I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Reason to Stay by DJ Westerfield, June Stevens
Series: Oak Hollow #1
Narrator: Meghan Kelly
Published by DJ Westerfield on June 13th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 116 pages
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
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Ellie loves her hometown, job, and best friend Jake. But Jake is a ladies man that will never settle down. Ellie can't stand to see him with other women anymore, so she is packing up and leaving Oak Hollow and everything she loves to start over. A night of unexpected passion makes her start to think maybe things can work out between them, until she happens upon a secret Jake has been keeping for more than a year. Will their friendship be forever torn apart? Or will Ellie find a reason to stay?
Out of all the audiobooks I’ve reviewed I’ve never used the Guided Review template on Audible.com. So I decided to use it this time around. Below is my answers to their questions they ask you when you review an audio on their site.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
A Reason to Stay felt like the last half of a longer novella. I want the beginning, the work up to Ellie moving. I would like to have learned more about Ellie and Jake.
What did you like best about this story?
I love romances where best friends are secretly in love with each other. It’s one of my favorite plot lines in contemporary romances.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
I didn’t fall in love with Meghan Kelly’s narration of the book. It was bad but it wasn’t my favorite either. The biggest issue I had been her voice for Jake. I don’t know how to put it… he didn’t sound guy enough for my taste.
Do you think A Reason to Stay needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
I don’t really see how there could a be follow up book, since Jake and Ellie got their happily ever after and there was no other characters in the story to get their own book.
Any additional comments?
Great characters and I liked idea of the story. Just wish there was more than basically a two or three scene story. I wanted more.
Over all I enjoyed A Reason to Stay but I wish it was a full length novel or even a longer novella. Although I was not completely sold on Meghan Kelly’s narration I would give her another try. I would also like to try more stories from June Stevens.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).