Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Instant Gratification by Lauren Blakely

Posted October 17, 2019 by Jennifer in Contemporary Romance, Listen Up!, Rating B Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Audiobook Review: Instant Gratification

Author:  Lauren Blakely
Narrators: Andi Arndt, Shane East, Sebastian York, Zachary Webber, Bahni Turpin, Vikas Adam, Scott Brick, Jason Clarke, Emma Wilder, Hillary Huber, Joe Arden, Grace Grant, Marisa Calin, Lili Valente, Adam Lau
Audio Speed: 1.0x
Series: Always Satisfied #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source:  Purchased

Instant Gratification is the second book in the Always Satisfied series by Lauren Blakely and like the first book, Satisfaction Guaranteed, it’s connected to characters in Blakely’s Big Rock world. There are a plethora of characters in this novel and with a full cast of narrators, it was a treat to try and make all the connects to other books.

Instant Gratification focuses on Truly Goodman and Jason Reynolds. We first met them in Satisfaction Guaranteed (SG). Truly is the sister of Malone (SG) and Jason is his best friend. They have a chemistry and attraction that can’t happen or so they think.

They let that attraction get the better of them about six months before this story started. They had a wild night of great sex but agreed it couldn’t happen again. Of course, that doesn’t keep either of them from thinking about it and it doesn’t kill the attraction.

Truly is a bar owner and is working on opening another bar, an English pub. She asks Jason for his help his he is an Englishman.  Jason works two jobs, one as The Modern Gentleman Of New York he writes a blog and guest stars on a radio show ran by Ryder Lockheart from The Knocked up Plan. Jason’s other job is as a Best Man for Hire. People who need a best man for their wedding hire him to play the part and write incredible best man speech. Like Truly, Jason wants to expand his business but first, he needs to continue the best man side job to pay for his sister’s medical schooling.

Jason has a few more weddings to get through before he wraps up his time in the wedding world, but most weddings require he has a date and his actress friend has to beg off because she got a role in a play and doesn’t have the time to help Jason anymore. Truly offers to help Jason out with the weddings since he is helping her scout English pubs to get ideas for her purposal for the new pub she wants to open.

This deal puts them together more than they already are and in some sexy situations. One thing leads to another and they are falling in love and figuring out how they can balance a relationship with their workaholic personalities.

I really enjoyed Instant Gratification but I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Truly and Jason because of their hate of bacon, but then she redeemed herself with her pancake song. LOL Seriously Instant Gratification is classic Lauren Blakely, funny, sexy and satisfying.

Andi Arndt (Truly) and Shane East (Jason) narrates the bulk of Instant Gratification.  The POV switching was very seamless from chapter to chapter and within the same chapter, both narrators voice the back and forth dialogue.

There’s a slew of cameos from great narrators like Sebastian York, Zachary Webber, Bahni Turpin, Vikas Adam, Scott Brick, Emma Wilder, Hillary Huber, Joe Arden, Grace Grant, Marisa Calin, Lili Valente, and Adam Lau. Some have bigger parts with their cameos like Jason Clarke.

My Ratings:
Story: B+
Narration: A

About the Book:

Snagging a date? Not a problem. But one that meets my special requirements?

As the premier best-man-for hire in all of Manhattan, I promise discretion, so when I need a plus one for a couple of “I dos,” she needs to be A-Plus in reliability. Fortunately, I have a brilliant solution in asking my best friend’s sister to go on my arm. Truly is my good friend, too, and I trust her completely.

Just look how discreet she’s been about the time we spent the night together. But, it was only once, and it was months ago. We’ve been the souls of restraint ever since. I’m sure we can make it through these weddings without banging each other in the limo. Probably.

Plus, she needs my help with a business proposal. A little I’ll-scratch-your-back-you-scratch-mine doesn’t have to lead to the bedroom, right?

Good thing we know our way around the friend zone. The treacherous, torturous all-too-easy to slide out of friend zone…