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Audiobook Review: My Saving Grace by Melanie Moreland 🎧

It’s time for the next generation of Vested Interest to find their Happily Ever Afters.

Grace VanRyan has her life mapped out. Law school, a career with ABC, and a bright future ahead of her.

Until Jaxson Richards steps into the picture. He’s everything she hasn’t planned for. Older, sexy, off-limits.

And her new boss.

When the passion between them explodes, will her life blow up along with it?

Title:My Saving Grace
Author:Melanie Moreland
Narrator(s):Maxine Mitchell
John Lane
Series:Vested Interest: ABC Corp Series (Book 1)
Pages / Length: 375 / 9hrs 9mins
Category / Genre(s):Contemporary
Trope(s):Workplace Romance
Point of View:First Person, Past Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)
Narration Type:Dual
Location:Toronto, Canada
Release Date:10th March, 2021
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Excellent book – excellent audio

Having read and adored the paperback of this book, I jumped at the chance to listen to the audio book. This is actually the first time that I’ve listened to a book after I’ve already read it.

You can see my review of the paperback here.

Although this is the first in a new series that spins off from the Vested Interest series, it features a new couple and stands completely alone. I haven’t read/listened to any of the previous books and I more than understood and enjoyed this book without needing prior information.

The narrators for this book are Maxine Mitchell and John Lane. Both are very good narrators – clear, concise and really bringing life to the characters. They both have, to my British ears at least, fairly indistinguishable North American accents and I definitely believed them as Canadians Jaxson and Gracie.

The story itself pulled me in right from the beginning and before I knew it, I was hooked. The story was so fresh and engaging – I loved the characters, felt their feelings and was part of their world. The whole book is 9 hours and 9 mins long and I whizzed through it, listening whenever I could.

Grace is the kind of heroine that you wish you could be, wish you were friends with and can 100% root for. She’s calm, cool, collected and knows her own mind, not afraid to stand up for herself. Yet she’s also vulnerable, goes into something with her whole heart, and definitely happy to hold a grudge! She was so relatable and so likeable – I fell head over heels for her. Plus she likes snuggly socks, cosy reading nooks and a cup of tea – the perfect heroine!

“…I love a sexy hero I want to both and hug and well… you know!”

Jaxson was also my absolute jam. He’s older (only by about 10 years, 37 to her 28, I think it was), gruff, grumpy and is definitely one of those heroes that has that broken little boy inside, just needing the love of a good women. Gah – I love a sexy hero I want to both and hug and well… you know! I like how he was completely alpha but almost a little undone by Grace. And he really tried with her. Tried to be the best version of himself because he knew that was what she deserved. The Hallowe’en in the office was to die for. *swoons* And yet, of course, he makes ridiculous decisions assuming he knows best and doesn’t need to discuss it. Stupid man! John Lane’s deep voice was exactly how I would expect him to sound.

It’s not until you listen to the book in audio that you realise that the story is told from Gracie’s viewpoint for the majority of the time. This really works as you feel how Gracie feels – and only know what she knows. So when you get Jaxson’s point of view, and things start to make sense and shift, it makes you feel more invested and involved in the story.

The narrators brought all the emotion to the story and the ending was absolute perfection – exactly the happily ever after that Gracie and Jaxson deserved. Having read the book previously, listening to the story after the fact really made me appreciate it all the more.

I have thoroughly enjoyed Ms Moreland’s writing and storytelling before, so I shouldn’t be surprised that this was such a winner for me. Whether you’re picking it up in paperback, ebook or on audio – it’s highly recommended. Definitely 5 stars.

New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.

While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She’s learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.

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