Friday, July 13, 2018

Audiobook Review - Let Me Love You by Jessica Jayne @JessicaJayne13

Let Me Love You by Jessica Jayne
Narrated by Joe Arden & Samantha Cooke
Publisher: Jessica Jayne
Publication Date: June 19, 2018 (audio)
Date Read: July 8, 2018
Length:  5 hours 19 minutes
Source: Caffeinated Services
★★★★☆
Twenty-three year old Ren Haynes returns home after graduating college with two goals--start his engineering career and claim the heart of his parents' thirty-one year old divorced neighbor, Stacey Williams.

Stacey is nursing her broken heart and shattered ego. Not only did her ex-husband have an affair, he got the woman pregnant. Picking up the pieces of her life isn't easy, so when Ren taps into her need to feel desired again, she finds herself in a position she never imagined.

Can Ren help to rebuild her confidence and convince her that age is just a number?

My Review

I liked this one.  I took a bit of a chance on this book since I have never read anything written by Jessica Jayne and both of the narrators were new to me.  It was a gamble that paid off.  It is a rather quick read and I ended up listening to the bulk of it in a single day and found it to be very enjoyable.

Stacey is a thirty-one year old divorced woman who has know Ren for years since she lives next to Ren's parents.  Ren is a twenty-three year old recent college graduate who has his eye set on his neighbor.  Ren has spent time during the past several summers helping Stacey out around her house and they have a pretty close friendship but Ren wants more.  A lot more.  Stacey has some issues with the fact that she is older than Ren and she considers his mother to be one of her friends.

I liked Stacey and Ren and thought that they made a really nice couple.  They know each other really well from the time before the start of this story and their personalities mesh really well.  They have great chemistry together.  There were times that Stacey wasn't sure she should pursue a relationship with Ren but there was never a question regarding whether she wanted him.  It was nice to see her thought processes as she tried to figure things out.   I loved how Ren knew what he wanted and was determined to make it happen.  He stood up for their relationship and really was a good match for Stacey. 

I thought that Joe Arden and Samantha Cooke did a great job with this story.  I usually listen to audiobooks at regular 1x speed and I did find that felt a little slow when Samantha Cooke was reading.  Once I increased the speed to 1.25x speed, the reading felt a lot more natural to me.  I thought that both narrators were able to bring a lot of emotion to the story and made some scenes more intense.  I liked the voices that each narrator used for the characters in the story.  I would not hesitate to listen to more of both of their work in the future.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This was a nice quick listen that had a lot of feels and some heat.  I thought that Ren and Stacey were great as a couple and I was excited to watch them figure out how to make things work.  I look forward to reading more of Jessica Jayne's work in the future.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author via Caffeinated Services.
About the Author

Jessica is a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. She graduated from college with a bachelor's degree in English. What college major could possibly be better than one that makes you read novels and write about them! Now she is thrilled to be able to share all the stories floating around in her head!

Jessica loves to travel and travel often! She’s a huge sports fan, especially college football and the Ohio State Buckeyes! She’s a wine-making (and wine-tasting) aficionado. She loves all music. And nothing is better than sunset at the beach!

In the journey of life, she also married a wonderful man and had three beautiful (and sometimes crazy) children. Life is always an adventure.

14 comments:

  1. I read the book version. I enjoyed it although I had a few issues with the characters.

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    1. I am sorry you didn't care for it quite as much as I did. The audio was really well done.

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  2. It's great when narrators really suit the books they are narrating. I've chosen audiobooks based on the narrator rather than the author because I know I like their storytelling voice and that will give the book an edge

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    1. Sometimes a story just seems to work better on audio.

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  3. I like when characters know what they want and go after it. This sounds good.

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    1. I did like that they were willing to give each other a chance.

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  4. I have never tried her either, but it does seem like a good one :)

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  5. I thought about requesting this one but decided I didn't have time to do it justice. I'm glad it was good for you. I like it when characters are honest with themselves and others about their feelings, even if they don't like what they feel. It sounds like this was pretty authentic in that way. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I don't get too many review audiobooks so I am pretty free to request when something interesting comes up. This was a shorter listen and I had a good time with it.

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  6. So glad you enjoyed this. I love listening to Arden. :) Thank you!

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    1. I thought that Arden and Cooke made a really great pair for this book.

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  7. I'll have to look for this on audio. For some reason I never think of the romance genre when I'm looking for audio books but this does sound good. I love the premise.

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    1. I love romance on audio. A lot of times there are two narrators and I really like the effect.

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