Adulting 101 (Audio Review)

Title: Adulting 101
Author: Lisa Henry and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
Publisher: Fox Love Press
Release Date: January 24th 2017
Genre(s): M/M New Adult Contemporary Romance
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

The struggle is real.

Nick Stahlnecker is eighteen and not ready to grow up yet. He has a summer job, a case of existential panic, and a hopeless crush on the unattainable Jai Hazenbrook. Except how do you know that your coworker’s unattainable unless you ask to blow him in the porta-potty?

That’s probably not what Dad meant when he said Nick should act more like an adult.

Twenty-five-year-old Jai is back in his hometown of Franklin, Ohio, just long enough to earn the money to get the hell out again. His long-term goal of seeing more of the world is worth the short-term pain of living in his mother’s basement, but only barely.

Meeting Nick doesn’t fit in with Jai’s plans at all, but, as Jai soon learns, you don’t have to travel halfway around the world to have the adventure of a lifetime.

This is not a summer romance. This is a summer friendship-with-benefits. It’s got pizza with disgusting toppings, Netflix and chill, and accidental exhibitionism. That’s all. There are no feelings here. None. Shut up.

Can I just squee and squeal and rant about how much I loved, loved, loved this story and audio and leave it at that?

No? Oh. Okay. Well, then. Ummm. Okay…this is awkward.

Nick Stahlnecker is eighteen and wants to experience life. He’s smart, but doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up, has no filter, and has a pretty co-dependent relationship with his best friend Devon. There’s a lot he doesn’t know, but what he does know is that construction worker, Jai Hazenbrook, is super hot and he really, really wants to know what he tastes like.

Jai is twenty-five and spends three months every summer working back in his hometown and living in his mom’s basement just so he can afford to spend the next nine months traveling the globe experiencing life. He’s completely unprepared for this weird kid to come into his life.

How is this kid even real? Real people have filters.

But the more time he spends with Nick, the more he realizes that he likes him.

It’s weird, then, that he likes Nick.
Nick is everything Jai is not. Nick is loud. Nick has no discernable filter. He’s smart, but he’s also scatterbrained. He has energy levels that can only be attributed to a diet full of caffeine and sugar. By rights, Jai should find him exasperating. Instead, he finds him oddly charming.

Adulting 101 is low angst, really sweet, ridiculously funny, totally awesome, and I seriously cannot recommend it enough.

The narration absolutely lives up to the awesomeness of the book! Nick J. Russo NAILS the character voices and the tone of this story. He also manages to convey all the texting really well, making them true conversations.

Though there are some slight sound issues throughout the audio (cutting in and out mostly) it wasn’t enough to detract from my complete enjoyment of the audiobook.

Bottom line is I loved it and recommend it to everyone!

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Review Copy

Audio copy of Adulting 101 provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future