Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Bowl Full of Cherries
Author: Raine O’Tierney
Narrator: Seth Clayton
Series: The Avona Tales #1
Heroes: Crowley & Averell
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 15, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon & Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Porker, Fatty, Tons-of-Fun: Crowley Fredericks has heard it all. He’s dropped a lot of weight since his high school days, but he’s still a big guy, and the painful words and bullying follow him. Rejected—again—because of his size, Crowley is starting to think that maybe love just isn’t meant for huskier men.
Averell Lang and his twin are so different they might as well not even be related. So when Rell’s brother brings his roommate home to snowy Susset for the holidays, Rell expects the worst—another uptight, pretentious hipster. What he discovers instead is Crowley. Nerdy, fascinating, attractive, Crowley. Rell never expected to look at a man this way, and what he sees in Crowley Fredericks is something he didn’t even know he was looking for. If both men can overcome their hang-ups, they might unwrap more than presents this holiday season.
I ADORED this story when I first read it back in 2014 so when I saw it was out at Audible, I just HAD to revisit it. I’m feeling a little lazy so check out my review from back then to see what I originally thought! What I will say, is that I loved how Crowley was so real and had such insecurities. I also loved that Rell wasn’t perfect so when Crowley and Rell hit it off, it was so much fun to see where things led between then. Listening provided a whole new experience on these two, though, because I got to really experience things I missed while reading it. I still loved the story just as much now as I did when I first read the book.
While I liked getting back to the story, unfortunately, I wasn’t a big fan of the audio. I found that I didn’t really like the narrator for this one because of a few things. For one, he did a horrible job of making each character have a distinct voice. There were numerous times when I couldn’t tell if it was Crowley or Rell speaking and I had to keep rewinding to get it straight. Aside from that, the narrator had a habit of smacking his lips and speaking in a very wet voice. It really threw me off and I found I didn’t like it at all. One thing I DID like about him, though, is when I could determine which voice was Rell, I found he really put a smile behind Rell’s voice, which is how I imagined Rell always talking so it was a pleasant surprise when I really got into the story.
In the end, I still enjoyed the story but was a little disappointed in the choice of narrator. I loved the relationship between Crowley and Rell but it was so hard to tell between the two of them while listening that it grew a little hard to stick with the audio especially with the narrators odd noises at times. Even so, if you’re looking for a cute holiday story, you should definitely give this book a try and you might even like this narrator more than I did so definitely give it a go!!
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*