Tuesday, June 27

Audiobook Review: Return to Shelter Beach by Terence Gray

Terence Gray

Narrator: Julia Mattison, Ali Zayn, Aaron Shedlock, & Full Cast
Title: Return to Shelter Beach
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit, Novella, Comedy
Published: August 11, 2022
Pages: Audible

Escape to Shelter Beach in this scripted, multicast rom com with an immersive soundscape. Just over the sand dune, a sweet summer romance with a dash of self-discovery awaits.

Grace Boyd is in dire need of a reset after her career—and personal life—go up in flames. When her fans discover that their favorite social media influencer was a teensy bit less than truthful in some of her posts, they couldn’t unfollow her fast enough. With her reputation in shambles, Grace retreats to her hometown on the picturesque island of Shelter Beach to tend bar (and her wounds) at her family’s inn...and strategize her next move.

As summer heats up, Grace is thrown for a sexy loop. She falls headfirst into a flirtation with a dreamy local fisherman (who was once her high school crush), and keeps running into the intriguing, if infuriating, British reporter-turned-author in the beach house next door. Amid snarky exchanges and heartfelt conversations, Grace is challenged in ways she never expected. While she reconnects with her past and explores new love, Grace's carefully curated image begins to fall away, allowing her to discover who she really is—and where she belongs.

Wanted to read this because it is a cute cover and oh-so summery! Sighs

Grace becomes an internet sensation. She loses it all when her reputation explodes when people realize she hasn't been fully honest. She retreats to her hometown to strategize her next move. 

This would be a DNF, but I pushed on because I really wanted to be able to count this toward my Audiobook challenge. And I had a teeny tiny bit of hope for this. I am one for self-torture I guess.

HOWEVER, and we can debate, I found myself making the narrator go so fast. I also wasn't paying attention at some parts.............so did I TRULY listen to this? That is subjective I guess ;) At one point I think I even fell asleep for a minute! Or did I black out? Mhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. 

But yes, Grace was simply terrible and unbearable even when she is humbled. Her managers sucked. Her parents were meh. The hometown folk were just barely an eh. Yeah. So not for me AT all. Maybe you will like it more. Luckily it is quick and short.

- #28 for Audiobook challenge


Blodeuedd said...

Omg this sounds so bad

Carole Rae said...

It was rough friend! X___X

Sophia Rose said...

I've had some that I limped through for the sake of a challenge. Kudos to you, Carole!

Carole Rae said...

Gotta do whatcha gotta do for a reading challenge lol

Jen Twimom said...

You usually find such good ones in Audible library. Oh well.

Carole Rae said...

I know Jen. Can't win them all tho :(