Broken Little Melodies

Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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Music was his first love. Hers was the lanky boy from summer camp with a beautiful voice and starlit green eyes.

Isabelle and Roman thought they’d be together until the end of time. Then fate proved an orphan from the West Coast couldn’t have a future with a wealthy New Yorker hiding the scars of an abusive home. Five years after their hearts are broken, fate strikes again when they’re reunited as a waitress headlining a bar-band, and a successful rockstar kicking off his first tour. Even though the past nearly destroyed them both, the attraction is stronger than ever, and Roman refuses to let a second chance with the girl he promised to love forever slip away.

But picking at old wounds proves to be dangerous when the reasons they were driven apart as kids won’t stay buried forever.

©2017 Jennifer Naumann (P)2019 Jennifer Naumann

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Then/now story—-one part fantastic!

I’m struggling with my rating on this book. The story is written in 2 parts.. a then and now. The “then” being a young hero and heroine that meet at band camp under circumstances that wouldn’t have brought them together otherwise. The relationship is passionate and sweet and just everything. I loved every bit of it.

The “now” is a poor woman who meets a rich rockstar and reads like many other rockstar romance. The story is mediocre and somewhat boring.

I’m so upset because if I could rate these separately the then would be 4.5 stars. The now would be 2. So rating at a 3 doesn’t seem fair to either part of the book.

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Great as a NA Novel

I came to this novel as a huge fan of Ms. Puckett’s narration. Once again she did not disappoint. However, based on the book description and the cover, I had different expectations for this novel. Initially I felt that Mr. Johnson’s narration was a bit immature, but subsequently realized it was the material he was given to narrate. With that in mind I started changing my expectations of the novel and it became much more enjoyable.

Ms. Ann drafts an intricate story with a mystery and backstory that keep you guessing until the end. I enjoyed the way she explored young love through subsequent summer jaunts, and it reminded me of summer crushes I once had. I also liked the use of different points of view for the narration and thus the two narrators for the recorded version.

I was provided with a free copy of this audio book for my honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

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Little things make this one great!

I absolutely adore the audiobooks where you get to hear Sarah Puckett sing. She has such an amazing voice when she is narrating that when you add in her actually singing, it just elevates the performance even more. Michael Norman Johnson is a new voice to me and I really liked him in this book. Didn't really know what to expect when I first started listening to it, but I really enjoyed the listen and the story progression. Overall a very good book and stellar performance by both narrators.
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Wow!! This story had my squirming in my seat

I received this audiobook free, as an Audiobook Obsession reviewer, for an honest review. Wow!! This book kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Isabelle and Roman's story had my stomach in knots. I loved the poor girl and rich boy scenario. However, the emotional issues they both had provided angst to the listener/reader. The author did an excellent job of creating depth to the characters. I love rock stories with talented women. The narrators are excellent. They did an amazing job with the characters and the story.

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So good!

I received this audiobook from Audiobook Obsession in exchange for an honest review.

The overall story of this book, I thought was wonderful. It starts out in Part One when they are teenagers attending a summer camp, and ends in Part Two when they are adults and trying to make careers for themselves. I enjoy these types of books because you get a really good backstory as to why they are who they are and the beginnings of their relationship. Part Two was probably my favorite, just because teen love stories really aren't my cup of tea, even though I realize it was necessary to understand Part Two.

The narration was really wonderful. I really like how Sarah Puckett reads Isabelle's POV and Michael Norman Johnson reads Roman's POV. I have listened to some books before that Sarah narrated and I love the way she reads and adds emotion to bring the stories to life.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and will be reading more of Jennifer Ann in the future. This book was about singers, so there were actual songs throughout, which was nice instead of just reading off lyrics.

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Intense!

What a story!! Intense with secrets. Loved the original songs that were sung.
The narration was very good.
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Loved it!!!

First time listening to a book from this author. I loved the story and the characters. I am a sucker for a story involving music.

I love Sarah Puckett as a narrator.

