Hello, everyone! Today I have an audiobook review of Something Fabulous by Alexis Hall. I came across this book by chance, and the premise sounded funny. The audiobook was available via Kindle Unlimited. So, I decided to give it a shot. Am I glad I did? Read on to find out!
From the acclaimed author of Boyfriend Material comes a delightfully witty romance featuring a reserved duke who’s betrothed to one twin and hopelessly enamoured of the other.
Valentine Layton, the Duke of Malvern, has twin problems: literally.
It was always his father’s hope that Valentine would marry Miss Arabella Tarleton. But, unfortunately, too many novels at an impressionable age have caused her to grow up…romantic. So romantic that a marriage of convenience will not do and after Valentine’s proposal she flees into the night determined never to set eyes on him again.
Arabella’s twin brother, Mr. Bonaventure “Bonny” Tarleton, has also grown up…romantic. And fully expects Valentine to ride out after Arabella and prove to her that he’s not the cold-hearted cad he seems to be.
Despite copious misgivings, Valentine finds himself on a pell-mell chase to Dover with Bonny by his side. Bonny is unreasonable, overdramatic, annoying, and…beautiful? And being with him makes Valentine question everything he thought he knew. About himself. About love. Even about which Tarleton he should be pursuing.
Listening Length: 10 hours and 53 minutes.
I laughed so much while listening to this book. Everything about it, from the plot to the banter to the characters themselves, was completely ridiculous and wholeheartedly queer. Anyone coming to this book looking for a realistic portrayal of relationships, or anything else really, will likely be disappointed. However, if you go into the story with the expectation that the characters will largely be caricatures who take everything to the extreme, you will likely have a lot of fun listening to it. Valentine, the grumpy demisexual duke, just wanted to live a quiet life of fulfilling the expectations of society and his father. I enjoyed seeing him grow to accept having his own dreams and desires as a result of the dramatic debacle with the Tarletons. Speaking of the Tarletons, they were as extra as it is possible to be. Arabella was annoying AF, and I do wish the story had involved her less. However, I also think she was an avatar for some important points about how women were treated during this particular time period. I enjoyed the relationship between Valentine and Bonny, even if it was 100% Bonny badgering Valentine into being in love with him through the use of his relentlessly sunny disposition and hilarious sass. I cannot end this review without mentioning that this book has the most comical description of rimming I’ve ever read. I lost it laughing at that point, and many others, and found myself happy I was listening to the book at home. I probably would have gotten really funny looks if I’d read it anywhere else. lol. If you are looking for an over the top, incredibly queer romance that will likely leave you laughing and a little bit scarred, this is the book for you. I highly recommend the audiobook, as well, because the narrator did a fantastic job of bringing these larger than life characters to life.