Sometimes the one you want is the one you least suspect....
Accountant Samantha Ennis craves order and structure. As the bookkeeper at the boutique advertising agency she owns with her three best friends, it's her job to apply logic to the chaos. When one of those best friends, laid-back Hunter Blair, moves in to share her loft apartment, Sam's carefully organized world is thrown wildly askew.
Hunter Blair's been the coolest one in the room since elementary school. Until recently, her biggest worry in the world was which of the girls in her cell phone to call on a Saturday night. But it's not long before Samantha sparks a fire in Hunter that has her questioning her old habits and longing for new ones. Isn't it a bad idea to fall for one of your best friends? Samantha and Hunter are about to find out.
©2015 Melissa Brayden (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
Ohmigosh how I loved this.
First off, I should mention I listened to this on unabridged audio from audible, and there needs to be massive props given to the audio performer, who did exactly that; this book is not read, it is performed. And brilliantly.
I should also mention this is the second in the 'Loft' series, and though you wouldn't necessarily lose anything plot wise were you to listen to them out of order, I do think you should absolutely listen to Kiss the Girl first, as there are a couple of secondary characters in this book that you've met in the previous title, and things are better in order. Just ask Samantha.
Okay, onward to Just Three Words. When we last left our quartet of the awesome women who make up Soho Saavy (the equally awesome boutique advertising firm), things were in a good place. They'd landed a huge client. One of them had become lucky in love. Everything was pretty fantastic, really. The four characters, Brooklyn, Mallory, Samantha, and Hunter, had wormed their way into my heart with their very different methods: Brooklyn with fast driving and whimsy, Mallory with dogged determination and cool logic; Samantha with her nerdy number-crunching love of organization, and Hunter with her live-in-the-moment style. They seemed like a fantastic group of friends who balanced each other out in life as well as work, and I couldn't wait to read more of them and see who might be up next for some love at the hands of Melissa Brayden.
So imagine my surprise when I got two-for-one. See, the potential romance in this book is between the super-sweet (and often super-awkward) Samantha, and... Hunter? Hunter, who has been described as nothing but a player from the get go. Hunter, with the (wonderfully performed) kitten voice of purring doom. Hunter, who is so very unlike Samantha (and vice versa).
So here's the thing. You know at the hands of Brayden, these two are in for a wild (and sexy) ride, full of awkwardness, hilariousness, and emotional surprises for the reader. So much happens to these two characters in the space of this book (as well as things that impact the business as a whole, too) that they never once seem to have a moment to catch their breath. And yet, as always, Brayden makes it all seem effortless, and the pacing never overwhelms. As Samantha and Hunter try to figure out what they feel (and if it's worth risking everything - including their fantastic careers), the rest of the world doesn't slow down for a second, and you get completely sucked in.
Also, for those of you listening to this on audio, I feel it only safe to warn you that if you - like me - listen to audiobooks while doing chores or walking the dog or raking the leaves, that you may earn more than a few stares from bursting out laughing. Much like Rob Byrnes, Melissa Brayden delivers whipcrack moments of humour that take you completely by surprise. And there are some doozies in this book - blind dates, rodent attacks... Don't say I didn't warn you. There were a couple of times I had to drop my rake and just give in to the laughter.
I'm pretty sure my neighbour thinks I'm insane.
This is Brayden at her finest. If you've never tried her, you should. If you have already read other books of hers, but haven't picked this one up yet, allow me to give you the nudge. You won't be sorry.
(Oh, and mad props to Brayden for Samantha's bisexuality, which absolutely sings with authenticity.)
Delight in the journey and the struggle on the road to your dreams
Let me begin by saying that this is my sixth Melissa Brayden audio and the worst of them rates about 4.4 and this one isn't the worst. It's also the second book in the Soho Savvy series and the girls are even more lovable than they were in Kiss The Girl. Hunter in particular was fleshed out as a character; the author presented her in a great deal more depth than in Kiss The Girl.
Melissa Brayden's greatest strength as a writer is in creating sympathetic, likable, no make that lovable characters with the type of relationships that we wish we had. I won't go into any of the various scenarios presented that would illustrate these points but trust me the author can writes relationships really well.
