- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 5 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: J. Bengtsson
- Audible.com Release Date: April 25, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06ZXWLKRQ
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The Theory of Second Best: Cake Series, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Kyle, is the overshadowed brother and tour companion of the wildly popular singer Jake Macallister. He wasn't featured too much in the first book as he was off competing on a Survivor-like reality TV show. This is the story of that experience. I've watched a few seasons of Survivor myself and enjoyed the setting of the story. There are the typical players; the coach, the model, the nerd, the gay guy, the crazy older lady. But Kenzie is the sheltered, small town girl that he plays the game with. The story is a nice balance of game details without the mechanics of the reality show taking over completely. It was the setting. In the background. And I appreciated the focus being on the relationships between the players, especially Kyle and Kenzie. We do get some Jake and Casey in the beginning and in the end. I especially liked Kyle's POV of Cake's beginning at the wedding.
Is this book as good as Cake? Not sure. Close but probably not quite. Off by a smidge. It didn't have the emotional impact that came with Jake's early horrifying trauma. Kyle went through a bit of an an emotional rebirth but it couldn't be like Jake. If it had been, I'd be questioning the author's need for all her H's to have overwhelmingly horrible back stories! So the book was great. Lived up to my expectations and easily a happy 5 star read for me.
Second Best is technically a standalone, but I really think the story is much more enjoyable if you've read Cake first. There are a lot of details hinted at but not fully explained from Cake. Kyle and Kenzie's story takes place in the same timeline as Jake and Casey's -- it takes place during the filming of the reality show Kyle was off doing while Casey joined Jake on tour in Europe.
I loved being able to get inside Kyle's mind: The guilt he felt in regards to what happened when he and Jake were younger, why he hated being alone, how he really felt about living in his brother's shadow. The Survivor-type reality show setting definitely gives Kyle and Kenzie's meeting a different spin, and I liked that it wasn't instalove while they were on the island. In that respect, how long it takes him to realize what's in front of him is kind of perfect for slacker Kyle.
I can't wait to read Emma's story next.
Kenzie has been sister, mother, daughter, and manager for her entire family. She's worked harder than anyone her age should have to. Her efforts have kept her father and siblings going. But, she wants to see what life looks like outside of the tiny town she calls home. This reality game show will provide her with the perfect opportunity.
Kyle and Kenzie come together under the craziest of circumstances, but learn so much about each other and themselves. They're not perfect. They're flawed and damaged, naive and reckless. But, they're also sweet and silly, charming and funny and absolutely perfect for each other! The cast of quirky characters makes this book a humorous tale of self-discovery and sweet love. Andi Arndt and Zachary Webber deliver engaging performances that drive the story. This book is second in the series, but holds its own in all the very best ways!