Beautiful Slow Burn
5 out of 5 stars
I’m so excited to jump into this one. It’s by far from my first Lori Prince narrated lesbian fiction nor is it my first Monica McCallan novel. I love the combination of these two — this being my third book of theirs together (Then & Now and The Flaw in Our Design). When I’m With You has been on my TBR list for a while – and I saw that the audiobook was coming soon and I had to jump at the chance to listen and review it.
I love a good slow burn novel and this one was definitely a slow burn. It’s listed as an enemies-to-friend-to-lovers book and it’s exactly that. I loved seeing the progression of the characters – and the realizations and learnings as they were growing and things were changing.
As I said above, this is not my first McCallan book. Basically, every time I see that she has a novel coming out I hope and pray that they’re going to be on audio, and for good reason. Each one of her books has this… feeling that not every book has. They honestly feel like they’re real and I’m just getting to come along for the ride. Kennedy and Brooke were two of the most likable characters I’ve read in some time. They each brought their own things to the table but also had some issues to deal with. Getting to come along for the ride felt like such a privilege.
I won’t spoil it for those who pick this up – but the final slide towards the finish was perfect. It was fast-paced and a little unsettling. I had a feeling I knew what was both going to cause an issue and what would solve it – but it was so much better than I predicted. Also, the flag football scene… muah, chef’s kiss. Just perfect.
Overall, as with every other McCallan novel I’ve read so far – an excellent story with strong women figuring out their lives both on their own and together. Lots of cute scenes that had me smiling ear to ear. Of course, Lori Prince knocks it out of the park again. She’s an excellent performer who really breathes life into any project she picks up. Also, a quick shout out to McCallan’s cover art. They’re always some of the best in the LesFic scene and always REALLY draw my eye when looking for a new book to read.
Kennedy Ryan and Brooke Nicholas have circled around one another for years without getting to know one another, but getting stuck together during a post-college trip is going to change that. A growing friendship, an abandoned puppy, and no one to act as a buffer between them is going to upend a lot of ideas they had about one another.
Kennedy finally realizes she may have only scratched the surface where Brooke is concerned, and Brooke is terrified that she’s falling in love with her best friend.
When I’m With You is a 90k angst-filled enemies-to-friends-to-lovers romance.
When I'm With You by Monica McCallan
Narrator: Lori Prince
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
Published by Tantor Audio on March 15th 2022
Genres: Enemies to Lovers
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Also by this author: The Flaw In Our Design, Then & Now, Back In Your Arms, Tapping Into Love
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