Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Frankie & Al
Author: Sue Brown
Narrator: Max Lehnen
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 158 Pages / 3 Hours, 33 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – March 21, 2014 / Audio – August 27, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: Dumped by his boyfriend, Frankie Mason goes out with the girls, gets totally trashed, and ends his night by falling in front of a taxi. He’s rescued by a man with beautiful green eyes who takes care of him until he’s put into an ambulance. Frankie curses himself as he realizes he doesn’t have the man’s phone number. Still in pain a few days later, he is dragged out to a club only to be saved by Green Eyes once more. This time, he isn’t letting the man go.
Unfortunately Frankie has to attend a team-building exercise, nicknamed Womb Weekend, organized by his company. Al is working so he doesn’t mind, until he discovers who the team leader is. Al has a lot of explaining to do!
Review – Book: Frankie is a hot mess. He gets dumped by his boyfriend via text, gets so drunk he needs the help of a stranger to make it into his hotel room to puke, gets run into by a cab and then ends up at a retreat for team-building with the guy who rescues him each and every time.
Al is fascinated with Frankie from the start and somehow ends up at the sight of each disaster in time to lend a hand.
The two find themselves in a relationship with very little fan-fare, and after spending the weekend of the retreat together, find a HEA.
This was a short, sweet story filled with British slang and quirks. The romance moved fairly quickly, but, in a way, the speed seemed to make sense. Al was in a really sensitive position, his mother is dying, and Frankie is on the re-bound. Al is a care-giver and Frankie needs a lot of care. The two needed each other.
I wished we could have seen more of their relationship unfold, as the ending was pretty quick, but it left you feeling like things could really work out.
Review – Audio: This is another case where the audio really does the book justice. Max does a great job with the British accents, and that really adds to the overall UK flavor and made for a really enjoyable read.
Since the author is British, the characters are all British and it occurs in the UK. I would have liked for Max’s accent to continue throughout the story, not just the dialog. It kind of brought me out of the story to hear the British sayings in a flat American accent when the dialog was accented.
I really enjoyed the story and give it a 4 of 5 stars, the audio a 4 of 5 stars for an overall of 4 of 5 stars.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*