5 out of 5 stars
I went into this knowing that I liked Oakley’s writing. I hoped that this one was going to be as cute and authentic feeling as the other book I’ve read by her (Undone). Spoiler alert – it was and then some. I also like that she sprinkled in a bit about The Shrikes (which is the band that is at the center of a couple of her other books).
The Adventurers is a book about finding love when you didn’t expect it. It’s about finally breaking out of your shell and doing things that you’re scared of. It’s about trying to find someone to go on that adventure with you… among lots of other things. Oakley seems to get that even though the two women in the story are different ages and potentially at different stages in life – we all want to feel like we’ve made something of our life. And Joey and Kendall definitely realize this and realize that they bring out the best in each other.
This story was seriously cute and had me smiling and laughing throughout. There were lots of scenes where they were making jokes at each other that were just so darn cute my cheeks hurt while listening to this. (One of the running jokes was the continuous “laundry thief” nickname since that was how their stories started to become entwined).
The narration by AJ Ferraro was great – I thought she really encompassed both women and did a great job voicing them and their emotions. A book I would definitely recommend, especially if you need to smile or laugh in these trying times. Honestly, my only complaint about this has nothing to do with the book. It’s that more of Oakley’s books aren’t available on audio (yet?).
Love is the adventure no one sees coming.
Joey Moore got her heart stomped on. At her engagement party. So, she did what any normal, completely rational 28-year-old would do – she moved to a new city with her dog to start a new life. Without much of a plan, it turns out.
Kendall O’Hara doesn’t enjoy chaos – at 42-years-old, she has a stable job and two cats she likes more than most people. Okay, all people, except her close-knit group of friends. She’s not boring. She’s just protecting her still-healing heart decades after a devastating loss.
When Joey and Kendall’s paths cross, a rocky start with an accidental laundry switch turns into an unlikely friendship. From there, the two friends make a pact to get out of their comfort zones, one piece of paper drawn from an “Adventure Jar” at a time. A growing mutual attraction leads them on an adventure that neither one might have expected….
The Adventurers by Bryce Oakley
Narrator: AJ Ferraro
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
on August 26th 2020
Genres: LesFic, Romance
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Also by this author: Undone