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  • Dominate

  • Harris Brothers, Book 5
  • By: Amy Daws
  • Narrated by: Will Watt, Piper Goodeve, Charlotte Cole
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 120

After the harrowing attack against Gareth and Sloan, there are more than just physical wounds that must be healed. Recovering and moving on from their dark pasts is the only way they can truly find their bright futures. Who will surrender? And who will dominate?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  • By Cyndi on 08-18-18

5 Gareth Gets His HEA Stars!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Just like Surrender I read Dominate prior to listening to the magnificence of Mr. Watt, Ms. Goodeve and Ms. Cole's narration. I KNEW what was going to happen, nonetheless there were main times in this audiobook that I shed more than a few tears. Having certain scenes brought to life via the narration just about broke me. There isn't anything about this book or audiobook that I didn't love...

This book is EVERYTHING I wanted for Gareth and the Harris Clan. I love how the storylines are all melded together and bringing resolution/closure/completion for so many things in their lives.

I love how Gareth loves Sloan and Sophia. It's beautiful in its intensity and truthfulness and pureness. The heat between Sloan and Gareth is OFF THE EFFING CHARTS HOT!!! their give and take in the bedroom is a true partnership. Letting Sloan have some of the control is really quite alpha of him because he knows it's what she needs given everything that went on with the rest of her life.

This duet is by far my favorite of ANY books you've written. You've done Gareth proud!!!

#Surrender #Dominate #AmyDaws #GarethHarris #BallsDeep #HarrisBrothers #FinalBrother #SportsRomance #AllTheFeels #TheOldestBrotherGetsHisHEA #TheFinalHarrisBrotherDuet #SheChangedHisDreams #GarethAndSloan #GarethIsMINE #IClaimedHimInFebruary #MUSTLISTEN

  • Surrender

  • Harris Brothers, Book 4
  • By: Amy Daws
  • Narrated by: Will Watt, Piper Goodeve, Charlotte Cole
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 163

Gareth Harris is Manchester United's reclusive star defender. He has control over all aspects of his life. But a lifetime of supporting his siblings and filling in for an emotionally absent father has taken its toll. Sloan Montgomery is a clothing stylist whose world was turned upside down when she found herself pregnant and moving to Manchester with a man who was never supposed to be her forever. Now recently divorced and struggling with shared custody of her daughter, control is a fleeting concept for this American living in England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  • By Cyndi on 08-17-18

5 What a Cliffie Ending Stars!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-18

In full disclosure, I read this book when it was released and loved it so much! So when I heard it was releasing in duet style narration with two of my favorite narrators, Will Watt and Piper Goodeve with a little Charlotte Cole thrown in, I just knew I was going to love the audiobook....and I'm happy to say I was right!!! Listening to Gareth and Sloan coming to life through the narrators was a wonderful listening experience. They managed to capture all the nuances of these characters and took me across the pond and to Manchester while listening!!

And if you’re a fan of Ms. Daws then you know Gareth Harris’s book has been a long time in the coming. We first met this oldest Harris brother in One Moment and literally from that moment I’ve been hankering for his story. As the oldest of the Harris siblings, he is the holder of so many secrets. He’s also been the one that has been there for everyone while growing up putting his own needs aside…except for when it comes to being on the Pitch. He took control of his footy career by changing teams several years ago, much to the chagrin of his father.

In this first book of this duet, we meet the beautiful, talented and single mom Sloan. She happens to be Gareth’s personal shopper/dresser and they’ve known each other for about three years. There’s been something lurking under the surface between them this entire time. And for reasons that nearly broke my heart, Sloan has not had the freedom to pursue any type of romantic relationship until recently and even now, she’s reluctant. BUT she’s got a douche of an ex-husband that at times I literally wanted to junk-punch!!

