“This author is truly a master at creating likeable, three-dimensional characters.” Laurie Reads Romance
Some scars go further than skin deep…
1988 doesn’t end well for Jessica Abraham. In just one week she turns thirty, loses her day job, and loses the role of Ophelia to a younger actress. Rallying, she goes after a part at a theater outside of the city, but the director’s plan to hide her beauty behind hair, makeup and wardrobe from Cosmo’s “Don't'' column shakes her confidence to the core.
For the first time in her acting career, she won’t be able to rely on her carefully managed physical charms. Only her craft will count.
On a snowy night in January of 1989, a woman calls into DJ Callihan Alonso’s alt-rock radio show at the end of her commute. He asks her to call back the next night, and the next, just so he'll know she’s home safe. There's something about her voice that has him wanting more, but the longer they talk, the closer she gets. Compromising each and every wall he's built around his heart.
If two lonely people fall in love over late-night phone calls, will meeting face-to-face make them, or break them?
In this heartfelt, slow-burn retro romcom from USA Today bestselling author Karen Grey, it may be the end of a decade, but it’s the beginning of a love story.
★★★★★ “I loved the book, but the narration is amazing. Vanessa Edwin and Eric Michael Summerer are absolutely perfect as Jess & Cal. They both do a fantastic job with voices, emotions, and accents. Summerer’s DJ voices are particularly spot on and the impersonation of Bobcat Goldthwaite had me rolling.” Rellim Reads
★★★★★ “If you're looking for a fun, 80's story with both Sleeping Beauty and Beauty & the Beast vibes, this is the book for you!” Goodreads review
Love love loved it!
Such a sweet fun story. Loved the characters so much!!
Just so well done
Favorite in the series!!!
You Spin Me is my favorite to date in the Boston Classics series by Karen Grey. The emotional roller coaster of a story gave me all the feels from the very first chapter. The path Jessica and Cal take to happily ever after is full of bumps along the way, but such a beautiful and satisfying romance.
You Spin Me was pretty emotional for me as Cal's scars came from injuries he sustained in a house fire. I had a house fire when I was 12 years old, so any story involving one will always hit me pretty hard emotionally. Jessica carries scars that are not visible to the outside world, but are just as emotionally traumatic as those Cal carries physically.
I loved Cal and Jessica developed a friendship while talking on the phone each night long before they ever met. I really felt like they had most of the getting to know you part of dating out of the way through so many phone conversations. Not that it made the road less bumpy once they finally met in person. Both Jessica and Cal had to deal with their demons from their pasts, and finding the peace each needed to make a relationship work just about broke my heart. Ms. Grey gives her readers an amazing heartwarming story that will stay with them long after they finish reading or listening to this story.
I found both Vanessa Edwin and Eric Michael Summerer to be wonderful in the alternating POVs. Each one brought the characters to life in a way that kept me totally engaged with not only the main characters, but the supporting cast of characters as well. The transition between narrators was flawless done. I also really loved the retro radio ads at the beginning of each chapter.
Rating: 4 Stars (B+)