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Title: He Kissed Me First written by Sara Ney
Narrated by Amy Melissa Bentley, Alexander Cendese
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Series: Kiss and Make Up #2
Published by Tantor Audio
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Source: the Publisher
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
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"Trust me - If there's one thing I'm not attracted to, it's an arrogant, selfish and foul-mouth hockey player. I know what I want, and Matthew Wakefield isn't it." - Cecelia Carter
From the first moment they laid eyes on each other, all Cecelia Carter and Matthew Wakefield do is bicker. Fight. Even though he is her roommates brother, Cece just can't stand the sight of him, and Matthew - well. He could never resist a challenge...
That can't be a good combination, can it? But sometimes, love happens when you least expect it.
This book is intended for those 17 and older - If you're offended by "F" bombs, sarcasm, sexual situations and Alpha Male jackasses - this book is not for you...
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He Kissed Me First is my very first Sara Ney and this definitely won’t be my last. He Kissed Me First is funny and snarky and OMG the banter was epic!
It’s no secret that I love the best friend’s brother trope and He Kissed Me First has this trope and the enemies-to-lovers romance! So, here we have Matthew, an annoying hockey player who is Cecelia’s roommate’s big brother. Naturally, their meet-cute was a disaster and they ended up hating each other until Cecelia’s roommate asks her to email her brother.
Now, I do not know why it must be Cecelia who emails the brother when Holly (roommate) could have emailed her brother using her email address if she borrowed Cecelia’s phone or laptop. This had me raise my eyebrow with its ridiculousness.
Anyway, with this email, Matt and Cecelia start emailing and bantering and this is where the snark and amazing banter start! And yes, their banter had me laughing out loud! Also, Matt and Cecelia’s chemistry was gold! I absolutely love it! He Kissed Me First is also a slow-burn romance and I loved it! Because the banter was so good, the slow-burn romance didn’t bother me too much!
I also loved that Matt was the one running after Cecelia! It was sooo cute! And while there were instances that Matt was super immature, I still thought he was endearing!
Let’s talk about the audio! He Kissed Me First is read by Amy Melissa Bentley and Alexander Cendese, and I have thoughts! I am not a fan of male narrators who do a falsetto “female” voice and Alexander Cendese used this type of female voice and it was damn annoying and irritating and just baaaah!
Amy Melissa Bentley was an amazing narrator, though! And it just sucks that her awesome narration was damaged by Alexander Cendese’s narration. Don’t get me wrong, he is an awesome narrator when he uses his MALE voice! When he does his female voice… shudder! This annoys the ef out of me!
Overall, I enjoyed He Kissed Me First even though the male narrator ruined some of the scenes for me. Baaah, why do they DO THIS!
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Do you think horrible narrations ruin your enjoyment of the book?
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