Happy Labor Day, book nerds 🙂 Today on the Ginger Mom Blog, we have a novella from one of my favorite authors, Lindzee Armstrong! And the narrator (because yes, I have this habit of reading and listening lately – slight attention span issues, perhaps) – Stacey Glemboski – is absolutely incredible!
Anyway, the book . . .
He’s everything that broke her heart.
Cassidy wants two things – to make her cupcake shop a success, and to forget the ex-fiance who traded her for the lights of Hollywood. She can’t stand actors, movies, or anything resembling the guy who ruined her life. So when Jase – best friend of her ex and A-list actor – shows up at the ranch to research an upcoming role, ignoring her past becomes impossible.
Jase is desperate to escape Hollywood, and ranch life gives him a temporary reprieve. But ranching is starting to feel less like preparing for a role and more like the life he’s always wanted. And he can’t help envisioning Cassidy as his co-star. Can Jase convince this stunning cupcake shop owner that he’s really a country boy at heart?
I don’t usually reach for novellas for one reason – they’re too rushed for my liking. Well, most are. It seems like there just isn’t enough time to give you the depth that is a good story. Until I picked up Cupcakes and Cowboys. It was short and sweet, but I still had time to fall in love with the characters. There was the perfect amount of time to see how hurt Cassidy was and to really feel for her, but then also be excited for the romance to start. Okay, perhaps I was a little ansy for the romance to start 🙂 (And, of course with my culinary background, it was fun reading about a bakery owner – in another life, perhaps).
So, I read this one first, then was contacted by the author to review the Audible version, as well. The audiobook is narrated by Stacey Glemboski and runs a grand total of 4 hours and 41 minutes (like I said, it’s short).
Her performance was amazing and the pacing was just right for this book. It moved along smoothly (no hiccups that drop you out of the story). And what I liked best about her narration was the way she switched characters. There are many narrators who read the book with one voice / tone for every character. If there isn’t the “Jon said” or “Erica answered” tag at the end of the statement, it can get confusing who is speaking. I liked how Stacey gave each character a different feel. It was really easy for me to tell who was speaking and that’s something that scores very high with me.
Narration and storyline, I don’t think there was anything about this book that I didn’t like (oh wait, yes there was – it’s over!). Don’t get me wrong, all strings are tied up by the last page so you don’t feel like there should be more. But of course, I want more. I loved these characters. I could have easily kept going!
And if you’d like to see more of Lindzee, check out the interview I did with her last summer (on the Doodles blog before it disappeared into the depths of the internet).
Have a happy, bookish Labor Day 🙂