Review – Loverboy by Sarina Bowen

Posted November 30, 2020 by Carole in 2020 Audiobook Challenge, 2020 New Release Challenge, Audiobook, Book Reviews / 6 Comments

Loverboy by Sarina Bowen
Narrated by Joe Arden, Emma Wilder, and Vanessa Edwin
Series: The Company #2
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC
Publication Date: December 1, 2020
Date Read: November 24, 2020
Length: 9 hours and 11 minutes
Source: Author/Publicist

Secrets, desires, and exquisite pie. It’s all in a day’s work at The Company.

Growing up, I was the rough guy from the wrong neighborhood who couldn’t catch a break. Posy was the pampered girl I tried to impress. But I managed to steal only a single kiss before I had to skip town.

Now I’m back, and the tables are turned. Posy runs a struggling pie shop. I’m the VP of a secretive billion-dollar security company.

Not that I can tell her.

There’s a murderer on the loose in New York, and he seems to spend a lot of time at Posy’s shop. I can’t let on that I’m here to bring him down before he can harm a hair on her pretty head.

Going undercover as Posy’s new barista wasn’t my idea. I don’t even drink coffee. But now I have to call her “boss,” and do everything the curvy perfectionist asks of me. I’d forgotten how much we infuriate each other, and that she somehow fills me with both irritation and desire in the same breath.

There’s nobody more skilled at stealth ops than me. I can bring this killer down. Right after I take a cold shower. And just as soon I figure out how to make a skinny peppermint latte with milk poured in the shape of a kitten…

My Review
This was a fantastic listen!  I have realized that as soon as I learn that Sarina Bowen is releasing a new book, I want it before I even know what it is about.  Once I saw that this book was a second chance romance, I was even more eager to get my hands on it.  I had pretty high expectations going into this book and they were all met.  Sarina Bowen once again delivered an exciting romance with characters that quickly find a place in your heart. 
Gunnar is back in New York City and hoping to get a job as a barista at Posy’s pie shop.  His real job is with The Company but he needs to go undercover to catch a murderer and needs to learn how to make some fancy coffee to do it.  Posy just needs a barista that she can count on and isn’t sure that she wants to work with Gunnar again after he left without a word after their one shared kiss.  The attraction that they felt years ago is quickly rekindled as they spend time together once again.
I really liked the characters in this book.  Posy was such a good woman and it really made me mad how the people in her life have treated her.  She has dealt with a lot but just stays focused on what she needs to do to make her life better now.  Gunnar was great.  It was fun watching him charm Posy and to see the feelings he had towards her grow.  I thought that these two had fantastic chemistry together and really seemed like they shared a deep connection.
I found the mystery to be very well done and couldn’t figure out what Gunnar and The Company would eventually figure out.  There were some pretty exciting scenes and I found that the other employees of The Company added a bit of fun to the story.  I liked that there were a couple of mysteries to deal with and I was equally invested in both.  I think that all of the elements of the story came together quite well.
The narrators did a wonderful job with this book.  Joe Arden and Emma Wilder did such a good job with Gunnar and Posy.  They were both able to completely bring these characters to life and added a lot of emotion into their reading.  It was fun to get a quick performance from a third narrator who also did a great job.  I believe that their narration added to my overall enjoyment of the story.
I would definitely recommend this book to others.  This book was a delight to read and I couldn’t help but fall in love with this group of characters.  I cannot wait to read more of this amazing author’s work!

I received a digital review copy of this audiobook from the author/publicist.

The Series – The Company
Book #1 – Moonlighter – My Review
Book #2 – Loverboy – Available December 1!
About the Author

Sarina Bowen is the RITA® Award winning author of over two dozen contemporary and LGTB romance novels. She most recently hit the USA Today bestseller’s list in February, with Brooklynaire. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina Bowen is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

Sarina’s books are published in a dozen languages on four continents. In 2016, The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with a RITA award for Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

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6 responses to “Review – Loverboy by Sarina Bowen

  1. I'm also a big fan of Sarina Bowen. I've read more than audio for some reason though. This sounds great with a mystery along with the romance.

    Anne – Books of My Heart