Erryn reviews ‘The Moore the Merrier’ (Moore Romance #2.5) by Alex Miska and V. Soffer. The ebook was published February 21, 2017. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Sean Lenhart and Jill Smith, released by Longtail Books on January 3, 2018, and is 6 hrs and 21 mins long. A copy was provided for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I enjoyed Book 1 and 2, so I leapt at the chance to listen to the next installment. Oh, and look at all the pets on the cover..
“Our family will always have room for a few more Moores.”
The Moore family is growing exponentially this year! All three brothers are enjoying their Happily-Ever-Afters this holiday season. Julian and Xander only have four weeks to plan their New Year’s Eve dream wedding and are waiting impatiently to welcome two homeless teens into their family. Amidst all the merriment, Chance discovers that he has siblings, and they need his help. He’s forced to confront his past, but he won’t have to face it alone.
THE MOORE THE MERRIER is a funny, heart-warming, steamy, 57k-word MM gay romance. This Moore Romance ‘novella’ (Book #2.5) takes place immediately after the events in Book 2: Love You, Moore. It is written in third-person from the point of view of 6 people and their pets, with a HEA ending and no cliffhangers.
THIS BOOK IS NOT A STAND-ALONE STORY. The first chapter reveals the ending of Book 2: Love You, Moore. We STRONGLY recommend that you first read Book 2, Love You Moore. You might wish to read Book 1, A Chance for Moore, as well.
A downloadable character guide and Moore friends and family tree can be found on AlexMiska.com. (Bonus Content)
My Review for the audio of Book 2 can be found here:
Mating Habits of Domesticated Geeks in New York
I included the diagram above that shows the major romantic relationships, friendships, and family ties in this series because it is getting complicated.
But totally worth it.
I will give you this warning – there are MULTIPLE points-of-view (including the pets). This makes listening a challenge. Each chapter provides the name of the person/dog/cat whose POV is being presented. Written on paper, it is easy to scroll back. On audio? A bit more attention has to be paid.
But totally worth it.
Sean Lenhart has narrated all the books in the series and he is great. His over-the-top portrayal of Julian is still present and completely spot-on. To some listeners, however, it might be a bit much. Once you get used to it, though, it blends in, so hang in there.
I’ll be honest and say I was surprised to see a narrator Jill Smith. Ms. Smith is female and that is almost non-existent in the world of m/m books in audio. Since Sean has done a good job with the other books, I was confused. Within moments that confusion was cleared up.
Jill performs the young teenage boys (Marcus, Jackson, and Dean) as well as the women, and interestingly, the female dogs. She does not narrate at any point, simply speaks their dialogue. Another interesting technique I haven’t heard often, but it works. And her performance of Luna deserves special appreciation. It was perfect and hilarious.
If you are not a pet-lover, or if you have never been curious about an animal mind, those chapters might not be of interest, but, again, give them a chance. I loved them. Humans have limited knowledge of what pets think and how they process the world, but these are humorous interpretations and I am sure there is some truth in all of them. In the end, I enjoyed these chapters.
All four teenagers from Safe Harbor, the LGBT shelter the men volunteer at, have their own chapters. I was pleased that there were definite differences between the twins, named Axel and Diesel by their homophobic father. (Easy to see why they have chosen to go by the names Dean and Jackson.)
The end of Book 2 provided plenty of promise that the teenagers would all have happy endings and this book fulfills that promise, even if things take an unexpected but perfect turn. The ever-expanding Moore family has 4 new teenagers (and one more 4-legged character the listener will have no choice but to fall in love with).
As for the plot, it does cover the end of Book 2 – Julian and Xander’s wedding. And if you know these two men, you’ll know the preparations are going to be a stressful circus. But with their family and friends rallying around them and Christmas celebrations in the meantime, it is fun all around.
This book, like Book 2, often takes a step back in time when the chapter changes. The change of POV often presents the same scene again. It always took me a moment to orient myself, but I’ve come to expect that with these books.
In case you’re wondering, there’s plenty of hot sex. Logan also makes an admission that had me laughing out loud.
Since it’s the Moores, there are family bets, brotherly love, and wonderful parents. There are so many incidents and scenes I want to mention, but I will resist as most would be spoilers. You’ll just have to listen for yourself.
I will say, however, that there are more baby Koalas, manipulative felines, silly canines and, above all, love.
9/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
Alex Miska is a certifiable math geek who spends her days (and nights) dreaming of quirky, sexily-intelligent men falling in love. She is a former math teacher to students with learning disabilities and disability advocate. Nestled in a small house in the woods, Alex is the doting parent of a preternaturally-happy, fluffy, white dog and his somewhat gloomy older brother, as well as the solicitous servant of two highly-opinionated Siamese cats.