Audiobook Review: Fake Fianceé by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Written by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Narrated by Yvonne Syn and Alastair Haynesbridge
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
Release Date: 07-11-17
Publisher: Audible Studios
Fake engaged to the hottest quarterback in the country? SCORE.
They say nothing compares to your first kiss,
But our first kiss was orchestrated for an audience.
Our second kiss . . . that one was REAL.
He cradled my face like he was terrified he'd f*ck it up.
He stared into my eyes until the air buzzed.
Soft and slow, full of sighs and little laughs,
He inhaled me like I was the finest Belgian chocolate,
And he'd never get another piece.
A nip of his teeth, his hand at my waist . . .
And I was lost.
I forgot he was paying me to be his fake fiancée.
I forgot we weren't REAL.
Our kiss was pure magic, and before you laugh and say those kinds of kisses don't exist,
Then you've never touched lips with Max Kent, the hottest quarterback in college history.
Three months. Two hearts. One fake engagement.
Can I talk about this cover first... I am really feeling the whole vibe of this guy. I'm not usually into the long hair but that and the scruff looks so good on this guy. And he is exactly how I would picture Max.
When I first started getting into romance audiobooks I was pretty much only listening to New Adult. I got tired of that kind of quick. I didn't even think this was a New Adult book when I was thinking about reading it. I just saw fake fianceé and jumped on it. Fake couple, marriage of convenience is my FAVORITE trope. I mean I really love it so I just jumped on this book from the title alone.
StoryThis book was everything I love about New Adult. I loved the hero and the heroine. Sunny and Max are both fresh off of break-ups. Sunny is just trying to make it through the semester. She picked classes with her ex-boyfriend and she is not enjoying the fact that she has to see him. Max is also not looking forward to seeing his ex. He just want to focus on football and getting nominated for the Heisman. Sunny and Max decide to become a fake couple to make him look good for the nomination and get a little payback on their exes.
I loved that this book was low on drama. Sometimes New Adult has drama just to have drama. Sunny wasn't very experienced with guys but she also wasn't naive. She had her limits and stuck to them. Max also wasn't the typical athlete. He was smart and he was not a manwhore. He was in the past but it wasn't a big plot point in the story. Sunny and Max had a little tragedy in their past but they were strong despite those issues.
NarrationI swear when every I see atypical names for narrators I think its an alias. As far as for these narrators names, this is the first book I have listened to from either narrator but their voices sound very familiar. This book had dual narration so Yvonne Syn read all chapters in the heroine's POV and Alastair Haynesbridge read all of the chapter's in the male POV. I really enjoyed Yvonne as Sunny. I felt her voice really fit the character. She also did a good job with the male characters. Same for Alastair's narration of Max. He fit that character very well and also did a good job with the female characters. There was a British male character in this book and I think both narrators did a good job with the accent.
Overall I listened to this book fairly quickly and it was enjoyable. I enjoyed the narration and would listen to another book from these narrators. I have all this author's books on audio but this is the first one I have listened to. I will definitely be making a dent in those books.