Teddy Spenser is responsible for design and marketing at Reddyflora in Chicago and is teamed up with Romeo Blue, their software engineer, to create a smart vase. Teddy is a free spirit with an effervescent personality while Romeo is über reserved to put it mildly, though he’s beyond gorgeous. They’re struggling to get the design right, have it work perfectly and keep the cost manageable. It’s a tough collaboration for both since their personalities are so different but it’s made even more challenging when they’re sent to Seattle to pitch the company to a new investor. Everything is on the line as without the funding, the company faces layoffs.
The narrator was outstanding in giving voice to Teddy who delivers the only point of view. He’s funny, witty and self deprecating in a healthy way. I’m unsure if I would have captured the true essence of the character in any other format. He made me want to be in his orbit. His evolving relationship is described as enemies to lovers but it is more like perceived rival to trusted ally. Teddy had a misconception about Roman completely based on his looks and quiet persona, thinking he looked down his nose at him; Roman actually craved Teddy’s acceptance and was just socially inept.
I enjoyed how these two transitioned first into a friendship, then as workmates committed to seeing the other succeed and then step into a romance. Despite the stereotypes they were wrapped in, I liked these two and their repartee (I wanted to be Teddy’s friend and take Roman under my wing). I only wish they’d been given less predictable backgrounds because they ended up being so much more than that. Otherwise, they made me laugh and root for their relationship. Even though I often say this, listening to this story made it a much more pleasurable reading experience.
- Release Date: December 29, 2020
- Narrator: Daniel Henning
- Audio Length: 7 hours, 53 minutes
- Publisher: Harlequin Audio
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(Thanks to Harlequin Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)