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Despite the Devil

To Stephanie, Andrew Simmons seemed like the perfect man. He was smart, handsome, tall, and athletic. And best of all, he was interested in her. As their romance begins to blossom, the truth about Andrew's past comes to light.  

A misguided choice made many years before hung over him. When they start a family together, Andrew tries to move on from the past and enjoy his family life, but the past still haunts him.

As Andrew and Stephanie build a stable and happy home life together, they long for the day they can stop looking over their shoulders. With their resilience and perseverance, they take faith-filled steps to overcome the past.

©2020 Shawna James (P)2021 Shawna James

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Increadible!

Incredibly awesome story from Shawna James. Not sure, why I didn't get a recommendation of her book earlier, but I am glad that I finally got this recommendation, and choose to listen this incredible audiobook. I will not go much into the details, but I will just say that this one of the best audiobook I ever listened on audible.

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This is unusual listen

I don't normally leave reviews due to having a hard time typing but this book I simply had to. This book kept me so captivated that I didn't want to put it down. I normally skip over where an author describes a place or person because I use my own imagination instead. Not with this one though. I had to feel the book from her perspective. I was so enthralled with this book and lost in the scenes that I had to make myself put it down to even go to release my bladder or make dinner for my family. I even had a hard time going to bed because I wanted to know what happened next even though I didn't want the book to end. I wish I could give more stars to this amazing author and look forward to many more books to come.

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What a great start to a new series!

What a great start to a new series! I enjoyed listening this audio book. The characters are engaging and amazing the connection is undeniable throughout the book. The storyline flowed easily throughout the whole book.

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This is such an amazing story!

This is such an amazing story!!! I finished it in a day..I’m excited for part two 😩😍😍😍

This was an unusual story for me, and I liked that. Two people who truly love each who go through the ups and downs of life together and crazy exes. I am definitely a fan of Shawna James now.

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Enjoyed this story!

It was a book that keeps listeners wondering what was going to happen next. It kept you in suspense in parts. I could not stop listening this audio book. This is a truly wonderfully woven tale. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to future books by Shawna James.

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I really enjoyed listening this audio book

I really enjoyed listening this audio book. It had a great storyline; the characters in the story reeled me in, and kept me interested. I found myself completely intrigued and transfixed by it all. I can't wait for more of these books from the author Shawna James.

Easy listen, the anticipation that makes a romantic novel, liked the build of excitement between the two characters.

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One of the easiest 5/5 ratings I’ve ever given

This is one of the easiest 5/5 ratings I’ve ever given. I loved everything about this book. The story was wonderful, both of the main characters were amazing, even the side characters were all so well developed and such a joy to listen about.

I don’t know if I’ve ever related to a character in a book as much as I related to Stephanie. Everything she felt and what she went through all just felt so relatable, that I cried multiple times just because I felt understood, in such an incredible way. And Andrew was such a great character as well. The development they both go through in this book is exactly what I like to listen about. They grew so much individually, which made them stronger together.

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The story starts with Stephanie, an elementary school teacher and her friend Maya gushing over handsome Andrew who is also a teacher in the same school, both of them are single, and do not miss a chance to admire Andrew. Soon, Stephanie and Andrew starts to talk, and Stephanie comes to know about Andrew's past, and how his past life haunts him.

This is a story of how Stephanie and Andrew manages their relationship despite all the ups and down, and stay strong.

The second part is available as kindle currently, waiting for it to come out as audio book as well.

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Awesome!

Only sometimes is that we came across a book that keep us thinking what is going to happen next and how the story will progress further, this was one of those audio book. The story starts simple with Stephanie and Maya having conversations about Gym and Andrew, the knight in the shinning armor and soon goes into several directions which makes listeners get so much involved in the story. Listeners feel for both Andrew and Stephanie and want them to work out everything and vouch for them.

I am not sure if Shawna James have written any book prior to this one, I am not sure if this is her first book or not, but I will say that she has impressed me with her writing. If this is her first book then kudos to her for writing such an awesome book, and if this is not her first work then I would definitely like to see her previous works as well. This audio book was like a cool breeze after listening to several audiobooks that claim to be women's romance books but are something else entirely.

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Clean romance audio book

When I search for romance books on audible, I usually just come across erotica’s or dark romance books, which I tend to not like at all. I only like clean romance books which have some suspense and elements of friendship and feelings. This audiobook by Shawna James is just what I look for in a romance book.

