Crossed Lines

By: Lana Sky
Narrated by: Krystal Wascher
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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Psychopath. Borderline. Crazy. Seventeen-year-old Maryanne Mayweather wears each term like a badge of pride. Expelled from her 12th boarding school, she lands on the doorstep of her flighty aunt Elaine and Elaine’s husband James, one more screw-up away from being made a ward of the state. 

Once a successful author, the last thing James Thorne wants is to care for his wife's bratty teenage niece, especially with his marriage falling apart. When Maryanne crafts an elaborate plan to defame and destroy him, they both discover that words are more powerful than either of them could imagine. And as their relationship goes down a path neither envisioned, the consequences are swift and far-reaching. 

Some lines weren’t meant to be crossed.

©2019 Lana Sky (P)2019 Lana Sky

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Force yourself to ignore the narrator and hear the words

The fake sarcasm of the narrator is highly annoying becauSe it continues through nearly every single sentence of the book. The up and down sing song of her attempt of sarcasm gets very old and I doubt this was what the author intended. Yes the main character is a brat with some growing up to do- but the tone gets annoying quick and sometimes the narrator even uses that fake tone with other characters.
If you can ignore the narrator and hear the words the author wrote, it is a much better book. It definitely gets better as the character grows and becomes more realistic.

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Seriously, this is sooo good!!! Stick with it!

At first I was hesitant because of the snarky sound tone of the narrator BUT the main character IS a teenager who is not emotionally intelligent enough to express herself any other way. So it’s to be expected.

That said the story was great! Different than anything I’ve heard and I’m so glad I stuck with it. Once I got a couple hours in, I couldn’t stop and then OH man...I had to wear the DO NOT DISTURB sign around my neck for the rest.
Great job 😍

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Excellent Story!

Crossed Lines
By: Lana Sky
Narrated by Krystal Wascher

*Audible Review*
Such an excellent story!! This is the first book I've read by this author, most definitely not the last. This story had me completely hooked from the first few pages. It was compelling, it was twisted, it was beautiful! Everything is so well done, the storyline is entertaining, and the writing is simply brilliant! The characters are flawed and I loved the dynamic between them. If you are looking for a story that has emotion, lies, drama, secrets, and twists and turns, then grab this book you will not be disappointed.

Krystal Wascher's narration of this book was amazing and helped immerse me further and further into the story. I will definitely download and listen to more stories narrated by her!

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Loved It

I absolutely loved listening to this book, Lana Sky and Krystal Wascher did an amazing job bringing the characters to life.

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Unique and engaging

I enjoyed this interesting and unique story. The characters were so flawed but the author was able to give them depth and humanity. The narrator added to the story.

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Original, Complex and Intense!

Lana Sky has her very own style and she writes her stories in a unique and in a gripping way. This taboo story is original, complex, intense, and bold. The characters are complex and intriguing. Krystal Washer did an amazing job with the narration. The pace was great and all the characters were easy to distinguish. I read this story before, and I love how the audiobook version brings this story to life.

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the power of words

A warning first off for those who can't or don't do taboo content - this book is NOT for you. Otherwise, strap on your seatbelt for an incredible ride. I wasn't excited about Maryann's character but I totally get how necessary it was for this story line and I loved how her words and emotions came out - almost like I could image a real twisted teen girl would think and feel after the events that shaped her earlier life. I love her character growth in this read / listen. Loved the twists and turns this story line took and the end - OMG the end! This book is such a reminder of the power words can hold over each of us - no matter who we are...

this book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Left Field Crazy

I’ve never listened to a story like this before. The character development was one sided and I hated her. Understanding her came slow but eventually I did, but not Thorny. His troubled life was explained but never given substance. I wanted to know him better. Somehow I liked him though.
The story premise was a creative take on the younger girl older man affair. The romance aspect was not of wooing but in understanding one another and forgiveness. Sex scenes weren’t drawn out, just evidence of undeniability.
The narration, while not distracting, didn’t seem to demonstrate the correct feeling in the tone. But... I have to grudgingly admit, it made me feel. And I wasn’t left hanging at the end.
It’s hard to give TWO THIMBS when it was such a harsh, conflicting and frustrating ride, but I will.
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I have voluntarily left this honest review.

