Narrator: Callie Dalton, Teddy Hamilton
Audible Release Date November 3, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Length: 12 hours 43 minutes
Amazon US, Audible
Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas.
The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional.
Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect.
What she didn’t count on was falling in love with the guy.
STORY OVERVIEW AND REVIEW:
Ruby Santos and Aaron Hall’s friendship is one that starts online and is purely coincidental. When Ruby signed up to a soldier pen pal program, she gets paired up with a guy named Aaron. What starts out as puns, movie and gaming talks turn into so much more as Ruby and Aaron become comfortable with each other. They tell each other things they’ve never told anybody else, and they tell each other things without fear of being judged. When they have the chance to finally meet, Ruby does something completely out of her comfort zone and flies to Florida to meet the man who’s become her best friend and the love of her life.
As I’ve mentioned in my book review for Dear Aaron, while this has the same air to Mariana’s previous works, DA shows us a heroine different from the rest of her leads and tells part of the story through letters and emails. I loved listening to the progress of Aaron and Ruby’s relationship, and I loved the little moments between them.
WHAT DID YOU LIKE ABOUT THE AUDIOBOOK?
It made me see—rather, hear—the book in a new perspective. As you can see, I gave Dear Aaron a higher story review here than in the previous review I gave for the book. Listening to the audiobook made me appreciate things I didn’t when I first read the book a few months ago. I loved listening to Ruby and Aaron’s online conversations, but I loved it even more when they finally met. Cuddly Aaron. Affectionate Aaron. Attentive Aaron. I’m so happy!
It made me feel giddy and happy listening to them chat back and forth with their Teddy Hamilton was the perfect Aaron with his subtle twang and his warm and friendly voice. I could hear the affection and feelings through their exchanges. And Callie was fantastic as always. I could hear the fear, uncertainty, joy, and love in her voice.
Most importantly, this audiobook made me appreciate and empathize with Ruby even more. I’ve always loved that girl, and now I love her even more.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCE OF LISTENING TO DEAR AARON?
It’s new and something I absolutely enjoyed. The rest of Mariana Zapata’s audiobooks were purely told in a female POV and all by Callie Dalton, so to have a new voice in the mix is a welcome addition. And it helps that it’s Teddy Hamilton.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS AUDIOBOOK TO A FRIEND? IF SO, WHY?
Yes! I spent my twelve hours wisely with this one. With MZ’s signature slow burn, cute banter, and realistic characters, it’s a treat. Plus, Teddy Hamilton and Callie Dalton had great chemistry as Aaron and Ruby, and I loved listening to them.
Tropes: Friends to Lovers, Military Hero, Pen Pals
POV: Epistolary—Dual, First POV; First, Female POV
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