Written by Caitlin Augusta on Thursday, October 1, 2015
AudioFile’s new feature-- “Tease”--is all about audiobook romance. Each column will share reviews of romance audiobooks-- along with a list of additional recommendations. As a librarian, an audiophile, and a firm believer in HEA--romance lingo for “happily ever after”--I’ll recommend a wide variety of romances. For the inaugural “Tease,” here’s a mix of “new adult” titles. This subgenre generally features younger protagonists--late teens to late twenties--who are experiencing their first intense relationship. Awkward situations, frank discussions of sexuality, and humor abound in these fresh, emotion-driven stories. Lately, new adult has some spin-off genres, including biker, rock star, tattoo artist, and organized crime titles. In short, this explosively popular subgenre is rich and varied--and fun!
Representing bikers, NOWHERE BUT HERE is a young adult/new adult crossover with two strong narrators. For rock stars, WICKED WHITE’s three alternating narrators explore the downside of fame while ROCK ADDICTION explodes with musical energy. It’s hard to beat narrator Justine O. Keef for audio sugar shock. BROKEN JULIET is an emotional roller-coaster ride with exquisite narration by Andi Arndt. And don’t miss OPENING UP--a May-October romance that will have listeners cranking the A/C to escape its erotic heat.
These audiobooks are just a tease of what’s to come. Be sure to watch the AudioFile Web site for more romance audio reviews.
I ♥ hearing from romance listeners. Email me at caitlinreads@gmail. com. xoxo--Caitlin Augusta