Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Audiobook ARC Review: Fixing the Hole by Katherine Halle

Fixing the HoleFrom the blurb:

Heavy rains and strong winds slammed an uprooted tree through Steve Crowell’s roof, leaving a gaping hole to match the one in his heart. After his ex left him for a younger man, Steve’s not sure he’s ready to handle another disaster. His best friend highly recommended the contractor, but the man’s already late, and when he shows up with his music thumping, Steve isn’t impressed—until Riley steps out of his pickup truck. Personable, gorgeous Riley talks a mile a minute, which Steve finds both ridiculously endearing and terrifying. Piecing together a heart isn’t as easy as fixing a roof, but Riley might just be the right man for the job.

Heather's rating:

Sweet story about the very beginnings of a romance. If you want ANY relationship development past the flirty, getting-to-know-you phase before a first date, look elsewhere.

I have a thing for May-December romances, but this barely felt like one. Other than the author's overemphasis on the 45-year old MC looking old (with bifocals and gray hair, I mean, my hubby is nearly 40 and still smoking hot! :D), it felt like any other story.

I liked talkative Riley with his BIG tool belt (heh, but seriously, I could have used some sex content so I could have found our just how big his tool was) and his super-flirtatious ways. I thought his interactions with Steve were cute, and though I wish there was more to the story, it was a nice taste of the start of their relationship.

In terms of the narration, I found Philip Alces to be a bit... theatrical for my tastes. I didn't find either of his voices for the two MCs to be particularly appealing, and though he was a very enthusiastic narrator, I wasn't crazy about him. This might just be personal preference, though. He did a decent job, but I'm not sure if I'd listen to him again.

All in all, a very "good" story without being a standout.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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Dreamspinner Press, iTunes, Amazon, Audible

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