Well, when Gareth and Sloan finally give into their burning chemistry, they’re on FIRE!!! Together they’re so much better than apart. However, Sloan is very protective of her beautiful little girl Sophia and for good reason. So this is the area that Sloan holds back in and I could feel her warring with herself on how much she wants to move on with her life, but not risk anything that has to do with Sophia….oh there’s a story there and if you’re like me, you’ll be shaking your fist and cursing a lot at Callum and his mother!!

Not only do we get the making of a beautiful, hot and sexy love story, but we get some beautiful lookbacks from when our H was a child going through the unthinkable with his mother. I’m not ashamed to admit I cried on more than one occasion. Because we get these snippets we start to get some clarity as to the how’s and why’s of the Harris clan growing up.

This book is so beautifully written by Ms. Daws. I can feel her heart and soul in this book. While I’ve been looking forward to it, I’ve also been dreading it because it’s the end of an era with the Harris brothers. But don’t get fooled into thinking there aren’t surprises in this book…because OH SNAP!!!! There are some that will literally have your mouth hanging open AND saying “WTF????”

Thankfully Dominate releases pretty quickly after Surrender so we’ll get ALL THE ANSWERS!!!

#Surrender #Dominate #AmyDaws #GarethHarris #BallsDeep #HarrisBrothers #FinalBrother #SportsRomance #AllTheFeels #CoverReveal #TheOldestBrotherGetsHisHEA #TheFinalHarrisBrotherDuet #SheChangedHisDreams #GarethAndSloan #GarethIsMINE #IClaimedHimInFebruary #MUSTLISTEN

  • Unbreak My Heart

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Experience all the feels in this unforgettable second-chance standalone romance from number-one New York Times best-seller Lauren Blakely! 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth all the feels, the tears and the ride!! Wow!

  • By Patricia Villali Koett on 08-15-18

5 Unbreakable Stars

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-18

AAAHHHH this book has been made so much more emotional for me all due to the spectacular, emotional, heartfelt and amazing narration of Joe Arden and Erin Mallon! I read this book and when I saw it available in audible I was a little tentative because I knew if I cried while reading it, listening to it would probably be the same....yeah, it was so much worse than the cry I had while reading it...all in a good way. This goes to show how important narrator choice is for audiobooks. Mr. Arden and Ms. Mallon NAILED these characters. I completely lost myself in the story, to the point that I almost missed my turn while driving.

I know there are some out there that if they've read a book wouldn't necessarily listen to it too. I'm here to tell you, that even if you know the story and how it's going to end, hearing it and living it because of the emotions the narrators allow us to experience, just brings an entirely new appreciation for the beauty of Ms. Blakely's words! Below is the review I wrote after I read the book which expands on why I LOVED this books SO MUCH!!!

For the first time in as long as I can remember, Lauren Blakely has made me cry while reading one of her books. I say this with so much respect and admiration for her words. Why you ask, because when I pick up a book written by Ms. Blakely for the most part I know I’m going to be laughing and swooning and fanning myself with the heat she’s so phenomenal at creating between her characters. But with Holland and Andrew it was a completely different experience.

The opening alone of this book had my heart hurting for Andrew. This man is really so broken and everyone around him wants to help him, but he’s so engrossed in his despair, there’s really only one person that he wants and that’s Holland. But even with her, he’s not being his true self…he has secrets that could destroy what he so badly desires with this woman.

This book is so beautifully written. The angst of our H/h was so palpable, I could feel it in every fiber of my being. My heart was so heavy with how much I connected with Andrew and Holland. I could feel every shudder of Andrew’s grief and every nuance of Holland’s love for this man.

The way their story progresses was so natural and beautiful, while also being heartbreaking at times in its path to their second chance. They definitely had some obstacles in their way but leave it to Ms. Blakely to be able to bring us to our lowest point in this story as they fought their way to finding the love they so very much needed, deserved and desired. She is a master storyteller and has proven once again with this book that my passion and need for her words are not only justified but a part of my being who I am as a reader and lover of books.

