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False Start Audiobook

False Start: An Assignment: Romance Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Mattie Ross is probably the last person who should be doling out good counsel to anyone about anything. Still smarting after being left at the altar two years earlier, she is strapped with debt, has sworn off men, routinely buries herself in her work, and despite her well-proportioned figure remains haunted by childhood taunts of "Fatty Mattie". But to her publisher at the Chicago Gazette, and listeners, she is their latest advice columnist, The Plate Spinner, a self-assured working parent to adorable fake children and multi-tasking savant. Enter Nick Derosa, the twin brother of Mattie's cold-footed fiance, who is trying to get back on his feet after his brother steals his identity and implicates him in an illegal investment scheme. But thanks to Nick's legendary running career, the publisher of the Chicago Gazette proposes a wager: If Nick can train an out-of-shape working parent in time to compete in the Chicago Marathon, he will contribute enough to help Nick launch his own non-profit running club for kids. Suddenly "Fatty Mattie" and Nick are thrust together as the most unlikely of pairs and under a deadline to put their trust issues aside and avoid another false start in their lives.

©2014 Barbara Valentin (P)2016 Barbara Valentin

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    sandra 11-18-16
    sandra 11-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Funny and easy to read"
    If you could sum up False Start in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, cute, and entertaining


    Have you listened to any of Wendy Rich Stetson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not yet, but I really like Wendy Rich Stetson’s performance in this book. The narrator is perfect and enjoyable to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I want to, but I don't have enough time for that. This book is 7 hours long!


    Any additional comments?

    I like this book because this is not a steamy romance novel. I prefer a funny and uplifting book like this, perfect book to read before go to bed and help my mind separate my sleep time from the stresses of my daily life.The characters are pretty likable. I'll definitely check out more of her books. I've recommended this audiobook if you like simple sweet romance kind of book. One more thing about this book, it motivates me to exercise which is a good thing. It was a great read!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J and M 11-18-16
    J and M 11-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Thoughtful and reflective"

    This was a really inner thought provoking book. It started off slow for me. But, then it hit it's stride. (Pun intended). This is not a steamy romance, though it does have an element of romance. This book is more about soul searching, finding inner strength. It sort of deals with overcoming self-doubt and hardships that almost everyone can relate to.

    Nick and Maddy were very well developed characters that fought through difficulties life threw their way. They didn't come out unscathed, but they kept moving forward with maybe a few fits and starts. And, yet, this book is not highly emotional either. The book maintains enough of a light-hearted balance that keeps you from having intense emotional hills and valleys. I found it more reflective.

    Lastly, specifically to the working out, eating right, etc. this book for me was right on time. Seasons are changing, it's getting cold, and I'd been struggling to try and stick to my regular workout routine. I was also having a love affair with pastries with my coffee. I'd hit a wall or was in a workout slump. And, listening to Maddie struggle, who was just starting her fitness journey, made me feel better about my own current struggle and pulled me right out of my slump. I listened while I worked out which kept me going.

    Lastly, I am a huge Wendy Rich Stetson fan. She just always captures the essence of the characters. Maddie and Nick were already written great. Then, Wendy comes along and literally breathes life into them. Even the side characters are great. Really great story that will leave you feeling good at the end.

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    Christy D 11-14-16
    Christy D 11-14-16
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    This is a great, positive and uplifting book. It was so nice seeing them both learn to believe in them selves and get justice. This is a book that leaves you feeling great when it's over. Wonderful narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mercy Boujarwah Pittsburgh, PA United States 12-03-16
    Mercy Boujarwah Pittsburgh, PA United States 12-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Surprisingly Good!"

    I didn't have very high expectations of this book. I am a bit of a cynic about all the 5 star reviews I read but this book surprised me. It was well written, and maintained my attention throughout. The narrator was also very good. Will look forward to more books by Barbara Valentin!

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    Terri C. 12-01-16
    Terri C. 12-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This kept me listening!"

    This book is based on challenges. Although it's not legal to tell an employee that their bonus and promotion are based on training for a marathon, Ms. Valentin makes it work for this book. Mattie is desperate and says she'll do it, even though the trainer is the twin of the man who stood her up at the altar and the one she blames for it. Mattie is a woman who eats her sorrows away, so Nick has some major life style changes in store for her.
    Nick has his own issues (also tied to his brother) and is trying to break free of the past and desperately needs the money he will get for training Mattie. He's also attracted to Mattie. In training her, Nick helps her transform not only her body, but her self-esteem as well.Along the (jogging) path, Mattie learns that most of what she thought of Nick may be incorrect. Can she let go of her hurt enough to let Nick into her life as more than her coach?
    The narration by Wendy Rich Stetson was right on, as always.

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    CrazyBookNerd 11-21-16 Member Since 2015

    I love to read romance books.

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    "Sweet Feel Good Romance"

    False Start by Barbara Valentin (Audio Edition)
    Narrated by: Wendy Rich Stetson
    Assignment: Romance #1

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I quite enjoyed this story, and it left me with a warm and fuzzy feeling. I listened to it pretty much all in one go, with exceptions for a few short pauses here and there. I felt the chemistry between Nick and Mattie right away which was great and I enjoyed watching Mattie change her outlook on life and herself for the better. The story was well written, the romance was sweet, there were some amusing bits and the characters felt true and honest. I had the thought after reading it that this could have easily been a true story. I have not read this author before, but I will check out her back list.

    Wendy Rich Stetson delivered her narration well. She had a few different character voices, which made it enjoyable and easy to listen to.

    * I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. *

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 11-28-16
    Melissa 11-28-16 Member Since 2016

    I love reading! I also love looking for mistakes in what I'm reading.

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    What would have made False Start better?

    I'm not sure. The story just seemed to drag on and on with nothing really happening. Boy and Girl reconnect, he trains her to race, they fall in love (I guess), the end. I was bored and had to force myself to finish to the end.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Either Kistishi Island by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, Shades by Joelle Steele, or War of the Witch by Angel Haze. Obviously something different.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Wendy Rich Stetson’s performances?

    This was the first time I’d listened to this narrator and I wasn’t a fan. While other reviewers state that they liked her different character voices and whatnot, I feel she has this condescending/news caster/bored kind of voice that I found really distracting and there really wasn't much of a difference between the female character voices and those of the men.


    What character would you cut from False Start?

    Considering I didn't like the story and after thinking about this question for a bit, I'd have say I don't know. I didn't feel there were any characters that really stood out, they all just blended together.


    Any additional comments?

    The most important question for Maddie: Why in the world did she stay with Eddie and want to marry him if he never wanted to have sex with her?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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