Audiobook Review: Sweet Nothings (Amuse Bouche #1) by T. Neilson

Will a bitter bite from the past spoil a sweet romance?

Tristan Love, the youngest of seven brothers, is back in his hometown. He’s left the New York food scene and an abusive relationship behind him, but he holds his love of French pastries close to his heart and is determined to put his skills to use in a bakery of his own.

Returning to his childhood home means his meddlesome brother Simon will butt into his business, but before the bakery even opens its doors, Tristan’s delectable creations have the town’s mouths watering, and Jake, a cute mechanic, asks Tristan out. It all seems worthwhile….

That is, until the bakery burns down, Jake’s criminal past comes to light, and Tristan’s nasty ex rears his head where he is decidedly not wanted.

Listening Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
Narrator: Simon Ferrar 

Equal parts fluff and seriousness...

What I liked about this story was that it’s all about personal second chances. Tristan has been in a very toxic abusive relationship, and he gets the courage and motivation to leave it all behind. When he moves back home to open his own bakery, Tristan can finally take a breather and focus on himself for once. When he catches the interest of hunky Jake, who is trying to forge a new life as well, things definitely start to look up for both of them.

Jake and Tristan hit if off immediately. They are not without their challenges in starting a relationship. Jake has a shady past. Tristan has infuriating protective older brothers who love to be infuriating. Go ahead and add in a crazy ex boyfriend hell bent on revenge, and they might be doomed before they even really start.

Narrated by Simon Ferrar, this was my second listening experience from him, and I still have the same opinion. I enjoyed his performance except when it came to how he voiced one of the MC’s, which again, felt incongruent and was often distracting. Despite that, this was a good romance. Admittedly, there were several moments of disbelief that I just had to ignore regarding the ex’s evil machinations - who cares about plausibility right?? However, in the grand scheme of things, this was very nicely sexy, the relationship progression was equally sweet and enjoyable and thus, I deem this a win!

Thank you to the author/publisher for the audio in exchange for an honest review.

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