Desserts to Pair With Audiobooks

The only thing better than enjoying your favorite dessert is pairing that sweet treat with the perfect listen. You’ll be surprised by the parallels between your audiobooks and your desserts: sometimes they’re rich and exciting, other times smooth and nostalgic.

Here are 5 perfect collaborations for your earbuds and tastebuds. Bon appétit and happy listening!

Dark Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Pair with Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey, narrated by Charlotte North

If you’re looking for something sugary and light, you probably won’t reach for dark chocolate. But when mixed with strawberries, dark chocolate creates a perfectly balanced bittersweetness, a lot like Love Her or Lose Her. This pairing isn’t for sweet-tooth romantics looking for a fairy-tale. Instead, you’ll find a story of imperfect love that is put to the test after 10 years of being together. Tessa Bailey writes about how the juicy excitement of early love can, over time, become hidden by a tough and bitter shell.

Publisher Summary:
New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey returns with a unique, sexy romantic comedy about a young married couple whose rocky relationship needs a serious renovation. Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be anyway.

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Tea and Cookies

Pair with Open Book, written and narrated by Jessica Simpson

If you’re in the mood to sip tea and binge on cookies, do we ever have the audiobook for you! Put on the kettle and grab your headphones, you’re listening to Jessica Simpson’s new memoir Open Book. In this tell-all memoir, Simpson shares her innermost thoughts and feelings in her own humorous voice. It’ll feel just like you’re catching up with an old friend over tea. Well… if your old friend was once one of the most talked-about woman in the world.

Publisher Summary:
America’s Sweetheart, preacher’s daughter, pop phenomenon, reality tv pioneer, and the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others, but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. Open Book is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, and humor to share things she’s never shared before.

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Cake

Pair with Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, narrated by Cassandra Campbell

Cake is a multifaceted dessert: you eat it at parties, at weddings, even at funerals. It’s the perfect dessert to represent big life events, sometimes bringing people together in celebration and sometimes eaten alone in sadness. When it comes to your audiobooks, cake is best enjoyed with a coming-of-age story that mirrors the hardships of real life. We recommend Dear Edward, a heartbreaking but unmissable story of life’s progression after an immeasurable loss. When the story gets sad, let the sweet taste of cake remind you of the happy times that life has to offer.

Publisher Summary:
One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them are a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured veteran returning from Afghanistan, a business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. Halfway across the country, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

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Apple Pie

Pair with The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes, narrated by Julia Whelan

Though apple pie is considered a long-standing symbol of American culture, the dessert surprisingly originated in England. What could be a better pairing for your warm slice of apple pie than The Giver of Stars, the tale of a woman who flees her mundane life in England to make her home in America? The story is rooted in American history, highlighting some of the most important themes of the time: courage, resourcefulness, and friendship. It will pull you in just like the inviting smell of a warm apple pie.

Publisher Summary:
Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England.  But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.

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Hot Fudge Sundae

Pair with The Call of the Wild by Jack London, narrated by Frank Muller

The ice cream sundae, drizzled with piping hot fudge and toppings of your choice, is a timeless dessert classic. Pairing well with this fan-favorite is The Call of the Wild, originally published in 1903 and beloved ever since. Just like your favorite sundae, the icy story is set in the inhospitably bitter cold with a warm and feel-good plot, full of friendship and adventure. Oh, and the cherry on top? The book’s main character is a resilient dog named Buck that you can’t help but adore.

Publisher Summary:
The story is set in the Yukon during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush-a period when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The novel’s central character is a dog named Buck, a domesticated dog living at a ranch in California as the story opens. Stolen from his home and sold into the brutal existence of an Alaskan sled dog, he reverts to atavistic traits.

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Not Your Granny’s Bodice Rippers! New Trends in Contemporary Romance Covers.

One of the many brilliant things about audiobooks is that you can listen to something without everyone knowing what you’re listening to. This is especially useful if you like to tell people that you only listen to business books, when you actually mostly listen to romantica. (Come on, we all do it).

I personally read and listen to lots of books in all different genres. For example, in the last couple of months I’ve listened to After by Anna Todd, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. But sometimes you can feel a little self-conscious if you’re on the bus reading a bodice-ripper, or the latest true crime with a gruesome cover, particularly if there are small children around. Plus, if you’re trying to zone out on your commute, people are less likely to start the “Whatcha reading?” conversation with you if you have your headphones on. (Introverts unite!).

