Narrator: Kelsey Navarro
Series: Spoiler Alert #2
Published by HarperAudio on October 26, 2021
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Length: 12 hours 34 minutes
Following Spoiler Alert, Olivia Dade returns with another utterly charming romantic comedy about a devil-may-care actor—who actually cares more than anyone knows—and the no-nonsense woman hired to keep him in line.
Alexander Woodroe has it all. Charm. Sex appeal. Wealth. Fame. A starring role as Cupid on TV’s biggest show, God of the Gates. But the showrunners have wrecked his character, he’s dogged by old demons, and his post-show future remains uncertain. When all that reckless emotion explodes into a bar fight, the tabloids and public agree: his star is falling.
Enter Lauren Clegg, the former ER therapist hired to keep him in line. Compared to her previous work, watching over handsome but impulsive Alex shouldn’t be especially difficult. But the more time they spend together, the harder it gets to keep her professional remove and her heart intact, especially when she discovers the reasons behind his recklessness…not to mention his Cupid fanfiction habit.
When another scandal lands Alex in major hot water and costs Lauren her job, she’ll have to choose between protecting him and offering him what he really wants—her. But he’s determined to keep his improbably short, impossibly stubborn, and extremely endearing minder in his life any way he can. And on a road trip up the California coast together, he intends to show her exactly what a falling star will do to catch the woman he loves: anything at all.
My top thoughts:
Another fantastic read by Oliva Dade! After reading Spoiler Alert I couldn’t wait to dive into All the Feels to get Alex and Lauren’s story. I had heard that this wasn’t as good, but I have to disagree. The story is different in several ways, but I liked it just as much.
What I liked/didn’t like:
I already knew Alex from meeting him in Spoiler Alert and I already knew a couple things I liked about him:
- he shared Marcus’s appreciation of plus size women – not only had he admired Alice, but something he did near the end of Spoiler Alert (don’t want to spoil LOL) shows that it’s not just surface level.
- he’s a good friend – the way he was toward Marcus made me really care for him already.
But I couldn’t have guessed that I would love him so much! He has so many layers – he is racked with (unnecessary) guilt, is really misunderstood, incredibly generous, and just such a deeply good person. I also like that his relationship with his mother is solid – she’s great, unlike the parents in Spoiler Alert. It was nice to see a situation with good, supportive parents.
And then Lauren, well I didn’t really know her yet, but I grew to love her very quickly. She is not just plus size, but also has a bird like appearance – short, small legs, beak nose – conventionally ugly. And that has definitely shaped the way she’s been treated her whole life, and how she treats herself. I liked that her issues were different from in the first book – she has learned to accept and expect to be mistreated. I enjoyed watching her grow and deal with this issue.
I was already deeply invested in the story because of the ending of Spoiler Alert. All the Feels starts just slightly later than Spoiler Alert began, so we revisit some moments, but from a different point of view. But because of that shared timeline, some of the first part of the book moves more quickly, bringing us to the end of Spoiler Alert about halfway through. I enjoyed watching them move to that inevitable moment and then I was ESPECIALLY interested in seeing how things would play out after. I wasn’t disappointed at any point; it was a truly solid plot.
I listened to this book as well, but it was a different narrator than the first book. Kelsey Navarro did an excellent job bringing the characters to life as well. I had listened to her narration for another Olivia Dade series (There’s Something About Marysburg) and was not surprised to enjoy her narration. Definitely would listen to her in the future.