Audio Review: Modern Love by Beau North

Posted July 23, 2018 by Lorna in Reviews, Audio Book / 16 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audio Review: Modern Love by Beau North
Modern Love
Narrated by Becci Martin

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on June 26, 2018
Length: 4 hours and 39 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Author

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The Delight

A  fairly different take on contemporary romance is always welcome by me and this book fit the bill. The author took me on a romantic journey between two complex characters-with a side of David Bowie-and I really enjoyed the trip.

Review

This was a new author to me and I didn’t know much about the story, but that didn’t matter to me. Sophia asked if I would be interested in listening and the author provided the audio in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was all in as soon as I started listening.

Alice Aberdeen meets Will Murphy and it’s pretty much enemies at first sight. Will is best friends with Alice’s sister’s boyfriend, Gabe. They manage to have a fight before they even meet, so of course the set-up proposed by Gabe and Emma, Alice’s sister, doesn’t happen. And since Alice was in the dark about the set-up, she’s even more unhappy with Will. But, because of her sister’s relationship with Gabe, Will slowly becomes established in Ali’s life-whether either one wants it or not.

Ali is a very complex character. She’s getting ready to graduate from college with a degree in art and works part time as a bartender. She’s also all about David Bowie. Ali is unapologetically bi-sexual and has only recently broke up with her girlfriend of over two years, Jamie. So she’s not exactly at her best since the break up of a relationship with someone that treated her horribly hasn’t left her with very much in the self esteem department. To makes thing even more complex, she’s been through rehab for drugs and alcohol. Interesting/traumatic family history is much to blame for that. Will owns his own small company, drives an expensive car and has his own home. Over and above that, he’s a nice guy-if you forget the fight at the beginning. He’s also half Indian(not native)and Irish and is mega good looking.

At only 184 pages or just over four and a half hours of listening, this was a short(just shy of not being a novella to me)book that never bored me. I found Alice’s character to be pretty compelling and after all her struggles, I rooted for her to find a forever kind of love. Ali has to overcome a lot of baggage in order to move on in her life and get back some self esteem. Will, although not as compelling, still stood out as a good partner for Ali, one that is willing to overlook all of her past mistakes/problems and just love her. I loved that he was on board about what he felt for her, way before Ali knows what she wants. That being said, it’s not all hearts and flowers for Will and he does have his moments of doubting Ali.

Narration by Becci Martin was well done and I would listen to her again. I enjoyed hearing Ali’s “voice” in this case and it just made me like her character more. Especially Ali’s snark. Will’s voice, while still pretty feminine, was also distinctive as being his and not Ali’s. Hopefully that makes sense. I enjoyed the listen and rated the narration at 4.5 stars.

It might have been short, but the book was full of well written, complex characters and a well realized plot. I considered it to be a bit unique due to not only how it was written, but also how much more complex the characters and even story line is than most contemporary romance. Highly recommended to adult romance fans.

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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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  • oh it looks quite well done and I confess that it’s a new one to me

    • It was well done. Sophia even gave it 5 stars if I remember what I saw on GoodReads correctly..

  • This is a new one to me and sure sounds like a great group of complicated characters which I do enjoy. Great review.

    • Thank you. I like complex characters too unless I am reading something really fun and light.

  • Debbie Haupt

    I tend to like characters with a little more miles on them Lorna, I’m not a fan of NA or YA and this is just on the cusp on NA vs adult. How was the drama, too much? Great Review

    • Trying to think as it’s been awhile since I listened. I don’t think the drama was too much? Will is definitely an adult as he is older than Ali and she was 22 so I never thought about it being NA.

  • Karen

    I love novellas and the enemies to more trope is one of my favorites.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • Yes, I generally enjoy the enemy to lover trope as well.

  • I LOVE THAT COVER!!!!

    • Yes, it’s different isn’t it? Almost rustic looking.

  • I’m sooo glad it turned out to be a good one for you, Lorna. 🙂 I loved it, too.

    • I think I saw your review-not sure. It really kept my interest and I really liked the narrator as well.

  • I haven’t read anything by this author before but this sounds like a story with some really great characters. Glad it worked out for you, Lorna!

    • I did really enjoy it Carole. The characters were really good ones!

  • I like when the narrator enhances the snark and brings out the characters personality.

    • I agree! Love snark any way I can get it actually 🙂