Such a sweet, feel good romance! Even my husband – a man who loves horror movies and sci fi – loved this light and playful rom com. I trapped him in a car for a road trip, and we listened to the audio edition together. This is definitely meant to be enjoyed in audio, with dynamic, duet vocal performances and so much chemistry between the characters. It’s like listening to a rom com movie, and it’s easy to get immersed in the story. Things remain low angst and all kinds of adorable throughout, with a love story that’s bingeable and perfect for devouring in one sitting. I loved the unique meet cute, and listening to these two fall for each other without ever meeting was such a great experience.
The story follows Vera, a woman who is trying to create a website for her new business. She’s got an important business event coming up, and her website is a mess of bugs and errors. Vera calls the customer service line in hopes of getting things up and running, but she gets more than she bargained for with Cal. Not only is the customer service rep a real person, but he’s one who is caring and compassionate, determined to make things right for Vera. Knowing she’ll never get another customer service rep as good as Cal, Vera stays on the line as he works on her website… and it’s not long before their conversation takes a flirty turn.
I ADORE it when couples fall for each other without meeting first, and this is the perfect example of that. It’s a series of phone calls and conversations, long distance love connections that bring Cal and Vera closer. I was smiling throughout most of the story, and both my husband and I were rooting for these two to get together. Cal makes an adorable cinnamon roll hero, a little bit nerdy and awkward around girls. Vera is bright and bubbly, and her vivacious personality was ALMOST too much, but it just enhanced the opposites attract vibe. The story is also loosely connected to Sweet Talk, but easy to enjoy in either order. I listened to Sweet Talk first, and they’re both great love stories with a similar rom com feel.
Listen to this one! It’s a fantastic audio performance that brings this storyline up to a solid five stars. I loved the duet narration, and both narrators do an outstanding job. You can feel the laughs and smiles throughout, and they’re acting more than reading. Vera’s voice took a little getting used to – she’s just SO bubbly – but I loved Cal’s voice throughout. The length is also perfect for bingeing, with a runtime of about 5 hours. There are no steamy scenes or anything too heavy, so this would also make a great workday listen.
Paint your toes. Pick up the wrong coffee and bagel order. Drive from Brooklyn to Jersey in traffic so slow you want to tear your hair out. It’s amazing all the useless things I can accomplish while on hold for three hours with customer service. Three hours when I should be getting the Date-in-a-Box website ready to launch at the big business expo in a few days. Except my shiny new website is glitching, and my inner rage-monster is ready to scorch some earth . . . when he finally picks up. Not the robot voice I expected but a real live human named Cal. He’s surprisingly helpful and really knows his stuff, even if he’s a little awkward . . . in an adorable way.
And suddenly I’m flirting with him? And I think he’s flirting back.
And suddenly it’s been hours, and we’re still on the phone talking and ordering each other takeout while he troubleshoots my website.
And suddenly we’re exchanging numbers and sending texts and DMs every day, leaving voice mails (who even does that anymore?!).
And suddenly I’m wondering if it’s possible for two people to fall in love at first talk.
Because I’m falling . . . hard.
About the Author:
Cara Bastone is a full-time writer who lives and writes in Brooklyn with her husband, son and an almost-golden doodle. Her goal with her work is to find the swoon in ordinary love stories. She’s been a fan of the romance genre since she found a grocery bag filled with her grandmother’s old Harlequin Romance books when she was in high school. She’s a fangirl for pretzel sticks, long walks through Prospect Park, and love stories featuring men who aren’t hobbled by their own masculinity. To find out more, visit carabastone.com or follow Cara on Twitter and Instagram @carabastone.
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