Wednesday, March 23, 2022

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ Charmed by the Bartender by Piper Rayne

Charmed by the Bartender
Modern Love, Book 1
By: Piper Rayne
Narrated by: Joe Arden, Stephanie Rose

From a secret duo of USA Today best-selling authors comes an enemies-to-lovers, sexy, rom-com standalone in the Modern Love Series.

Who knew sleeping with the enemy could be this much fun? 

Was the one night stand a good idea? 

Well, no. Probably not, in retrospect. 

In my defense, I had just moved back into my grandparent’s house. I’d lost my dream job, and a guy on Tinder had stood me up. It was like life had suddenly stamped ‘LOSER’ on my forehead. 

So, when the guy behind the bar started giving me the know, the one that promised I’d be screaming his name, into the wee hours of the morning? When that guy also has the perfect amount of scruff on his chiseled chin, biceps bulging out of his t-shirt, and a cocky grin you knew he’d earned in the sack - when he gives you that look, you don’t bother to figure out what your six degrees of separation are. You jump on that horse, and ride it! 

Pun fully and completely intended. And accurate, by the way. 

I fully admit to feeling sorry for myself and acting impulsively, but by the time I’d figured out who the bartender was, I was already falling for him.

Note: This book was previously titled The Bartender. Same great story, and with a fresh new look.

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

I'm just gonna go ahead and say it - If Whitney hadn't been Charmed by the Bartender, I certainly was! Cole is a terrific book boyfriend with his sexy attitude and big heart. It doesn't hurt that his sexy attitude is well deserved. He's pretty much the total package, right down to being loaded without letting it go to his head. Whitney is the lucky girl to grab his attention. Of course, they have some hurdles to jump, and there are plenty of barbs exchanged as they work through their growing pains.
I had the pleasure of listening to this one, and if you haven't experienced duet narration, you don't know what you're missing. It takes things to a whole other level, especially the dialogue - and of course, the steamy goodness. Both Stephanie Rose and Joe Arden are a pleasure to listen to and to be honest, the only complaint I have about the narration is Joe Arden needed more lines! Stephanie Rose is great, and she pulls off the sass and the emotion of the story perfectly. But I could not get enough of Arden's sexy as sin voice, and when Cole was being sexy, it was hot enough to set the curtains on fire. Piper Rayne chose perfectly for the narration of this one, and I will be on the lookout for more of both of these narrators.
This is the first book in the Modern Love series, and with so many great characters, I'll certainly be checking out the rest of the couples in this series. 

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