on the stage and in the booth. When she's not lending her voice to multiple genres, from romance to LitRPG, she prefers the great outdoors and loves running, traveling, and backpacking.
Tim Paige is an audiobook narrator with a passion for rom coms, superheroes, and telling stories that provide an escape from the world (or a new lens with which to view it). A former full-time touring musician, Tim has played on some of the biggest stages in the world. He is the voice of "The More You Know" on NBC, and has provided voice-over for many national commercials, promos, trailers, and video games. When he's not narrating audiobooks or voicing fun projects, you'll most often find him playing pretend with his two sons, shouting at the television during Syracuse Orange basketball and football games, or cooking up tasty vegan treats.
When discovering a new author, listening to their book is a good choice. You may even discover a new narrator. But you can get a little confused by the title choice. I don’t mind that the book was told in the first person but since we have two main characters, they both have a voice. I went in with assumptions that this was going to be told from the female’s point of view only.
You won’t want to make that same assumption. The storyline also had less to do about her blog. It’s more about the budding relationship between two roommates. Had the title been different, I don’t think I would be as confused about what one had to do with the other.
If you like couples that get steamy than you’ll get that fix here. Their verbal interactions sound realistic and what people that age would probably talk about. At times, you might feel like a third wheel – seeing what you shouldn’t be seeing. That’s where our narrators do a great job. Ms. Kline and Mr. Paige help to bring their characters to life. They have a way of adding feelings to the words the author has written. I’ve listened to Mr. Paige before and would do so again. This was my first for Ms. Kline but hopefully not my last.
As far as the author, Ms. Westbrook, I think I need to get to know more about her writing style. I’m not someone that’s one then done. Sometimes you just don’t connect with a book, or the characters, but the next book might be different. Plus, I think listening to the audio version of this title was a good idea since I’m not sure that I would rate it the same if I read it myself.
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