Talking about the story, this is a story of Stephanie who works as a teacher in a school with Mr. Perfect Andrew and gushes over him whenever they interact. Her dreams come true when Andrew also falls for her, and everything starts to go well between them, but suddenly things start to change when they start to live together in Europe.

Those who like to listen or read clean romance audio books or series may find this audio book to be worth it listen for their monthly credit, and also the fans of the couple romance genre may find this book to be a good listen.

Also, I would like to see how the story progresses into the next part and how does Stephanie manages everything.

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  • Brie
  • 10-16-21

Good one

I choose this on a whim but I fell in love! I finished this in one day and I couldn't rip my eyes away! I'm the same age as the characters which may have fed my obsession but nevertheless one of my all time favorites.

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  • Mike Smith
  • 10-15-21

Shawna James does not disappoint!

Shawna James does not disappoint! I love the story and how it's written, this is an awesome listen. The writing is fluid and warm. The characters are caring, hesitant, and appealing. And the plot is a push-pull tale of relationship dynamics, familial expectations, parenthood, introspection, acceptance, forgiveness, friendship, love, romance, and new beginnings. Cannot wait for up-coming books in this series. Love the characters and the story behind each one.

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  • Brandon B Patty
  • 10-14-21

This book was amazing

This book was amazing! It had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I loved the main character, she is a teacher at a school and has a crush on another teacher from school Andrew. Things start to change when they get closer and the past starts to bother them.

This was my first book from Shawna James, and I was impressed by the writing style of Shawna James.

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  • Mike Simmons
  • 10-13-21

I finished it in one night

This book showed up on my feed as recommended for me, and I have to say, it was spot on. I could not put this book down. I was so engrossed with the characters and how the story would evolve, that I finished it in one night. Definitely going to listen the whole series.

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  • Natty Anderson
  • 10-11-21

I sincerely enjoyed every moment of this book

I sincerely enjoyed every moment of this book. I found myself rooting for the characters and honestly held my breath at certain points. I fell for Andrew, I respected Stephanie and Maya has my entire heart and soul. 10/10 recommend this book. One of the best books I have ever listened on audible.

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  • James Adison Jr.
  • 10-09-21

Turned out to be better than I expected

This audio book turned out to be better than I was expecting. The book is near six hours long, and never did I felt a need for skipping some parts. This book is well written, I book somehow manages to keeps listeners interested, maybe it is because of the writing style of author Shawna James, but yes five stars from me.

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  • Monika
  • 09-28-21

Wonderful book

What can I say this book blew me away! It had so much depth it blew me away literally. My heart hurt for them both but mostly Judge. The storyline was so different but so detailed and heartbreaking but at the same time heartwarming. Wonderful book and story. Cannot wait for the next book now.

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  • Ellie James
  • 09-26-21

This audio book was so beautiful

There is so much that I love about this story, but it did take me some time before I became completely hooked. Once I was lost in the story, for much of the remainder I didn’t want to put my headphones down. I absolutely adore Stephanie. She’s kind, caring and compassionate – a beautiful person inside and out. She is someone who I would treasure having within my close circle of friends. She shows incredible strength and determination, and I couldn’t help but want the very best of everything for her.

One of the things I loved about this audio book is the link between the title and the story line content. I can find that some titles have more of a connection with the story than others, and for me, this was one of those times.This audio book was so beautiful, emotional and heart felt I really enjoyed getting to know these characters.

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  • Ellie Jackson
  • 09-23-21

Just amazing

This one is really amazing. I have always liked to read clean romance books. So, when I had a credit to use for an audio book, I decided to go with this audio book, and I must say that this book impressed me. Shawna James has a delicate writing style, she seems to understands how relationships works, and how they can be complicated, we can feel that in her writing. She also does not forget to include the elements of comedy as well sometimes, which helps in getting some laughs here and there as well. Maya is a nice character, she is Stephanie's friends and is likable; will be looking forward to see how Maya develops in the upcoming books.



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  • Edward Simmons
  • 09-20-21

Wow, from the first chapter I was cracking up!

Wow, from the first chapter I was cracking up! I was giggling and a few times teared up too! There were twists and crazy moments, and Stephanie is amazing with her crazy mind! Andrew was pretty hot too, he certainly doesn't take the top book boyfriend spot for me, but I did really like him!

Even though this is a long audio book but I got so much hooked into this audio book that I finished this in a day and also I wanted to know the ending of the story fast so finished it a day, will be looking forward to listen the second part now.