Thursday, April 6, 2023

✱✱AudioBook Review✱✱ Looks Good on Paper by Kilby Blades


Looks Good on Paper
Looks Good on Paper, Book 1
By: Kilby Blades
Narrated by: L. Malaika Cooper

A fresh, hilarious take on the classic Cyrano de Bergerac from USA Today bestselling author Kilby Blades . . .

In today's world filled with terrible dating apps and split-second hot takes, all Zuri Robinson wants is something real. And between her crap job, her family drama, and feeling like she completely missed out on her twenties, she's pretty much done. Her only bright spot is exchanging letters with a ridiculously charming guy in Italy. Only Alessandro Fabricare has a teeeeeny little secret . . .

Nico Fabricare simply wanted to help his brother, Alessandro—who isn't as eloquent with the English language—write a few letters. But with every letter that crosses the Atlantic, Nico is discovering that Zuri might just be the most incredible woman he's ever met . . . except she thinks she's falling in love with his brother.

Now Zuri is on her way to Italy—to meet Alessandro. And Nico is running out of time to win over the girl of his paper dreams before she finds out the truth.

Contains mature themes.

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

I had just finished a seriously angsty book with lots of tears and pulling of heartstrings, so following with Looks Good on Paper turned out to be a perfect palate cleanser. This is such a fun story, and the settings are fabulous. Kilby Blades surely knows her stuff when it comes to painting a picture with her words, and if I didn't already want to visit some of these places, I certainly do now. I loved the premise here of artisan paper and pen pals. Old-fashioned letter writing is almost a lost art these days, so this book was refreshing in so many ways. Nico and Zuri are so good together, and they're both so sweet that you can't help but want them to work out. Of course, they really have to work at getting out of their own way first. This one has a chick-lit vibe to it that I haven't seen (or heard) in a while, and it was nice to sit back and enjoy the story.
L. Malaika Cooper gives voice to the characters, and she gives such a wonderful performance. I loved listening to the Italian and the accents, and she kept the high energy of the story without going overboard. I hadn't had the pleasure of listening to her before, but I'll be happy to listen to her from this point on.
All in all, Kilby Blades has penned a terrific story, and she's chosen the exact right narrator for the audiobook. This is a great way to while away a weekend or even to accompany you on a road trip. It has an upbeat feel to it even when there is some conflict to sort through, and you can not listen to this one without your mood being lifted. 

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