I received this book for free from Caffeinated PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Funny Business by Kayley Loring
Narrator: Teddy Hamilton, Emma Wilder, Zachary Webber, Jason Clarke, MacKenzie Cartwright, Connor Crais
Published by Kayley Loring on August 5, 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Length: 6 hours 54 minutes
Source: Caffeinated PR
A single dad, a model, and a comedian walk into a bar… They’re all Owen Brodie. It’s only funny if you aren’t the hilarious struggling comedian who has been hired to be his son’s nanny for the stand-up tour.
Dear Ms. Hogan,
I’m emailing to offer you the job as my son’s nanny because Sam had a temper tantrum when I told him I can’t hire you to come on my stand-up tour with us. “She heckled me at a club a few years ago,” I wanted to say. “She is the sassy little turd who trolls me on Twitter,” I could have told him. “She’s an even bigger pain in the butt when we’re face-to-face,” I thought to myself. What I would never tell him is—things could get complicated. For reasons.
Let me know if you want the job.
With great reluctance,Owen
Dear Mr. Brodie,
Thank you for your email. Please inform Sam that I like him very much and would love to be his nanny and accompany him on your terrible joke of a stand-up tour.
I can assure you—things will not get complicated. For many, many reasons.
Primarily because Owen Brodie isn’t funny, and he can suck it.
Out of financial desperation and a fondness for your son,Frankie
My top thoughts:
I didn’t hesitate when I saw the opportunity to read and review this book by Kayley Loring, since I recently read and loved The Love Interest. I remembered it being really funny, a good romance, and a great audiobook production. Funny Business lived up to those qualifications and was MAYBE even better.
What I liked/didn’t like:
I seem to be on a stand up comedian kick lately – I just finished watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and I was a little nervous that this wouldn’t live up to that level of humor. It did. Obviously it’s a very different time period and story, so the humor is different, but I found both the situational humor and the stand up humor really entertaining.
I absolutely loved the characters. Frankie is impossible not to love and commiserate with. She is talented but making it as a stand up comedian is not easy. And the typical day jobs don’t really match her smart ass (but lovable) demeanor. And then you’ve got Owen – comedian, model, and semi-recently divorced dad. Despite being in one of those families where he was destined to be in show biz and successful, he’s a level headed guy. And of course, he too is talented and funny.
I loved their chemistry – it’s kind of enemies to lovers, except kind of not because they both recognize the sparks from the get go. They antagonize / flirt via social media and I adored every moment. Oh and then the kid. Gah, I really love authors that can right a solid child character. Owen’s son is fantastic. And the cheese! OMG if you’re a parent you will appreciate the cheese humor.
To top of this fantastic book is an equally fantastic audio production. Did you check out all those narrators? This is the way to do an audiobook – it’s a rare treat when a book gives you multiple narrators who are woven into the chapters. It’s not a switch narrator for each chapter based on who’s narrating… it’s a PRODUCTION where certain narrator are certain characters for the ENTIRETY of the book. They did this with the The Love Interest too and I was thrilled to see it to an even greater extent on this book.
I’m so glad to have discovered Kayley Loring and will eagerly continue to pick up her audiobooks! !