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  • Taming Him

  • Bishop Brothers series, Book 1
  • By: Kennedy Fox
  • Narrated by: Savannah Peachwood, Aiden Snow
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Alex Bishop is your typical cowboy. Charming, sexy, and wears a panty-melting smirk. Working on the ranch helped build his solid eight-pack and smoking body. He's every girl's wet fantasy and he knows it too. Alex doesn't follow the rules of your typical playboy bachelor. After wining and dining his dates and giving them the best night of their lives, he always sends flowers and calls the next day - even if it's to say, let's just be friends. His mama taught him manners after all and his southern blood knows how to be a gentleman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Pavlina Read more sleep less blog on 07-21-18

5 Stealing His Heart Stars!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-18

I had the pleasure of reading this book when it was released and LOVED it so much that I decided to listen to it when the audio was released. Ms. Peachwood and Mr. Snow NAILED the characters and brought an entirely new enjoyment to this book.

Well, they've done it again. This book is an outstanding start to a new series by the duo known as Kennedy Fox. And this time we get cowboys with tight jeans and oh my goodness I was captivated the moment I started this book.

It starts off with a Prologue that almost broke me. I wasn't expecting it that's for sure, and it totally sets the tone of who River is and the whys of how she lives her life. My heart literally hurt for her and I absolutely cried.

For all intents and purposes River and Alex should have never met, but when they both end up in Key West for two weeks of fun in the sun and hopefully some sexy times between the sheets, and while there's an initial attraction between them, she has no patience for Alex's cheesy pickup lines. But one day, when River comes to the aid of Alex and his best friend Dylan they just can't fight their crazy chemistry.

"Alex looks at me with so much fire in his eyes, it almost burns my skin."

And so begins two weeks of some of the best and sexiest weeks either of them have ever experienced. And what was supposed to be a friends with benefits kind of thing, real feelings begin to be felt. I could feel how our H/h felt for each other. They've both had such a rough go round in the romance arena so to find someone that they connected with on a visceral level was beautiful.

Fast forward a few months and River has come to Texas to see Alex and she's got a surprise for him! I absolutely LOVED how he didn't question her and how he was not afraid to admit his feelings this time. This book had so much levity while also being dirty and sexy at the same time. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't just them jumping back in bed together. I admired Alex so much more because he was willing to do whatever it takes to make this work.

Along the way we meet the entire Bishop family and all their dynamics. And when the Bishop boys are involved you know there's soon to be some raucous fun! The fact that this family opens their arms to River, after a rough start, made me fall in love with all the Bishops. It's clear who runs this family and it's not who you think it is!

In the end, this book is exactly what I was hoping it was going to be. Kennedy Fox knows how to deliver a book with a punch that drew me, had me simmering and then gave me all the emotions plus some.

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  • Part-Time Lover

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Shane East, Grace Grant
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

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.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A SWEET ENJOYABLE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 06-04-18

5 It’s So Much More than Fun and Games Stars!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

By now you’re aware of how much I love Ms. Blakely and all her books. I mean how can I not love her stories? They’re funny, smart, sometimes quirky, sexy and oh so swoony!!! And this is why even after I've read the book, I gravitate towards her ebooks because it brings her stories to life in an entirely new way. This book is no different. Mr. East and Ms. Grant are fabulous in their roles as Christian and Elise...I swooned all over again while absorbing their words!

Elise and Christian were never meant to be. She’s an American living in Paris visiting Copenhagen for a long weekend, and he’s a Brit living in Copenhagen after an early retirement and he has a love of doing handstands on the dock outside his home….buck naked!!! And this is how our H/h meet….sort of…

Through a miscommunication they don’t meet up before leaving Denmark, but make that connection when he ends up in Paris and the attraction that Elise thought would be there is sizzling hot so they make an arrangement to be “part-time lovers.” But there’s so much more to their connection. The problem is that neither wants to admit it to the other for fear of getting hurt.