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Crossed Lines

I had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook recently, and after reading the story when it was first released, I jumped at the chance. Below is my original review for the story only with an add on review for the narration.

Lana Sky does it again! She delivers two characters you want to hate and develops them in such a way you can't help but feel for them, possibly even love and cheer for them by the end. She takes a subject that is taboo, and at times uncomfortable to read, and pulls you in where you don't want to put the story down. If you know this author, you know her material is not for everyone. There could be potential triggers. However, if you're a fan of hers, this will be another fantastic read for you. If you are new to her, this story is a great one to start with. I definitely recommend reading this one.

This is the first audiobook I've listened to narrated by Ms. Wascher. Overall, I thought she did a good job. She definitely had the spoiled brat, I'm up to no good, attitude down pat so her Maryanne was really believable. I wasn't as convinced with her Thorny though. While reading the story, I pictured him as having a gruff and domineering voice and didn't think that came across as well. That being said, I would definitely still listen to another book narrated by Ms. Wascher.
*I was provided a copy of this audiobook and voluntarily chose to leave a review. This is my honest review.*

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So Much More Than You Would Expect

I think that you are going to see the cover of this book and read the title and blurb and assume you know everything about it. Well, trust me when I say that you don't. It is more, so much more than you'd expect. This is a gripping, thought provoking read that easily and quickly ensnares you in Maryanne and James' story. A story that pushes boundaries, buttons and crosses big red lines of both the reader and the characters involved. It does contain content that could be triggers for some (violence, sexual content, suicide, alcoholism and other mental health issues). For others, that want to see things as only black and white, this forbidden romance will just be a huge turn-off, So, please consider that before reading. Myself, I thought that this was an astonishingly good read. The emotions, desires and secrets woven throughout this story are deep, thick, dark and complex. They create a simmering, bubbling pot of stew that shows you its surface, but you truly have no idea what you are going to find when you dig into it. Maryanne and James are very complicated and flawed characters. They bring out strong emotions in each other and share a lot of similarities. My heart ached for the wounds they carried and broke for the struggles they faced. Maryanne is like a Rubik's cube. She is a puzzle and you must go through many twists and turns to finally get a true look at the real her. Tragedy has broken and shaped her into a enigma. The pain, anxiety, longing and desire she feels is a dual-edged sword of comforting, protective blanket and electric fence to keep others at bay. James carries his own weighty baggage. He is a man that is tortured by his own failings, frustrated by the expectations placed on him by not only others but himself and tormented by the demons of his desires. He judges himself harshly and loathes himself for it all. This compelling read is full of rawness and pain. It is sometimes ugly and and sometimes it is beautiful. It will make you cry and it will make you laugh and yes, sometimes it will make you uncomfortable. It will encourage you to see that love is not always simple, agreeable or clear-cut. Love can be incredibly messy, difficult, agonizing, desperate, and catastrophic. The one thing we can always agree on though, is love is life-altering and that holds true for this couple. This is a truly stunning read that will linger in the mind and the heart. I was very impressed at the job the narrator did with this book. I felt her voice truly fit the character of Maryanne. She delivered a spot on performance of sharp barbs, snarky comments and devastating arrows tipped in the poison of Maryanne's pain, while still being able to showcase the broken child that lived inside her with the intense and consuming emotions and desires of the young woman she was becoming. A wonderful read and a excellent listen.

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  • Nicola J Hardy
  • 11-17-19

taboo

I love taboo/forbidden reads and this was one of the best I've listened to , I was not expecting it to end the way it did and it had me hooked the whole time, you think you know how these books end up but I had no idea it would end like that , Maryanne is a bit of a brat or at least she acts that way and she does it well it took me a while to truly understand her character but it made sense eventually in why she acted the way she did , the narrator was perfect for the parts she played and really brought the story to life
an absolute must listen