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Off the Record Audiobook

Off the Record: The Record, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

It all started with a question.…

When Liz Dougherty’s first reporting assignment for her North Carolina college newspaper finds her covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference, she has no idea how drastically her life is about to change. Senator Brady Maxwell may look the part with his devastating good looks and impeccable style, but his politics rub Liz the wrong way, and she’s not going to let him off easy.

Liz’s hardball question catches Brady off guard and shows her editor, Hayden Lane, that she’s headed places as journalist. But to Liz’s surprise, she’s also headed for a secret, high-stakes romance with Brady Maxwell that could destroy the careers they each hold dear.

Unsatisfied with sneaking around and realizing things with Hayden might not be strictly platonic, Liz faces a difficult decision: Should she take things with Brady to the next level or call the whole thing off? They soon discover that in love, unlike politics, there’s rarely a clear winner.

©2014 K. A. Linde (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    Osheta Los Angeles, CA , United States 03-23-14
    Osheta Los Angeles, CA , United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Not Even Worth $7"
    Would you try another book from K. A. Linde and/or Natalie Ross?

    Probably not. I think K.A. Linde is a good writer, she can describe steamy scenes well, but other than that, I found the story lacking in authentic connection between the main characters. She also relied on too many stereotypes the characters were all one dimensional. Natalie Ross is a good narrator, but I think her male voices sounded too similar.


    Would you ever listen to anything by K. A. Linde again?

    No. I really wanted to like this book. For the price and the length I gave the book so much more lead-way to impress me, but when I was indifferent about starting part two, I realized I really did not like this book and probably wouldn't like anything else by this author.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Natalie Ross?

    I think Jill Redfield would have been wonderful.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Off the Record?

    It wasn't a matter of too much, as much as not enough deep meaningful conversations between Liz and Brady, and that's' not the editor's job, it's the author's.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this book. I did, but I hated it. I felt Brady was just a spoiled brat on steroids, "I want political career, I want sex with Liz, I want it all on my terms. Give me now!" This is how I felt every time Brady talked about their relationship or every time he treated Liz like a booty call. I wish they had more public banter and love/hate dynamic prior to the first time having sex at the gala, that would have built tension and respect for the characters they they are both strong willed, intelligent people. A debate on campus where Liz is thrown in as the moderator and her bias happens to show through would have been a fun scene to see how they navigate this mutual respect, intense attraction, and the impossibility of truly being together. To me, they just seemed like two twenty-somethings looking for a summer fling. Brady visiting Liz to cuddle her when she was almost in a drunk-driving accident, wasn't enough to get me thinking Brady was worthy of her love. I think it would have been sweet if she tried to come on to him in her drunken stupor and he refused to have sex (thereby showing he cares about her as person and not a sexual outlet) but kept her talking to help her get over her shock from getting pulled over, watching her friend go to jail, and nearly dying. It would have showed some interest in her as a person and not an object. He doesn't even realize that she's a merit scholar until 10 hours into the book. Crazy! I wanted more conversations and romance between the two. Yes, yes, I get it they wanna tear jump each other like rabbits. Cool. Great love scene, but I have to ask, where is the love? At one point I started feeling sorry for Liz and wondered why there's even a contest between Hayden (her cute editor who respects Liz as a journalist and friend) and Brady, our super sexy spoiled brat. This book is not even worth the $7 I spent on it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Candyce 03-13-14
    Candyce 03-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I absolutely loved it!"
    What did you love best about Off the Record?

    I really enjoyed that it kept me guessing iOS thought the main character was going to do one thing and he would do something totally different and the ending was a huge surprise!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Off the Record?

    Many memories to just pick one I can tell you that I could not put the book down I didn't sleep at all I listen to offer the night I'm tired as can be but it was totally worth it. The lessons are great not too graphic not too many not too little it was an all-around fabulous read I'm really excited for the next installment to come out.


    What about Natalie Ross’s performance did you like?

    She is a fabulous narrator she can do the males voice is the female voices and doesn't have a problem switching back-and-forth she's a flawless narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think the last two minutes of the book is what hit me the most.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone likes romance should get this book, the price is fabulous you don't even have to use a credit and it's definitely worth the listen! I will definitely read/listen to this again and keep my eyes open for the next installment to come out!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lorrieane 03-27-14
    Lorrieane 03-27-14

    Lorrieane

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    "Duh, Awful!!!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A endng would have been great!


    What was most disappointing about K. A. Linde’s story?

    The end of the story to be continued, yikes, not worth the money.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Natalie Ross’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Would have never bought this book , don't waste your time!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 04-13-14
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 04-13-14

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "Anticipation, Sneaking Sex time made 4 Excitement"
    Any additional comments?

