Review – The Closer by Leslie Pike

Posted May 7, 2022 by Carole in Reviews / 10 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publicist. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review – The Closer by Leslie PikeThe Closer by Leslie Pike
Narrator: Joe Arden, Maxine Mitchell
Series: Swift #2
Published by Independently Published on April 28, 2022
Genres: Romance
Length: 2 hours 58 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publicist
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four-stars

Love is not a game Brick Swift wants to play again.

Heartbreaking memories have a hold on his heart.

The respected sport agent’s clients have become the sole recipients of his time and attention.

January Jordan is at the top of her game, negotiating the year’s biggest contract for her Memphis Maverick client.

Free as a bird, she’s not looking for anyone to fulfill an already satisfying life.

One chance meeting changes life’s direction and ignites a fire that lights the way.

Author's notes: This was previously published as Cards of Love: The World and has no new content.

While this is part of the Swift series, each can be listened to as a stand-alone. Each is about a Swift sibling, but for the best listener experience, listen to them in order.

I enjoyed this romance! This is a fairly short listen which is perfect for those times when you want a nice complete story without committing to a longer book. I ended up listening to this book straight through and had a great time with it. I really liked that the couple in the book were both in their 40s and knew what they wanted out of life. This novella is part of the Swift series but would work perfectly well as a stand-alone as well.

This book features Brick and January. They both work as sports agents and have had their own success. January’s parents have recently died and she is working to get things packed up with her pregnant sister’s help. When Brick comes to help out, he seems to fit in perfectly. Brick and January have a lot of great chemistry together and I liked that there wasn’t a lot of unnecessary drama. I just loved watching them find their happily ever after together.

Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell are both excellent narrators and I thought that they did a fantastic job with this story. Their voices seem to compliment each other very well and I thought that they both did an amazing job in bringing the story’s characters to life. I loved the emotion that came through in their reading. I do believe that their narration added to my overall enjoyment of this story.

I would recommend this story to others. I thought that this was a really well-done novella with fantastic characters. The narration was top-notch and added a lot to the story. I cannot wait to read more of this author’s work.

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

About Leslie Pike

USA TODAY bestselling author, Leslie Pike, has loved expressing herself through the written word since she was a child. The first romance “book” she wrote was at ten years old. The scene, a California Beach. The hero, a blonde surfer. The ending, happily forever after.

Leslie’s passion for film and screenwriting eventually led her to Texas for eight years, writing for a prime time CBS series. She’s traveled the world as part of film crews, from Africa to Israel, New York to San Francisco. Now she finds her favorite creative adventures taking place in her home, in Southern California, writing Contemporary Romance.

10 responses to “Review – The Closer by Leslie Pike

  1. oooh I will have to try this one in audio and glad you had a good time with this one here. I have been wanting to pick up more sports romance so you definitely have me intrigued.

  2. There seem to be a lot of these “half” book romances and I’m not sure if I like them or not. I have read short stories (true novellas under 100 pages) which are very complete and well-developed, but this length seems to be not enough usually. They are often enjoyable though.

    • I thought that the author did a great job in developing the characters in a shorter space. Sometimes a novella-length story is exactly what I am looking for.

    • Yes, it is so nice to see characters that aren’t still in their 20s. There is nothing wrong with being in your 20s but what about everyone else.

  3. I’ve really taken a break from romance the last few years but I just listened to a Lisa Kleypas historical and was surprised by just how much I enjoyed it! It’s got me really wanting to read more romance and I’m always looking for new contemporary author.