Marc reviews the audiobook version of ‘Too Bad About Your Girl’ by Saranna DeWylde. The audio version was published on October 8th, 2014 and is narrated by Hollie Jackson. The length is 1 hr and 51 mins. The eBook version was published on January 3rd by Sea Goddess Books and is 56 pages long.
RGR received a free audio copy from the author for the purpose of an honest review.
Why I read this book: The cover, friends-to-lovers trope and rockstars theme really spoke to me and I had to listen to it. I already tried and enjoyed one other F/F audiobook and looked forward to trying this one out.
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Kerrigan Black is the hard drinking, hard partying and even harder working frontwoman for the riot grrrl band Sugar and Cyanide. She keeps her relationships simple—she doesn’t have them. But she has sex and a lot of it. For Kerrigan, it’s not about the orgasm; it’s about the power she wields over her partners. Kerrigan doesn’t do love. At least, she didn’t until her bandmate and best friend—the one woman she can never have.
Dia Miller is good at revenge, so when she finds her boyfriend in bed with another woman, she decides to return the favor. She asks Kerrigan to pretend she and Dia are lovers to punish him. The show goes a little too far and feels a little too good. Dia, ever the hedonist, can’t resist exploring new sensation.
Will fulfilling Kerrigan’s secret fantasy and satisfying Dia’s curiosity shatter the bond between them or give them something more, like Happily Ever After?
‘Too Bad About Your Girl’ is an intriguing title. It leaves a mystery what the title refers to and to whom it is addressed and made me want to read the book (or more specifically to listen to it).
For me the cover was very sexy and pulled me in. A rockstar in an attractive costume. I might be gay, but strong, female main characters are completely hot. Before finding M/M, I usually found strong heroines to read about and I looked forward to a bit of the rockstar attitude and passion to warm up my day.
The narrator did a good, in parts even exceptional job of making the words jump from the pages and coming alive in audio. I could have easily listened to the narrator a lot longer and found the voice sympathetic and fitting.
This is the second F/F Romance that I tried out and I’m glad I did. The story is fast-paced and sexy and most importantly: FUN. That’S not to say that there aren’t moments of broken hearts or hot love-scenes. But this short story was just extremely good at entertaining me. There is a lot of wit and sexy banter and I really enjoyed the playfulness.
Kerrigan and Dia have great chemistry and I would have loved to see them on-stage. They are a great team, great friends and have a crazy sexual tension between them. I found them both very likable characters and it was easy to root for them.
Even easier once it was clear that Dia’s current ‘flame’ was kind of a douche-bag. Even harder to see Kerrigan’s heart long for her best friend, especially when her plan for revenge against her soon-to-be ex brings Kerrigan in an uncomfortable situation. Dia seems quite blind to her best friends distress and she also turns out to be a bit of an egocentric.
Still, there’S heat and sex and there are real feelings and love. I especially loved that Kerrigan doesn’t let herself be used and though the story is short, the way the book wrapped up was satisfying.
I must admit, F/F Romance is not my comfort zone and while I found the pair sexy, the plentiful explicit scenes were not as much a draw for me as the well-written story. I would have loved to find out more about their personal lives and their lives as rockstars, but given the short length of the story the focus on the main characters is necessary and well-done. You get a satisfying narrative that frames the romantic and erotic exploration of two best friends, who are on the verge of becoming more. One of them acting-out on her attraction to another woman for the first time.
The dynamic shift between the two friends is the heart of this story and I can strongly recommend this story for anyone who likes strong women, rockstars, F/F explicit love scenes & romance.
7.5/ 10 pots of gold (75% recommended) -compares to 3.75/5 or 4/5 stars rounded up.
Saranna De Wylde has always been fascinated by things better left in the dark. She wrote her first story after watching The Exorcist at a slumber party. Since then, she’s published horror, romance and narrative nonfiction. Like all writers, Saranna has held a variety of jobs, from operations supervisor for an airline, to an assistant for a call girl, to a corrections officer. But like Hemingway said, “Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.” So she traded in her cuffs for a full-time keyboard. She loves to hear from her readers.