A MelanieM Audio Review: Spencer Cohen (Spencer Cohen #1) by N.R. Walker and Joel Leslie (Narrator)

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Spencer Cohen is the guy who gets answers to relationship questions. Playing the role of the new lover, his job is to make his client’s ex realise one of two things: he doesn’t want to break up or he really does. Either way, his client gets answers.

The ex would either apologize and beg, or turn and walk. But in the end, Spencer’s client won. If he wanted his ex back and got him, it was great. If the guy walked away, then as hard it was for the client, he knew it was over. Regardless of the outcome, Spencer’s work was done.

Andrew Landon’s ex left him without so much as an explanation. But his sister can’t stand to see him miserable, so, much to Andrew’s dismay, they hire Spencer to be Andrew’s new boyfriend to get the ex back.

For Spencer, it is never personal. Merely a business transaction. No emotions, no strings, no complications.

Yeah right.

Even a blind man could see how this would end.

Ever since I read her Red Dirt Heart series, N.R. Walker is a must read for me.  So I really don’t understand how it is that I missed her Spencer Cohen series but it turned out to be an utter blessing that I did because that meant that I got to listen to this series in audio version for the first time and fall completely, totally under its spell due to the combination of N.R. Walker’s wonderful story and characters giving voice by the incomparable Joel Leslie.  Now and forever, it’s Joel’s voice and Australian accent as Spencer Cohen that I hear when these stories come back to me.   And they do.  Phrases.  Scenes.  Laughter and tears.

How else to explain to the tv installer (who I wasn’t happy with on his 2nd visit to my house) that I was bawling my eyes out over his incompetence but that Spencer was in the floor of his best friends tattoo shop heartbroken and so was I?  I was shattered and then,(as only N.R. Walker and it turns out Joel can to) put back together so perfectly, so precisely that I had to listen to that part over and over again.

Spencer and Andrew Landon become so much more than characters, they become real people, with voices and lives you believe in, problems you care about, and a relationship that neither wants to acknowledge.  But oh how we want them too.

How this story and these people got to me.  From the very first line I was pulled in and stayed there long after Joel was telling me the story had ended…until Spencer Cohen Book Two which picks up almost immediately after this one.

Spencer Cohen (Spencer Cohen #1) by N.R. Walker and Joel Leslie (Narrator) is a audio I want to hand out on street corners and gift to strangers and friends.  It’s hours of realness, friendship, romance, and love told through incredible writing of NR Walker and voiced by one of the best narrators out there, Joel Leslie.  I can’t think of a better recommendation.  And yes, more reviews to come for the remainder of the series….audio versions of course!

Cover art is perfect for Spencer and unusual enough to draw your eye to the cover. Love it.

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Audio Details:

Audible Audio, Unabridged, 5 hours and 26 minutes
Published March 6th 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published February 18th 2016)
Original Title Spencer Cohen, Book One
Edition Language English
Series Spencer Cohen #1
setting Los Angeles, California (United States)
California (United States)

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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