An entertaining workplace romance
I’ve been reading this author since she released her Soho series (2014) and Kiss the Girl became one of my all favourite books in Sapphic romance. I went straight to listening to the audiobook as Melissa Sternenberg does an excellent job narrating Ms. Brayden’s books. This one didn’t disappoint.
Exclusive is a workplace romance between a well-known TV anchor and a reporter at almost the beginning of her career. One of the things I like about this author is that she writes chemistry very well. Their meet-cute isn’t exactly friendly but slowly Brayden builds their chemistry and sexual tension until it’s ready to snap. Both main characters are likable so it’s very easy to root for them and hope that they get the happily ever after they both deserve.
I remember when the book was released that there were some reviews complaining about the ubiquitous conflict on the 80% mark and I was a bit weary about it. However, I found that the conflict and resolution felt realistic considering the background and personalities of the main characters, especially Skyler.
The audiobook version was narrated by Melissa Sternenberg who did an excellent job at expressing all the emotions in the story and gave a dreamy voice to Carolyn. Her performance definitely enriched my enjoyment of the novel though, unfortunately, there were a few technical issues with the audio (background noises and clicks). But overall, it’s been an entertaining audiobook. 4 stars.
Length: 9 hours, 15 minutes