Author: Sarina Bowen
Publisher: Renae Road Books
Genre: M/F Contemporary
Narrators Saskia Maarleveld and Chris Podehl
The girl who’s had everyone meets the boy who has no one.
For Bella, the sweet-talking, free-loving, hip-checking student manager of the Harkness men’s hockey team, sex is a second language. She’s used to being fluent where others stutter, and the things people say behind her back don’t (often) bother her. So she can’t understand why her smoking hot downstairs neighbor has so much trouble staying friends after their spontaneous night together. She knows better than to worry about it, but there’s something in those espresso eyes that makes her second guess herself.
Rafe is appalled with himself for losing his virginity in a drunken hookup. His strict Catholic upbringing always emphasized loving thy neighbor—but not with a bottle of wine and a box of condoms. The result is an Ivy League bout of awkwardness. But when Bella is leveled by a little bad luck and a downright sinister fraternity stunt, it’s Rafe who is there to pick up the pieces.
Bella doesn’t want Rafe’s help, and she’s through with men. Too bad the undeniable spark that crackles between the two of them just can’t be extinguished.
I haven’t read much M/F in the past few years and now read almost exclusively M/M. After reading book 3 in this series, The Understatement of the Year, I didn’t have much of a choice but to continue with this series. Bella was fascinating and when I saw that she was getting a book, I knew I would be reading it. Lady parts be damned!
She didn’t disappoint. I liked her strong sex-positive feminism and watching her and Rafe interact was an absolute joy. They had funny moments, they had sweet moments, they had a lot of somber moments, but it was all done equally well. Both characters held their own and had enough back-story to be complex without getting overwhelmed by it.
I enjoyed this narration just as much as I enjoyed the narration from Sarina’s other books. These are the first times I’ve listened to a book with two narrators but I am fast finding that it works great. Saskia Maarleveld and Nick Podehl were both wonderful and since sometimes female voices done by men are a tad off, I was glad that they went this route.
This is a new favorite series of mine and I think it only benefits from being listened to in audio version.