Audiobook Review: Crimes of Passion by Jack Harbon


Emery Thompson hates Calvin Chamberlain. From the way he acts like he’s better than everyone to the way he moves through the world thinking his podcast is the cream of the crop, every little thing about the man gets to him. Even that dashing, oh-so-confident smile. He’d rather be caught dead than be around the man any longer than necessary—or admit that last part out loud.

Calvin Chamberlain hates admitting defeat. It’s hard enough losing sponsors for his historical crime podcast while obnoxious pop culture ones like Emery’s only gain more, so it’s a particularly cruel twist of fate when a late fan’s request for a collaboration with Emery lands in his lap. He’s in no position to turn down the plea, and with no way out, Calvin reluctantly agrees.

But keeping things purely professional turns out to be a challenge when these two make it to the studio. Their chemistry crackles through their microphones, and soon, their numbers begin to skyrocket. Can these two make a killing off what they once thought was a death sentence—and more importantly, will Calvin and Emery give into the heat of passion?


At the moment I am loving downloading a quick (and free) audiobook on Audible. I like to listen to them when designing my blog graphics, which is exactly what I did when listening to Crimes of Passion. 

Firstly this is a full-cast audiobook and we all know how much I love those. They are so much more immersive than just one narrator and it really allows the chemistry between characters to shine. 

This brings me to my next point of the chemistry between Emery and Calvin. I enjoyed the whole ‘I hate you and don’t want to be in the same room as you’ vibe they had going on. However, I don’t think this chemistry translated well to romance. I can see that Jack Harbon was going for the classic ‘enemies to lovers’ trope. Which I wouldn’t call this as it’s not like they’re trying to kill each other which is my standard for that trope. But anyway ‘dislike to lovers’ is what I’d call it. I get that was the vibe but for me, it was more like dislike to friendship. 

The romance just did not click for me. I liked their slightly flirty banter but it didn’t work past that point. Also, note my confusion when they start getting it on out of pretty much nowhere. It felt too forced to me.  

My favourite parts of this audiobook were when they were recording their podcasts. The dialogue flowed far better in these parts and it was actually very interesting. I’m not sure if the serial killers they were talking about were real, but it was pretty convincing if not. 

Crimes of Passion was probably one of the better Audible Originals I have listened to, but it still wasn’t a five-star read. I’m not convinced those exist if I’m being honest. Maybe someday I’ll find one. Anyway, I digress Crimes of Passion was entertaining and if you are into serial killer podcasts then you will most likely love this. It isn’t too romance heavy, despite it’s name so don’t go into it expecting too much. At just two hours long it’s such a quick listen that even if you don’t enjoy it, you haven’t lost much.

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