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Ask Me Why

By: Harloe Rae
Narrated by: Heather Costa,Jeffrey Kafer
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One deep breath. Two slow blinks. Three hollow beats. I’m still here. After three years, that reminder isn’t as necessary. But everyone has their bad days. This is definitely one of them. Until an adorable little boy dashes into my store. His zest for life makes me smile in a way that’s been long lost. Then I meet his father. Well, confront is more like it.

Brance Stone is volatile. Offensive. Harsh. And can’t be bothered to care. Not that I want him to. I get frostbite just looking into Brance’s glacial stare. But there’s something undeniable about him. 

My misery suddenly craves company. The suffocating numbness lifts whenever Brance is near. That alone should have me running in the opposite direction. Try as I might, there’s no avoiding him. If only I could understand why. As if he’d let me.

I don’t ask. He doesn’t tell. A silent, bitter truce settles between us. That was our first mistake. It’s certainly not the last.

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©2019 Harloe Rae (P)2020 Harloe Rae
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  • Categories: Romance

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"Ask Me Why is a gorgeously-written, angsty book that packs a great punch to your gut. If you like a jerk with a heart of gold, this is the book for you. Oh, and I dare you not to fall in love with little Ollie!" (LJ Shen, USA Today best-selling author)

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Angsty enemies to lovers

Oh my goodness..Brance is such a jerk!!! I listened to the audiobook and it was fabulous! Brance and Braelyn first did not go very well. Brance is a damaged and man. Braelyn is suffering from a broken heart and isn’t looking for a relationship...panic attacks have a run of her life right now.

Brance’s son Ollie loves visiting Thicket - Braelyn’s shop and Braelyn cares for the little boy. As the visits increase so does the angst between B & B. As they work their their communication issues...in a variety of ways..their live begins to blossom.

Such a great read...love, angst, forgiveness, heat and a great story.

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This book has been on my TBR for so long, and unfortunately, I think I have grown out of this type of story. It was just too tame for me. The good points were Ollie, and that the Enemies bit took up most of the book. But the reason for the H being so douchey, it never really sat well for with me, I didn't buy into it at all. Overall, it was a good story, and the audiobook narration was great, I think I have just outgrown these tropes.

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oh yes

It is such a complex and emotional read the characters compliment each other so enticingly well

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Brance and Braelyn

Ask Me Why is the story of two broken characters, Brance and Braelyn, who are brought together by an adorable little boy, Ollie. The storyline held my interest even though Brance was such an unlikable person. Ollie was definitely my favorite character in the story. Heather Costa and Jeffrey Kafer both did a great job bringing this story to life.

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Great enemies to lovers

First, let me say, I received a free copy of this audiobook (at my own request) and am voluntarily leaving this review.

Brance is a brilliant lawyer, but he’s also a complete and total ALPHAHOLE with major relationship issues. Braelyn, the owner of Thicket a curio shop, who is still working on some heartbreaking issues from her past, is a sweet and beautiful woman. Ollie (my absolute favorite character and unknowing matchmaker) Brance's adorable son, in need of a friend. Now you may ask yourself why you should read this book. It's because the characters and the story were beautifully developed, the narrator's (Heather Costa and Jeffrey Kafer) flow was superb, and the heat level was legit! All these factors truly made listening to this book a pleasure.

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Superb Enemies To Lovers To Forever Romance!

Brance may a phenomenally brilliant lawyer, but he’s also an angry, volatile, harsh, offensive and confrontational alphahole. Braelyn, the owner of a curio shop trying to get past a heartbreaking loss, is the polar opposite of Brance in just about every way. When fate brings these two together, let’s just say it’s something considerably less than charming! Ask Me Why is a beautifully written, fabulously narrated, angsty, enemies to lovers, to forever, romance that will keep you entertained, keep you engaged, and make you FEEL, and believe me, I felt every emotion under the sun with this one. Both the characters and the plot were beautifully developed and very well defined. The flow was superb, the pace did not lag, and the heat level was delightful! The narration that breathed life into this beautiful story was emotionally spot on, crystal clear, and truly made listening a pleasure. The entire experience, both story and performance gets five stars!

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I would probably give this closer to 3.5 ⭐️

Ollie was definitely my absolute favorite part of this story. His Dad, Brance, was a legit jerk for most of this book. In fact, there were times when I wished the heroine, Braelyn, would just give up on him!! But, she immediately cared for Ollie and decided to always be his friend. Seriously, she was so sweet and so very broken. Brance was equally damaged and weary of connecting with anyone, especially the owner or Ollie's most favorite place, Thicket. They just needed a reason to work through their issues. And Ollie may have even attempted to play matchmaker a little. This story was narrated by Heather Costa and Jeffrey Kafer, who are always a really fun and amazing duo.

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Enjoyable story with great narration

The synopsis tells you everything you need to know about the story going in except that it's a really enjoyable listen with fantastic narration. The story pulled me in right away and held my attention until the very end. Every time I had to pause the story I couldn't wait to get back to it.

While all the characters are good and eventually all likable, Ollie Steals the show right from the start. Great character

The narration was great as well. Both narrators do a fantastic job as usual bringing the story to life. Both have great voices that easy to listen to for long periods of time. Their narration flows smoothly and evenly with great character voices adding to the overall enjoyment of the book.

I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Enemies to Lovers

My favorite genre thrown in with a single dad. Swoon! My favorite part of enemies to lovers is the moment they realize how thin the line between love and hate really is. This story doesn’t disappoint on that one. Sweet little boy determined to marry off his dad is so sweet! Broody dad who is jaded on relationships but wants to keep his son happy. Every good combination in one great story!

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Great Book

From start to finish I enjoyed this book. The story line snagged my attention and held it. I like the friction between the two lead characters. The author did a great job making them likeable and the narrators brought them to life.

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