"Good Morning Malibu, it’s another beautiful day on the west coast! I'm Noely Clark, your host: and I'm in the market for love…”
When the publicity team of the new local restaurant, Going in Blind, began their search for a hot, local celebrity to promote the wildly popular eatery, they couldn’t have found a better person than me.
Open to finding love? Check.
I signed up immediately.
A hopeless romantic with an exceedingly demanding schedule, I've found it impossible to find the man of my dreams—so Going in Blind seems too good to be true! That’s until they start setting me up on dates—three very different, very attractive, very distinct blind dates—and only one thing is for certain . . .
I’m in big trouble.
Good Morning Malibu,
I'm Noely Clark, and I have a choice to make.
The question is who will I choose; the suit, the rebel, or the jock.
I can honestly say that dating is rough, especially going on blind dates, relying on the few simple lines from a dating app to tell you who you may or may not be meeting. So, to say I was intrigued and excited to get my hands on this book after reading its description was an understatement!
As Ava Erickson voices Noely Clark, brilliantly, the story conveys all of the various emotions that go along with looking for “The One.”
As Noely faced the pitfalls, joys, nerves, and downright hilarity of some of the dating woes, I felt as though I was right along with her.
As a work of fiction, I enjoyed that she was able to meet three fantastic, yet drastically different men, part of me was a bit jealous because of her good fortune.
But, it was her commiserating with her bestie, Dylan that I think I like best about this book. Sure there were hot, swoon worthy moments between Noely and her suitors, but in life when you are out in the dating world, a girl really needs a best friend to stay by her side and download the day to day events with.
With the flirtatious, off the charts chemistry, and tender moments between her and each of her dates, this book had me completely bewildered; asking myself, “why can’t I live in a fictional world of dating?”
As Always, Happy Reading!
Dear Mister...**strike out** no, too formal.
Hey there sweet cheeks *strike out* no, too forward.
To whom it may concern,
Full disclosure; before we move forward with this email, I would like it to be known that I have consumed an adequate amount of alcoholic beverages to intoxicate myself tonight. Three margaritas, two shots, and one beer—because it was free.
I think it’s important to be open and honest with your co-workers, don’t you?
So here I am, being honest. Drunk but honest. Or just drunk with lust? You decide.
I like you so much it’s clouding my judgment and making me do things I never would sober. Like write this letter.
I have a hopeless, foolish, schoolgirl crush on you when you are the last person on earth I should be falling for. Did you know people around the office call you a sadist? An egomaniac. An insensitive, arrogant prick. Your bark is worse then your bite, and you don’t scare me. The fact is, I’d love that bite of yours to nip at my bare skin while we’re both wearing nothing but sheets.
For once I want you to look at me as more than one of your employees.
And as long as we're being honest, that navy blue suit you wear? With the crisp white shirt? It really makes me want to loosen your tie and show you who’s boss.
I am a longtime fan of books featuring the exchanges between two characters via correspondences, be it e-mail or text, in the beginning stages of a relationship. Listening to this book had me giggling, cringing at times, and even blushing a bit!
Tough guy and CEO, Rome, voiced by Alexander Cendese and Social Media and Marketing maven Peyton, narrated by Ava Erickson brought this story to life and played off each other beautifully; making this listener wish I could be a part of their world.
I was immediately absorbed with its witty, flirty banter, in confidential emails exchanged between the two characters, while their face to face interactions were less than desirable. While they seemed to loath one another in person, they secretly couldn’t stand to be away. They were characters that were real, down to earth, confident and relatable.
Most of us know that work crushes can be the best and the worst, especially when the object of your affection doesn’t know you exist. So, what could possibly go wrong when your crush finds out your true identity? Even more importantly, what happens when he is your boss? Well, that is for you to find out! I can guarantee you will enjoy every minute of it.
As Always, Happy Reading!
Wanted: Dating coach to help hot nerd win back the woman of his dreams...
