A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audio Review: Wanted – Bad Boyfriend (Island Classifieds #1) by T.A. Moore and narrated by Michael Mola


Rating: 3 stars out of 5

I loved the blurb for this story as the fake boyfriend trope always intrigues me.  Flynn Delaney, the bad boy mechanic on the island of Ceremony, would make the worst boyfriend possible for Nate, an event coordinator, so to get his mother and friends off his back, Nate sets out to convince Flynn to be his fake love interest.

Only for a while, right? That’s what they all say.  This story followed the standard trope pretty much all the way through with the guys suddenly realizing they didn’t dislike each other at all. In fact, Nate sees something in Flynn that others overlook.  His best friend, Max, however, leads the charge against Flynn, finding no redeeming value in the man and undermining their developing relationship all the way to the end.

Sounds good so far, right? Well, unfortunately, I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a pretty poor job of convincing me to continue with the story. So I uncovered the e-book I bought ages ago, dusted it off, and finished the story by going back and forth between listening and reading. I had to use the book to fill in many of the blanks because the narrator read so fast I couldn’t follow what was happening.

Thankfully, Mr. Mola used two different voices and accents for the MCs, but because of how speedy he spoke, I didn’t enjoy it at all. Add to that the fact he mispronounced multiple words and he gave Max a voice that grated on my ear drums and my nerves.  Let’s say I was happy for the audio to end. 

That being said, I can honestly say I enjoyed the story itself. Both men were appealing and the bad boyfriend turned out to be not such a bad guy at all.  I recommend the book to those who like this trope. Just not the audiobook.

The cover by Reece Notley features a handsome guy looking at a newspaper.  It’s bright and attractive. 

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Audiobook details:

Audible Audiobook
Listening Length: 6 hours and 20 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Audible.com Release Date: February 28, 2019
Whispersync for Voice: Ready
Language: English, English