Cody Gary returns to the blog today with a Bookshots Flames audio title with a forward by James Patterson. Narrated by Zoe Hunter, the second in the Bear Mountain Rescue series. Please read on for my review of
Sexy Summer Flings
Bear Mountain is a fire and rescue station with a small-town feel and plenty of people to amuse. Penelope Davis lives there and runs the bar: all of her brothers have moved on from the mountain to join the military, and the only man she’s ever thought of in ‘that way’ just doesn’t see her the same. She’s decided that the offer of a job that will take her away from Bear Mountain is the best option for her heart. With a despicable man-grabber in town who is constantly working to put her down and decry her ‘lack of femininity’ being the cause of her single state. So Penny is finding Bear Mountain a bit difficult and her options, even with the influx of new firefighters, aren’t looking too broad.
Hunter Gracin is an ER doctor who enjoys his work, the town, and has not made a move toward Pen, mostly because he thinks she won’t be interested in more than just a fling. He’s not a fling sort of guy: he wants more, and he won’t take a chance to not be enough to keep her.
I adore Cody Gary’s characterizations: they arrive fully formed, with little tidbits dropping in to show readers just how they think, and get a view into their own issues and concerns, and even their dreams. Here we see Pen who wants a relationship and that love, even as she fobs off the often habitual attempts from men who are clearly not her type. She’s set her cap for Hunter, even if he’s parked her (she thinks) purely in the friend zone, and that’s not what she wants. But, side from showing up and declaring herself to him, she’s not thinking she has a chance. In Hunter’s case, he’s got feelings for Pen, stronger now that her brothers are gone and he can grab quiet-ish moments with her at the bar. But, he knows she’s looking for a job away from Bear Mountain, and it doesn’t seem to him that she’s interested in more than just a fling.
These two are adorable together – and when Hunter takes that chance, sparks fly! Dialogue and chemistry is off the chains adorable, and their interactions are sweet. Hunter’s softer side is wonderful: he wants to give Pen the ability to fly, even if it means he’s left behind. Pen hadn’t great dreams of leaving Bear Mountain, not truly, but retreat seemed the best option to open her horizons. But, staying where she’s comfortable just might be the answer. A sweet chocolate box sort of listen, the story is full of laughs, smiles and hope.
Narration for this story is provided by Zoe Hunter and she presented the story with the sort of openness and smiles that I hoped for. Pen was given that slight tone of little sister that takes no guff, Hunter was the calm and competent, good humored and well-mannered man who’s caring nature shines through. Hunter presented this story without rushing, and she enjoyed the dialogue: it was easy to hear her smile and enjoyment in the reading. Keeping interest and presenting characters with clear and unique voices, tones and pacing that added auditory intrigue that fit with both the story and the people.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: Sexy Summer Flings
Author: Codi Gary, James Patterson
Series: Bear Mountain Rescue #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Zoe Hunter
Published by: BookShots, Hachette Audio
Published on: 15 June, 2017
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 2 Hours: 52 minutes
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James Patterson’s BookShots. Short, fast-paced, high-impact entertainment.
The one guy who could make her stay...
Penelope Davis is ready to leave Bear Mountain. Her brothers have left for the military, and her crush, ER doctor Hunter Gracin, thinks she's only interested in a fling. So when she's offered her dream job, she plans to take it, until Dr. Gracin comes knocking on her door...
A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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