From the blurb:
Winning the United Kingdom’s favorite singing contest is a challenge for half-Afghani Pasha Trueman. He doesn’t have the best voice, but success would be life-changing. His strategy is simple—he’ll make the British public love him.
Ex-soldier Ed Britten has a different agenda. Winning means he’ll keep a promise made after a deadly Afghan ambush. His voice is his weapon, but he leaves his heart unguarded.
Ed and Pasha’s discovery that the contest isn’t a fair fight calls for creative tactics. Staging a fake love story could bring victory, only there’s more at stake than the prestigious first prize. If winning means surrendering each other, they could both end up losing.
#truebrit #truelove #.... ugh, I just don't give a F anymore...
Honestly, when you listen to this book in audiobook form, the constant saying of the word "hashtag" just eats at your soul after awhile.
Okay, so I just want to say that I'm a BIG Con Riley fan, and I can't pinpoint if it was the book itself or the narration that made me feel a bit "meh" about this one. I've listened to a few books by Matthew Lloyd Davies, and while I think he did a decent job with the voices (even if I kept picturing Eeyore when Ed was talking), there is something about his reading style that bothers me. He is a little sing-songy or something, and it just kept me from taking this book very seriously. Because of that, though this book is pretty low steam, I had a hard time listening to the audio of the sex scenes. They just felt sort of... not real, or something. I don't think I'll listen to this narrator again.
It also doesn't help that I've read a number of fake boyfriend stories recently, even fake boyfriend stories relating to singing competitions (Love Me Tenor). The plot just felt... tired to me, and it was a little bit of a push to get myself to finish.
The book did have some bright moments. It was interesting to get to know Pasha and Ed more and what drove them. I also thought that they had nice chemistry when they were together, though I was confused about Pasha's sexuality as he described it.
I seem to be the only one raining on this parade, so feel free to ignore me. #truereview #sorrynotsorry
*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
Peace out, my friends!