Saturday, June 23, 2018

Audiobook Review: A Full Plate by Kim Fielding

Title: A Full Plate
Author: Kim Fielding
Narrator: Kenneth Obi
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Category: Contemporary, Dreamspun Desires
Length: 5 hours, 19 minutes

Opposites come together for a spicy surprise.
Bradford “Tully” Tolliver has everything—money, a great car, a beautiful condo, and a promising career as one of Portland’s hottest young lawyers. Sure, he puts in long hours and has no social life to speak of, but who needs romance when corporations pay top dollar for his expertise? He hesitates when a colleague asks if her cousin can live with him, but the arrangement will last less than a year, and then the cousin—Sage Filling—will return to his tiny hometown.
But Sage is handsome and intriguing, and his cooking makes Tully swoon. Sage has obligations back home, though, and Tully has offers he might not refuse from a persistent—and very wealthy—ex. Since Tully and Sage each have a full plate, can they make room for a side of love?

4 Stars Overall Audio/Book

I’m normally not a huge fan of the Dreamspun Desires series of books, because they are usually a pretty low drama and angst, basic romance with nothing that really stands out to make them epic or really truly different from each other. But I wanted to check out this audiobook specifically because I am a huge fan of the narrator Kenneth Obi. And I'm glad I did, he did a great job with this one and I was delighted by the storyline we get in this book as well. 

I really appreciated Kenneth’s narration and effort into making this book stand out and separate it from the being just a general romance into something more. He makes this book feel like it’s a true romance story, and his narration gives us the extra feelings we need; like we are right there alongside these characters as they go through and experience everything in their lives. His narration of this book makes me want to check out more in the Dreamspun Desires series to see if maybe this series of books are really just more pleasurable listening to in audio form than they are when just being read.

Tully is a lawyer who seems to have everything he needs in life. The job, the money, the home and cars. The only thing he still needs is to find a solid relationship. Sage is the total opposite of Tully. He’s a line cook (not a chef) and has all kinds of baggage going on in his life, which isn’t really his doing. Life just sucks sometimes and you have to make the best of it, which is what Sage has been doing for years. He ends up moving in with Tully and swaps free rent for some cooking. We get a very, very slow burning lead up to their romance before they even become friends in this book. Then they try to fight their feelings for each other trying to determine what boundaries they still have and will need to bend being friends and roommates. Then they become just a little bit more. And at around 50%, we get a twist in the story that you will NEVER see coming. I was extremely surprised by it and actually gasped out loud when I heard what was going on. I really thought that aspect added more to their story and relationship and finally pushed them in the right direction. We also get a little bit of some “ex” drama thrown in which I actually liked, because it showed these characters had a little more depth to them and their feelings. Also, be prepared when you are reading/listening to this one. There is a lot of really good intense foodie talk going on in this book which made me hungry and want to eat while listening to this book. But, overall, I liked this book and the narration we got along with it.

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