That’s not to say that covers are not important, even for audiobooks. When searching for new listens on Audiobooks.com, it’s true to say that most of us are attracted to awesome summaries and beautiful covers. And here at Audiobooks.com we’ve certainly noticed a trend in super-cute romance covers that are definitely not your grandma’s bodice rippers or aga sagas. So whether you embrace your love for steamy romance, or want to hide your phone app far, far, away, we have some sexy, romantic, and fun listens for you, with some cute covers to boot!

Meet Cute by Helena Hunting, narrated by Teddy Hamilton, Holly Warren 

Imagine finally meeting your celebrity crush! Now imagine that you meet your celebrity crush by accidentally tripping over and falling on him. CRINGE.

Kailyn, a law student meets Daxton, an TV star-turned-law student, and after this embarrassing encounter they become fast friends…until a betrayal causes an abrupt end to their relationship.

Eight years later, Daxton is back in Kailyn’s life, and needs her help. Will they be able to get past their issues to work together…and maybe more?

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Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey, narrated by Charlotte North

Georgette’s family has a successful renovation business, but instead of doing that for a living, Georgie is *literally* a clown. She loves her job entertaining kids, but since “no one will date the clown” she decides to give herself a bit of a makeover.

Combine this with a flirtation with an ex-baseball player, and you’ve got a fun and adorable listen that will make you swoon!

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The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai, narrated by Summer Morton, Brian Pallino

Alisha Rai brings us The Right Swipe – a modern romance story for the Tinder generation.

Rhiannon Hunter is driven and strong in her career as a dating app creator, and uses the same cut-throat techniques for her dating life. However, things change when she meets Samson, who breaks her heart, and disappears. Will she give him a second chance?

This romance novel is part of Rai ‘s modern love series, and features strong women, diverse characters, and feminist themes. This is as much a book about a successful woman, as it is about romance.

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If We’re not Married by Thirty by Anna Bell, narrated by Rebecca Courtney 

Are you one of those people who made a deal with a friend (jokingly, of course) that if you weren’t married by a certain age, you’d marry them? In this cute story, Lydia is thirty and single. On vacation, she bumps into her childhood friend, who she’s always had a crush on, and they soon enter into a passionate holiday romance. Years ago they made a pact that if they were still single when they turned thirty they would get married. But no one really follows through on these pacts . . . right? Could Lydia’s back-up really be the one?

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Red, White and Royal Blue By Casey Mcquiston, narrated by Ramon De Ocampo 

I love romance novels, and I LOVE the Royal family, so I was drawn, not just to the beautiful and fun cover, but also to the cute and fun subject matter, and the fact it’s a LGBTQ+ read.

The US President’s son, Alex, has a fun and exciting “job” as an international socialite and “millennial ambassador.” However, one less than fun element of the job is having to maintain a fake friendship with his long-term nemesis – and member of the British royal family – Prince Henry.

However, the more time they spend together, the more Alex realizes that Henry isn’t as bad as he originally thought, and soon enough they find themselves hurtling into a secret romance that could derail Alex’s mom’s re-election campaign, and upend two nations!

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The Bride Test by Helen Hoang, narrated by Emily Woo Zeller

This is not the first time I’ve raved about Helen Hoang. She creates such great and believable neurodiverse characters.

Following the amazing (and also cute-covered) Kiss Quotient, The Bride Test follows Khai, (Quan’s brother in The Kiss Quotient), who has autism, and steadfastly avoids relationships. His very traditional mother is desperate for him to get married, so she takes matters into her own hands, and goes to Vietnam to get him a bride.

Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When she gets a chance to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down. But seducing Khai is not as easy as she thought it would be….

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The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory, narrated by Janina Edwards 

You know a book is good when Reese Witherspoon picks it for her book club. Carrying on from The Wedding Date and The Proposal (A Hello Sunshine Pick!), The Wedding Party centers in on Maddie and Theo who are arch enemies with two things in common: 1) Alexa is their best friend, and 2) they hate each other.

However, after an “Oops! We made a mistake!” night together, they can’t stop thinking about each other. Helping plan Alexa’s wedding means they have to spend a LOT of time together, which causes tension…and passion.

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