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Family Man by Jayne Ann Krentz
Narrator: Amy McFadden
Published by Tantor Audio on May 8, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 11 hours, 28 minutes
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Katy Wade has a bright, shiny new life planned for herself. She's ready to quit her job working for the high-powered Gilchrist family and start her own business. There's just one last job to do for the Gilchrists before she will be free -- convince Luke Gilchrist to come home, take up his responsibilities as the heir-apparent and save the family firm. But Luke has spent a long time contemplating the pleasures of revenge against the family that made him pay for his father's scandal. As far as he's concerned the Gilchrist empire can sink. But Katy is something new in his world. She intrigues and fascinates him. He's willing to make a deal -- one that will put both their hearts on the line
Be prepared for a trip back into the 90s, where not everyone is carrying around a cell phone, gender rolls are still very black and white and the hero will need to get around some pantyhose if he is going to get ‘in’ there. I felt like I was watching something on the Oxygen Channel but Family Man was refreshingly fun.
I don’t read a lot of contemporary romance since I really love to have a supernatural anything thrown into the mix but I found this book a little bit delightful. For one Katy, who is called a guardian angel, many times throughout the story is just cute as a button. She works for the Gilcrest family and often thinks of them as a coven of witches walking around all in black and being overdramatic about everything. She has somehow been finagled into bringing the Heir apparent and the only member of the Gilcrest family with any business sense back into the fold.
Luke has been known as ‘The Bastard’ all of his life even though he was born to a married couple. His parents were disowned by the Gilcrests years ago and he has never wanted to be a part of that family. Well not until the day their guardian angel shows up on his doorstep and accuses him of being like a dragon hiding in a cave alone and hoarding his wealth. He might not want to save his family but he does want to save Katy.
There is some stereotypical gender roles flying around in this and a few dated items but I found myself really enjoying the story and Luke’s attempts to win Katy’s affections and her body. Luke also has a great canine companion who carries his food dish with him everywhere that was wonderful too.
This reminded me a little of an 80s nighttime soap opera like Dallas or Dynasty, just not as over the top. Ultimately, it was fun to drop back into the Ninety’s and see how the world around us is both the same and different.
Amy McFadden has narrated a few series I’ve really enjoyed. She always gives a solid performance and dialogue between characters is a strong suit for her. She conveys all sides of a conversation well.
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