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The Love Project by TB Markinson

A low angst, very slow-burn romance

Review of The Love Project by T.B. Markinson and Miranda MacLeod, audiobook narrated by Lori Prince

This is the third collaboration between these two seasoned authors – the previous ones the Christmas novel Holly & Ivy and the romance Heart of Ice. The Love Project is a low angst, very slow-burn romance for a light but entertaining listen.

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Joni Fisher runs with her mother the newspaper advice column “Help me Henrietta” which is now increasingly losing popularity. So Joni decides to start a web series called The Love Project. Hope Alvarez is clueless in matters of the heart and volunteers for the first web series in search of love. Little did Joni and Hope know that they could find it in each other…

This is a slow-burn romance between two very endearing characters. Markinson and MacLeod have very good writing chemistry and the novel reads smoothly as expected. All characters, mains or secondary, are very well fleshed out with distinguishable traits. Joni, as a grumpy but, at the same time, sweet typical lesbian pinning for the allegedly straight woman, and Hope is absolutely adorable with her cluelessness towards dating and her naïveté:

“I used the lesbian card.”
“What’s a lesbian card?” Hope asked. “Is it like a credit card? Do you have to pay a membership fee?”

I liked that this story goes beyond the stereotypical sexual orientation portrayed in lesbian fiction to explore less common ones. I’m going to leave it vague to avoid spoilers and I’m hardly an expert in the last letters in the LGBT+ spectrum but I thought it was done with respect and authenticity. The more exposure to the different sexual orientations, the more tolerant and accepting society, in general, will be.

The audiobook was narrated by Lori Prince who did an awesome job. The overall light, funny tone of the story suits her comedic timing perfectly. As usual, her voices are distinct and the performance of the different emotions impeccable. If you are looking for a low-angst, entertaining story and don’t mind very slow-burn romances, then this one is for you. 4.5 stars.

Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins

The Love Project by TB Markinson

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