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Cadence Defined

Cadence Duet, Book 2
Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Lacy Laurel
Series: Cadence Duet, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
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One love. One destiny. But it only takes one person to bring the house of cards tumbling down.

Seventeen years ago, Fitz Quinn stole the heart of Cadence Riley. He took her innocence, then left her broken. When a twist of fate brings them back together again, she quickly learns that even time couldn’t dim their chemistry. Fitz was sexier than ever - successful and provocative. He became the man she always knew he would be, and the heat between them quickly became unbearable. Despite the promise she made to herself, she felt the walls to her heart start to crumble and began to fall all over again.

However, things aren’t the same as they once were. Cadence is the driving force behind a nonprofit organization where she handles each case with the determination of a shark. Fitz is known as Washington’s fixer. He is the CEO for a public relations firm - one that represents the politicians who fight against everything Cadence stands for. What do they say about opposites attract?

Finding themselves at a crossroads, Fitz needs to decide if going against his father is worth pursuing a second chance with Cadence. One wrong move and his reputation could be obliterated. For Cadence, she needs to let go of her secrets and forgive Fitz for leaving her alone all those years ago. But more importantly, she needs to decide if sacrificing her values is worth being with the only man she has ever loved.

©2018 Dakota Willink (P)2019 Dakota Willink

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Heartwarming and a true love story

This is part 2 of the Cadence series and takes us 17 years ahead of where we left Cadence and Fitz. They are now adults and have gone on with their lives. This story is full of secrets and longing. No spoilers here. It’s a great story and I loved it all.

Dakota Willink did a great job of showing every angle of these characters. Lacy and Zachary were perfect narrators. Totally believable.

I received a code from Audiobook Obsession to listen and review and give my honest opinion. I loved it and highly recommend it.

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This is a very unique story. You must have read Cadence Untouched before this one. It talks about Fitz's and Cadence's back story. And cadence defined is 17 years later. I think it's been awhile since Ive read something like this before so it was a refresher. I loved some of the hidden and unexpected surprises we got in this story. The narrators were great.

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Loved these books and narrators! ❤️

Received these books for an honest review from Audiobook Obsession: I really loved these books so much! This is a new author for me so I will be looking for more of her work for sure! Zachary Webber and Lacy Laurel are a dream as always. This is a home run. Highly recommend!

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Sometimes we carry the past with us.

Honestly I loved this book from the author’s note on. There is angst, a second chance romance, secrets, action, steamy romps, social justice (without being preachy) and a complicated past. You know you’re intrigued. Listen to the book already. And if none of that is enough you have the swoon worthy voice of Zachary Webber as Fitz. There are a few moments towards the end where he sounds like he is going through a tunnel or the performance would also be 5 stars for me. Lacy Laurel knocked it out of the park as Cadence! I’m new to this author but really excited to check out more of her work.

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Loved it!!

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After reading book 1- I was left feeling sad, angry and betrayed on Cadence's behalf. Going into book 2, I had an open mind and was willing to forgive Fitz. It didn't take long for him to worm his way back into my good graces. The characters went through an amazing change between book 1 and 2 however with 17 years separating the books, you would expect that. The characters have grown, matured and lived- Defining who they were as adults.

I have a hard time with 2nd chance romances as I always feel a sense of loss when I look at how much time was wasted apart. I was absolutely sucked into this story and lived the ups and downs right along with them. I was very proud of the man Fitz became and feel bad for all the mean thoughts I may have mentally yelled at him after book 1.

The narration was spot on. Lacy and Zachary gave amazing performances and truly brought the characters to life.

This was a fabulous story from start to finish and all the stops in between.

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Great Conclusion! Amazing Narration!

Wow! Cadence and Fitz's story isn't only great, it's an outstanding story, beautifully written, suspenseful, and breathtaking. I loved it so much! Lacy Laurel and Zachary Webber did a wonderful and amazing job with the narration. This is a great team author/narrators! I totally recommend the Cadence Duet.

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Great Read

Cadence Defined: Cadence Duet, Book Two was another great read by Dakota Willink. Fitz and Cadence fell in love seventeen years ago. Unfortunately, it seemed as if life kept pulling them apart. Now they each have careers and children. A twist of fate brings them both together but Cadence is scarped to move forward. Cadence has a secret that can end things before they even begin. I loved this book and can't wait to read more by Dakota Willink.

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Yes!! Love it!!

Sigh… what a beautiful duet! The conclusion to the Cadence Duet is stunning. I loved the first audiobook. This second one is just as strong. It’s a story of love that it’s spread out over years, nearly decades. So the first book we get to meet Fitz and Cadence as new age adults, fresh out of high school and preparing for college. I seriously swoon hard over young and new love. You know what happens, life happens, they are pulled apart with life pulling them toward their dreams, their lives.

