Narrator(s): Angela Dawe, Nelson Hobbs
Length: 11 hours 17 minutes
Read: May 2017
Joshua Miles has spent his early 20s spinning his wheels. Working dead-end jobs and living at home has left him exhausted and uninspired, with little energy to pursue his passion for graphic art. All that changes when he meets Gemma Henare, a vivacious out-of-towner from New Zealand. What begins as a one-night stand soon becomes a turning point for Josh. He can’t get Gemma out of his head, even after she has left for home, and finds himself throwing caution to the wind for the first time in his life.
It’s not long before Josh is headed to New Zealand with only a backpack, some cash, and Gemma’s name to go on. But when he finally tracks her down, he finds that his adventure is only just beginning. Equally infatuated, Gemma leads him on a whirlwind tour across the beautiful country, opening Josh up to life, lust, love, and all the messy heartache in between. Because when love drags you somewhere, it might never let go – even when you know that you have to say good-bye.
Contains mature themes.
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Karina Halle book and I feel like I was well overdue to pick one up! I had just seen the news about her newest book, co-written with her husband, and I recalled seeing the audiobooks for this series on my library website, so I thought I’d give it a go. I loved this story!
Even though this story starts off quite abruptly in the adult section, that is, one of the main characters getting an erection, it turned out to be so much more than that. I loved how it was about two people meeting and having this wild night of passion only to be separated by land and sea. I loved the travel part of this book and that our main character, Josh, decided that he was in kind of a rut and should be getting out there and doing something with his life, thus heading to New Zealand. I felt like New Zealand was the perfect place for this book to take place. I mean, I love books that take place anywhere, but when they travel somewhere that I’ve only seen pictures of, it’s fun to have those pictures come alive.
I also really enjoyed the time frame of this book and how even though it literally starts off with a bang, there’s a lot of time spanning. The things you want to happen don’t happen right away. Things get frustrating, just like in real life. We’re not meant to just do what’s right, sometimes we fall back into what’s comfortable, even if we know it’s not the right thing to do. Change is hard and this book dealt with that really well.
I’m really eager to read some more Karina Halle after not reading her for some time now. I forgot how addicting her books are!
I listened to this book through Hoopla, which doesn’t have the greatest audio quality, but even with that I enjoyed listening to this narration. I loved the New Zealand accents and the flip from male to female narrator throughout wasn’t at all jarring. There are a few different accents in this book and they were all handled so well – it definitely made me want to read the rest of the books in this series via audiobook!