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Hard Rock Arrangement: The Lonely Kings, #1 | [Ava Lore]

Hard Rock Arrangement: The Lonely Kings, #1

Chronic loser Rebecca Alton is penniless, homeless, and sleeping on her sister’s couch. She needs a job, fast, but in this economy finding one is easier said than done. When she accidentally walks into the wrong office and finds herself auditioning for the role of fake girlfriend and very real babysitter to Carter Hudson, the out-of-control lead guitarist of an up and coming rock band, can she pull it off? And considering who her boss would be - Carter's brother and the band’s bassist, manager, and undisputed king of bad attitudes Kent Hudson - would she even want the job?
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Publisher's Summary

Contains mature content. 17+ only!

Please note! Portions of this audiobook have previously appeared in the serial novel Rock Arrangement.

Chronic loser Rebecca Alton is penniless, homeless, and sleeping on her sister’s couch. She needs a job, fast, but in this economy finding one is easier said than done. When she accidentally walks into the wrong office and finds herself auditioning for the role of fake girlfriend and very real babysitter to Carter Hudson, the out-of-control lead guitarist of an up and coming rock band, can she pull it off? And considering who her boss would be - Carter's brother and the band’s bassist, manager, and undisputed king of bad attitudes Kent Hudson - would she even want the job?

Rebecca isn’t sure. In fact, she’s not sure of much in her life, except three things: Kent wants her, she wants him back, and the underlying animal attraction between them may be too white-hot to keep under wraps.

©2013 Ava Lore (P)2014 Ava Lore

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    Avid listener 04-08-14

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    "Shocking narration!"
    Any additional comments?

    I should have paid heed to the reviewers who warned about the bad performance of this book, instead, I was swayed by the reviews which were complimentary of the performance and the positive reviews of the story. I am normally quite a tolerant listener and accepting of various performance styles but this performance had no redeeming features. Listening to this performance was like listening to nails being continuously scraped along a blackboard. I only persevered after I found that increasing the speed made listening tolerable; that's the only way that I could finish the story. Otherwise the story and characters were quite entertaining once you found a way around their mangled voices. The performer manages to sound both monotonic and overly expressive by spitting out and gargling words without respect to proper phrasing, timing or expression. The inventive or unorthodox stress on the wrong syllables in the words in the text is astounding.
    Sorry if that sounds harsh but such is the frustration that this performance evoked in me.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Eagle River, Alaska 03-14-14
    Tara Eagle River, Alaska 03-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Hot Rockers that the Narrator Killed!"

    This book had so much potential. I really liked the storyline and the characters. I think it was well written and could have been up there with Olivia Cunning but the narrator Crystal Sershen killed it. She draws out all the endings in her words and her male voices sounded painful not sexy. If this book was narrated by another author, it would have been much better. I would listen to this author again as long as the narrator is changed. Rebecca was funny and quirky and I loved her cleaning OCD moments. Carter is funny and immature and Kent is stern and authoritative. I think the chemistry was great and the plot twists with ex-lovers was awesome. This was not just about a rocker on tour and that made for interesting reading. I don’t want to give any storyline away but the scene with Jason in the hotel was great and so deserved. LMAO. Please, Please, Please get another narrator. Happy I took the chance because the story was good.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 02-21-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2010

    bookworm

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    "I JUST DIDN'T WANT IT TO END"

    I hadn't heard of this Author before but I liked the Summary (and the hot picture too!!) so took a chance.... and boy did it pay off. It captured me from the 1st paragraph, consumed me as it took me on Rebecca's riveting journey and then left me craving more more more.

    Rebecca's been through Hell, her ex sucked the life out of her and gave her a bad reputation too, she's broke and had to move in with her Sister and all she can do now is obsessively clean clean clean but her Sister's had enough and sends her on interviews... for a Cleaner's job. It's at one such interview that she meets Kent, a handsome, hot, charismatic Alpha who's bossy, hard, ruthless and tattooed and when their eyes meet time stands still and she's about to have her world rocked (lucky lucky girl).

    This isn't a 'sex, drugs and rock n roll' type of book, although there was a scene describing the aftermath of one such party mentioned early on in the book, nor is it just about two people's instant attraction, their sizzling chemistry and the building passions that had to be denied but, like a volcano it eventually erupts, resulting in some hot, frantic sex scenes and a tender sweet love story. No, this listen has soooo much more, it's a great story about interesting characters with witty inner dialogue, humor, friendship, support and love because, when the chips are down and blackmail looms, Rebecca finally has someone to trust and people who care.

    Worth a credit? It was so well-written and described that I felt I was there witnessing each scene as it happened and I was eager for the HEA but very reluctant to get there because then their emotional touching story, and the book, would be over. YES worth the credit and the dishevelled tired reflection looking back from my mirror who's shaking her head saying "another 3 am finish - will you ever learn?" Well my answer is "with books like this then nope never!"

