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Published by The Audio Flow
Released on June 19, 2019
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.
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.
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