Things become a little more complicated when Christian convinces Elise to marry him to save his family’s business. So what starts out as fun and sexy times, becomes a love that neither of them was expecting….
“Elise sneaked up on me. I thought we were only fun and games when we started, but then, unexpectedly, she took my heart. She can keep it. She’s the only one who gets to have it.”
Having the pleasure of seeing these two weave their way to a great love story was such a joy. They definitely keep each other on their toes and as things progress there are some things said that could potentially end their love story. But we all know Ms. Blakely wouldn’t do that to us.

There’s nothing about this book I didn’t love. Once again, Ms. Blakely has delivered a story that is one that I connected with immediately. It’s setting allows us to see get glimpses of a couple of my favorite characters and makes me fall in love with love again and again!!!

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  • The Surviving Girls

  • Hidden Sins, Book 3
  • By: Katee Robert
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Twelve years ago, Lei Zhang and her friend Emma Nilsson miraculously lived through the notorious Sorority Row Murders that left twenty-one of their sisters dead. Still wrestling with the trauma but finally out of the limelight, Lei and Emma are now devoted to helping other victims find closure. But most disturbing for Lei - beyond the gut-wrenching survivor guilt - is that the killer was her boyfriend. He’s behind bars, but she’ll never lower her guard again. When a copycat killer targets Lei and Emma, FBI Agent Dante Young is put in charge of anticipating the sociopath’s every move.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, didn't see it coming

  • By S. Winchester on 06-11-18

5 How Safe Are They Really Stars!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I’ve been consumed by this series from the minute I started this series. In this final book of the series, Ms. Robert has completely and totally upped her game as a romantic suspense author. I literally had heart palpitations and a fluttering stomach with each horrifying detail we experienced both in Lei and Emma’s memories of the Sorority Row Murders in which they were the only survivors, but with the new murders taking place that are seemingly almost identical to that horrifying night….or are they.

Soon the BAU sends agents Dante and Clark to their tiny town to investigate what’s really going on. There are some twist and turns that our story takes that had me gasping with the intensity of the situation these girls live in. To make things just that much more interesting, Lei and her cadaver dog Saul help the police find victims that have gone missing while Emma searches the dark-net to ensure that each missing person isn’t left behind.

There’s a draw between Dante and Lei but given the case and the fear that Lei has lived with for the last twelve years, there’s obstacles in their way that could prevent them from exploring their attraction. The least of which is the reliance both Emma and Lei have on each other. While to some this might be considered suffocating, given what’s happened to them, it’s completely understandable.

As the story progresses, things become incredibly intense and there’s new evidence that is shocking and had me wide-eyed and gasping because it puts an entirely new light on what’s happened in the past.

Here’s what I know, this book is on the same level as some of the best suspense writers out there and with Ms. Robert’s ability to draw the reader in with her attention to the minutest details of each scene we NEVER see the “who did it” coming….at least I didn’t! This is a book that makes you want to double and triple check your doors and windows because you just never know who’s watching you!!!

The narration on this book is top notch. Ms. Robins does an incredible job of switching characters and giving each of them their own individual personalities making the listening experience that much more intense and satisfying.

#TheSurvivingGirls #KateeRobert #LeiLei #TapTapTap #SororityRowMurders #TheirLivesAreForeverChanged #SaulAndPrince #INEVERSawThatComing #NailBitingRead
#RomanticSuspense #MustRead

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  • The Hunting Grounds

  • Hidden Sins, Book 2
  • By: Katee Robert
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Maggie Gaines used to be an FBI agent - top of her class and one of the bright, up-and-coming stars - until she spectacularly fell apart during her first high-profile case. That was eight years ago. Now she's a ranger at Glacier National Park, and she's found some measure of peace. But when the body of a murdered woman is discovered, she must finally put the past behind her and work with the one man she thought she'd never see again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet romantic suspense mystery

  • By Wayne on 01-06-18

5 I’ll Never Go Hiking Again Stars!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Holy Wowza!!!! I’ve read a lot of romantic suspense books in my time and like to think I can have an inkling of “who did it” before getting to the end of the book. Yeah, not so much this time. I literally sat there slack jawed when the unsub was revealed. I NEVER saw this coming EVER!!!

