Blog Tour – The Yes Factor by Erin Spencer and Emma Sable

**Disclaimer: I was given a free audiobook of the below in exchange for an honest review as part of a tour hosted by Audiobookworm Promotions.**

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Title The Yes Factor
Author Erin Spencer and Emma Sable
Format Audiobook
Narrator: Ava Erickson and Andi Arndt
Length: 6 hours and 51 minutes
Audiobook Publisher: One Night Stand Studios⎮2020
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release date June 30, 2020

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Description

Liv just wants her best friend Bex to find love.

Bex just wants to stay in bed with Outlander.

With 40 just around the corner, divorced single mom Bex is too busy being a chauffeur for her teenage daughter to bother swiping for dates.

Her best friend Liv, who is married to the supposedly perfect man, swoops in from London on a mission to get Bex out of her own bed and in to someone else’s. Liv pushes Bex into a week-long whirlwind of dates, awkward kisses and missed connections. 

What could possibly go wrong when Bex agrees to Liv’s harebrained scheme of saying Yes to every possible suitor? And why is Liv so intent on fixing Bex’s love life, or lack thereof? 

Just what do you find out when all of your no’s turn into the yes factor?

Initial Thoughts

I was super excited to be chosen for this tour. I love a rom com and this sounded so fun. My best friend from high school and I are separated by a ton of distance so it’s always fun to read stories of friends who stay in touch despite that.

Some Things I Liked

  • Humor and wit. I loved the humor in this story. I know it’s tagged as a romantic comedy, but sometimes, comedies aren’t that funny. So not the case here. I found myself laughing out loud at several moments and I just loved that.
  • Realism. Again, I must applaud the realism in the storyline. I think the dual narrators really helped with this. The conversations between Liv and Bex were so authentic and tackled some heavy issues with heartwarming elegance. Their lives aren’t perfect and the grass often times appears greener. I loved watching both Liv and Bex puzzle that out in their own ways.

One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About

  • I didn’t love Liv’s ending. I just thought she deserved more. That being said, I’d love a sequel about her.

Series Value

Speaking of sequels, I think this could easily be the start of a series of Bex and Liv’s adventures together. I’d love to read more about them.

Furthermore, I’d love to keep reading Erin Spencer and Emma Sable’s books.

Audiobook Value

I listened to this book at 2.5x speed and I had absolutely no issues understanding the story or the narrators. This might be somewhat blasphemous, but I actually judge an audiobook by its ability to be sped up. I talk really fast and I find that I need to listen to books at a pace similar to that to really enjoy them. If there’s something about the narration that prevents me from speeding it up, I have a hard time listening. So, that being said, I had no issues here. In fact, I think the speed gave the narrators an infection energy that was very reflective of the adventures they went on together.

I also loved that both narrators sounded like how I’d have imagined these characters should sound. The voices really fit the characters. And, more importantly, they fit together. Ava Erickson and Andi Arndt have great chemistry and they sound like they could easily be best friends in real life.

Given that this is first person narration and that the narrators are so excellent, I think this book is best as an audiobook. Listening to it really enhanced the experience for me.

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun listen with a lot of humor that also tackled some heavier topics. I thought it was well balanced and I really enjoyed the narrators and writing. I’d definitely look to read more of Erin and Emma’s writing as well of Ava and Andi’s narrating.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Coming Home to Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters – if you liked the idea of rekindling long standing friendships, try this series by Victoria Walters.
  • The Jake Ryan Complex by Bethany Crandell – if you liked the idea of a main character approaching 40 (and all of the jokes and references that go with that 😂), try this standalone by Bethany Crandell.
About the AuthorS erin spencer and emma sable
Erin Spencer and Emma Sable are two Southern girls who met in L.A. at a mutual friend’s engagement party. They bonded over their shared love of fried shrimp, queso and The Golden Girls. After a girls’ night out in Hollywood to celebrate Emma’s birthday, the two were inspired to begin writing The Yes Factor, their first novel together. 

To celebrate finishing the novel, Erin and Emma travelled to the Amalfi coast where they enjoyed a week of sunshine, pasta and Pinot Grigio. And where a few notes might have been scribbled for their next book, too! Erin lives in L.A. and Emma now lives in London.
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About the Narrator AVA erickson
After sailing around the world and watching nearly a thousand sunsets from the bow of her boat like a true Viking, Ava Erickson settled down and started telling stories. Those stories can be anything from laugh-out-loud-funny rom-coms to ones with a more sexy twist. When she found out she was nominated for an Audie for her audiobook narration, she called all her girlfriends together and went to Provence, France, where they drank rosé and ate lots of bread and butter.

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ABOUT THE NARRATOR ANDI ARNDT

Multiple Audie and Earphones Award winner Andi Arndt is the narrator of hundreds of audiobooks, and a member of the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame. She’s known for romance titles, loved working on The Yes Factor with her dear friend, and has also narrated high profile releases in literary fiction, mystery / thriller, and bio / memoir, including Notorious RBG.

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