Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Tommy Gordon is all set for happily ever after—until heartbreak strikes when his husband-to-be leaves him at the altar. In a bid for distraction, his best friend, Grayson Phillips, suggests he takes advantage of the luxury honeymoon anyway! But the last thing Tommy wants is to go alone, so he invites Grayson and his son, Petey, along. Beautiful Bonaire lends itself to romance, and along with close quarters, relaxing on the water, and a matchmaking kid, Tommy and Grayson soon find themselves closer than ever… and considering more, much to Grayson’s delight. But before they can plan the best honeymoon ever, dark clouds descend in the form of Tommy’s ex and a sting from paradise that could ruin everything.
I don’t think I’ve ever come across a review where a wonderful narrator actually made the story worse in places instead of better but I really think that’s what happened here in The Best Worst Honeymoon Ever by Andrew Grey and as narrated by John Solo.
Don’t get me wrong, the story has many terrific elements. As a tour guide and promotional package for Bonaire? Absolutely breathtaking. Made me want to hop on a plane and take snorkeling lessons. This story really highlighted the island in the best way possible along with the environmental factors to help preserve its beauty and the safety of all the animals there. Grey used Petey, Grayson’s son, to stand in for all of us in his enthusiasm for all that he saw in and out of the water. Turtles, fish,it didn’t matter because his joy and laughter was infectious.
Truly, the character of Petey is one of my favorite things about this novel, outside of Bonaire.
His father, Grayson, is up there too, among the highlights of the story. A great dad, friend, and, apparently, someone who has long held more than friendly thoughts towards Tommy Gordon, his attitude and personality was also a positive note in the story. Thank goodness, because next to Tommy, this story really needed one.
Yes, Tommy is my issue here. I think had I just been reading the story, I might have been able to gloss over (read skim through) some of his more annoying sections. But no, I was listening to John Solo who was bringing alive Petey and Grayson and all the other people in the story, giving them each their own quirks and nuances. So yes he did the same to Tommy. Who in my opinion became almost someone I wanted to tell to “shut up and stop whining” time and again. Yes, he’d been left at the altar, by someone who then tried to steal from him. HIs behavior after inviting his best friend and son on his honeymoon? Terrible and beyond whiny into needy . Listening to him made it soooo much worse. It made it real. How I wished to tell Grayson and Petey to enjoy the vacation and then go find someone worthy of them. Luckily towards the end of the book he got better..a tad and the relationship one I could at least listen to as a friends to lovers sort.
So loved the father and son relationship, loved the son and his experiences on Bonaire, loved Bonaire. Really, I need to plan a trip there sometime. As much as I adore friends to lovers stories, this was one I had some trouble with, mostly due to Tommy. Others won’t have issues with him and will like this story better than I did. It’s all about perspective.
John Solo’s narration is wonderful as always.
Cover art: Bree Archer. Bright, happy, although I would wish for Petey to be present as well.
Listening Length: 5 hours and 49 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Audible.com Release Date: January 15, 2019
Whispersync for Voice: Ready
Language: English, English