    21 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Jonna 04-14-14
    Jonna 04-14-14

    I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.

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    "Lots of humor, Hot sex,and a touching story,"

    I was captivated right from the beginning with this heroine and her story. It starts with an interesting character and an energy that I have found missing from so many of these modern "bad boy" romances. There's plenty of the hot and graphic sex that one comes to expect from these modern stories, but Carter Husdon and Rebecca Alton are interesting individuals who who engage in humorous and witty dialogue. The story begins with a classic misunderstanding as Rebecca goes to the wrong room to apply for what she thinks is a maid's job but which really is the PA tor Carter, lead guitarist to an up and coming rock band. As Rebecca looks around the room and compares her tube top and shabby jacket with the dark suits of other candidates, she realizes she's in trouble, and thus the humor begins. Carter's interview with these candidates is a riot. The two are immediately drawn to each other, and Rebecca proves herself to be an important source of help and inspiration to the whole band. When trouble arises for Rebecca, she finds out how the band and Carter really feel about her. Look for the song that Carter writes for Rebecca...gorgeous.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 02-19-14
    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2012

    It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.

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    "Funny! Charming!!"
    Where does Hard Rock Arrangement rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like this book. The love story was charming and their were funny characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Rebecca, she was funny and cute. Sonia was great! She was so straight up!


    What does Crystal Sershen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Crystal was great, it was how she was able to act out each character to bring them to life!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    When Rebecca and Carter on bonded and when Rebecca told her story. The funny part was when in the beginning when she was looking for the job interview. Also, when Rebecca got high in the van. The other scene when they were filming their music video Rebecca and Kent romantic scene.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for #2!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 09-11-14
    Jessica 09-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator is awful"
    Would you try another book from Ava Lore and/or Crystal Sershen?

    The writer yes the narrator no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She was the worse I have heard and I read a book a day on average


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 04-14-14
    Karen 04-14-14

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "Determination wins all"
    If you could sum up Hard Rock Arrangement in three words, what would they be?

    creative, hot, H.E.A.E


    What other book might you compare Hard Rock Arrangement to and why?

    Actually, this story was erotica and core romance combined with a good old fashion ending. I liked this story as it was not dark as so many FSOG spin offs can be.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I purchased before the bad reviews on reader came out. I decided to listen to a couple of chapters and finished the book in one setting. Reader does poor male voices, if male at all, but the author's choice of content and cadence balanced it out. Reader's female voice was Ok, good in fact, and I caught a few words which made me suspect this reader's AKA/other performances. How a reader can make male and female voice enjoyable ie Karen White, Natalie Ross, Gabra Zackman, and of course the late great Ms Anna Fields is so hard to find. As the other reviewers said, no to this author if same reader on other stories. BUT this one should not be missed.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It left me with a good old fashion good feeling when I finished. For a hard rock story, it was not dark, but creative for a change...a fairly simple listen with a happy ending


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cassandra Coahoma, TX, United States 02-26-14
    Cassandra Coahoma, TX, United States 02-26-14
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    "Could have been better!"
    Would you try another book from Ava Lore and/or Crystal Sershen?

    I would try another book from Ava Lore but not if it is narrated by Crystal Sershen.


    What didn’t you like about Crystal Sershen’s performance?

    Her voice was the same mono tone voice and when she read the man part she sounded like a witch. She is not very good with this type of book. Maybe an old world southern book.


    Was Hard Rock Arrangement worth the listening time?

    If it was read by a different narrated, I feel it would have been. Was not able to finish the book. Felt like I was listing to someone that I should feel sorry for.


    Any additional comments?

    Change narraters then put it back out there!

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kimber Choffski Lancaster, Pennsylvania 11-07-14
    Kimber Choffski Lancaster, Pennsylvania 11-07-14 Member Since 2011

    Kimber

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    "Great story, terrible narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hard Rock Arrangement to be better than the print version?

    no. Quite the opposite.


    What did you like best about this story?

    it was fun, engaging and fast paced. My hour commute flew by!


    How could the performance have been better?

    a less "Siri" sounding narrator. How can a pretentious and robotic voice be used to depict a rock and roll bartender, rockstar girlfriend. I almost quit listening 2 chapters in because of the narrator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    FeeAnn Houston, TX, United States 10-09-14
    FeeAnn Houston, TX, United States 10-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator was horrible"
    Would you try another book from Ava Lore and/or Crystal Sershen?

    I will continue to read Ava Lore books she is a fantastic author but Crystal Sershen no never. Crystal is not a good narrator where there is a need for a male voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Rock Arrangement?

    When Rebecca I finally opened her eyes and stood up for herself


    What didn’t you like about Crystal Sershen’s performance?

    Her voice of the men were horrible She sounded like a nasal winey kid.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was so bad I finished book 1 reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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