Audiobook Review | Mermaid Inn by Jenny Holiday

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She’d had ten years to get over it. She was over it.

Published: January 28, 2020

Publisher: Forever

Length: About 10 hours (eAudio)

Series: Matchmaker Bay #1

4 Stars

No explaining, he’d promised himself back then. He couldn’t explain himself then, or she wouldn’t have left.

Eve Abbott has a problem-actually, make that a lot of problems. And they’re all going to get worse the moment her toes hit the sand in Matchmaker Bay. Once a blissful summer escape, now the tiny town just reminds Eve of loss. Inheriting her aunt’s beloved Mermaid Inn is the only reason Eve is coming back. She’s definitely not ready to handle nosy neighbors, extensive renovations, or the discovery that a certain heartbreaker still lives down the street…

Police Chief Sawyer Collins always does the right thing, even when it costs him everything. Like Evie. He’s spent the past ten years trying to forget her–to forget how right she felt in his arms, to forget the pain in her eyes the day she left. The last thing he expects is to see her back in town or to find that the spark between them is as strong as ever. Sawyer knows this is his only chance to prove that his feelings have always been real… before Eve turns tail and leaves for good.


This was the perfect way to end out my Summer reading and branch into Fall!

I had technically gotten this as an ARC this January from my friends at Forever, but my ARC reading hasn’t been going very well, so I decided to pick up the audiobook from Scribd instead! I am so happy I did! I think audio for sure gives a special something to the book experience, but the narrator really helped to get across some of the comedic intent behind this romcom. I had so so so much fun listening to this one!

First and foremost, I loved the Canada setting. Honestly the US is a little ~dark~ right now so being able to escape to the beauty and hospitality of Canada was an unexpected treat for me. It comes across in the narration in the way they say “sorry” and “about”, and I loved that little added aspect. Even though this is set in Canada, it has all those typical small town aspects that you know and love from a contemporary romance. We’ve got kooky towns folks, a little personal history between literally everyone, fun local businesses, and town traditions.

This had quite the evolution of tropes, too. It was like a mix of second chance romance, enemies to friends to lovers, with some friends with benefits thrown in. These are all like a wide range of tropes I don’t usually pick up (I usually stick to enemies to lovers lol), but it was so fun! When it comes to the second chance romance aspect it means there is a lot of history between the “couple”, which I really enjoyed learned about. There is something so romantic about the hero/heroine realizing that they loved the person when they were younger but loving them more for the ways they’ve matured. And that was one of my favorite parts of this book; when Sawyer realizes how smart and capable Evie is and how he loves her more for the woman she has become. Swoon.

This book was hilarious. When they say Jenny Holiday is the queen of the romcom they aren’t kidding! I was positively cackling while I was listening to this. The people in the next lane at red lights probably thought I was crazy, but oh well. The only downside for this to me were the funny parts during the sexy parts. I am, call me crazy, one of those people who don’t like the comedy to happen during what is supposed to be a serious or sexy moment. It kind of takes me out of the scene and I’d rather have them separate. That was really my only gripe with this book, and it’s not even a big one!

Overall I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook! It was so funny and sweet and sexy and emotional and I really connected with Evie Abbott. The book seemed really realistic in terms of the progression of their relationship and I appreciated that. I loved all the side characters, I loved Evie’s blossoming friendships, I loved Sawyer’s interactions with his sire, and I just loved getting to visit this sweet little town.

I’m very much looking forward to the next installment of this series!

Happy reading
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