Audiobook Review: Seatmate (Love Lines, #3). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Seatmate by Cara Bastone

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ride along on this endearing road-trip rom-com from Audie Award nominee Cara Bastone – scripted exclusively for audio!

I have exactly 5 hours and 10 minutes to get from Boston to New York City or the professional opportunity of a lifetime disappears. My only travel option? The second to last seat on a discount bus. Across from the bathroom. Wearing last night’s clothes (don’t ask). All worth it if I can make it in time.

My nerves almost get the best of me, but then there he is, sitting down in the seat next to me. Tall. Friendly smile. Bright indigo streak in his brown hair. The perfect distraction. Turns out he’s on his way to reconnect with an old flame. The one who got away. We can both make it on time – just barely – if the traffic keeps flowing.

Playing road-trip games, avoiding calls from his mother, and effortless conversation keeps us from clockwatching…until the bus breaks down. And my seatmate turns into my copilot as we wrangle a ride in a car three decades old. And hit all the traffic. And oh, Lord, the detours. And somehow I end up careening cross-town on the handlebars of a Citi Bike carrying a box of kittens. (Yeah, don’t ask.)

He’s my hero every step of the way…and I might be falling for him. But what happens when we reach our final destination? Could my seatmate really be my soul mate?


Strangers on a bus!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙
Romance: 💚🖤💙💜
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌍
Character development: 😟😒😚😉🥰

The heroine: Gwen – She is a world traveler, photographer and blogger and she needs to get to New York and she has to travel by bus. The only seat available is across from the bathroom. Gwen is a talkative person who starts up a conversation with the guy next to her right away.

The Hero: Sam – He works as a physical therapist in New York and his mother lives in Boston. He travels to Boston one weekend a month to help out his mother. His mother always fixes him up on blind dates, which never go well.

The Story: Sam and Gwen talk about everything from the streak of blue in his hair, to her job, his mother, old dates, old crushes and much more. An older lady on the bus named Shirley gives Gwen the down low on Sam (since she makes the same monthly trip as he does) after he goes to check on what happened when the bus swerved and made an unexpected stop.

Apparently Sam is quite a guy. Though he rarely talks to others like he is talking to Gwen. Shirley says that he is always helping out others on the bus, and has great respect for his mother, who isn’t as bad as she seems since she is texting him non-stop.

I also thought that Sam was a big Mama’s boy at first, but he later explains that the weekend was one of the worst in his mother’s life, so she is more needy than usual. Mom sets up a blind date for him with an old high school crush of his for when which is set to begin right after he gets off the bus in New York, so she keeps texting him about it. The story was good, it was two strangers really getting to know each other.

Like the first two books this was a full cast audiobook, with a bunch of supporting characters, background noise and all the extra’s. I love these kinds of audiobooks and this was done very well. The main characters were voiced by Amanda Ronconi and Zachary Webber. I love Zachary Webber’s voice, he has a great cadence and tone and he just sounds like a guy you like. Amanda Ronconi is not one of my favorites though, her voice is somewhat shrill and grates on my ears some. Though she does have a good tempo and does voice acting very well, she puts her emotions in her inflections.


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