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Book: Love So Hot
Author: Marquita Valentine
Narrator: Piper Goodeve
Audio Speed: 1.25x
Series: Lawson Brothers #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Love So Hot is a sweet romance and enjoyable listen. Sydney McKnight and Brody Lawson have been best friends for 23 years, but lately both have been feeling a bit more for the other. Unfortunately, neither wants to ruin their friendship, assuming that if they spill their true feelings and other other doesn’t reciprocate, they’d lose a friend. So instead, they play games, hoping to make the other realize how much more they could have.
At first I didn’t care for Brody, a ladies man with a girlfriend. It bothered me that he was in love with one person… his best friend, but sleeping with another. However, this resolved itself quickly and actually played out well in the long run. I loved the idea of Brody and Sydney together and found their romance sweet, as well as sexy. It was so painfully obvious to everyone that the pair was in love, yet neither Sydney nor Brody would allow themselves to believe it.
This best-friends-to-lovers story is a bit predictable, yet still managed to hit me in the heart. While I was frustrated with lack of communication, I ended up enjoying the book overall. However, there was more than one time that the pair was in the perfect position to share their true feelings, and either one or the other copped out. But I guess the story would have been over quickly without the contrived misunderstandings.
I was even more frustrated with how things went down after the truth was finally revealed. I felt that there was no need to continue the couple’s problems once the truth was out, however, the author kept the pair apart, dragging on the hard feelings.
The narration by Piper Goodeve is enjoyable at a 1.25x speed. I found her performance of Sydney spot on, giving her a tentative and shy voice with a spark when called for. Ms. Goodeve was able to adequately convey the male characters with a bit deeper tone, however, I didn’t love Brody’s voice as much as Sydney’s.
Overall, Love So Hot made for an entertaining listen. A short, small town romance, the story has heart, and even with the frustrating parts, I still enjoyed the book.
My Rating: B-