All Fired Up

Hachette Audio. May 2022. 9:45 hrs. ISBN 9781668612620. $25.98. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Imani Lewis always has a plan. How else could she balance a successful publicist career, plan a baby shower for her best friend, and take care of her wily grandmother? All her plans go up in smoke, however, when a former flame, Zander Matthews, reenters her life, intent on showing her that they’d make the perfect couple. Imani can’t stand Zander’s laid-back attitude and lack of ambition, but he’s not going to let that stop him from turning their one- (okay, two-) night stand into a happily-ever-after. In this follow-up to How Sweet It Is, Newton offers a contemporary romance with a fun and flirtatious tone. Though delightfully comedic at times, the story toes the line between cute and cloying. Narrators Emma Love and Max Lloyd-Jones give a playful, conversational quality to the dual perspectives. Listeners shouldn’t let their friendly nature fool them, though; they can still deliver sensuous and steamy love scenes.
VERDICT Despite the story being somewhat flimsy, this audio will appeal to listeners seeking a lighthearted opposites-attract rom-com that is both fun and funny. Recommended for fans of Tessa Bailey, Emily Giffin, and Abby Jiminez.
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