Sunday, March 28, 2021
✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ Blackburn Special Forces by Brynne Asher
Special Forces: Operation Alpha
By: Brynne Asher
Narrated by: Virginia Rose, Aaron Shedlock
Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
Publisher: Spectrum Audiobooks
Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐
If you're looking for a low angst romance and a quick listen, Blackburn is probably a good choice. There is a bit of danger and some violence, but not between Gabe and Lillian, but between them and others. From what I understand, this book is part of a multi-author series that is based on a world created by Susan Stoker. I'm not all that familiar with that world, but when I see words like Special Forces and Operation Alpha in the title or description, I kind of expect a bit more of it in the story. This couple is in a perilous situation, but the whole thing is resolved very quickly. Honestly, it felt like everything was over very quickly - the danger, the love story, all of it, and then we get the ending and epilogue, which felt almost like that part was longer than any other in the book. Don't get me wrong. It's an adorable conclusion, but I wanted more of what got them to that point.
Virginia Rose and Aaron Shedlock gave voice to Lillian and Gabe, and they both did a good job. I'll say here that I enjoyed Aaron Shedlock's narration of Gabe better than Virginia Rose as Lillian, and I'm really not sure why. I suppose part of it was that Shedlock's voice and way of reading the character just worked for Gabe - kind of the way I thought of Gabe in my mind. Rose doesn't do a bad job by any means. I just think she sounds a bit flighty when Lillian seems anything but. I don't mean the actual sound of her voice, it's more the tone - the way she put emphasis on certain words over others, the way she almost sounded southern, but not quite. That kind of thing.
So, what I'm left with is a middle of the road feeling about this book. It's not bad, but it's not something that will leave a lasting impression. I'm all for a low angst romance, but I feel like the situations in this one warranted more development.
✽✽Review copy provided by NetGalley and Spectrum Audio
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