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By Design

Narrated by: Hallie Ricardo
Series: By Design, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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Anne is a young, Southern professional with just the right connections and a privileged point of view. Confident in her innate value, she has complete faith in her power to control her own future. After all, even with the challenges that come with working at a high-profile interior design firm located in the heart of Atlanta, she knows exactly where she’s headed. What she doesn’t expect is Dr. Brad Young, Jr. 

Sparks immediately fly between the handsome young doctor and Anne when she’s assigned to troubleshoot for his surgical practice, but chemistry can only get you so far. As their relationship develops, so too does a burgeoning conflict and confusion over the uncommon roles their mothers play in their lives. Over the course of an emotional weekend and the exposure of a secret lurking in his past, Brad is forced to make a life-changing adjustment as Anne discovers the devastating betrayal of a trusted plan. 

By Design is an emotional romance guaranteed to warm the hearts of anyone who has ever experienced the breathtaking intensity of new love.

©2019 J Boykin Baker (P)2019 J Boykin Baker

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  • 10-21-19

Meh

Christian romances, by their very nature, have little or no sex in the story. I was expecting that. This particular listen lived up to that parameter but at nearly 11 hours, not much else really happened either.

Amy meets Dr. Young, they fall in love (rather quickly I might add), they have some problems, they get past those problems, and then they get married. That's pretty much it.

While the author gave us wonderful details into Amy's design ideas, her clothing choices, and her penchant for hats. it failed in basic story elements. There was a very pivotal story arch and we never get to glimpse the dialogue between the major characters. Never. There is a secondary story that keeps popping up but never goes anywhere. Never.

This story did not need to be nearly 11 hours...

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LOVED IT!

I absolutely loved it! The narration is excellent! The author did a great job with the character builds and plot. This was my first book by this author but definitely not my last! I look forward to reading more books from this author. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Southern design

This should be categorized as a Christian romance. Very spiritual getting quite preachy at times which is not my style. It does have some familial moments that tug at the heart strings. Author does a good job with descriptors.

I received a review copy