Saturday, June 16, 2018

Where I Belong by J. Daniels (audiobook)

Title: Where I Belong
Author: J. Daniels
My Rating: B
Narrator: Eric Michael Summerer and Stella Bloom

Genre: New Adult Romance 
Series: Alabama Summer #1
Main Characters: Mia and Ben
Release Date: June 2015 (audiobook)
Publisher: Audible
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
A New York Times bestselling enemies to lovers STANDALONE
romance.

When Mia Corelli returns to Alabama for a summer of fun with her childhood best friend, Tessa, there's only one thing keeping her on edge. One person that she’d do anything to avoid.

Benjamin Kelly. World’s biggest dickhead.

Mia hates him with a fury and has no desire to ever see him again. When she decides to start her summer off with a bang and finally give away her v-card, she unknowingly hands it over to the one guy that excelled at making her life miserable, learning a valuable lesson in the process.

Always get the name of the guy you’re going home with.

Ben can’t get the girl he spent one night with out of his head. When she leaves him the next morning, he thinks he’ll never see her again. Until he sees her lounging by the pool with his sister.

Mia is determined to hate Ben, even though she can’t forget him.

Ben is determined to prove he’s not the same guy he used to be.

What happens when the one person you wish never existed becomes the one person you can’t imagine being without?
 
My Review:
Overall: 3.5
Performance: 3.75
Story: 3.0

I need to preface this review with a disclaimer. I listened to the audiobook version of this book. THIS AUDIO did not work for me...at all. But honestly, I don't think it was the author or even the narrators faults. I've noticed an interesting phenomena with my personal tastes and audio. ***I cannot handle extreme dirty or sweet talk in audio.*** They drive me nuts. I can read a book with over the top dialogue and be just fine with it. In fact, a lot of times I really love it. 

But there's just something about listening to it that drives home and cheesy and schmaltzy the dialogue can sound. That was my issue with this book. The dialogue just hit me all wrong...the cutesy pet names and then turning around with the dirty talk. *shudder* It did NOT work for me. 

But to be honest, I don't think it would have bothered me near as much if I'd been reading the book myself. In fact, I think I would have really enjoyed the book. 

So...my recommendation...if you want to read this book, read it. Don't listen to it if you have the same little pet peeves that I do. And again, this was not a narrator issue. There are just some words and phrasing that sound like too much when listening to them aloud.

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