Cadence was always a strong, young lady but I adore the woman she’s grown into. She’s still a woman that knows what she wants and getting it. Fitz, oh Fitz, he’s been wrapped up in his daddy’s tentacles for decades. Now we get Fitz the man, Fitz standing on his own two legs! Eeek… I was thrilled! We might have some amazing and incredibly strong characters but that doesn’t mean Cadence Defined is a walk in the park. Oh no, we still have so much pain. This is a story of growth and love over years. It’s a great listen!

The narrators, Zachary Webber and Lacy Laurel, are amazing together! I always get sucked into the male charisma that is Webber’s voice. He’s like silk. Laurel is pure sexuality. I just love her voice. It always bring the emotional state to the stories she’s narrating!

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Couldn't be more perfect!

Seriously, this book could not have been more perfect in any way! It has everything you could ask for in a romance. The characters with their off the charts chemistry, the drama that you cant help but get wrapped up in, and the bombs that never seem to stop dropping! Once I finished this book, I sat just staring off into space for far longer than I would like to admit and tried to process everything that I just read. This story, hell this duet, will definitely stick with me for a very long time and I know I will be returning to the world of Cadence and Fitz as often as I can.

The narration was off the charts amazing! There are no words to describe the work that Lacy and Zach did with this audio!

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Dakota Willink did this!!

I love this duet! When I finished Cadence Untouched, I had no idea how the second book was going to make this work! But Dakota Willink is a genius! I am in awe of her writing style, her creativity, and her ability to drag me into the story and want to rush to find out what’s going to happen, but hoping it goes in and in because you don’t want it to end! This book did that for me! I loved this continuation of the story of Cadence and Fitz! How they find out they’re both in the same place gave me pause for a few!

Zachary Webber and Lacy Laurel made these characters come to life! I love listening to both of them!

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  • Maria Fernanda G. Lechuga
  • 03-02-19

The keeper of my heart

I cannot imagine a better way of this wonderful duet to end. I was so eager to get my hands... or ears... on this book, ever since finishing Cadence Untouched, I needed to know what was going to happen.
Once I started it, it was hard to put it down, once again it trapped me from me the begging leaving no room for other things but to listen and listen until the very end.
Everything happens for a reason and I think that's exactly the case with Cadence and Fitz, and as hard as their journey to achieve their happiness was, I think it was all worth it. The stars aligned and suddenly everything started falling into place for Cadance and Fitz.
The whole book was great, but the ending, the lake, the origami paper, and Fitz words, that was EVERYTHING!

Finally but not least important, the magnificent narrattion by both Zachary Webber and Lacy Laurel. They both did so incredibly well, the pace, cadence, and the way they both can portrayed the emotions of the characters, made this book really amazing and so enjoyable.

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  • Mari Garcia
  • 02-28-19

best listen ever!!

what a great story and conclusion to the duet of Cadence and Fitz. this story has everything. I felt so complete when I finished it. Zachary Webber and Lacy Laurel are a dynamic team. This will definitely be added to my list of relistens when i have a book hangover. Dakota Willink is such a great storyteller weaving these words that turn out to be everything.

This is a definite must read/listen.

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  • Bette
  • 02-27-19

Amazing Story & Conclusion to the Cadence Duet!

Dakota Willink put a lot of heart in to the Cadence Duet, you feel it throughout. Both books captivated my attention from start to end. Fitz and Cadence story begins in “Cadence Untouched”, it is a story of first love. Life and circumstances take them on different paths and they do not see each other for 17 years and in “Cadence Defined” Cadence and Fitz meet again. The chemistry between them continues to sizzle. They were each other’s first love, a love that never died and no one else could match. But will love prevail because nothing is easy, there is baggage, difference of options and most of all secrets. I loved that Cadence grew in to a strong and independent woman. She stayed true to herself followed her dreams in her career while juggling everything life thew at her. I also love that Fitz is finally standing up for himself against his manipulative father. This story is another emotional one, it is so much more than a second chance love, it about letting go, learning to trust and forgive, learning to live again. The road to Candace and Fitz’s happiness may have been paved with heartache and tears but in the end love prevailed. Dakota Willink thank you for this beautiful duet. I love your creative mind and ability to write and share these wonderful stories.

