The Roughest Draft Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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They were cowriting literary darlings until they hit a plot hole that turned their lives upside down.
Three years ago, Katrina Freeling and Nathan Van Huysen were the brightest literary stars on the horizon, their cowritten book topping best seller lists. But on the heels of their greatest success, they ended their partnership on bad terms, for reasons neither would divulge to the public. They haven't spoken since, and never planned to, except they have one final book due on contract.
Facing crossroads in their personal and professional lives, they're forced to reunite. The last thing they ever thought they'd do again is hole up in the tiny Florida town where they wrote their previous book, trying to finish a new manuscript quickly and painlessly. Working through the reasons they've hated each other for the past three years isn't easy, especially not while writing a romantic novel.
While passion and prose push them closer together in the Florida heat, Katrina and Nathan will learn that relationships, like writing, sometimes take a few rough drafts before they get it right.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 56 minutes|
|Author||Emily Wibberley, Austin Siegemund-Broka|
|Narrator||Dan Bittner, Imani Jade Powers|
|Audible.ca Release Date||January 25 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #9,470 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#479 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#7,370 in Contemporary Romance (Books)
Top reviews from Canada
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This is the Wibbroka duo’s first adult romance so, hey, it’s basically like a debut, so I definitely won’t shy away from picking up their next attempt (please tell me there’s a next attempt) and it certainly won’t put me off their YA titles. But the epic spark and chemistry I expected.. well, it fizzled. Right as the couple got together.
These two writers, once darlings, have split after two books together. Four years have passed and with another book still on contract, and some pressure from Katrina’s fiancée (spoiler, I hated him, and you’re supposed to), not to mention how the buzz might inspire more sales for Nathan’s recent solo offering which.. didn’t flop but is not flying off the shelves, they reunite.
Untangling what went wrong, experiencing their tension, the struggle to fake being friends, even as they slowly become friendly again, the whole dynamic was great. But when we find out what sent them in opposite directions — by the way, we get flashbacks through the story — well. I had feelings. And then when these two finally worked it all out and their relationship changed.. I was.. not underwhelmed but. I was whelmed.
I was really into the concept of this, I enjoyed some the post-working-it-out conflict and unresolved angst of it all, and I especially enjoyed watching these two characters’ method for co-authoring (could it be how the authors themselves right? curious!), but between the fiancée, the letdown of the aforementioned reveals and romance, it just kinda went sideways on me. Part of this could be my expectations, I was hyped for this, but the other part I don’t think is me. So. Make of that what you will!
Taking on a dual timeframe that slowly reveals what truly happened between the writing team, Katrina and Nathan that led to their professional break up; they are pressured to join forces again and fulfill their publishing contract to write their final book. The slow burn romance between them was perfect and it was a pleasure to read their parallel lives, dual POV and dual timelines that added such a wonderful uniqueness than other stories that I have read in the past that have attempted the same method.
The only issue I had was I felt the middle could have been edited down a bit because the pace of the story dragged at times. But other than that, this is a great memorable romance novel.
Thank you Berkley for the arc. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
I am joining the ranks of other reviewers I've seen on here that are tempted to gatekeep this novel, to keep it secret and keep it safe, because I do not think I can handle people disagreeing with my thoughts. But this book is meant to be read and I hope everyone is able to enjoy the brilliance, wit and care that went into this story! Thank you Emily & Austin for writing this beautiful story . These new to me authors are definitely on my radar now!
Read this if you enjoy:
✨ forced proximity
✨ tension and angst for days (years?)
✨ beautiful writing
✨ Beach Read meets Daisy Jones & the Six
✨ insights into coauthoring
✨ Editing scenes that feel like academic foreplay
✨ Learning new words (inchoate? obfuscation?)
Top reviews from other countries
This book. This is why I read. For the absolute delight and privilege of discovering a magnificent story and being swept up into it's wonderfully crafted world. The Roughest Draft was my first book from this writing duo and it certainly won't be my last. I loved every single moment of reading Katrina and Nathan's story. They both felt like real people: nuanced, complex and human. It was so lovely to read. Props to Emily and Austin because the writing throughout The Roughest Draft is truly remarkable. I can't wait for their next book!
Read time - 6h 17min
Reading sessions - 8
Similar to Emily Henry's Beach Read.
The set-up is great, & I was solidly hooked for a full 50% of this book, but the more flashbacks we had to their previous "friendship" the more I was like "was this ever working out?" I really liked Katrina as a character, & I related to her struggles a lot, but I don't know if I was sold on Nathan as her perfect match. I know they were work partners & their disagreements were supposed to be a result of that, but I wasn't feeling the love that was supposed to be behind those arguments.
It's possible that the romance genre just isn't for me (the only 2 that I've liked so far are People We Meet On Vacation & Red, White, & Royal Blue) but I'd love to see more genuinely kind male leads in the genre. I think the stoic, emotionally-distant male lead who can't express his feelings thing has been done to death & I'm frankly over it. There are more love stories to tell, & they don't all involve that character.
All that being said, I would have given this 2.5 stars if I could. Definitely not unreadable, but if I'm not sold on your main couple in a romance novel then frankly I'm not sure why I'm here.