by Beau North
Narrator: Becci Martin
Length: 4 hours and 39 minutes
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Narration: 3 cups
"Love at first sight wasn't meant for millennials," thinks Alice Aberdeen: art student, recovering addict, David Bowie enthusiast. Alice is among the recently dumped and only wants to keep her nose to the grindstone until she finishes her degree. Her sister has other ideas and sets her up with new-in-town Will Murphy--tall, dark, and aloof. To say it wasn't an instant attraction is an understatement: He finds her abrasive, with her sharp tongue and don't-screw-with-me attitude. She thinks he's excessively reserved, too damn serious. But the more time Alice spends with Will, the more their slow burn begins to thaw her heart.
A man of two worlds, half-Irish, half-Indian, Will feels at home with Alice. He soon realizes her tough shell is hiding extensive scar tissue--from her addiction and recovery to her spectacularly bad ex-girlfriend to the loss of her mother.
Modern Love isn't a story about love at first sight but learning to love yourself before being able to see the one you love.
A dual POV, diversity and miscommunication gave way to a timeless romance in Modern Love by Beau North. Narrated by Becci Martin, this short story quickly pulled me in with its complex characters and banter.
Both the author and narrator were new to me, but a fellow blogger recommended I take a chance. I am glad I did. While this wasn’t a full-length novel, falling somewhere between that and a novella, North created a complete story with complex characters that I emotionally connected with despite our age gap.
Alice Aberdeen works as a bartender while attending art school. She has been down in the dumps after a breakup. Her roomie, determined to cheer her up, takes her out to a club. Her roommate’s boyfriend arranges for Will Murphy to meet them. Yep, they are matchmaking..only no one told Alice. The two have a rather awkward, snarky encounter before discovering the setup.
Thus begins a series of encounters filled with banter that leads to more. There was great chemistry mixed with bouts of miscommunications which made me a little grumpy. Other characters added further complications, but despite it all, I enjoyed the ride.
I enjoyed the growth we see in both characters. Each has hang-ups, fears and struggles to overcome. I felt North researched or had personal experience with some issues that were present. They felt genuine allowing the reader some insight.
I prefer dual narrators for this type of romance, but Becci Martin grew on me. I thought she had a firm grasp of Alice and her voice for Will eventually became comfortable. Her pacing and tone worked well, and the soundtrack was well done.
If you’re looking for a realistic romance with character growth, Modern Love is a great listen.Modern Love by Beau North offered a realistic romance with flawed characters who ultimately won me over. #loveaudiobooks Click To Tweet
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