I listened to the Audible edition, Zachary Webber and Lacy Laurel are awesome narrators and voice performers. They bring the characters to life and give them heart and personality. They add a nice dramatic touch which enhances an already great story another level. They are talented storytellers and are always a pleasure to listen to.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 02-26-19

Fitz & Cadence

What a story! Dakota Willink picks up 17 years after Cadence Untouched and gets us right into the hearts of Fitz and Cadence. Each has gone on with their lives, but never got over the love they shared. Now seeing each other again, will they be able to recapture that feeling? And will the secrets kept destroy their future? I truly enjoyed the journey of Cadence. She is a strong female, full of compassion and love. Her choice of career shows her true colors and lets them shine. I love how Willink has captured Fitz. He is stepping up to his overbearing father and finding that his voice needs to be heard. Together, these two have incredible insight to people, and their chemistry together is off the charts. It's a great story of forgiveness, love and hope.This duet is wonderful.

Lacy Laurel and Zachary Webber bring these two to life. It's a book full of emotions, and both give it their all. It makes you feel the hurt, anger and love, just by the inflections and voicing Lacy and Zach portray. I was pulled in and these two kept me interested and fully invested to see what would happen to Cadence and Fitz.

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  • Lisa Hahn
  • 01-11-20

great ending

what a great ending to this story. this book brings us full circle with Cadence and Fritz. Meeting up again after 17 years. They both have unfinished business with each other. Will they act on those feelings, will secrets tear them apart..

again these narrators are amazing.
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  • Nina B.
  • 12-22-19

Second chance

I loved both of these books I couldn’t stop listening. Fitz’s dad is a huge jerk still. Cadence and Fitz still love each other but is there anyway they can make it work? Narration was great, I loved the characters. I definitely recommend this book. Actually I recommend both books, #1 “Cadence untouched“ and #2 ”Cadence defined.”

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  • serenechaosnyc
  • 12-16-19

Good conclusion of the series, very political

I really was looking forward to listening to this story after reading and listening to the first book of the duet. And it was great. First off, though, it's important to note that this is a very political book. There are political themes that drive much of the background and the author even has a preface to discuss how and why the book was developed this way.

Otherwise, the romance that came after the heartbreak of the prior book was well done. Seventeen years later, Fitz was similar in that he was very sure of their love and pushed through Cadence's concerns. However, she had a big secret and that was their baby girl. Fitz too, has a teenage boy and their children become friends, which sort of brings them together. I wish that Cadence told Fitz about their child earlier, which I think introduced a bit more forced drama and just a lot of head shaking from me. But otherwise, there were a few heart pounding moments, especially as people (one in particular) tried to keep them apart. So it was a well rounded story with great narration- Zachary Webber is a favorite of mine- great narration, love his voice and ability to modulate his voice. I'm also really starting to like Lacy Laurel- she did a good job playing multiple characters as well. I enjoyed this duet and really loved the opportunity to listen to the audio to add another dimension to the story.
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  • tenisha
  • 12-14-19

Good Listen

Cadence was the one be let go and Fitz stole her heart. Now he is back and wants a relationship but she is scared and she has a secret that could destroy them. This book is filled with ups and downs and emotional highs and lows. Good conclusion to story.
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  • RoniF
  • 10-20-19

Dakota Willink, Your BEST TO ❤

Dakota Willink, I am in love with this book; this series. Thank you for the tears. Thank you for the joy. Thank you for the mystery. Thank you for; Just thank you.

You continue the story of Cadence and Fritz, giving me the HEA that will last a lifetime in my HEART ❤ The storyline was being written from your deepest soul, out over the laptop keyboard.

The narrator's Zachary Webber and Lacy Laurel, you guys are "Harmony to a Song" with your voices, it just made it all PERFECT👏

I most definitely recommend that everyone listen to Cadence Defined: Cadence Duet Book 2; "The Dahlia Project." Cadence Untouched: Cadence Duet Book 1, you won't regret it!!!

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  • Dawn Fuhrman
  • 10-16-19

A second chance, 17 years in the making

Cadence had lived her life, raising her daughter alone. She had one true love and never went looking for another. Cadence is now thinking about selling the camp, she met Fitz at. Fitz also has lived without his true love. Forced to marry another, Fitz made the best of it. But a twist of fate has these two face to face again. Will they be forced apart once more? Read this story to find out. I must warn you, the suspense is intense and the emotions had me in tears. If you fell in love with Cadence and Fitz in Cadence Untouched, you must read this one.

Zachary Webber and Lacy Laurel are amazing. I love Mr. Webber as Fitz. Mr Webber is able to bring Fitz to life. Every emotion, every struggle and every intense moment, Mr Webber narrates flawlessly. Lacy Laurel once again, brings Cadence to life as well. I felt as if she were my friend, and I was going through all her struggles with her. This was a gripping tale that Mr
Webber and Ms. Laurel creates a movie in my mind.