Summer fun with the Perry Boys!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 😭😖😔
The heroine: Freya (a.k.a. Princess) – she grew up next door to the Perry family, who had 5 boys, all within a period of 4-5 years, all of which are the same age or just older than her. She grew up at the Perry house, played at their pool, had sleepovers with the boys. However, after she hit puberty, she backed off from those friendships and kept to herself because she couldn’t understand her feelings for all of them and was ashamed.
The Heroes: Mason, Tyler, Drew, Carter, Chaz (a.k.a. the boys next door) – They treated Freya like a princess and called her that as well. They were her five knights who protected her. Yet when she backed away from them, they all got angry with her since they didn’t understand what she was doing. Yet they went on with their lives, grew up and a few went away to college, but always came back on the weekends.
The Story: When Freya’s parents and the Perry’s parents go off on a monthlong summer cruise, they suggest Freya stay next door with the boys because there have been some break-ins in the neighborhood and they wanted her to be safe. Freya wasn’t treated well at first by the guys, but it wasn’t long before things started getting steamy between her and the twins, then her and Drew, then her and Mason and Tyler.
I read this book about 5 years ago and really liked it, but I guess my tastes have changed a bit since then. It is good for a super-steamy reverse harem, but there isn’t any story other than the relationship (and relations) between Freya and the guys. Also the way she starts giving up on them before the parents even get back was pretty weak.
The book was told in multiple points of view in dual narration and was narrated by Stephanie Rose and Aaron Shedlock. Stephanie Rose has a nice voice, but her reading was like reading out loud, not voice acting. By that I mean it seemed stilted and not like someone speaking normally. I guess I didn’t like the cadence. Though Aaron Shedlock did a great job and I like his voice a lot. Overall the book was OK but not awesome.
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