Ms. Robert has written a book that is gripping in it’s terror of what’s happening in Glacier National Park. The character development and scene setting down to the hour of each day is stellar and so detailed that I felt like I was in the BAU for the FBI. Vic and Maggie used to be partners until Maggie, fresh out of the Academy and moved west to be a Park Ranger.

There’s a natural draw between Maggie and Vic and what we find out is there was this same pull when they were partners. But things were different back then and with the passage of time, these same roadblocks are no longer in the way. But that’s not the focus of this book. This book is about finding who is committing some very gruesome murders in a beautiful national park. And oh my goodness, the details we get about each murder is almost bone chilling. Hence the reason I never the murderer coming!!

I can’t give too much more because that would result in giving something away and that would ruin the experience of listening to this book for you. And while we’re talking about listening, the narrator for this book, Carly Robbins is phenomenal with this book. Her ability to convey the feelings of each character drew me right into the book and I was captivated from beginning to end!

  • Worth the Risk

  • McKinney Brothers, Book 2
  • By: Claudia Connor
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571

Two hearts locked away... Hannah Walker spends her days coaching children through injury and trauma, one therapeutic horseback ride at a time. She knows all too well how violence can change a child and leave scars that never heal. It's easy for her to relate to the kids; what isn't easy is the thought of facing her own harrowing past. Millionaire playboy Stephen McKinney could use a little coaching himself. Five years ago he encountered his most horrible nightmare - and the nightmare won.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Much more pain than pleasure in reading this

  • By F. G. Gailer on 10-15-17

There's Love in Forgiveness Stars

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-18

Book two in this amazing series had me captivated from the very first word. Hannah and Stephen are two people that are so damaged both inside and out and their lack of trust of others is palpable. But when they have an accidental meeting one day at a grocery store, both of their lives take on a new path.

Falling in love wasn't on either of their radars and once they fall, it's a wild and suspenseful ride. We get the entire McKinney family again and so much of the Walker family setting us up for both the next McKinney's book and the first Walker book. I can't wait!!!

  • Hero

  • By: Lauren Rowe
  • Narrated by: Lauren Rowe, John Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

The first time I laid eyes on Lydia Decker, I couldn’t speak. Or breathe. Or string two coherent thoughts together. And I don’t mean any of that figuratively. No, when I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker - my physical therapist - I was lying flat on my back in the ICU, high as a kite on painkillers, breathing on a ventilator, my bones as broken and splintered as my spirit. She said she’d been assigned to fix me. But what I didn’t know...what I couldn’t possibly know...was that Lydia Decker needed fixing far more than I ever did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lauren Rowe you slay me!

  • By Mette Toft on 03-13-18

5 She's His Angel Stars!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-18

I originally read this book but I'm so in love with the way Ms. Rowe and Mr. Lane narrate her books I just couldn't help myself from listening to this newest book. It allows me to experience so many more emotions because their voices bring a level of depth to each of the characters.

When you start crying in the first chapter of book you know you're in for a wild ride. And that's exactly what happened to me when I started this beautifully written story by Ms. Rowe. Colby Morgan is the oldest of the Morgan crew and the one all the siblings go to when they're happy, sad, angry or in love. And for this story, Colby is the one who needs them in oh so many ways.

This book starts off with a bang and I literally thought I was broken just reading it. The level of detail that we're given with Colby's job of being a firefighter literally made me feel like I was in the heat of a fire with him. I could feel my lungs constricting and I was almost gasping for breath. And I felt down to my soul the pain the entire family is suffering when the unthinkable happens.

While this is playing out, we get some of Lydia's story and that too had my heart breaking. This woman has suffered in so many ways and really is not living....until Colby Morgan comes barreling into his life. And when these two meet it's literally them both saving each other.

