Roni Loren returns to the blog with the audio version of the first in her Say Everything series
Yes & I Love You
This was a different title from this author from what I’ve come to know: a bit of a lighter romantic comedy with a couple who both have their own issues and plenty to overcome with a connection that starts out as friends and moves to the ever-wanted HEA, Miz Poppy is a reviewer – not of books or music – but of the New Orleans nightlife, and is more popular than one may expect. What no one knows however is that Miz Poppy is actually the shy and retiring Hollyn, and she’s about to be put into a ‘situation’ that will test her. Her boss wants the Miz Poppy reviews to start featuring video – and Hollyn – shy, anxious and dealing with her own issues isn’t ready to make that leap.
Jasper is a barista at the coffee shop Hollyn frequents on her daily rounds. He’s an aspiring actor who’s not caught his ‘break’ and he’s learned from Hollyn that she’s Miz Poppy –and there is a change to her routine. Jasper knows that he can help Hollyn step out of the shadows and stop worrying about what everyone thinks, and that her Tourette’s – where she’s prone to speak what she feels is out of turn is what hampers her.
Oh the banter and the humor here was wonderful, and we get to see how the self-conscious anxitey eats at Hollyn, until Jasper helps her with his own revelations and his solid friendship. Of course sparks develop –and both characters get a great opportunity to move past their issues, put them into proper perspective and allow the banter, their connection and the laughter roll on. Narrated by Desiree Ketchum she uses the very deft phrasing and timing of the author’s words, as well as an ability to ‘become’ the characters to allow us to enjoy the fast-paced dialogue, appreciate the struggles and get the jokes – all while cheering on the characters. Loren’s deft handling of Tourette’s, its influence on Hollyn and her own impulses to hide away rather than risk being embarrassed or shamed for her difficulty is wonderful – and allows the relationship between she and Jasper, as well as her own self-confidence grow throughout the story. A wonderful listen.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: Yes & I Love You
Author: Roni Loren
Series: Say Everything #2
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Narrator: Desiree Ketchum
Published by: Dreamscape Media LLC, Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 2 March, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 19 minutes
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Everyone knows Miz Poppy, the vibrant reviewer whose commentary brightens the New Orleans nightlife. But no one knows Hollyn, the real face behind the media star...or the fear that keeps her isolated. When her boss tells her she needs to add video to her blog or lose her job, she's forced to rely on an unexpected source to help her face her fears.
When aspiring actor Jasper Deares finds out the shy woman who orders coffee every day is actually Miz Poppy, he realizes he has a golden opportunity to get the media attention his acting career needs. All he has to do is help Hollyn come out of her shell…and through their growing connection, finally find her voice.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.