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Publisher's Summary

They say you can find just about anything in a book, but who knew you could find love in a bookstore?

Riley’s world is upended when he gets a call from the police that his uncle’s in the hospital. Evan’s schedule is turned upside down when he’s in charge of his yaya’s care while his parents are on vacation. Both men have their hands full, but it seems fate has something else for them. Seems love in the stacks might be just what each of them needs.

©2019 Kris Jacen (P)2022 Kris Jacen
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great short listen

enjoyed this short listen great way to spend a hour today. would recommend it for anyone looking for a good way to spend a short amount of time while cleaning or a drive home from work. well rounded characters and plot.

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sweet story

This instalove short story was pleasant it is a great pick me up when you need a quick sweet read

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Cute short story

Sometimes short stories are totally complete in and of themselves and sometimes there are points in the story where you would like to have more and you’d like the author to consider expanding it into a novella or a full novel length at some point. This story was the latter type for me which you can take as a compliment or a criticism depending on what you are hoping to get. I liked the characters, the premise, narration, and the story itself. So if you want to come away with fully encapsulated story where you feel like nothing is left out this may not be the one for you but if you like a short story where you can let your own imagination expand on what the author gives you and/or you don’t mind places where because of the length the plot could be expanded to give you a more rounded story then this is a good choice and a fun short listen.

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Rory, Evan and a Bookshop

I don’t seem to have had the same positive experience in reading this book that most other reviewers did. Here are some reasons why:

The story needs more story. It barely glosses over plot points that really call for more fleshing out.

There’s a distinct lack of emotional depth between the MCs and with secondary characters.

The dialogue--maybe meant to be banter-y and joke-y--just comes off as awkward and unnatural.

The sexy times are wholly and utterly unrealistic. They evoke more a feeling of wham-bam-thank-you-man than any hint of romance.

The narrator’s delivery seems a bit dry and detached.

I requested and received an ARC of this audiobook. My written opinions are voluntary.

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Riley and Evan

Riley is helping run his uncle’s bookstore while he recuperates in the hospital, while running his tattoo shop too. Evan comes into the bookstore to buy a book for his grandma and from the first glances both feel an attraction. This story is practically insta love. I enjoyed the narrator, the music between chapters is nice too. Overall I did enjoy this quick listen. I’ve enjoyed other books from Kris Jensen in the past. I received an arc of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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A very sweet story of a chance encounter. Two men meet twice by chance and a sweet relationship develops. They were very cute and I enjoyed getting both Evan and Riley’s PoV. Riley has been looking after his uncle’s bookshop after the man ends up in the hospital. And Evan is trying to find a book for his Yaya. I enjoyed getting to know the side characters too. The narrator did a very good job with the characters and voices.

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Good sex and unnecessary drama

As short as this is I found myself zombie reading parts of it, the heat was good but there were many attempts to drum up unnecessary drama and sometimes it felt way too forced. It's my first Kris Jacen read and I hope the future books will be more engaging.

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  • 03-31-22

Enjoyable short story

Bent Corners is a short sweet story about how Evan and Riley met.
This is a cute short story about two men who meet by chance and find an instant connection.
I loved the that most of the story takes place in a bookstore!
This is a cute, fun story and a quick listen.
Denver Stevens does a wonderful job of giving voice to the characters.

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Cute short story.

This is a cute short story about two men who meet by chance and find an instant connection. It mostly takes place in Riley’s uncle bookshop, which, to me, is as romantic as it can get.
The book is short, low-angst and enjoyable, but it maybe lacks a bit of depth on certain themes.

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enjoyable short story

Bent Corners is a short sweet story about how Evan and Riley met. Though it's family drama that ultimately brought Evan and Riley together; Riley looking after his uncle's bookstore and Evan looking after his yaya while his parents are away. Evan and Riley are really sweet together and good for each other. This is an enjoyable story and I'd love more from this world. Cousin Joey needs a story.
Narrator Denver Stevens does a marvelous job.

