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From best-selling author Kandi Steiner comes a fresh and captivating billionaire romance about a reserved photographer and the powerful CEO who has to have her....

My boyfriend’s billionaire boss always gets what he wants. 

Menacingly handsome and unquestionably powerful, Theo Whitman need only snap his fingers to have a flock of supermodels fall at his feet. So when his steel gray eyes first meet mine, I expect him to pass right over me, to not give so much as a second thought to my presence.

Instead, he sees me. 

Truly sees me. 

And for a girl who prefers to hide behind her camera lens, it’s the most unnerving experience of my life. 

Until he asks me to stay on his yacht for the summer. 

All I have to do to earn my keep is be Theo’s on-call photographer when he has guests, and I’ll get a free ride through the Mediterranean with my boyfriend. Easy peasy. 

Still, my skin prickles in warning when I say yes. 

As the humid days fade into balmy nights, I can’t seem to avoid Theo. And when he finds me, it’s like a rabbit running into a wolf.

His intense gaze immobilizes me. The way he speaks strips me bare. Every brush of his skin sears me like a violent flame. 

My boyfriend’s billionaire boss always gets what he wants. 

And this time, I think he wants me.

©2021 Kandi Steiner (P)2021 Kandi Steiner

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I Want a Theo!

To say that I loved this book would be an understatement. I loved everything about this book. I loved the writing and I loved the narration. It’s the first time that I have ever heard Hannah perform. I am used to listening to audiobooks with duel performances. This girl has so much talent that it didn’t matter to me that there wasn’t a male voice in the audiobook. She made everything sound like perfection. The only negative that I would say is that she did pronounce a few words incorrectly. That doesn’t take away the fact that she did such a beautiful job. She boosted what was already a wonderful story.

This is the first novel that I have read/listened to of Kandi’s. I did listen to the Christmas Blanket, which I loved, but that was more like a novella. I didn’t even realize how talented she is until I listened to this story. It drew me in from the prologue. I read a lot of these types of books, and I will say that Theo is now one of my top 10 favorite book boyfriends. (It might also have something to do with the fact that I love Theo James. 🤣) Aspen is also easy to like because she’s so kind and so willing to sit back and let others get the glory. I’m so glad that she gets her happy ending because she so deserves it. I can’t say more about this book without giving away the story so I’ll just say.... Use a credit and listen to this audiobook! You will not be sorry! I don’t usually listen to my audiobooks again, but I will definitely listen to this one more than once.

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I love this book. It made me laugh, cry, and heartache all at the same time.

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So good!!!

Kandi Steiner is one of my one-click authors and with books like this, it’s easy to understand why.
Aspen Dawn is a photographer and plans to spend the summer traveling abroad on a solo mission to capture the world through her lens. She sees the beauty in the every day and where she hides behind the lens, her pictures stand out. She’s an introvert; quiet and just taking it all in. When her boyfriend is set to cruise across the Mediterranean with his boss and crew, Aspen is prepared to kiss him goodbye and be on her next adventure. But her boyfriends boss, Theo Whitman sees something in Aspen he hasn’t ever come across before. He notices her and doesn’t want to miss an opportunity to learn more.
Now invited to join the crew on their next endeavor, Aspen makes it clear she will work to earn her spot. But unfortunately for her, the crew isn’t too fond of having a new person on board, especially when Aspen and her boyfriend get upgraded to a luxury suite versus shacking in the bunks with the rest of the deckhands.
Theo Whitman is a billionaire. He started Envision which was the first data base management system for email communications and his company exploded into fame making him one of the wealthiest bachelors in the world. Needless to say, he’s used to the finer things in life but one thing has always been missing; someone that actually sees him for who he truly is and not the dollar signs behind his name.
As the crew cruises across the crystal blue sea, Theo and Aspen find they enjoy each other’s company. From day trips exploring the sites and sounds on land, to the breakfast bakery where they share their stories. What can only be described as pure lust combusts into something so much more.
But Aspen is at sea with her long term boyfriend and secrets that she didn’t see coming begin to unveil.
This was an excellent read!! Theo and Aspen’s story is whimsical and breathtaking but it does come with a price.
Angst, lies, secrets, steaming-hot late nights and flirty afternoons; this is a must read for all romance lovers.
While this story does consist of a love-triangle, there is SO MUCH more to it. Theo treats Aspen the way she deserves to be treated and not the way her boyfriend has been misusing her for years.

