A Love Called Simon is the first book I’ve read by Sandi Lynn, and it’s a fairly short and sweet audiobook that I enjoyed for the most part. I find myself enjoying audiobooks so much easier than I would if I read the same book, and I generally bump up the rating if I love the narrators, which I did for A Love Called Simon. So while I loved the narration for this book, the story was a bit over-the-top and unbelievable, though I really enjoyed the heroine’s character.
Gabby has been with her boyfriend, Brendon, for six years, even though he mentally and verbally abuses her. My heart went out to Gabby from the beginning, since she has such low self-esteem. She can’t seem to leave Brendon, though, because he’s the only man to have shown her love, in his twisted way. When they’re on a flight home from Vegas, Gabby makes eye contact with a handsome stranger who witnesses Brendon being horrible to Gabby, and ends up showing her kindness and helping her out on the flight. When she’s back home, she can’t stop thinking about the gorgeous gentleman, even though she knows she’ll probably never see him again.
Gabby’s life starts to unravel when she gets laid off from work, only to come home and find Brendon cheating on her in their bed. She rightfully dumps him and runs to Seattle, where her best friend Gianna lives. Gianna was an interesting character, since she had a more prominent role than just that of a secondary character. As we follow Gabby’s story, we also get to see Gianna’s, who is in a relationship with a married man who supposedly will leave his wife for her.
It’s in Seattle that Gabby once again sees the handsome stranger from her flight, but she’s not about to trust him – or any man – since she was burned by Brendon. Gabby finds herself a job at Young International and is completely shocked to find out the CEO, Simon Young, is actually the man she never stopped thinking about. Gabby tries to keep a safe distance from him, but Simon is determined to have Gabby, and what Simon wants, Simon gets.
Simon is very much that rich, dominating, alpha sort of hero, and while Gabby fell for him, I… didn’t. He was just too alpha and controlling. He’s a millionaire and CEO, sure, but he was too entitled to things and very unreasonable with Gabby. Thankfully, he learns to compromise at the risk of losing the woman he’s fallen for. Their romance is very quick but passionate – I liked it, but I wish there could’ve been more to their story that was fleshed out.
The best part of this audiobook was definitely the narrators. I’m a huge fan of Erin Mallon, since she narrates the Addicted series by Krista & Becca Ritchie. Here, she does a great job of conveying all of Gabby’s up-and-down emotions in this book. Mark Boyett only had one chapter in Simon’s POV to narrate, which is a bit disappointing, since I would’ve loved hearing more of his narration.
If you’re a fan of rich, alpha heroes, you might enjoy A Love Called Simon. It’s a quick, sexy, sometimes sweet read with a heroine who grows to stand up for and believe in herself, all the while falling for her irresistible boss.