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He’s the plot twist she didn’t hear coming.
Becoming a book narrator was never my goal. But if your deep voice tempts romance listeners to swoon and throw their proverbial panties at you, plans change.
When an unexpected chain of events rockets my easy-going and chill life in a completely different direction, I tackle it like I do everything—with humor, wit, and a little bit of my “Hawk Weaver” charm.
That’s not a hardship, though, because it means establishing a friendship with erotic romance author, Donna Moreno. She’s a game changer. In all the best ways.
As an over-thirty single woman who writes erotica for a living, you would think I spend my days fighting off every handsome, dirty-mouthed billionaire in a twenty-mile radius. I don’t. Sure, I have a checklist for my ideal man who I write in my books. I just haven’t found “the one” in the real world.
Todd Chimolski may not check all the boxes on my current list, but there’s something to be said for a friend who makes you laugh and puts on a suit to make all your fantasies come true.
Hearing him bring the words I’ve written to life is nothing short of an eargasm, and that’s a box I didn’t know I needed checked.
What happens when the woman who writes sexy romance and the man who narrates it build a friendship that quickly turns to more?
I really enjoyed this book! Donna is a successful erotica author who is frustrated with her work and with her dating life. She wants to write a different kind of romance novel, and she wants to find a decent man to date. Her dates all look good on paper but seriously lack in the personality department.
At a book convention, she meets Todd, the best-friends-like-siblings friend of fellow author and good friend Adeline. They have a good conversation at the airport, but then they fly to their respective homes states apart. When Adeline suggests a girls’ vacation together to try to beat both of their writers’ blocks, Donna readily agrees. Turns out the cabin is owned by Todd, who is the sought-after audiobook narrator of Adeline’s books.
When a winter storm traps Todd and Donna together and her fiance’s medical emergency keeps Adeline away, sparks fly. But it’s so much more than that.
I think what I loved the most about this is that Todd is a normal guy. He is successful enough with his real estate company to have people working for him and he can work when he wants to, but he doesn’t flaunt his money. He drives an ancient car, lives in a run down apartment while owning multiple homes, and wears tacky shirts proudly, because they are handmade by the cashier at the local small-town grocery store who needs the extra money to feed her family. He helps Donna relax and enjoy herself more than she has in a long time.
“I love you because you tick off all my boxes… But I’m in love with you because you add so many more boxes I didn’t know I had.” – Donna
This quote – THIS is why I love this book. Romance novel heroes are fine, and we enjoy the fantasy. But every once in a while it’s so great to read about someone real, to remind us that love comes in many packages and that is what makes it beautiful. We don’t always need the erotica – sometimes we need the sweet, slow burn.
M.E. Carter and Andrea Johnston are romance writers who share a love of the written word. Combining their sense of humor, beliefs in love, and sarcasm, this writing duo has joined forces to create the Charitable Endeavors series. With the sole purpose of bringing laughter and love to their readers while tapping into their charitable hearts, a portion of the release proceeds will be donated to charity.
Ear Candy is the second book in the Charitable Endeavors Series by M.E. Carter and Andrea Johnston. Each story is somehow related to the indie book community and is guaranteed to be a contemporary romantic comedy and fade to gray (no gratuitous sexy times when we’re donating to charity) PLUS a portion of each book’s release will be DONATED to charity!
Title: Ear Candy
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Charity: The Guardians Foundation, Inc.
As you all know, with the Charitable Endeavors series, we have committed to releasing each book with a significant portion of the release month proceeds being donated to charity. With the release of Ear Candy, we have chosen THE GUARDIANS FOUNDATION. TGF is a non-profit located in north Idaho and was founded by Michael Shaw, a SSG in the Idaho National Guard. The mission of TGF is to utilize resources within the community to support veterans and their families to bring comfort, offer hope, and provide immediate assistance. TGF assists veterans in the state of Idaho and parts of Washington with shelter, emergency and unexpected expenses, transportation, education and job opportunities, and an outdoor sportsmanship program. We are honored to support such an amazing organization that supports veterans.