I Want It That Way

Posted December 15, 2023 by Carole in Reviews / 7 Comments

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

I Want It That WayI Want It That Way by Karen Grey
Narrator: Alastair Haynesbridge, Amy McFadden
Series: Carolina Classics #3
Published by Home Cooked Books on August 23, 2023
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Length: 9 hours 12 minutes
Pages: 296
Format: Audiobook
Source: Author
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Fake relationship? As if.

I don't need a man to complete me, but to get my tubes tied before I turn 30, I do need a husband. So when former child TV star Lukas Keith's desperate for a favor, the exchange of my services for his seems like a great idea.

I help him relearn how to drive a car, and he acts as my fiancé for a few doctor's visits.

What could go wrong?

Bingeing '90s TV shows like Seinfeld and Ally McBeal have you jonesing for a time when email and cell phones were strange new things and an app was something you ate before dinner? Then this steamy, slow-burn fake-relationship entertainment-biz romantic comedy is just what the doctor ordered.

This was wonderful! I am about the same age as the characters in this book, so I loved taking a peek back at the not-so-distant past. I have fond memories of life before everyone was tethered to a cell phone and enjoyed reading a romance set in the same period when I was young and going on dates myself. I found this story to be incredibly entertaining and had a very hard time putting it down once I got started with it.

Luke, a former child star, has come to town to work as a producing director on a television show. He does not drive anymore and wants to relearn the skill. Dani is certain that she does not want children after helping to care for her numerous siblings growing up. She cannot find a doctor willing to perform a tubal ligation because she is young and unmarried. The pair decide to help each other get what they want and grow closer than they expected in the process. I liked Luke and Dani and thought they were perfect together. The chemistry between them was incredibly well written and I loved how they were able to help each other through a few things.

I listened to the audiobook and thought Alastair Haynesbridge and Amy McFadden did a great job with this story. I found both of their voices to be very pleasant and thought that they complimented each other’s voices very well. I enjoyed the fact that both narrators were able to bring a lot of emotion to their reading which helped to bring the story to life. I had no problem listening to this audiobook for hours at a time and am certain that their performance added to my overall enjoyment of the story.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to others. This is the third book in the Carolina Classics series but works perfectly well as a stand-alone. I had a great time getting to know this pair of characters and couldn’t wait to see them find their happily ever after. I am a fan of Karen Grey’s writing and look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

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

7 responses to “I Want It That Way

  1. yes I enjoyed this one. I agree it could work as a standalone. There are personal updates and mentions in the friend’s circle of support which I enjoy because I have read them all in order but it would work.

  2. I do enjoy this series, and the original series set in the 80s. Ah… I remember life as a 20 something back in the 90s. So different without the cell phones and social media!

  3. This is a series that is on my TBR so I’m glad to see that you really enjoyed this one. I’ll have to start this series soon.