Story Rating: 4 stars
Audio Rating: 4.5 stars
Narrator: Aiden Snow
Length: 3 hours, 58 minutes
Maxwell doesn’t like Christmas. As a kid, his parents’ idea of a gift was going to the ATM and Maxwell never knew there were families that did things differently. His parents were all about business and now Maxwell is too. Which is why he’s determined to get Micah Noble to sell him his Christmas tree farm in Vermont, so Maxwell can turn the land into a resort. But the land is everything to Micah; it’s his past, present, and future, and no amount of money will make him sell.
Maxwell is determined to get what he wants and makes an unannounced visit to Vermont, getting himself stuck in a snowstorm in the process. He also gets himself stranded at Micah’s home and the man is tall and broad and not what Maxwell should be thinking about. But Micah is determined to make Maxwell see the beauty of the farm and their small Vermont town, and if the men happen to wind up under the mistletoe—well, they both can certainly think of worse things to happen.
I read this in ebook form when it was first released and, when I saw the audio was out, I was intrigued by the narrator, Aiden Snow, as I have listened to a few narrations from him and like his tone. You can check out my review of the story here.
The narration really added to this story for me and made it even more visual. Snow has a great depth to his voice and set the scene of a wintry Vermont around the holidays. There is a little difference between the voices of Micah and Maxwell, and the only addition I would have liked would have been for their voices to be more distinct from each other. But Snow’s inflections and tone and the overall presence of the entire performance make this a book to listen to in audio.
So if you are craving some holiday times during the heatwave of summer, or if you want a shorter listen that hits all the high notes of HEA, check out this audio of Once Upon a Sexy Scrooge.