Saturday, August 27, 2022

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ Until Next Time by Claudia Burgoa


Until Next Time
Against All Odds: The St. James Family, Book 1
By: Claudia Burgoa
Narrated by: Jason Clarke, Ava Erikson, Brooke Bloomingdale
Series: Against All Odds: The St. James Family, Book 1
Publisher: Cyburg Ink, LLC

USA Today best-selling author Claudia Burgoa brings you a romantic comedy filled with loss, hope, and new chances. 

What if the person you try to save is the one who saves your heart? 

It’s official. I’m totally hopeless at love, parenting, and life. 

Single mom? Check. 

Massive debt? Check. 

A sassy daughter who inherited my gift of snark? Ugh. Check. 

I work three jobs, go to school, and do my best to be in my kid’s life. Men are the last thing on my mind. I wouldn’t have time to look at a man even if he fell into my lap. 

Until he does. Thanks to my spawn who keeps calling some famous relationship expert, airing my disastrous life in her podcast. 

That’s when Zach, my brother’s best friend in high school, appears. I used to have a major crush on him, but I figured he forgot about me. 

Zach, who tragically lost his wife some time ago, and now he’s looking to save everyone - including me. 

A super hot fling with my old flame, with a broken man? 

Double check. 

Until Next Time is a romantic comedy featuring a secret billionaire looking for the one who got away. This chick-lit tale of a single mom searching for her happy ending is fun, sexy, and oh-so swoonful. A brand-new romance novel by USA Today best-selling author Claudia Burgoa. 

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Since I started reading Claudia Burgoa's books, I've missed very few, and most of those have since been read. I tell you that because Until Next Time is the one exception in that it was intentionally skipped when it was first released. I was going through my grieving process and decided to wait until I was in a better place to read about Zach's and Autumn's losses. Parts of this one were still hard for me, but the balance of angst and humor helped a lot. The wonderful narration by Jason Clarke, Ava Erikson, and Brooke Bloomingdale certainly didn't hurt either. This isn't my first listening experience with any of these narrators, and I'm always happy to let them carry me away for a while, especially when they voice Claudia's complex characters. We even get to visit with some past favorites, which is one of the many things I like about this author. So many characters pop in from other books and series, yet the book can still be read as a standalone (not that you'll want to read just this one book once you've met Claudia Burgoa's characters).
Back to Zach and Autumn: this couple kind of takes the scenic route to their HEA, and quite often, it's an emotional journey. Even through the angst, their attraction is almost palpable. There's just something about this pair that makes you want to see them happy. It's not all about Zach and Autumn, though. We also get a too smart for her own good, meddling in mommy's love life, calling it as she sees it, adorable little lady, who pretty much steals the show every time she's on the page.
So, once again, Claudia Burgoa has penned a terrific story and characters and entrusted them to some thoroughly entertaining narrators for a book I'll be thinking about for some time to come. 

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