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Audiobook Month: Hard Edit (Black Balled #2) by Andrea Smith and Eva LeNoir Narrated by Joel Leslie

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It’s all fun and games until egos get hurt.
After a year of a seemingly happily-ever-after, Troy Babilonia throws a curve ball that smacks Larson Blackburn right in the head. When Troy’s debut novel, Bridge to Lonely, threatens to overshadow Larson’s own success, inviting a past shadow into the light of their present, the two alphas must learn to adjust.

Bridge to Lonely has garnered an unexpected success both in the literary world and in the film industry, forcing Larson to accept that he is not the only successful author in the building. But as Troy’s old flame decides to make an appearance, the two alphas are forced to test the strength of their love. Let the battle of the egos recommence, where sarcasm is the preferred weapon and the testosterone levels go beyond the boiling point.
Because Black Balled just wasn’t enough…Smith & LeNoir bring you Hard Edit


I love this story because it’s a comedy of errors and misconceptions by two snarky irascible alpha males. Larson has some brilliant one liners and Troy is magnificent in his arrogance. I loved the first book Black Balled but this one is my favourite. You don’t need to listen (or read) Black Balled to follow the events in Hard Edit. Black Balled is about a fight between an author and reviewer which turns into a relationship. Hard Edit is the next step in that relationship where the insecurities come to light in the most amusing ways. Especially when Troy’s first love turns up.

The egotistical alpha males and they do refer to themselves as alpha males so much that I ended up rolling my eyes. But it is just that sort of over the top ego that makes me love them and the story work so well. Especially when Troy’s first book surpasses anything that Larson has written so far. I found the authors signing event particularly funny I could picture it from the ones I had been to. The bickering before hand over swag made me grin. Actually all the bickering between Troy and Larson made me grin.

Joel Leslie’s narration is exceptional. He brings Troy’s swaggering attitude alive and the way he delivers Larson’s sarcasm is razor sharp. His narration is the reason I snort with laughter while traveling on a train (not the done thing in England!) Not to mention the wonderful Jewish mother Ida. I just love her. There are two superb bonus chapters at the end and I truly believe they the only way to do justice to them is to listen to Joel’s narration.

5 of 5 stars!


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