Review of Winter Jacket New Beginnings by Eliza Lentzski, Audiobook narrated by Angela Dawe
This is book 2 of Lentzski’s Winter Jacket series formed by five books that should be read in chronological order. In reality, this is book 3 as there is a prequel (book 0) called Hunter. Only novels 1 and 2 are currently available on audiobook, both outstandingly narrated by Angela Dawe. I sincerely hope that she narrates the rest.
New Beginnings picks up where book 1 ended, Hunter and Dyson are in an exclusive relationship, very much in love with each other. But things get complicated for Elle at work, with her mother, and with her best friend’s proposition that it’s too good to pass…
I’m going to repeat myself in what I said in my review of Damaged Goods, which is book 2 of the Don’t Call me Hero series by this author. I’m always wary of second books in a series because it’s hard to keep the same tension and interest in a story when the main characters are already in an established relationship. For the second time, Ms. Lentzski proved me wrong.
It’s funny how there is an age gap of 10 years and Hunter, at 21, seems so much mature than Elle. This book, like the first in the series, is written in first person from the point of view of Elle. The author likes to put Elle through the wringer throwing at her a few curve balls which will make her confront her self-doubt and insecurities. Ms. Lentzski is an expert in character development and takes Elle in a journey of self-discovery and growth which makes this book so absorbing. Hunter is again her perfect self, an old soul who always knows what to say and how to support Elle, even at her own expense. She’s one of my favourite characters in lesfic and it doesn’t hurt that Angela Dawe has chosen a sultry voice for her. Perfection.
The audiobook version is absolutely amazing, as usual, Angela Dawe does a fantastic job. All her voices are distinct, which is a feat in itself as there are a few female characters. Her performance of the different emotions is outstanding, the listener can actually see the story unveil itself in their mind’s eye. I was so captivated with the story that the epilogue got me by surprise. It is a pity to leave these characters for a while until hopefully book 3 is released on audio. It’s going to be a long wait. 5 stars.
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins