by Alexa Riley
Published by the Author (Self-Published) on November 4, 2018
Source: Read Me Romance Podcast
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Ava fudged a little on her résumé to land her dream job. She’s been working her curvy booty overtime to get her boss’s new lingerie line off the ground. But when her boss’s brother comes in and says Ava should be the face—and body—of the campaign, she’s having second thoughts.
Lucas knows what he wants, and the second he sees every lush inch of Ava all bets are off. She’s not only the one for the job but the one for him, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make her see it.
Closer by Alexa Riley is the first audiobook released through their podcast with author Tessa Bailey, Read Me Romance. I was intrigued about the podcast format: a new romance audiobook every week, released in five parts throughout the week. As an Alexa Riley story, I think it’s pretty tame, both with regard to the writing style as well as the heat level. The story feels very generic and it didn’t grab my attention.
Ava is helping her boss launch a lingerie line. They’re auditioning models when the brother of Ava’s boss, Lucas, comes in. Lucas quickly dismisses the available models and declares that curvy Ava should be the featured model.
If you’re familiar with Alexa Riley books, this one has many of the familiar tropes: insta-love, billionaire hero, and lightning-fast relationship. I’ve realized that Riley books are very much hit or miss for me. Closer is a miss. I didn’t get a sense for either the hero or heroine as characters and didn’t feel there was a plot.
While it has similarities to other Riley books, it’s also different at the same time. It’s relatively tame in terms of the smut factor. I’ve read much dirtier Riley books than this one. There’s also not much of a taboo element, which Riley usually incorporates in most of their books.
Overall, I think this is a pretty forgettable story. I do like the unique format of releasing audiobooks via a podcast and look forward to the variety of authors who will be featured on future episodes.
Rating: 2 stars