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  • 05-29-22

Choppy as hell

Riley has to cover for his uncle who is in the hospital after a heart attack and Evan has to care for his grandma while his parents are on a cruise celebrating their 30th anniversary. The two meet in the hospital and again in the uncle's book store where sparks fly. A typical romance that is read in such a way that I thought my player kept having issues but nope it's the way it was read; bad after school special with weird music in the background that doesn't help. The narrator does a really good bitchy female but the men are read like bad high school play.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 06-21-22

Good story, poor narration.

I love a good short story, especially when it’s an audiobook that I can listen to in a short evening. This story was good but the poor narration almost ruined it for me. I actually switched to reading the book because I just couldn’t continue to listen.

The narrator’s voice is pleasant but he needs to study his craft and maybe take some acting lessons. Good audiobook narration is acting and good narrators are performers. The pacing of the narration for this book was off in so many places it hurt to listen to it.

I hate leaving a less than positive review but I requested a code for this book and made a commitment to review it on Audible.

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  • Macbandit
  • 06-20-22

Needs to be longer

This is a really short story and with this size a lot is left out. I feel this is more like a sort of prologue. There is a lot of upsetting situations going on for both of the characters. Yet there is an instant attraction that they have to address. I feel there were a number of issues that just didn’t fit together or were left hanging. I think it would have been better if this had been expanded to fit in all that is left out. I feel the narrator, Denver Stevens did a great job.

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  • Reading to stay awake!
  • 04-01-22

Easy listening, cute story

This was a cute as you like story, read by a good enough narrator. His female voices weren't great but everything else was fine. I wasn't offended by anything but particularly liked the way they used music to introduce the chapters and an echo effect for when the characters were having inner monologue moments

I have no reasons why you wouldn't listen to this book if this is your genre xx

I received a copy of this audiobook from Gay Romance Reviews and provide my honest review voluntarily

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  • Trio
  • 03-31-22

Sweet Short Story

Bent Corners is my first book by Kris Jacen and I really enjoyed her writing style. Sweet relationships, and an erotic romantic interlude between the MCs. Very nicely done. Plus, how great is the name Bent Corners for a book shop?!

The audio version is performed by Denver Stevens. Another first for me. I liked the voices Mr. Stevens came up with for the characters, and he does a lovely job with the emotions. Well done.

an audiobook copy of Bent Corners was provided to me for the purpose of my honest review, all opinions are my own

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  • KBR
  • 03-29-22

Bent Corners

This is a cute, very quick listen. It’s hard to get full development from such a short story, but the author did well. I did feel a connection though I wish not so much happened off-screen. I’m hesitant to say much about the narration as I know it’s a me thing, but I struggled a bit here. Overall a decent speedy listen.

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  • HelenMK69
  • 03-27-22

Short story

Short story

This is a sweet but short story. In my opinion, it could have done with a few more chapters explaining sections and expanding the book. But it was a pleasant enough listen.

Bent Corners
By: Kris Jacen
Narrated by: Denver Stevens
Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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  • Ulrika
  • 03-25-22

Love in the bookstore

Riley and Evan meet by chance and feel instant attraction for each other that quickly turns into more. They do seem right for eachother and while we get to see them both have some family issues, this is ultimately a fairly fluffy short story about finding the one.

I wasn’t impressed with Denver Stevens’ narration. His intonation felt off to me and I disliked the small instances of backgroud music and the weird echoing sound that signified when someone thought something to themselves. He did however have a clear voice and it was easy to follow.

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  • AL
  • 03-25-22

Quick, but not entirely painless session

Story: A fun enough short story of mutual attraction. The side characters were fun.

Narration: The performance left a lot to be desired for in my taste. The voices were all over the place in terms of quality and consistency. But the female ones? No. Just a big, earsplitting, grating no.

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  • Tanya
  • 03-19-22

great short listen

loved the effects for inner dialog. loved the intro music and the story although short was great.

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