Picture this - I’m ready to win back the love of my life, and I’m going big this time. We’re talking boom box, sing her name in the rain, let the whole damn neighborhood know I'm good and ready this time around. After all, if you're going to grand gesture the ever-loving hell out of a second chance, you need to pull out all the stops.
There’s only one little problem.
My college girlfriend isn't the one who shows up when I play my "I'll do anything to win you back" tune.
The woman who flings open the second-floor window tells me my ex doesn’t live here anymore. But she'll help me win her back. Anything for romance, anything for a guy so willing to go big for love. And that's what I want at first. Until I get to know my new “romance coach” and discover she’s funny, clever, and keeps me on my toes. And boy, do I ever need that.
Now I don't want to win anyone else’s heart. I want the woman who's been helping me all along.
Trouble is - she thinks I'm in love with someone else, and when we take off on a road trip, everything I think I know about women is about to be unzipped and turned inside out.
Completely spellbound by the seductive vocals of Joe Arden and Andi Arndt, I was hooked and pulled in right from the beginning of this story..... A story, which at first listen, I thought would be a typical rom-com; it truly and unexpectedly surprised me in the best ways possible.
Warm fuzzy sensations zipped through me as “Tom” and Finley worked together in the hopes of saving her comedy TV show and him to win back the affections of his former college love.
But, just like in real life, as the story progressed, the characters began to grow and change, each of them learning far more than they intended from the other, leading this listener on an adventure that my heart did not want to end.
Full of pop-culture references and tons of 80’s throwbacks this was one book I found myself charmed by. These are two of my favorite Lauren Blakely characters of all time. The comedic timing between Arden, “Tom” with his nerdy ways and the lovely comedy writer, Arndt who played Finley beautifully, just had a dynamic that was unmatched.
Heartfelt, warm and tender, with laugh out loud moments, I couldn’t get enough of the story I was listening to as it played out around me. I fell so hard for these two uniquely original characters that I didn't want the ride to end... If you want a fun rom-com with some unexpected depth, this is the book for you!
As Always, Happy Reading!
I didn't break her heart, and she didn't break mine -- we broke each other's.
I never stopped loving her, but time and distance played its cruel role in ripping us apart three years ago when she moved halfway around the world. Now after all those endless miles away, she's returned . . . but I'm not the guy I was before.
Beautiful, kind, and loving, she's the same -- my hope. The only one who can make a day better, who can make me feel again with one kiss, one touch, one night.
There's so much I have to put back in place now that I’m alone and on my own. Things I never wanted at the age of twenty-five. When I receive an unexpected letter that might hold the clues to everything I desperately need to understand about my family, I'm sure I have to follow it. But that means leaving her once more.
She says she'll come with me, and having her by my side will unbreak my heart . . . or destroy it.
That's the chance I have to take.
Heartbreak, loss, and the meaning of unconditional love, pulled at the strings of my heart while listening to the narration of this incredible novel performed by Joe Arden and Erin Mallon.
Through-out this emotionally raw and breathtaking story, I found that I had to take time to away for contemplation, as it brought up so many important issues about life and death.
Upon hearing the grief-stricken words during Arden’s performance and the learned more about the grief that Andrew was facing, I was in tears. I was soon comforted by the voice of Mallon, as she portrayed Holland, a former love interest to Andrew, and the only healthy balm left to help him cope with his pain.
Having been a long-time fan of Lauren’s I assumed that I would enjoy this story. However, this was unlike any other story that she has written before -- and I mean that in the best way possible.
I highly recommend this book, as it will show you another side of Lauren’s gifts as a writer, and take you on a cathartic journey you will not soon forget.
As Always, Happy Reading!
You act so high and mighty, you and your perfect pregnant wife Alayna. With your perfect child and your perfect home.
You weren’t always perfect. Your past is filled with misdeeds.
Does your wife know all your secrets?
Would she stand behind you if she did?
You think because she’s on bedrest you can protect her? How sweet.
