Audiobook Review: My Two Husbands by Amanda Aksel

Posted July 17, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 25 Comments

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Audiobook Review: My Two Husbands by Amanda Aksel
My Two Husbands
Narrated by Erin Mallon

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Genres: Comedy Romance, Romantic Comedy
Published by The Audio Flow
Released on June 19, 2019
Format: Audiobook
Source: Author
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The Delight

Call it curiosity for why I picked this one up.  I didn’t look at the blurb and only knew the fabulous narrator Erin Mallon was doing the audio on this one.  It was that title.  Two husbands?  Laugh out loud?  That caught my attention and I had to click it on and give it a listen.

Review

My Two Husbands is a standalone and went along rather swiftly.  Yes, I listen at 1.5 speed, but also because the story wasn’t that long.  It took me by surprise and I ended up listening to a large chunk of it in one session.  I was expecting to laugh a lot and I did in places, but the book ended up not being a simple fluffy comedy.

The gist of it is Natalie is now married to her ex-husband’s best friend who had first crack at her and lost her after the first date, but was around when things got bad in her marriage and was there with her to pick up the pieces.  Oh, and her Ex is living in the apartment above their garage and is still her husband’s best friend.  Is it weird that they all get along? she wonders and doesn’t think so, knowing what lots of people are imagining about this arrangement.  Then she had to go and say the wrong man’s name in an intimate moment with her husband right after her ex announces he’s got a new job and is ready to move out.  Now, its awkward.  Natalie has some soul-searching to do.

The author’s writing was light and wry.  There was a fun and flirty feel to it that made it easy to listen.  It’s not a deep story, but engaging nonetheless.  It had a couple features in the story structure.  One was that the story was told with short flashbacks between the current timeline scenes to bring the reader up to speed on how things got where they did.  But, its something of a choose your own adventure ending where the reader got to decide the outcome because there is an alternate ending after the first one.  That was different and took me by surprise.

Yeah, this turned into a story that unsettled me more than a light romcom should and I think the alternate ending was one of the big culprits.  I might have done better with the love triangle trope, though its never been a favorite, if the story had committed to one direction or the other.

After some thought, I’ve concluded that like and dislike for this one will vary from listener to listener (reader) depending on your own experiences or trope preferences.  Some are going to find the alternate ending a really cool device and love getting to see how the love triangle plays out with both scenarios.

Speaking of the love triangle trope.  I’ll be the first to admit that I run from those so take my reaction with a grain of salt.  The book doesn’t hide the fact that the triangle is central to this story so I went in knowing one of my least favorite tropes was at the heart of things.

But, I can’t honestly say that my usual reason for hating the trope was entirely at fault.  I’m not a fan, but yet, I was pulled into this story anyway.  I kept shaking my head over these people and particularly Nat.  This was a hot mess and they all caused it.  I was curious to see how it was all going to shake out in the end.

Yes, Nat was pretty much in love with two men even after the past since Jake turned his life around and she couldn’t let go of either.  However, there was also ample evidence that those men were not best friends though they claimed it.  Kyle should have never been close to Nat until things were good and done with Jake and Jake should have never moved into that loft of his ex and his best friend.  Then, all three of them were in denial together until denial couldn’t work any more and we have this part of their story.

So, there are some cool and fun aspects.  It has some summery vibes with the cruise ship segment.  But, the alternate ending options with the love triangle trope jarred me.  Again, I think that it will be a riot for others and fun times will ensue though there are some deep heartfelt moments that come out because Nat struggles with having a baby and had miscarriages.  It wasn’t a fluffy one and had some good layers to it.

As to narration, Erin Mallon killed it as usual.  I’ve enjoyed her work since the first book and many since.  She does well with that wry voice of a heroine who is facing something tough.  Both genders sound well as does pace, catching the tone of the writing and specific scenes.  She raises the enjoyment of any book she performs.

I would recommend this one for those who are good with love triangles and who like contemporary romances with a strong comedy element.

My thanks to Caffeinated PR services for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met

New Release #102
Audio #65
COYER #27 no magical or futuristic elements

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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.

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YIKES! I have to admit Super Sophia that this title would have put me off a little. But if I did pick it up, I’m not sure I’d be a fan of the relationship. I absolutely love romantic comedy, but the love triangle thing probably wouldn’t work overall. As always, totally love your review! Hugs, RO

Sophia Rose
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Yep! It is exactly what it shows in the cover and title. Turned out to have some fun spots, but lots that turned me off, too.
Glad for the hug, dear Radiant Ro!

Jenea's Book Obsession
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I don’t mind the whole love triangle, but I would rather it one going one way or other between the two men at some point. I’m glad you were able to enjoy this for the most part.

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, the choosing thing left to the reader was tough on me, too, Jenea.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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Love triangles are not my thing, and this does sound like a hot mess, even if it is funny in spots it probably wouldn’t work for me. Pick a lane! I like things to be settled, too, so the alternate ending where you can pick who she ends up with would be unsettling. Glad you had some fun with it, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, not my cuppa usually, either. Might have been alright until the choice thing. Then… nope. LOL

Melliane
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SOmetimes fun and light is great

Sophia Rose
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It had some real laugh out loud moments, Melliane. 🙂

Kimberly @ CaffeinatedPR
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Thank you Sophia!

Sophia Rose
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I was glad to get the opportunity, Kimberly. Erin can’t go wrong. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
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Having alternate endings is kinda strange.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, it is definitely something different. Wasn’t my thing, but still could be fun for others. 🙂

Genesis @ Whispering Chapters
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The title definitely got MY attention. It sounds really interesting. I’m eh on the love triangle trope. It has to be done really well for me to enjoy it. It’s interesting how Jake and Kyle aren’t really best friends or act like it. I wonder what we’re the causes for each one to do what they did concerning Nat.
Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

Sophia Rose
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Yes, exactly! Triangles are iffy for me, too.

Genesis @ Whispering Chapters
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The title definitely got MY attention. It sounds really interesting. I’m eh on the love triangle trope. It has to be done really well for me to enjoy it. It’s interesting how Jake and Kyle aren’t really best friends or act like it. I wonder what we’re the causes for each one to do what they did concerning Nat.
Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

Carole rae
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Well heck I can’t get one hubbie hahahahaha.

Sophia Rose
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Haha! Yeah, it doesn’t rain but it pours here. 😉

Jen T
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Hmmmm… At first this sounded good, but the whole love triangle thing is a HUGE turn off for me, so with your hesitations, I think I’ll pass on this one. Thanks for the review.

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I hesitated a little, but caved. Probably not the best match for me, either, but it did have the promised laugh out loud funny parts. 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
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This sounds like an engaging story Sophia! It’s neat that all three of them get along, but I could see how it would be upsetting that she called out the wrong man’s name! I had a college friend where her husband and ex were best friends and shew was best friends with her ex’s wife. I always thought it was odd, but pretty awesome, because she shared a son with her ex and they all did holidays, and vacations together.

Sophia Rose
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Wow! I was wondering if something like this could ever be true. You answered that one. 🙂

Crystal @ Lost in Storyland
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This book sounds very off putting, though I confess that title did have me curious on what it’d be about. I’m not fond of love triangles either. It sounds like there are a lot of problems that the characters created and no clear resolution to it all.

Sophia Rose
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It will definitely not be for everyone. Generally, I avoid this type of situation, but curiosity got the better of me. 🙂

vvb
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Well after all that, gotta say the cover is a cute one.

Sophia Rose
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It is very cute and so apropos. 🙂