I Heart Boston Terriers (Audio Review)

Title: I Heart Boston Terriers
Author: Rick R. Reed and Tom Askin (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 22nd 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Novella
Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 1.5 stars out of 5


When Aaron finds Mavis, an emaciated and shy Boston terrier, at a pet adoption fair, his heart goes out to her—completely.

When Christian, manning the adoption fair for the Humane Society that autumn Saturday, finds Aaron, his heart goes out to him—completely.

This is a story about embracing love, whether it’s for someone who walks on four legs or on two. Mavis’s journey back to wholeness and finding her forever home parallels the story of two men discovering each other at the perfect moment—a moment that defies logic, propriety, and common sense. But when did love ever follow a rational course?

Second Edition; First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2012.

I honestly did not enjoy a single minute of this. This story did not work for me on a lot of levels.

First, the narration by (new to me) narrator Tom Askin was almost painful to listen to. Askin began by over-enunciating words, which created a staccato rhythm to speaking that is just not normal. Eventually he settles into a somewhat normal cadence rhythm, but his vocal style, tone, and pacing weren’t good either. Further, Christian is described as having a deep, velvety voice “like dark chocolate”, but that wasn’t even close to the voice Askin used for the character. All in all, the narration simply wasn’t pleasant to listen to.

Second, I didn’t like the story. I didn’t like how Aaron’s sister pushes him into adopting a special needs animal and then turns on him as soon as everything doesn’t magically come up sparkles. I didn’t like how Christian stole Aaron’s personal information in order to contact him – which bothered me because it’s stalking behavior. I thought this was a romance, but didn’t find a single thing romantic about it, and it ends so abruptly that it barely has a glimmer of a HFN.

This is a second edition. I don’t know how re-worked this was before releasing it again, but I just don’t understand how Becca’s turnaround in attitude, how Christian approached Aaron, or that ending wasn’t changed.

I cannot recommend.

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Review Copy

Audio copy of I Heart Boston Terriers provided by Dreamspinner Press 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.

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