I Do(n’t) by Leddy Harper
Narrated by Lillian Claire & Roberto Scarlato
Standalone Romantic Comedy
Leddy has a talent with comedic timing, humor and banter. I smiled a lot while listening to the story and even chuckled out loud a few times. But to be honest, the whole storyline didn’t make sense to me. I mean I understood what was going on, but not really why.
“…had I known when I knocked on your hotel door after the wedding that what we did that night would end our friendship, I would’ve gone to my own room.”
Janelle has had a crush on her brother’s best friend since she was little. But the night of her brother’s wedding in Vegas Janelle got so drunk, she doesn’t remember a thing. including losing her virginity to her life-long crush. His feelings hurt that she didn’t remember, he told her what happened and took off, and they don’t see each other for 5 years.
Janelle went away to college like all of her (much) older siblings. She didn’t get home a lot over the next 5 years, partially to avoid Holden. But to pay back her student debts, Janelle goes on a reality dating show, where she gets a big cash bonus if she marries the guy on the show. There is only one problem. She has one major loose end to tie up at home.
When she confronts Holden about the problem, he basically holds her hostage. He feels she needs to be there because her family has major problems happening that they never told her about (and blame her for not knowing), so he makes her live with him for a few months before he gives her what she wants. But of course, you know what happens with things like this!
- Lots of fun banter.
- Fun to listen to and made me smile throughout.
- Her inner voice made me laugh.
- I love the cover.
- I just don’t understand the reason her family was so mean to her and excluded her from everything then blamed her for it.
- Holden’s secret was crazy big. WTF did he expect to do with it? That’s something that will ruin someone’s life.
- I found her to be immature and whiny at times and just never fell for her.
- I thought Holden was an asshole, and he had a hard time winning me over, though he did by the end.
- I just don’t get why he never even tried to contact her over 5 years. He’s the asshole who took a girls virginity while she was so fucked up she blacked out, especially if he had feelings for her.
- Some repetitiveness.
Though they both sounded familiar to me, according to audible, this was my first experience with both narrators, but I absolutely loved them both and thought they enhanced the story.
The Down and Dirty:
Rating: 3.5 stars. 4 Heat, 5 narration