McCallan Made Me “Ship” Them
5 out of 5 stars
Good Spin starts off with a proposition. Go on an all-paid vacation to a beautiful location, with one caveat. Be your friend and neighbor’s fake girlfriend. What could go wrong?
I thought Good Spin was such a cute story. I could tell almost right away that these women were in love with each other. One is slightly more obvious than the other. McCallan did a good job keeping the tension there throughout. With these friends-to-lovers stories, it’s hard because going into it, I know I will be head over heels for them and “ship” them right away. Sometimes they take a while (almost the whole book), and others realize it soon but have more struggles. I don’t want to ruin the book by telling you which one this is, but I prefer it more.
Honestly, when a book can make me smile at all of the scenes when they’re just hanging out, I know I will enjoy the whole thing no matter what curveballs McCallan throws in. The curveball(s) in this one was about what I expected, and I was more shocked about how AND when they came out than what it was. The scenes that follow were pure cuteness and had me shedding some happy tears.
Good Spin was well done; one of my favorites from McCallan lately, but I feel like I think that for every one of her books. She has a way of making me feel like these women are my friends, and all I want it for them to be happy. That’s not easy to pull off and even harder to do book after book, making them feel new and unique. But McCallan can do that every time.
Throw in the excellent narration by a top three narrator, Lori Prince, and you’ve got a great book, setting, performance, and one that I won’t soon forget.
Public Relations expert Emery Bates has exactly one problem she’s willing to admit, and it’s that she doesn’t have a girlfriend to take as her date to a wedding. Not because she needs a girlfriend, but because she needs an easier way to come out to college friends that she hasn’t seen in five years. Her job is about controlling the narrative, and as she sees it, there’s no reason why that can’t extend to her personal life. When her next door neighbor ends up single a few weeks before the wedding, problem solver Emery realizes inviting Jordan along and faking romance for a week in Hawaii could be perfect for both of them.
Jordan Davis doesn’t worry about much, especially what will happen tomorrow. Life’s too short to plan every second, and it usually doesn’t work out anyway. When Emery invites her on an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii, it’s not a hard sell. She’ll get to enjoy a tropical vacation with one of her closest friends, and she’ll get to spend more time with Emery, away from Emery’s hectic work schedule back in Austin. But, there’s more to the request than Emery’s letting on, and there’s more to Jordan’s willingness to help than she wants to admit. Faking it is all about the spin, but when lines begin to blur, both women have to decide if falling in love for real is worth the jump.
Contains mature themes.Good Spin by Monica McCallan
Narrator: Lori Prince
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
Published by Tantor Audio on July 26th 2022
Genres: Friends to Lovers, LesFic/Sapphic Fiction
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