Another positive aspect is the retention of Jessica's teenage neighbor Ashton in this book even though it's only a minor role. Perhaps in the next selection, the one where Mallory falls in love, her role will be expanded. I could even foresee her as the lead character down the line in a book of her own; or hey, maybe that's just me.
The one weakness the author has is her plots. Words like lame, repetitive, cliched, formulaic or ordinary come to mind. In the end it doesn't matter because despite those issues of plot weakness her books are always great listens and I'm waiting anxiously for Mallory to find her girl in the next Soho Savvy book. There is one more book by the author that has yet to make it into Audible; one that's hopefully being read and recorded as I write. Let's hope that Ms. Brayden has another dozen books in her.
this trilogy is my all time favorite romance set. and Sam is my favorite character. I laugh and cry consistently and often at the same time.
This was fun to listen to. All of the characters were so distinguishable. And the story was fun. I've never listened to anything by this author before but I'll be sure to purchase more.
Nice little story. I love the way Felicity Monroe can do so many different voices. MB I am looking forward to book 3 because you know Mal needs a girl!
I would. It's lovely. The characters are lovable which definitely make the story totally endearing.
Favorite character was definitely Hunter. She sounds beautiful, but I just really enjoyed her character. Its not the over dramatic beautiful woman with dramatic problems. She is just complex enough that her character has depth but is still witty and fun.
Nothing was too extreme, but it made me laugh and my heart ache. In a good way. Speaking for myself, the characters dynamics totally pulled me in and made me feel tons of wonderful things.
Narrator was pretty good. Her voice isn't really the most exciting, but she does put depth into the voices of all the women. You can hear the characteristics of the ladies. Very good overall.
I am currently re-reading the series but this time listening to the audible books. I really loved Felicity Munroe's performance. She doesn't just read the book but she performs and it is not overdone in the least. It can be a fine line of over doing the "acting" such that it is a distraction rather than an enhancement. She never crosses that line. Oh, and it goes without saying the book itself is 5 stars made even better by the narration.
An absolutely lovely and funny story. I wanted to listen to whole story in one sitting. The narrator had a wonderful sexy voice and was very pleasing to the ear. One of my favorites by far, can't wait to listen to it again.
I hope this author continues to bring us stories about this group of women. I completely enjoy each character and I always look forward to the end of my work day so I can listen.
"Super characters and romance"
This follows from the first "Kiss the Girl", with characters overlapping from the first. But the romance focuses on two different main characters from the first, Sam and Hunter.
Its very well written, with some very interesting people throughout the novel, From Hunter's father, to the old man in the retirement home.
Melissa Brayden brings all her quirky charm to the story and weaves a great story.
The Narrator Felicity Munroe brings a lot of different voices to the novel, and is great breaking out the charm of Sam from the pages.
Just finished this book for the second time, as I'm listening to the whole soho loft series again. This book (series) will make you laugh out loud (HARD!!) and cry among others things;) just loved the story and will surely listen to it again.....and again probably. Can't wait for the new work (strawberry summer). And now I'll start with number 3 in the serie AGAIN:)
Love these books. Well written, great narrator, easy to recognise the characters, thoroughly enjoyable listening. Waiting for more in the series.
"really love this series"
really love this series and this book is my favourite. I was unsure on the narration to begin with but actually it really does bring the book to life when u get used to it.
Reads rather like this Authors other books with just a variant of names, which are always annoyingly irritating as if normal names are some kind of taboo! different setting same old story
"Brill I loved this story"
I felt I got to know the characters and enjoyed the flow. Good work. Got me through a trying time with ease, thanks
"Another good book about the Soho Savvy Girls"
I was introduced to Melissa Brayden by a friend in a book club I belong to, so I started out first with Brooklyn's and Jessica's story and followed up with this story about Hunter and Samantha.
I wasn't disappointed. Melissa's writing style is fun, vibrant and so engaging. In this format with the readers excellent commentary the whole story and characters really come alive . Hunter in particular with her breathy sexy voice is just a hoy to listen to Its absolutely perfect for a long train journey and one I'll come back to again and again. Fantastic book, well performed, definitely one to recommend and treasure !!!
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