Saturday, August 10, 2019

✱✱AudioBook Review✱✱ AudioBook Tour: My Not So Wicked Stepbrother by Jennifer Peel

Audiobook Blog Tour: My Not So Wicked Stepbrother by Jennifer Peel

Author: Jennifer Peel

Narrator: Melissa Moran

Length: 6 hours 51 minutes

Series: My Not So Wicked Series, Book 1

Publisher: Jennifer Peel

Released: June 5, 2019

Genre: Romantic Comedy

"Wickedly charming, flirty, and clever. This is the ultimate friends to lovers story. I loved it!" (Becky Monson, number-one best-selling author of the Spinster series) "You'll want to crawl between the covers of this book and never leave." (Whitney Dineen, number-one best-selling author of Relatively Normal) Loveless is more than a name, it's a curse. I, Emma Loveless, have a destiny. It's not the greatest of destinies, but when you have a name like Loveless, what can you do? I'm cursed to always be the friend, never the girlfriend. Unless you count my love affair with Duncan Hines, Dr. Pepper, and the ever-lovable Pillsbury Doughboy. They've seen me through it all, but a girl needs more than refined sugar to curl up to every night. It doesn't help that I have a meddling, albeit wonderful, mother who can't help playing matchmaker. Thanks to her, I can say I've been on a date with a felon. Now she swears she's found the one for me, her new optometrist, Dr. Sawyer King. Meanwhile, I'm preparing for the inevitable restraining order. That is, until I meet the sexy doctor and have to admit my mother is right - love at first sight does exist. Unfortunately, my last name means business. Not only do I find myself in the friend zone, but also the twilight zone. Only in my world would Mr. Right turn into my stepbrother. To top it off, he brings with him a wicked stepmother who will do anything to keep us apart. Despite all this my heart - or is that my mom? - keeps telling me Sawyer is the one. But what if true love isn't strong enough to interfere with my destiny? It'll be me and the Doughboy...for eternity.
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Jennifer Peel is the award-winning bestselling author of the My Not So Wicked and More Than a Wife series, as well as several other contemporary romances. Though she lives and breathes writing, her first love is her family. She is the mother of three amazing kiddos and has recently added the title of mother-in-law, with the addition of two terrific sons-in-law. She's been married to her best friend and partner in crime for a lot longer than seems possible. Some of her favorite things are late night talks, beach vacations, the mountains, pink bubble gum ice cream, tours of model homes, and Southern living. She can frequently be found with her laptop on, fingers typing away, indulging in chocolate milk, and writing out the stories that are constantly swirling through her head.
Narrator Bio
Melissa Moran is a former radio personality who has won both a CMA (Country Music Association) and ACM (Academy of Country Music) award for broadcasting. In addition to commercial voice-over work, theater, on-camera roles, and improvisational comedy, Melissa has narrated over 175 audiobooks in many different genres. Originally from Massachusetts, Melissa traded in her winter coat for flip flops and now resides in sunny Florida.

Momma Says: 3.5 stars

My Not So Wicked Stepbrother is really more chick lit than romantic comedy, but it is filled with wit and snark that keep things from getting too heavy. I wouldn't necessarily consider this pair as step-siblings, more like step-siblings twice removed, so if you're looking for a forbidden romance, you won't find that here. The story had its ups and downs for me, but one big up lay with the characters. Love them or hate them, and Jennifer Peel gives us some of both, they're certainly interesting. The romance is a very slow burn, and Emma's inability to see what was right in front of her nearly drove me to distraction. There is a bit too much focus on the mundane details of almost everything, which created some lags in the story, and it's a little more angsty than I care for in what I thought was going to be a lighthearted read. The biggest drawback for me was Emma's focus on fifteen extra pounds, and I do mean focus. It comes up a lot throughout the story, and just felt like a bit too much, especially in a body positive world. Regardless of that, the characters do shine, and that's not just our romantic couple. Even the secondary characters come to life in Peel's writing. Another excellent part of this one was the narration. Melissa Moran breathed that life into Jennifer Peel's terrific characters. She did an excellent job of conveying the emotion of the story, including the snark and at times, the silliness. Even though Moran's voice didn't go as deep as you'd expect for the men, she still did a great job of making each person distinct, and the story entertaining. In the end, this first in the My Not So Wicked series had it's pros and cons for me, but it was certainly worth the listen. 

 Top 10 List
Jennifer Peel's Songs that could be in the soundtrack for this book
  • Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore- Reo Speedwagon
  • Rumor- Lee Brice
  • Save the Best for Last - Vanessa Williams
  • I Want You to Want Me - Letters to Cleo
  • Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
  • Complicated - Carolyn Dawn Johnson
  • Accidentally in Love- Counting Crows
  • Yeah- Usher
  • Wannabe- Spice Girls
  • Love Walks In - Van Halen
Dream Cast
Jennifer Peel's Casting Picks
  • Emma - Zooey Deschanel
  • Sawyer- Adam Brody
  • Jenna- Mila Kunis
  • Brad- Ashton Kutcher
  • Shelby - Blake Lively
  • Dane Carrington - Dennis Quaid
  • Josephine Carrington- Julia Roberts
  • Macey & Marlowe - Karissa and Katie Strain
  • Ashton - Jenner Brody
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