Stars in Your Eyes

Hachette Audio. Oct. 2023. 9:54 hrs. ISBN 9781668631386. $27.99. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE
Mattie and Logan have been cast as leads in a huge blockbuster romantic comedy. When Logan’s quick temper brings bad press, the producers decide to have them fake a relationship for publicity. Despite Mattie’s golden-retriever reputation and Logan’s bad-boy persona, feelings start developing. They start seeing each other as they really are, wounds and all. But will they find solace only in each another, or can they find peace within themselves? This multiple-narrator audiobook takes a critical look at diving into a romantic relationship while carrying unexamined trauma. Callender’s (King of the Rising) first foray into adult romance is a touch didactic about the healing required to make a solid relationship, but it strikes home nonetheless. The main narrators are perfectly cast: AJ Beckles as Mattie brings rough, raw emotionality, while André Santana as Logan brings polish and a variety of accents. Interstitial narrators have also been carefully selected and perform with aplomb, including Patryce Williams, who voices uwuhearts and delivers her patently ridiculous lines with fangirlish fervor.
VERDICT A tender and emotional story, capturing desire, discovery, and the challenges of balancing the private and the public.
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