    Her first big reporting assignment for her North Carolina college newspaper has her covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference. Brady Maxwell may have everything it takes to be a politician - a winning pedigree, devastating good looks, a body made to wear suits - but his politics rub Liz the wrong way. When Liz’s hard-hitting question catches the upstart senator off-guard, it impresses Hayden Lane, Liz’s editor who feels she’s headed for a promising career as a reporter.

    But Liz is also headed into a secret romance with Brady that could destroy both their ambitions. Though he’s a bachelor, potential voters might frown on Brady cozening up to a reporter. And Liz isn't sure sneaking around is enough for her - especially when things between her and Hayden might be less platonic than she thought.

    I really enjoyed this story. It was packed with Heat and sneaky sex that kept the excitement up. Natalie Ross is one of my favorite narrators and she bought all the characters to life beautifully. :)

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 04-28-14
    Lia Sutton, Australia 04-28-14 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "4.5 Stars for the Senator and Liz!"

    Being an Aussie I don't know much about American politics but I loved the West Wing TV series and reading about Brady the politician in this book reminded me of that and kept me interested.

    Liz is a beautiful, career driven, very smart and opinionated journalism student who stumps Brady with a questions at a press conference.

    Brandy is as young hot as hell State Senator, good looking, confident, tall dark, handsome, dominant, who always appears calm and in control - until he meets Liz and this is where their story begins.

    Brady seeks Liz out after the press conference and offers her his number to call him. She doesn't but after a second meeting she relents and is swept away by this beautiful man. He sets all the rules about how this is going to play out and Liz agree - which is totally out of character for the rational and conservative girl she normally is.( Seriously I don't know whose brain wouldn't go to mush if Brady propositioned them).

    Their secret meetings for hot casual sex turn into a secret summer romance and they both realise they want more from this seemingly impossible relationship. Liz is conflicted so many times and I felt her hurt, pain and joy each step of the way. She wanted more than he could give and was prepared to let him go each time she thought that's what he was going to do. Brady wanted it all and and couldn't let her go despite seeing how much it was hurting Liz. Like I said IMPOSSIBLE!!!

    I liked the support characters in Hayden, Victoria , Chris and Clay, but Heather, Elliott and Calleigh not so much. I suspect that Hayden may play a bigger role in the next book and Calleigh is a snake in the grass but who knows.

    This book doesn't end on a cliff hanger but nothing is clear or resolved and leaves you with more questions than answers regarding their relationship and where it will go.

    I am really looking forward to reading the next book and hope that Liz and Brady get to spend more quality time together, get to know each other better and have more than just a few stolen moments as was the case here.

    I loved this book but, if you are looking for warm and fuzzy hearts and flowers read this isn't what you are going to get.

    Natalie Ross was outstanding with the delivery of thre story

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Puccipalace 06-02-16
    Puccipalace 06-02-16
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    "nice book"

    Overall good story and I look forward to reading the rest of the series soon.

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    Jennifer 04-17-16
    Jennifer 04-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Strong and Sexy"

    Daringly sexual, this book is full of angst, secret romance, and wit. At the start of this book, Liz Dougherty has had a thing for her editor, Hayden Lane, for the last two years. But at her first big reporting assignment, she stumbles into Brady Maxwell's line of sight and he won't let her go.

    "She couldn’t get enough, couldn’t breathe, couldn’t think. There was just Brady. She felt as if she was lost in a world of him, drowning in him, suffocating in him."

    Linde writes a powerful story, smart and sexy and daring the reader to want more. I love the fact that Liz is a strong, independent female character who isn't afraid to speak her mind. She's willing to push the envelope, willing to call the politicians out on their BS, even if that means writing in opposition of the man she's sleeping with. But in the end, will Brady choose Liz or his career?

    Loved the narrator too!

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    Ms. J. A. King 04-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Beware the cliffhanger!!"

    This story loses a star for not only ending with a cliffhanger, but a TOTALLY lame one at that. As in the author literally wrote "to be continued." to end the book. Seriously!? You made me listen to 12+ hours of angst and drama only to leave me with a completely unsatisfying "to be continued" AND then you want me to get through two more long ass books to find out if these two lovers can get their act together? Listen... I don't mind a good trilogy (or series even) but if the ending is of the cliffhanger variety I feel like it's still the author's responsibility to give the reader a complete (preferably good) ending. I don't think I'll be putting K. A. Linde on my repeat author list if this lazy ending is a typical example of her writing style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paula 01-18-16
    Paula 01-18-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Cliffhanger and the story...boriiiiiing"

    She lives too much in her head!!!!!
    It gets very boring, very slow and repetitive.
    I hate to let things unfinished so, I HAD to buy the second book but, I am done with this author...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "This is one of my favorite series!"

    I love how they fall in love and try to fight for their relationship but can not shake the obstacles in both their lives!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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