“I feel like there have been two of me my entire life,” I said. “The me stuck in this body, going through the motions, doing what I thought I should be doing. And the me who watched from the outside, silently walking behind me, hoping I’d take a moment just to turn back and remember there was more to me than I realized.”

Definitely recommend!!

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Amazing story! A MUST for audio listeners!

My first Kandi Steiner book and hands down, one of the best books I've read & listened to this year. I was completely enamored with Theo and Aspen's story and Hannah Chiciana brought the story to life. My breath caught every time these two were together as their connection was so incredible. A story of self-love and growth with twists and turns you just won't see coming. A must-read and definitely grab the audio too!

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Love this story

What a fun ride . I like the narrator ... she has a pleasant easy voice to listen to. There were some mispronounced things and a few audio mistakes .. repeats . But it was an enjoyable listen nonetheless and I got emotional while listening to it. Great book. I was not familiar with this author but I will be reading / listening to more from her. She knows how to get inside your head . I listened to this entire book in one day !

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This book was very different than I anticipated. Aspen boards Theo's boat with her then boyfriend Josh. I had a really hard time at first because Josh was such a jerk and I couldn't fault Aspen for being drawn to Theo. I wanted to throw Josh overboard most of the time! I loved watching Aspen and Theo tow the line and when they were finally able to pursue something it gave me all the feels. This was a good read, it just took me a while to get into the story.

The narrator did a great job bringing this story to life.

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A Great Age-Gap with a Swoony Billionaire!

“I’m growing tired of this game, Aspen.”
“What game?”
“The one where you pretend like you don’t want me...And I pretend like you’re not already mine.”
Review: I have been wanting to read this book ever since it came out. I am always drawn to pretty covers. The blurb sounded good, but I was a little weary of possible cheating as I'm not a fan of it. This book turned out just fine and I really enjoyed it! It is single POV, which I generally struggle with, but Kandi does really well with single POV. Aspen is a photographer planning to travel around Europe and take photos for her portfolio while her boyfriend works on a yacht for the next few months. Theo is a Billionaire and is getting ready to set off on his yacht for business meetings along the Mediterranean. Aspen meets Theo on his yacht where she is leaving her boyfriend for the summer. Theo is instantly intrigued by Aspen and offers her the opportunity of lifetime on his yacht. As they work together and continue to get to know each other, they both feel the undeniable pull between them. I loved these two. Theo could truly see Aspen and not the front she put on for others. I love that he cared, wanted to get to know her better and help her. I could relate so much to Aspen, as a photographer and as someone who struggles like she does, it pulled on my heartstrings. So much wisdom, which I am finding in Kandi's books, and truly loving. I feel like I am learning how to improve my life through her words. Kandi does such a beautiful job explaining the scene that you feel like you are there. I shed a few tears and swooned so hard. Theo is an absolute dream and is respectful. I worried he was going to be going after Aspen dead set to steal her away, but that was not the case. I definitely fell for Theo and want to steal him. I listened to the Audiobook by Hannah Chiclana. This was my first by her and after the first chapter I was completely sucked in. I really enjoyed this one.

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Delicious escape

This billionaire romance is a slow burn. It is great book and kept me consumed. The narrators did a fab job. The angst and the chemistry was hot and this book was a delicious escape.

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All the feels

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Hannah Chiclana did a great job bringing the characters and story to life. This is a book that has plenty going on and it needed a talented narrator to do it justice.
Aspen is saying goodbye to her boyfriend as he leaves to work on a billionaires yacht for the summer but when she and meets Theo the yacht owner there is an instant attraction and connection, so it is no surprise that he invites her to also work the summer on the yacht.
What follows is a captivating story that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you join the crew and owner on a summer sailing trip. This is a beautifully written story that had the perfect mix of love, emotion, drama and inspiration and it was a great book to listen too.

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Full of angst and feels

I could not put this book down. Close Quarters had me staying up later than normal. The narrator was perfect and pulled me into the story in no time. I had my air pods for a couple days listening to this book.

I love a good book with lots of angst. Kandi Steiner sure does deliver. I was on the edge of my seat reading this book. Perfect mixture of angst with a little bit of suspense. Must Read!

