Narrated by Sebastian York
Full Package is the latest in the series of loosely linked books by Lauren Blakely featuring hot young twenty-somethings living in New York and told from the hero’s POV.
Josie runs a bakery and is looking for a roommate to share the rent in her sublet two-bedroom apartment. Chase, an ER doctor at Mercy Hospital, has just returned from a year working in the Central African Republic for Doctors Without Borders and is looking for a place to live. He’s not having much luck for one reason or another but his realtor does make him a rather interesting offer (which he turns down flat). Oh, and Josie and Chase are best friends. And Chase has a thing for her. Guess what happens?
Even though Chase is good friends with Josie’s brother, Wyatt, Full Package isn’t a best-friend’s-little-sister story. It’s a can-best-friends-be-lovers? story. Chase has been burned before with trying a relationship with a friend. He adores Josie and values her in his life so the idea of trying a relationship with her and it not working out (something that seems a fair bet) and ruining their friendship terrifies him.
There are little “recipes” from Josie at the beginning of some of the chapters (in fact, they form a few of the chapters), which give the listener a pretty clear indication that Josie is feeling the same way.
It’s not a super-long book and it’s not particularly high angst. What it is, is charming, sexy and funny – aka, what I’ve come to expect from Lauren Blakely. Perhaps because the stakes didn’t seem as high to me, I wasn’t quite as engaged in the relationship as I have been with previous books in the series (most particularly Mister O and Well Hung – gotta love those Hammer boys!) but I still enjoyed it very much.
Of course, the narration was excellent. Sebastian York is very likely the best male narrator of contemporary romance going around these days. He has worked on his female character voices and they’ve improved significantly from his early work. He has always nailed the humour and tone of sexy contemporary romance and his deep rumbly voice is something special, particularly in intimate scenes. As with most Lauren Blakely heroes, Chase Summers does not mind a bit of dirty talk and Sebastian York practically purrs those deliciously filthy phrases. *happy sigh*
Josie and Chase are a perfect match – plus there are recipes for cake. What’s not to love?
Book Content: B
Steam Factor: Glad I had my earbuds in
Violence Rating: None
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Lauren Blakely Books
Full Package was provided to AudioGals for a review.