A Casual Thing by Annabelle Jacobs ~ Audio Review

Annabelle Jacobs - A Casual Thing Audio Cover t64y4hTitle: A Casual Thing

Series: Will and Patrick, 01

Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 4 hrs, 43 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (6th April 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Prime

Blurb: Patrick Mason travels to Bristol to spend the summer with his brother, Ben. He’s cat sitting for the first two weeks while Ben goes on holiday. But Ben neglected to tell him he wouldn’t be do-ing it alone. Will Adams – Ben’s mate and Patrick’s long-time crush – is staying in Ben’s guest room while he waits to move into his new house after a breakup.

Against his better judgment, Patrick convinces Will that a little no-strings fun is just what they need. Patrick doesn’t want to get involved with a guy on the rebound, and Will isn’t interested in starting something serious with a student. But Patrick’s never been good at separating sex from feelings, and this time is no exception. As their weeks together draw to a close, they need to decide if they have something worth pursuing or if it’s really just a casual thing.

Purchase Link: Audible US | Audible UK | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Review: A Casual Thing is the first book in Annabelle Jacob’s series called Will and Patrick. I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I saw this book, other than that I liked the look of the blurb. The whole hot friend of the older brother trope was what really sold me, though. I’m familiar with Annabelle Jacobs, but isn’t really an author that I have formed an opinion on. But ultimately, I am really happy that I did decide to get this audio, it was such a cute and sweet story and I really am looking forward to the next book in the series.

The narration of this story was performed by Matthew Lloyd Davies. A completely new narrator to me, I really enjoyed the over all performance. I particularly liked the voice and tone that he gave Patrick. I’m definitely keen to listen to more audios narrated by Davies because I found his voice and animations very pleasant to listen to.

Set in England, which I do love as well, Patrick Mason drives up to Bristol on his uni break, where he intends to crash in his big brother’s spare room and cat sit while said big brother goes off for a trip over the ditch in Europe. The only problem is, when Patrick arrives, he finds out that his brother’s best friend is crashing in the spare room after a rough break up. However, Will Adams is Patrick’s crush, back when Will had been with his ex. Because of the breakup and having to get the new house, Will can’t join his friends on the long-awaited trip. Patrick is annoyed and is torn because he doesn’t know how he will be able to navigate being with the man that he has crushed on for so long.

In a lot of ways the story is predictable. Two guys – one crushing on the other and the other is in a bad place post-breakup. Things are a bit bumpy at first but agreeing to a no-strings friends with benefits type of arrangement changes things, even if both men don’t quite want to face up to it. After all, they are only going to be occupying the same house for two weeks before Will moves into his new place. And while Will’s relationship with Patrick initially starts as a rebound, he also doesn’t want to start anything serious with a uni student – twenty-year olds being flighty and all that kind of stuff. However, Patrick has a soft heart and despite saying that this was only going to be sex and nothing else, he can’t help it when his feelings do become involved.

I really enjoyed this story. It’s super cute and very sweet. There isn’t a lot of angst, and so in saying that this is a really nice and relaxing story to listen to. Will and Patrick have great chemistry and their different opinions on starting a relationship make them interesting characters.

Betrothed: A Faery Tale by Therese Woodson

Therese Woodson - Betrothed: A Faery Tale Cover AudioTitle: Betrothed: A Faery Tale

Author: Therese Woodson

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Fae-Magical, Contemporary, Young Adult

Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies

Length: 6 hrs 25 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (30th June 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Narration: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Faery royalty have always married for duty rather than love. Prince Chrysanths should be no different – except with a human for a father, the prince known as Puck already is different. When he is betrothed against his will to Prince Sky, Puck flees to his father in the human world, only to have Sky follow.

Prince Sky Song of the Clouds isn’t thrilled with the prospect of marriage either, but is bound by duty to follow through – if he can’t win Puck over, the faery realm might very well dissolve into utter chaos. Too busy arguing, Puck and Sky are unaware there are others with a vested interest in seeing the betrothal fail. In a bid for Puck’s crown, they’ll seek to keep them apart, even as Puck and Sky realize that duty and love don’t always have to be mutually exclusive.

Product Link: Audible US |  Audible UK

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: Sweet and fun fantasy, with twu luv, and plenty of interesting twists. Combining the land of the Fae: magical and mystical with contracts, bindings, and rules that don’t apply to the real world, with a contemporary life beyond the Faery mounds. I really thought this was going to be too slow and too sweet for me, it is very YA in that sense, so is a great recommendation for any and all YA readers. But Betrothed has some complex plots and twists that add to the story, adding in some mystery and deceit. Though I really wanted Sky to go all Alpha Fae and just dominate and take what was his, but alas, I’ve been reading too much BDSM and shifter stuff lately. These two Faeries, bound by contract might be bound to repel each other instead, but will magnetism draw them together in the end? 

Sky and Puck brought me a different kind of love, one slow to learn, but true to appreciate, and at the climax of the story I found myself shouting for them out loud, cheering for my guys! Even though I knew it must all work out, I was truly worried for a few moments there! 

The sexual content is slow building, mild but real, and of course at the end it was climactic. 

The narration was very well done, different accents for different characters, smoothly read, and brought me right into the Fae world. I loved this sweet Faery Tale, and recommend for the magic and sweet romance loving crowd.