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Young Love, Then and Now

Broken Little Melodies by Jennifer Ann first appealed to me with the narrator of Sarah Puckett. She is so talented and really adds so much to a book. I love second chance at love stories, and Belle and Roman needed theirs. This book has secrets, betrayals, jealousy, steamy scenes, and so much more. Michael Norman Johnson also did a great job with his performance. Both narrators brought the characters to life and they have good chemistry.

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2nd chance love

This story is about two tortured souls who lost each other only to have a second chance of love. But, will the demons of their past keep them from the love they still have for each other? Roman and Belle had an instant attraction the first time they met at music camp. He was the rich boy falling for the poor girl. Their friendship turned into love, only life getting in the way! What made Belle leave so suddenly when he needed her the most? 5 years later the they met by chance, the attraction was still there!
Being a rockstar has its challenges. Will Belle trust Roman that his intentions are true? or does she believe the lies she's being told? Why won't Belle confide him in and tell him her darkest secrets?
Many unanswered Questions, secrets, betrayal, jealousy, love and steamy sex, and the people who tried to keep them apart revealed!
I thoroughly was drawn into the rockstar story! Sarah Puckett and Michael Norman Johnson tell the story with tenderness and with so much emotion. I was gifted this audio and offered my honest review. Thank you

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Perfect Melody

This book was amazing. I loved the fact that it followed Isabelle and Roman from kids until they were adults. I enjoyed that they both were perfectly imperfect and grew throughout the story. The audiobook was narrated by Sarah Puckett and Michael Norman Johnson, who both did a great job.


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  • Janet V.
  • 02-25-20

Good listen

Both Roman & Bell are broken but in different ways. So of course they would be drawn together from a young age. As the years go on, their love never dies.

This was my first book by Jennifer Ann and I’m not disappointed. It was a heartbreaking beautiful story.

Sarah & Michael did a great job narrating!

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  • Ginger
  • 02-23-20

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This rock & roll romance has all the right feels, plus you can never go wrong with a book written by this author in addition to two excellent narrators Sarah & Michael.
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  • Jaime Reynolds
  • 02-17-20

Loved the narration

The narration is this story is fantastic. Sarah and Michael brought the characters to life and helped keep my interest. This story was not one of my favorites and if not for the narration I may have stopped reading. However, I do encourage others to listen and enjoy this story because it may be one of their favorites.

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  • serenechaosnyc
  • 02-04-20

Heartbreaking past, second chance romance

This is an angsty second chance romance. I loved how Belle/Isabelle and Roman were when they were young. The author made them real- I loved that even though Roman was rich, he had issues that made him transcend the "silver spoon" image.And Belle, her history was just so heartbreaking. Together, they healed each other with young but true love. But the world interfered and they broke apart.

Fast forward years later and they meet again, this time with Belle as a lounge singer and bartender and Roman as a rockstar about the blast into stardom. Now they need to see if their young love can reignite even with the challenges of fame bring more obstacles to their world. Other characters also bring additional angst (I hate Roman's father) and really, it just was a bit too much heartbreak for me. But that's a personal preference. Additionally, I hate that they both became really promiscuous and though both were holding on to the memory of their love, it just dilutes the love in my mind. I know, again, this is my personal preference and i even acknowledge that it's more realistic written this way since they were separated for years. But regardless, after they were together, even with the angst, it was fulfilling to see them get their HEA, one they sorely deserved.

The narrators were good. Sarah Puckett has such a beautifully smooth voice and is perfect for this angsty story. Michael Johnson was new to me but he did a good job. There were also songs in the audiobook which was really cool. The only thing is that the songs sounded really far away- not as clear as the narrators, which was a little jarring.

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  • Sara B
  • 01-04-20

A Second Chance Romance

Broken Little Melodies is a well-written New Adult, second chance novel. The concept of the storyline is excellent, divided into two parts. The first when the main characters, Isabelle (Bella) and Roman, meet at a music camp, where friendship and love blossoms between a rich boy and a poor girl. The second part is five years later, where Roman is a Rockstar. Bella and Roman have to deal with issues from the past and present. Overall the story is engaging, and the characters have a pretty sizzling connection.

The dual narration by Sarah Puckett and Michael Norman is outstanding. They capture the characters' personalities and moods perfectly, bringing them to life. I really enjoyed their performance. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.