Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Audiobook Review: The Truth About Lennon by K. L. Grayson

The Truth About Lennon
By K.L. Grayson
Narrated by: Kai Kennicott & Wen Ross

Blurb: 
Lennon Barrick-St. James is making headlines as New York City's hottest new socialite. Only she isn't new at all. One well-intentioned night gone horribly wrong has landed the daughter of vice presidential candidate Christopher St. James on the front page of every newspaper and magazine in the country.

Forced by her father to stay out of the limelight, Lennon flees to the quiet town of Heaven, Texas, where she vows to lie low and avoid men. Well, except for the sexy biker she just ran off the road - she definitely won't be avoiding him.

Noah Cunningham already has one girl in his life, and he sure as hell doesn't need another. Especially the beautiful and sinfully sweet angel that just descended upon the quiet little town he calls home.

The only problem is that the more time he spends with Lennon, the more he wants to be with her. And that's just not going to work for Noah. He's already been burned once, and he's not so sure he's ready to go down that road again.

Noah has spent the last five years putting his life back together after secrets and lies ripped it apart. So what will happen when he learns the truth about Lennon?


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Viviana's Review:

Doing things a bit differently for this one... Two "firsts" for me with THE TRUTH ABOUT LENNON.... first time reading/listening to a new to me author K.L. Grayson and first time listening to the narrators Kai Kennicott & Wen Ross. This is perfect example on how a Narrator can totally introduce readers to authors. I had seen the cover but didn't place it on my TBR or Wish list, you know, so many books not enough time. Enter narrator Wen Ross.... he was a guest on one of the FB groups I'm in and I had the opportunity to listen to the video (multi-tasker here) and he has a great voice and did a few accents and well, I was definitely curious and looked at his catalog on Audible and checked out some additional samples. This is also where I got to listen to Kai and I really enjoyed her voice! Enter a mutual friend and I'm provided with the opportunity to review a book narrated by Wen and Kai. How did I decide? Accent! A good/great accent can make it or break it for me and Wen does a great "southern drawl" accent and when I learned this is one where the accent would be used... SOLD! lol Okay now to do a review on the book and then the narrators! :)

THE TRUTH ABOUT LENNON is a standalone story that is sweet, sexy and includes an adorable 5 year old and the main characters' two BFFs that I hope get their own story. This is an "insta-love" and a secret that wouldn't have been THAT big of deal if the main character would have just been honest from the beginning. We, the reader, learns what that secret is way in the beginning. Before the truth is revealed Noah has finally opened his heart and Lennon is shown that there are decent human beings out in the world and that she can be who she wants to be regardless of what is expected of her.

Remember that I said this was an insta-love, there were a few moments where I laughed because Noah was trying so hard to stay away. Lennon was also funny in her persistence to get Noah to allow her help him. They definitely have chemistry and the attraction is there.  I feel that this would have been a better story if there was a bit more of "getting to know you" and tension between the two before BAM the insta-love occurred. But hey... tropes, right? 

As with any good romance, their HEA occurs and its a matter of allowing conversations to occur and listening to each other vs. letting emotions get in the way. I have a hard time believing and liking the insta-loves when one minute he's declaring his love and how he knows her and the minute they have a conflict arise, he's angry, not listening to her, believing others and walks away. As I said, once conversations occurred, things were fixed and we have our HEA. 

Narrators' Review: 
THE TRUTH ABOUT LENNON is narrated in duet form, meaning that the male narrator narrates all the male characters and the female narrator narrates all the female characters. Its like having them do a performance so when they are bantering and cut each other off, they really do. If you're used to sole narrators or dual narration, it may take a little bit to get used to the interaction but worth the investment of the listener. THE TRUTH ABOUT LENNON truly benefits from this style!  

Kai has this ability to bring to life the sarcasm of the characters! She executes the perfect pitch and tone that I'm like "Ohhhh loving the smartassness"! Then she brings the deeper, heart wrenching emotions to the listener that it allows you to feel for the character! 

Wen... did I mention the sexy southern drawl? lol Aside from the sexy accent, Wen's performance is totally on point! He provides each of the characters their own tones/voices and like Kai is able to bring emotions to the characters causing the listener to connect with the character. 

Kai & Wen are a great team as they play off each others' strength and provide an extra dimension to the characters and the overall story.  

Overall, I'm extremely happy that I discovered a new author that I will be checking out their book list and have totally added both Kai and Wen to my list of narrators that rock! I really liked the story and really hope their BFFs get their own story! 


Rating: 
Story: 3 Stars - I liked it!
Narrators' Performance: 4 Stars - Loved it! 
Overall rating: 3.5 Stars - I really liked it! 


Rating; 3.5 Stars - I Really Liked It! 




Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Narrator's Team, in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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