Monday, February 14, 2022

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by Elizabeth O'Roark


The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
By: Elizabeth O'Roark
Narrated by: Samantha Brentmoor, Lee Samuels

You don’t really know a guy until you’ve vacationed with him…

When Drew Wilson’s ex-boyfriend Joel “Six” Bailey asks her to go on his family trip to Hawaii with him just as her life is falling apart, she decides it's the perfect time to give him another chance.

The hitch? The Bailey family includes Six’s rude older brother, Joshua - a hot nerd doctor who has hated Drew since the moment they met and once suggested she’d steal the family silver. 

Drew is determined to win the Baileys over and give this thing with Six a fair shot…but Joshua is making that difficult. Not simply because he is in her way at every turn, but because - as one tropical adventure leads to the next - she’s beginning to wonder if obnoxious, odious Joshua might be the brother she actually belongs with.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - a pretty apt title for this one, and I don't care to admit that I went back and forth on who I thought was the devil in any given situation. Sometimes I thought the title fit Josh, but a lot of the time (especially early in the book), I was sure the devil had to be Drew because poor Josh was all kinds of tormented, and I'm sure he was frustrated as well. These two were an absolute hoot as they circled each other, and the story moved from funny to emotional and back again, over and over. Normally an ex's brother would be a turn-off for me. I just can't help it, there's an ick factor there. But that wasn't a problem here at all. Elizabeth O'Roark did this one in such a way that I really didn't even think about Josh being Six's brother. Drew and Josh just work, and I absolutely loved their journey. Samantha Brentmoor and Lee Samuels give voice to the characters in a dual POV narration, and they add that extra oomph to an already great story. The emotion comes through perfectly, and the characters come to life. Elizabeth O'Roark is pretty new to me, but I'm liking her more and more, and I have a feeling her books are going to be must-reads for me, or in this case: must listens.

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