Title: Heidi’s Guide to Four Letter Words
Author: Tara Sivec & Andi Arndt
Genre: Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Cowritten by USA Today best-selling author Tara Sivec and award-winning narrator Andi Arndt, a hysterically funny, heartfelt romance about starting over and taking chances.
Nothing good ever comes from drinking a box of wine alone. So when I decided to entertain my drunken self by setting up some hand-me-down podcasting equipment and reading the steamy parts from romance novels, I never thought anyone would actually listen. The fact that I admitted my huge crush on my sexy next door neighbor made the whole thing even more mortifying. But sometimes life surprises you, and that’s how my podcast, Heidi’s Discount Erotica, was born.
Now I, Heidi Larsen, a sweet former kindergarten teacher in Waconia, Minnesota, lead a scandalous double life reading erotic novels to the listening world. And with each episode, I find myself embracing my new alter ego more and more. Now I’m starting to feel more comfortable in my own skin and do things I never would have dreamed of – like kissing my neighbor.
Look out, Waconia, because Heidi’s on the loose! She’s in your ears, in your hearts, and down your pants…wait, that didn’t sound as good as it did in my head. Well, you get the picture, don’tcha know!
~ My Review ~
I picked this up last night because I was looking for a short easy read (or listen), and I already had this downloaded on my phone from my audible app. It’s an audible plus book, which means I can add it to my library without spending any of those valuable credits I pay for each month. And besides it being short, I really liked the title. Plus, I have enjoyed several of Sivec’s books in the past.
Have you listened to any of Jenny Lawson’s books and enjoyed them? Well, I have and Heidi Larsen very much reminded me of her. She’s totally awkweird and rambles with lots of word vomiting in the most endearing and entertaining fashion. I definitely recommend listening to this book instead of reading it. The narration is perfection! And well, the story is a podcast, so it’s meant to be listened to.
Heidi has just been let go from her kindergarten teaching job after budget cuts in her small town of Minnesota. She’s applied to every school in the area, but there are just no teaching jobs to be had. And well, she doesn’t even really want to be a teacher anymore. She only found herself in the teaching position after years doing everything she could to please her parents. She’s learning she’s a people pleaser, but she’s never spent anytime trying to please herself.
Heidi grows excited after landing an administrative assistant job for a company where audiobooks are recorded. She’s pleased to learn they record romance books…until she discovers that the books they’re recording are straight up erotic. Heidi’s the sort of girl that finds herself walking quickly past the shelves of shirtless men in the bookstore. She’s not a virgin. But sex just isn’t something she’s ever talked about. She’s VERY uncomfortable with the topic. However, she quickly finds herself wanting to change this and through some coaching, she uses a podcast to do it.
On this podcast she talks a lot about her handsome neighbor. And she talks a lot about wanting to put herself foreward and being capable of asking for what she wants. And she practices reading erotica to get more comfortable with talking about sex.
She begins to date said neighbor and she talks through a lot what she’s experiencing on these dates on her podcast, which is rapidly growing in listeners due to her new friend, a popular erotica author.
I will stop there in sharing about the story because it’s frankly not a long one. I could tell you about the whole thing, though, and it would still be worth listening to just because it’s so dang funny. I do need to mention, though, that I found it weird for a bit that we don’t get to know her neighbor, Brent, well. But, Heidi is always so entertaining that I didn’t give this too much thought. In the end, after the conflict, you realize this was by design. We’re not meant to know Brent’s thoughts ahead of time. And this book is a romance, but it’s really a book about growth for Heidi. And I highly recommend it because it’s just so darn entertaining and hilarious! I do need to mention that you’ll also see that Brent is the perfect man to support her in her growth, too. 4.5 Stars!
*Disclaimer: I don’t have much in the way of triggers for myself, but I totally understand the need of trigger warnings for some of you. If you have trigger warnings, please check out a review where those triggers will be listed because I often overlook adding them in my reviews.*
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