The Rom-Com Agenda

Written by:
Jayne Denker
Narrated by:
Erika Schindele
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Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2023
10 hours 54 minutes
STEP 1: Find yourself. Leah Keegan is used to being alone, especially after taking care of her sick foster mother for the past year. But now there’s nothing keeping her in the sweet town of Willow Cove. It’s time to move on—again. STEP 2: Win back the one who got away. Eli Masterson thought he and Victoria were meant to be together until she decided to jet off to Rome for a year. Now, he's determined to win her back—but how? STEP 3: Become a romantic hero. Changing Eli’s physical appearance is easy, but to turn him into the ideal sophisticated-yet-vulnerable man, his girl pals force him to watch classic rom-coms—and take notes. STEP 4: Fall in love? Inadvertently drawn into the makeover scheme, Leah ends up being Eli’s guide through the wild world of meet-cutes and grand gestures—even though she believes Eli doesn’t need to change a thing about himself, even though she just might be falling for him...and him for her.
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Cute rom -com story, but narrator was obviously mass media trained with a staccato, news anchor delivery of the dialogue. Took away from the story :(

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Not for me. Not the narrator (who couldn’t keep up the different voices to the point I wished she’d stop trying; and who made the men sound comical); not the overextended ending they made the whole thing drag on what felt like so many extra chapters, well past a more natural ending somewhere around Chapter 19; not the idiotic character development of the foster brother, the male love interest and his mental density, the protag and her lack of any real motivation. I especially disliked how mental health and the foster care system challenges were weakly and continually used as plot points. We didn’t get the protag’s full context until the end but we got the make love interest’s story early — and they weren’t in any real way equally matched. Cutesy stuff, like referring to the protag as a “pixie” constantly was also distracting. The protagonist is a person who just drifts around, buffeted by the world, but this was never developed as character growth. She was strong, great, but she actually wasn’t. She was independent. Terrific! Except she didn’t demonstrate that. She was low-key taken advantage of and victimized by everyone until this big family and group of friends shows up to save her. Yeah, no. Not for me.

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