Sleep tight, you two.
-An Old Friend.
Carly Robins and Jeremy York brought Fixed Forever to life and in a whole other and uniquely different way; from what merely reading the book had done for me.
I am not sure what I expected when I first began listening to the final book in the beloved, Fixed Series, by the multi-talented, Laurelin Paige. But, nothing had me prepared for the emotional roller-coaster that this book would take me on.
Over the course of many years, I began my own love affair with the heady relationship created between the often dysfunctional yet addictively lovable couple made up of the intoxicating love story of Alanya and Hudson.
We find the couple living a somewhat normal existence, having been married several years, up to their eyeballs from the responsibility of child-rearing, all while running multi-million dollar companies.
Listening to the characters and the emotion that they portrayed brought the book to another level of greatness. But, one thing still remains the same. While the couple may have evolved from the young couple we met in book one; there are still secrets and past hurts that could ruin everything.
This book was surprisingly intense and suspenseful. These events brought out an entirely new dimension to Alanya and Hudson’s relationship, which I had never seen before. While it was refreshing it also had me questioning things – like did they have what it took to go the distance?
This book confronted demons from the past and asked new questions of the lovebirds so many of us have become fond of over the years. I was left feeling incredibly satisfied and grateful for the experience I had in listening to this final book in the Fixed Series.
If you decided to read any of the series I highly suggest that you read each book as intended, you will not want to miss a single word of this masterpiece.
As Always, Happy Reading!
I’ll say this about Christian — he made one hell of a first impression.
When I first saw the strapping man, he was doing handstands naked on a dock along the canal. His crown jewels were far more entertaining than anything else I’d seen on the boat tour, so I did what any curious woman would do — I took his photo. I might have looked at the shot a few dozen times. Little did I know I’d meet him again, a year later, at a secret garden bar in the heart of the city, where I’d learn that his mind and his mouth were even more captivating. But given the way my heart had been trampled, I wanted only a simple deal — No strings. No expectations.
Our arrangement worked well enough until the day I needed a lot more from him…
Let me just say, this whole part-time lover thing was her idea. I’d have gone all-in from the start, but hey, when a gorgeous, brilliant woman invites you into her bed, and only her bed…well, I said yes.
But then, one hysterical phone call from my brother later, begging me to find myself a wife so grandfather’s business stays in the family, and I need a promotion with Elise. Turns out a full-time husband suits her needs too, and a temporary marriage of convenience ought to do the trick, until we can simply untie the knot…
As long as no one finds out…
As long as no one gets hurt…
As long as no one falls in love…
But our ending was one I never saw coming.
I felt so much with this book...it reminded me why I read romances. But, hearing this story told by the talented voices of, Grace Grant and Shane East, brought this story to another level!
Smells of sweet breads and candies; blossoming, vibrant colored flowers; and the soft light highlighting the beauty in the European cities our characters navigated throughout this story, held me captive from the beginning of this book until the very end. Hearing this all described by the voice of Elsie, Grace Grant, made it that much real in my mind.
Fate and the question of does fate exist is questioned and argued by, in my opinion, two of Lauren Blakely’s most marvelous characters to date - Elsie and Christian. I don’t want to take away one thing from this book by trying to describe the characters or the plot of the story. I want you to experience these characters for yourself.
The voice of Christian, Shane East, had my heart flutter from the moment he spoke. I was held captivated and had an almost intoxicating feeling as I listened to him speak to Elise throughout this story. He was so scrumptious that I would gladly listen to him read my grocery list any day of the week!
I have to be honest. It has been a long time since I was completely and utterly consumed by a romance story. Having just read this book, I didn’t think it could get any better, but I was wrong!
As I listened to this story, these narrators reignited the spark in me, the spark that had drew me to contemporary romance in the beginning. The passion I have for stories like these was reawakened and I felt rejuvenated and hopeful again and for the first time in a long time – that may be, like in our story, fate could play a role in all of our lives, leading us to our special someone.