Spending their fortunes and losing their hearts.
Hardworking Australian nurse Ben Adams inherits a substantial sum and decides to tour Europe. In Monaco, the home of glamour and the idle rich, he meets French billionaire playboy Léo Artois. After getting off on the wrong foot – as happens when one accuses a stranger of being part of the Albanian mafia – their attraction blazes. Léo, born to the top tier of society, has never known limits, and Ben, used to budgeting every cent, finds it difficult to adjust to not only Léo’s world, but also the changes wealth brings to his own life.
As they make allowances for each other’s foibles, Ben gradually appreciates the finer things, and Léo widens his perspective. They both know one thing: this is not a typical holiday romance and they’re not ready to say goodbye.
I was distracted by the narration so much that it’s hard for me to really evaluate this book on it’s own merits.
I think it’s a fairly sweet, a little funny, and somewhat adorable “troptastic” romance that throws two very different men at one another. We have a hard working, frugal man who ends up super rich thrown together with a billionaire who maybe doesn’t appreciate life like he could.
There’s not much angst or romantic tension and I missed that. The couple is cute together and Ben is pretty funny. (I wasn’t sure about the whole Bunny thing but… to each his own.)
With this series you expect the clichéd and accept some idealized futures. While I can appreciate that these guys were enjoying the heck out of experiencing one another’s life styles, I wasn’t convinced on their chemistry/cohesiveness for the long term. I have a hard time seeing them day to day for the long haul. However… if that sort of thing doesn’t bug you then you’ll likely enjoy the extravagance of Leo’s life and find the mix of Cinderella and Pygmalion delightful.
Unfortunately, I was so dismayed by the narration that it was hard for me to become immersed in the story.
I’ve really enjoyed Peter Brooke’s narrations in the past and I was so surprised that this wasn’t as good as his others. (See Shira Anthony’s Blue Note Series https://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_hp_tseft?advsearchKeywords=shira%20anthony%20blue&filterby=field-keywords – which was fantastic!) In fact, I chose this to review because I’d had such a lovely time listening to his other narrations.
His French accent is good but what was Ben’s accent??? It moved and at times I thought he was mid-west American, Cockney or from Brooklyn. It was ever changing and very distracting.
I think reading this would be a fun, light, low-angst few hours, but I’d listen to the sample before buying the audiobook.
Overall 3 of 5 stars
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