Saturday, July 25, 2015

Written in the Stars by Alix Bekins (audiobook)

Title: Written in the Stars
Author: Alix Bekins
My Rating: B+
Narrator: Peter B. Brooke

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Bailey and John
Release Date: February 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
Bailey McMillan’s life is a mess. The general public blames him for his former employer’s nuclear pollution, resulting in professional disgrace. Humiliated, he takes a job as an editor at a science magazine run by his best friend, John. That part isn’t so bad; Bailey is fond of John, who seems to find Bailey’s abrasive nature amusing.

Unfortunately, working for John also leads to writing an astrology column in exchange for getting free rein in some op-ed articles—and then being sued over one. The (totally coincidental) accuracy of the column offers opportunity for further professional disgrace if anyone discovers its author—and then Bailey digs himself a little deeper.

In an attempt to prove astrology is bogus, he agrees to an experiment to date someone from each star sign. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Bailey’s got a stupid crush on John, who stubbornly insists on a detailed breakdown of every date—bad and otherwise. Bailey’s luck has to improve sometime… right?
My Review:
Overall.... 4.0
Performance... 4.25

Story.... 4.0

Honestly, I have no idea how I came across this audiobook. I've never read this author before, so it was either an Audible rec or another reviewer that enjoyed it. Either way, I am so glad that I grabbed this one. It was a good book.

This book is entirely Bailey's book. Think Sheldon from Big Bang Theory and you have Bailey...he's just a bit more sexual than Sheldon is on the show. Bailey is a scientist who's very confident in his intelligence level and not so patient with everyone else's lack of intelligence level. He has very exacting expectations of others. So it's really humorous that he ends up writing the horoscope column for the magazine he works at. 

In an effort to prove that horoscopes are nonsense, Bailey places a bet with his boss and best friend, John, that he will go on twelve dates with men from other zodiac signs. For the experiment to work, he has no idea what signs any of the men are and then at the end they will compare the quality of his dates to who he should be compatible with based on the stars. 

It's a fun premise as we watch Bailey go on these twelve dates...some successful and some of them REALLY not. But even more interesting was watching John's reactions to the different dates. Bailey has no idea that John could even be interested in him. He doesn't even know John is bi-sexual, so to watch that all play out and revealed slowly was fun. The entire book is told from Bailey's POV so you are guessing right along with him.

It was simply a sweet book and a fun read. I love a good friends to lovers story and this is definitely one of those. These two are best friends and that makes the best basis for a romance (in my opinion). 

And it should be noted that the narrator did a PHENOMENAL job with this book. There are 12 dates, plus the main characters and situations. That is a lot of different voices and inflections. He did each one of them COMPLETELY different. I was amazed at his range of voices...truly impressive.

If you've never read m/m, this is actually a good book to start with. Most the sexual moments take place off the page, so it's not real graphic. The book is concentrated on the story and the build-up between the two characters. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it.

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