Title: Just Business (Takeover #2)
Author: Anna Zabo and Iggy Toma (Narrator)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: October 28th 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
From the thrilling new author of Takeover, a steamy new novel about having all the control—and losing it…
Justin White may not look like an up and coming corporate superstar, but his new boss knows he has the smarts, grit, and determination to succeed. Now he just has to convince his company’s CFO, Eli Ovadia. Unfortunately, Justin can’t seem to keep his cool around the domineering Eli—and soon he finds himself taking their heat from the boardroom into the bedroom….
Still haunted by a tragic accident that left him with a wounded leg and broken heart, Eli has a need to be in control. But his desire for Justin makes him want to lose that control—and push them both far beyond their limits. But will his need to dominate Justin drive him away—or will Eli find a way to be the man he needs for both of them?
This should have been an easy 5 star audio book for me.
Hurt/Healing/Comfort with hot sex, two likable MCs and narrated by Iggy Toma? No brainer! Of course I should love it.
And I did – for the most part – really enjoy the first 65%, with only two notable exceptions.
- I’m not a fan of an author dangling a past hurt carrot. I can deal with that for a chapter or two, but I become annoyed when there’s an obvious serious hurt in a character’s past that is affecting their present, but I’m not told what it is but left little breadcrumbs to follow until I finally get to the “big reveal”…which I’ll be honest I have usually stopped caring long before the reveal is…revealed.
- Miscommunication. I have said it before and I’ll say it again – when a simple conversation could clear up mountains of manufactured angst…it drives me nuts. Absolutely CRAZY.
BUT! Then it took a turn into whatville and stayed for a while. So, no. That part didn’t work for me. Not kidding, I was so angry I wanted to hurt something. Seriously, one single moment of being open, honest, and having a conversation…but no.
I was hoping the HEA could shake off my grim and rage-filled mood after that…seriously wondering if there was anything the story could do at that point to get back on track or if it had lost me forever.
The end is then filled with as much fluffiness and sweetness as can possibly be crammed into a short period of time, with everything wrapping up perfectly.
For me, it was too little too late. I was still so mad over the rest, I couldn’t even enjoy the sappy sweet ending.
I’m sure there are others who will not have the same issues I had with it. Those who love the angst that comes from miscommunication. I’m just not one of them.
Ultimately though, this is an audio review – and the audio was lovely. I loved Iggy Toma’s narration and enjoyed his performance thoroughly.
For those who love hurt/comfort/healing with lots of hot sex and likable MCs, and miscommunication doesn’t send you into a rage – you should give this a chance.