Audio Review: Champagne Kisses by Lynda Aicher, Narrator Tobias Silversmith #AfternoonDelight

Audio Review: Champagne Kisses by Lynda Aicher, Narrator Tobias Silversmith #AfternoonDelightChampagne Kisses by Lynda Aicher

Narrator: Tobias Silversmith
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance, M/M Romance
Published by Riptide on December 2, 2016
Length: 1 hour 56 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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Meant to be a one-night of passion that transforms into something more makes for a satisfying quick listening encounter during the fast pace of the holiday season (or any other time).  This was my first time reading this author’s books.  She puts together a pair of contrasts for her love interests and develops an engaging if brief plot.

Evan Cleary owns his own event planning business and has spent several weeks prepping for his first big account.  He stands in horror as one groom discovers the other has cheated on him the day of the wedding.  Evan along with Richard, brother to one of the grooms, must think quickly and turn disaster into success.  He needs the references a successful night would bring to his fledgling business.  It’s Christmas Eve so Evan thinks on his feet and successfully converts a wedding and reception into a fabulous Christmas Eve Party.

Sparks have been shooting back and forth between the flamboyant Evan and conservative Richard the whole time they have worked on the wedding together.  Richard decides to do something about it.  With a false start due to his blunt statement that he doesn’t care for fems or flamers to a man who flies his gay colorfully and loud, Richard finally talks Evan into one night.  Both agree that it can be nothing more since Richard doesn’t like Evan’s sort and Evan won’t suppress what he is.

The pair soon figure out through their night together that the attraction runs deeper, but their differences divide them.  Or do they?

When I say quick, I mean quick when it comes to this shorter novella.    It wasn’t deep as a result, but there was definitely enough there to provide an engaging story.  Both men have preconceived notions.  Evan is reactionary and Richard is cruelly blunt.  I winced a few times over their painful moments.  The passion between the pair is hot and spicy.  The conflict and resolution worked well within the story length and I was left with a smile.

I experienced this story in audio format with Tobias Silversmith as narrator.  I heard his work once before and thought he did a great job.  This one was equally satisfying.  He narrated both Evan and Richard’s points of views well.  He caught the tone and pace of the story as well as the emotions so that I could imagine the story easily.

All in all, this was a delightful distraction and perfect when I wanted a complete story with not a lot of time.  I would recommend this to those who want an opposites attract m/m contemporary romance set during the holidays.

My thanks to Riptide Books for the opportunity to listen to the book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Sounds like an enjoyable novella. I haven’t listened to many male narrators since I’m still pretty new to audiobooks, but this one sounds like a nice one. I also haven’t read or listened to any M/M Romance novels before. Not sure why though!
    A short novella is definitely what us book bloggers grave sometimes.
    Great review! 😉

    • That is for sure, Maureen. I love getting these shorties between my longer reads to balance it all out. 🙂

      Hope you get the chance to pick up more audios with male narrators to try and maybe an m/m when you find one that catches your eye.

  • That really is a short novella. But if it told the story and left you with a smile on your face, then why not? Sounds fun-the opposites attract thing. Glad you enjoyed and you’re are right, sometimes you just want to listen to something quick!

    • It’s always a gamble whether a short novella will be developed enough to give a strong story. I was glad that this one did.

      Ha, yes, sometimes I’m in the mood to have a story finish in one sitting.

  • As long as Richard isn’t too cruel and there is an HEA, I think I’d be good with this one. I need to check out both the author and narrator’s work. I don’t think I’ve experienced either.

    • We-ll, it will depend on your definition of too cruel. He shot off his mouth and then had to make good on the harm he did. This was my first time with the author and I’d give her books another go. I do enjoy Tobias’ narration work already.

  • The cover makes me think that the one model is Hulk-ripping off his shirt or something. 😀 I’d not heard of this book! It sounds like the men are fire and ice – I love it when there is intense passion between the pair. I’m glad you liked this one, Sophia! Great review!

    Have a fabulous week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Haha, that’s funny. Especially since I’m pretty sure that model is meant to be Evan who would get a kick out of ‘Hulking’ his shirt. Oh good call, yes they are like fire and ice.

      Thanks, Alyssa!