Falling for Max is the final tale from Whitford, Maine, and I have to say I’m sad my amazing run of fabulous audiobooks has come to a conclusion. I wasn’t sure I’d appreciate Max’s story, since both the hero (Max) and heroine, Tori, have always been background characters. But let me tell you, Max and Tori were a breath of fresh air! I loved their quirks, and their romance is both sweet and passionate!
Max Crawford is a fixture to the sports fans of Whitford - a bachelor with a big screen TV and large, leather couches, the men (and Katie Davis) of Whitford watch all the big games at Max’s place. But no one really knows Max. He’s an introvert who works from home and rarely goes into town. Then one day Max realizes he’s lonely, as decides it’s time to find a wife, so he heads to the Trailside Diner to meet more of the locals. Meanwhile, Tori Burns moved to Whitford after her parents put her squarely in the middle of their messy divorce. She works part time at the diner, where she befriends the newly sociable, yet highly awkward Max. Finding out his mission, Tori agrees to help Max find a wife.
Max and Tori are simply cute together. Each knows they want different things in life, but as they spend more time together “practicing” dating and eventually falling into bed together, they grow to be best friends and more. While Max recognizes the budding relationship for what it is, and will do what he needs to to bring Tori around, Tori lies to herself, trying to convince herself that they are only friends. Tori’s parents really messed her up, and her fears of a long-term relationship are justifiable.
While the romance is on the slow side, it is fitting. Watching their friendship grow and then develop into more is rewarding. Although at the 68% mark of the audiobook, I was more than ready for some action! But in the end, I really enjoyed Falling for Max. The story is about overcoming the past to allow love into the present. It was rewarding and sweet. Max and Tori are a perfect couple and I enjoyed their story more than I thought I would. I learned to love both characters and found them insanely adorable together.
Narration: A (see earlier reviews of this series for commentary on the narration)