Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Written in the Stars
Author: Alix Bekins
Narrator: Peter B. Brooke
Heroes: Bailey & John
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 23, 2015
Available at: Amazon & Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Bailey McMillan’s life is a mess. The general public blames him for his former employer’s nuclear pollution, resulting in professional disgrace. Humiliated, he takes a job as an editor at a science magazine run by his best friend, John. That part isn’t so bad; Bailey is fond of John, who seems to find Bailey’s abrasive nature amusing.
Unfortunately, working for John also leads to writing an astrology column in exchange for getting free rein in some op-ed articles—and then being sued over one. The (totally coincidental) accuracy of the column offers opportunity for further professional disgrace if anyone discovers its author—and then Bailey digs himself a little deeper.
In an attempt to prove astrology is bogus, he agrees to an experiment to date someone from each star sign. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Bailey’s got a stupid crush on John, who stubbornly insists on a detailed breakdown of every date—bad and otherwise. Bailey’s luck has to improve sometime… right?
I really loved this story when I read it years ago so I was intrigued by the audio and listening to it because of the bantering and bickering between Bailey and John. I loved that Bailey is part of this experiment and goes on these dates to prove astrology is a joke. It’s extremely entertaining seeing his dates unfold and then how he’s forced to endure them for the column. I really loved that John was so amused by Bailey’s struggles and that they are such close friends that the constant insults they throw around don’t hurt them.
Peter Brooke does a really great job of narrating this story. I loved his ability to create different voices so it was never hard to understand who was saying what and following along. The only thing is that, as with my issue when I read it, the run-on sentences and overly technical words made it even harder to follow along at times. Not that this was an issue with the narration but with the writing itself.
Overall, this was a really great book to read and to listen to. I loved the slow burn of the story but also the comedy behind it. I loved the bickering and bantering between Bailey and John but also seeing Bailey’s views change as he goes on more dates. Definitely give this a go if you’re looking for some laughs and a great narrator to make the story even better.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*