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Summary

Asher’s dream job: Interior design: check.

His dream boyfriend, Park Bo Gum: not check (sadly).

Straight as a board, childhood bff Zar: check.

Zar becoming his boyfriend: che—wait, what?!

Style of Love is a contemporary GFY, best-friends-to-lovers slow-burn romance.

©2022 AJ Sherwood (P)2022 Podium Audio

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  • Zell Oakley
  • 31-07-22

Very good, for what it is

There's a scene about halfway through Style of Love, where Zar, our Gay For You protagonist, tries to pin down his sexuality. I wish he hadn't, really; GFY is inherently unrealistic, and listening to him flounder about trying to define himself is a bit like listening to Geordi try to explain the scientific principles behind warp nacelles. Perhaps AJ Sherwood included it to give the genre some legitimacy? But look, no one is doing the math; I've already suspended my disbelief on the GFY thing, I don't need to hear Zar's ruminations on whether he's pansexual or whatever. Spoiler alert: he ends up settling on "not straight," because what do labels matter, really?

Well, in real life they actually matter a great deal, of course, but that's beside the point. I'm not going to criticize a GFY book for being GFY, because it's very up front about that in the blurb. Luckily it's a brief scene. Altogether the book is far more good than bad, mostly on the strength of the two main characters and a large portion of the supporting cast. I like both Asher and Zar, and I like Asher's friends (which is important because they're the protagonists of the subsequent books in this series), and I love his dog. I like that the book isn't afraid to dally on details, such as Zar's police work or Asher's home renovation clients. I'm not at all interested in home decorating but Asher made it interesting. I like the fact that I like Asher; very often in GFY books, the gay character is irritating or strident under the guise of being "sassy," and Asher is decidedly not that. I like that one of them is the pursuer, and I like that it's Zar.

The one aspect where the book falls flat on its face, however, is the subplot involving Asher's family, and not just because they're bad people, but because they're all poorly-realized characters. His mother, especially, is so cartoonishly rotten that she doesn't come across like an actual person. She's such a caricature of a specific type of person that she's been given the name "Karen," barf. Her comeuppance is so badly written and unlikely that it seems like vaguely misogynist fanfiction, honestly. I would have given the book five stars if not for this.

I may listen to the book again; if I do, I'll skip the climax of that plotline, which takes up like two and a half chapters. I have no complaints about either narrator, both of whom are new to me and both of whom are spectacular. I would LOVE for them to continue to narrate the series, which I'll definitely be picking up.

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  • harley cantu
  • 14-08-22

Loved it!!

The story was cute and fluffy! Definitely worth listening to. The narrator's did a great job.

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  • Nichole
  • 13-08-22

Great story

I love this story and everything Sherwood writes. The narrator for Asher was 5 stars. The narrator for Zar is from the William Shatner school of narration. He paused before phrases and dependent clauses at the end of sentences. It’s a shame because the timber of his voice is lovely. I…just…struggled with the inflection…and pauses. It’s still worth getting. Lately Sherwood’s audiobooks have had multiple narrators. I don’t know why since a good single narrator is more effective.