I'm being extremely vague with this review because there is so much to this story and it really needs to be experienced by diving head first into this book. When I emerged on the others side after finishing this book, I had an even deeper love for all things Morgan family related. The care and love that Ms. Rowe put into this story could be felt with every single word. I was moved unlike any book I've ever read. She is so charismatic with her writing that I will truly never be the same after reading a love story that is magnetic. I just couldn't help but love Colby and Lydia and the pain they each go through to find a love that truly proves that love conquers all!

  • The After of Us

  • Judge Me Not, Book 4
  • By: S. R. Grey
  • Narrated by: Lacey Gilleran
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Will Gartner made a lot of mistakes in the past, but he finally has his life together. Leaving his reckless teenage years behind, he's recently graduated from college and is all set to move from Las Vegas to New York to start a prestigious new job. But when an unexpected guest shows up at his farewell party, all Will's dreams are smashed to pieces. Suddenly, he's taking a crash course in how to be a father to the five-year-old daughter he never knew existed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Let Your Dreams Lead You

  • By bookbruin on 01-10-18

5 Heart Stirring Stars!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-18

I have been a fan of S.r. Grey's for quite a while now and I can say unabashedly that each book she publishes I think is my favorite by her. I can unequivocally say, the other books have been moved a little to almost favorites as The After of Us has now moved into the top position. Thanks to the excellent narration this book came to life for me even more than when I read the words!!

I had all the feels with this book and there were a few times I was brought to tears by this story, but in a good way. This is the story of Will Gartner, his daughter Lily (whom he's just discovered is his daughter) and Emma Metzger, the girl from his hometown that he had a crush on when they were younger.

When this book starts. Will has just graduated from college, has sweet new ride courtesy of his mom and is getting ready to head to NYC for the job of a lifetime or so he thinks. All this changes the night before he's to leave when his ex-girlfriend from high school, Cass shows up with 5 year old Lily in tow. When they were together, Will and Cassie started to go down the road of drugs and alcohol and while Will got out of that world, unfortunately, Cassie did not and it sucked her in even deeper.
Hence the reason, Will is just now learning of Lily's existence. Cassie is doing the one and only unselfish thing she's ever done, by giving Lily to Will.

Well this throws all of Will's plans out the window and he does the one thing he thinks is the answer, he and Lily go to Harmony Creek, Ohio which is where his brother, Chase and his wife Kay live with their two children Jack and Sarah. Will thinks he can just "drop" Lily off and go to NYC to get everything setup for Lily to join him. What he wasn't expecting was how much he's already fallen under Lily's spell....

“Lily sounds so forlorn that something in me swells. I don't know how to explain it, but it's like my daughter's happiness is suddenly tied to my happiness. Weird. All I know is I really want Lily to feel accepted."

And so the adventure of getting to know what kind of man and father Will Gartner is begins....

Watching Will interact with Lily and how much she has soaked into his heart and soul was truly beautiful. Ms. Grey did an amazing job of drawing the pictures with her words allowing me to picture all the players in this book.

Especially little Miss Lily. I fell in love with this little girl. What I loved even more was how Will changed once he was in Harmony Creek and began to explore what it would be like to give up what he thinks is his "dream job." In reality, he has other dreams that if he listened to his heart he'd realize everything he's looking for is right in front of him.

Speaking of which, this is where Emma comes into play. She's Lily's pre-school teacher and she's never forgotten Will Gartner and how much she liked him. They've both changed since they last saw each other and their attraction is still there. Of course, Emma doesn't want to take that leap with him because he's planning on leaving and that's just not something she wants to entertain. But that doesn't stop her from trying to make Will's dream come true. She's quite ingenious in her methods...gotta love a woman who goes after what she really wants. Because as much as she's doing this for Will, she's doing it for her too.

She's definitely not the shy and quiet type of woman when it comes to having sex...she's quite the participant that's for sure. In one particularly hot and steamy scene Emma comes to a realization....

“This is the after of us from before, who we were, and we are becoming.”

As the book progresses, the story moves with such grace and ease that I fell more in love with these characters and what they mean to each other and how their lives could potentially be their forever.

Ms. Grey has a way with her words that draws you into the heart of the story which allows you to really "be there."