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  • Nina
  • 05-06-21

Vividly descriptive

Kandi Steiner is one of those authors that perfected the art of writing angst-filled, highly emotional reads. And love triangles, too. With that in mind and after reading the blurb, I expected to be utterly blown away – I mean, angst plus love triangle plus travelling plus the heroine being a photographer? OMG, it sounded all kinds of perfect and heavy and beautiful to me! And, yes, I did enjoy it for the most part – especially all those concise and vivid and colorful descriptions of the Mediterranean and how she always is able to make the emotions seep off the pages.

However, until we got to that point where Aspen and Theo’s connection became palpable it took quite a long while. And, well, then there was the love triangle that actually wasn’t that much of a love triangle, because Aspen’s boyfriend was a grade-A douche, and with that, the expected angsty push and pull was absent. Damn. So, it’s a solid read, but not a Kandi Steiner favorite of mine sadly.

I listened to it on audio, which was narrated by Hannah Chiclana. She did a wonderful job enhancing the entire experience further, giving voice to all of Aspen’s emotions beautifully.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 05-04-21

Slow Burn Romance

Theo and Aspen’s story is sweet, slow paced, emotional, romantic, filled with drama, and a little suspense. They are both great characters. They share an instant attraction, and an undeniable chemistry. Theo is handsome, caring, supportive, and determined. Aspen is an intriguing character, shy, and naive. I loved to follow them in their slow burn romance. Hannah Chiclana did a great job with the narration.

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  • Michelle
  • 05-03-21

You need this book

YES! 5 full stars!

This book has it all. Drama, romance, passion, vulnerability, tenderness and adventure. I loved everything about this book.
I listened to this audiobook and Hannah Chiclana brought this book to life! I felt Aspen's every emotion, her fears, her longing and her passion for adventure. I genuinely didn't want this book to end! Theo was a breath of fresh air, he wasn't your usual stuffy, self-absorbed billionaire, he was caring, sweet yet he knew what he wanted out of life.
It was a pleasure to read, it was gripping and I loved the characters. Kandi brought the characters to life, each having their own personalities that were surprising and some were heartwarming.

I can't praise this book enough. Everything you want in a contemporary romance is in this book! I finished this book two days ago, and it is still on my mind. I need to re-visit these characters very soon.

Thank you to Valentine_pr and Kandi Steiner for a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Triggers: Alcohol and drug abuse and violence

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  • Gillek2
  • 04-29-21

Aspen and Theo!

Aspen’s plan for the summer are to travel and spend as much time enhancing her photography skills as possible even if it means being separated from her boyfriend as he will be part of the crew on a yacht. She never expected that meeting his boss would not only result in her being able to spend the summer on the yacht with her boyfriend and being able to do what she loved.

Theo was enchanted by her from their first meeting and it only became stronger when they find themselves spending time together. He helps her see not only the woman she is but the woman she is destined to be which causes her to reflect on not only what will fulfill her in the present but in the future as well.

Theo and Aspen have a connection that transcends far beyond the physical. Their journey is filled with romance, not only between the characters but with the setting as well, a little suspense and a whole lotta feels which will draw you in and captivate you from beginning to end. I enjoyed the pacing of the story from the narrator and thought she managed to bring out all the angst of the story and the characters.

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 04-27-21

What a rollercoaster

4.5 Stars There's something about the kind of Angst that KS writes that pulls you in. And that same thing is present here. This is somehow the most heat filled slow burn I've read in some time and it has plenty of drama to keep you hooked. The connection between Aspen and Theo, the almost fairytale plot, the angst, the beautiful setting..it was intense and I had a blast with every second. I volunteered to listen and review a complimentary copy of this. All opinions are my own.

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  • FS Meurinne - Book Enticer
  • 04-16-21

Slow burn

This is a slow-burn billionaire romance with some suspense and steam. It took me a bit to get into it, the speed was slow for my liking and the insta-love is not my cup of tea most days. I liked Theo but Aspen felt a bit flat for my taste, she is shy but that's not it maybe it was me or the narration as I got the audiobook, I did enjoy Hannah Chiclana voice, the storyline was interesting and had me hearing it all in a day, not my favorite from Kandi Steiner but I did enjoy it for what it was a billionaire romance.