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Too Late...I Love You

Written by: Kiki Archer
Narrated by: Ella Lynch
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: LGBT

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Publisher's Summary

Too Late...I Love You is the new novel from best-selling, award-winning author Kiki Archer.

Connie Parker isn’t convinced by this falling in love lark. Falling hurts, you end up with bruises and scars.

She has the perfect answer: She’ll write about love instead. But what happens when the novel-in-progress describes more about Connie’s own dull existence than she wants to admit? And when will she realize that her hero is beginning to resemble her new best friend Maria - a woman who seems to turn every simple outing with their three-year-olds into a fun-filled adventure for them all?

In trying to make sense of the puzzle of her life, Connie learns there is no perfect person. Just that person who'll fit you perfectly.

"The twists and turns and surprises just keep coming - listen to it now!" (Diana Simmonds, Curve Magazine)

©2015 Kiki Archer (P)2019 Kiki Archer

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  • Jude
  • 2019-11-28

Ridiculously funny and incredibly cute

This is my second book (audiobook, actually) by Kiki Archer, and it was as delightful as the first one (But She Is My Student).

Connie Parker’s life revolves around her three-year-old son Noah, a fact her boyfriend Karl fails to understand. Yet, while she loves her son more than anything, she’s sometimes bored with her daily life, and so decides to take writing as a hobby. She doesn’t believe in love (how could she, trying to make a family with a man she only dated for a couple of months before she got pregnant?), but Bonnie, her alter ego, does. Then Connie meets the beautiful and mysterious Maria, another mother at play group, and finds out life isn’t as straightforward as she thought.

Too Late… I Love You is ridiculously funny (sometimes in a very bitchy way, which gives it a guilty pleasure feel) and incredibly cute at the same time. The pedal-cart / scooter chase in Brighton had me trying not to laugh out loud in the street. There’s a hilarious gallery of secondary characters, most notably Connie’s best friend Ryan. He’s both the best and worst friend. While he and Connie were shopping, I was screaming in my head (I was on the tram by then) to Connie, “don’t listen to him, you’ve got fingers, sweetie!” As for the main characters, the interaction between Connie and Maria is wonderful from the start, and the chemistry is obvious.

The audiobook is exquisitely narrated by Ella Lynch, whose narration of A.E. Radley’s The Road Ahead I’d also enjoyed very much (plus, I’m always impressed by a narrator who manages to make children voices sound real), and I have the feeling Kiki Archer’s books work really well in audio, what with the quirky characters and entertaining dialogue. I hope I’ll get a chance to listen to another one soon.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • C. Law
  • 2019-12-23

Ok

This book took forever to end. I even had the speed on 1.25. What sucks is that the interesting plot twist literally came at the end - 2nd to last chapter I believe & then left you wondering if everyone was aware of that play twist. The main character seemed too needy and lacking of a true backbone and self confidence as well.

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  • Jason Engler
  • 2019-12-18

Jigsaw puzzles

The first half of the book was awesome. I like the slice-of-life approach to the book. Connie goes to a play group with her son and watches all the other moms with their kids. Connie and her best friend Ryan give them all nicknames (Top Dog, Earth Mother, Tits, etc) because they can't remember their names. They recognize the awkwardness of interacting with random strangers without trying to make it awkward. There's even a scene where Connie uses the heated seats just to indulge in the luxury car that she's never experienced before. There are also some fun scenes like when Connie and Maria take their trip together. The main character has low self esteem which I can totally relate to. The first half of the book focuses on the two girls becoming close friends. I love the romance stories that start with characters bonding over friendship instead of starting from lust. If the book kept going like this, it could be one of my favourites this year.

The ending is where I had a problem. We have a lot of coincidences where people just end up knowing each other all the time. The whole deal with karl was..ugh. Maria walking out for ridiculous reasons was just contrived conflict. Change the story so it's pure fluff and I'd love to read it!

The narrator doesn't try to deepen her voice for the male characters. Instead, she speaks differently in a way you can tell who the character is. Oh yeah, she definitely voices the whiny kids.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • David
  • 2019-11-26

You'll Love It!

I received this audiobook free at my request and am leaving this review voluntarily.

Great writing and great narration combine in Too Late...I Love You to draw listeners into a very sweet emotional story that feels true to life. There are no moments where you find yourself saying, "That would never happen." Kiki Archer has penned a work with a very sentimental feel to it that when you're finished, you'll feel like you have had more of an experience than simply just listening to an audiobook.

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  • Lilydawn
  • 2019-11-20

Art Imitating Life...

I was only a few chapters in and knew I was going to love this book. As a new mother, a new writer and a new friendship leads Connie to take a good hard look at her life. While she attempts to do her best on all fronts she is made to feel less than by an unhappy partner. Her best friend sees it, her new Mommy friend sees it and in her writing she begins to see it. Throw questioning her sexuality and you have the makings of an often funny wild ride of young motherhood. The dialog is real (I’ve heard myself and others say these things) The characters are well developed and ring true. I found myself laughing out loud throughout the book in spite of the emotional topics. It’s light hearted without being frivolous. This book hit on so many topics I’m afraid to mention because “spoilers”.

The narration was excellent. Each characters voice is pitch perfect. Distinct voices which is a challenge due to that great dialogue I mentioned earlier. I will actually look for more by this Narrator and I’ve already purchased another book by this author!

***I was given a free copy of this book in lieu of an honest review. My honest review—I Highly Recommend

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  • Vglo
  • 2019-11-17

Cute Story

This was a very cute book, not much in the lines of steamy scenes but a very chick lit version of F/F book. Seemed like some parts could’ve been done without and was kinda slow at times. However I thought it was a nice story wrapped in a perfect bow at the end. The narrator was very entertaining.
I was given this credit in exchange for an honest review.