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Everything She Ever Wanted

A Different Kind of Love, Book 1
Narrated by: Melissa Moran, Joe Hempel
Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
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She's smart, independent, and heartbroken. He's gorgeous, a bit rough around the edges, and too young....

But when a scheduling mistake lands them in the same place at the same time, can their fling turn into the real thing?

When her husband leaves her for a younger woman, transplant surgeon Harlow James finds herself alone, without family, and barely a career. So she trades the bright lights of Manhattan for the open road and ends up at the Pearl, a sustainable home outside of Taos, New Mexico where she hopes to find out where she went wrong.

Instead, she finds the perfect man.

Too bad he's too young for her....

Set amidst the enchanting landscape of Taos, New Mexico, Everything She Ever Wanted explores one woman's search for the things that really matter, like love and family, and where losing her way is the best prescription to finding herself - and falling in love - again.

©2016 Liz Durano (P)2017 Liz Durano

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Beautiful story

Loved listening to this! A beautiful story of love, loss, and acceptance. I enjoyed following Harlow and Dax’s relationship through its ups and downs, the dual view points were fantastic. Both narrators were amazing and made the listening experience very enjoyable, both have very pleasant voices to listen to. Highly recommend giving this book a listen! I received a review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Wow!

This story broke all the molds of what a romance book should look like- addressing many trigger topics. It was very well written and absolutely created a one of a kind story that was a joy to read. Well done!

Narration.... I can't say enough how much i enjoyed listening to Melissa and Joe. Both gave a fantastic performance. This team is an insta-buy for me!

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Great Performance!

Harlow is an accomplished transplant surgeon however she and her husband are having trouble conceiving a child. When their last attempt results in the stillborn death of her son her husband starts divorce proceedings and ensures that she is fired from her position. At her breaking point she ends up on a road trip and ends up at The Pearl where her life is forever changed.

Dax is the much younger sexy successful craftsman who is renting The Pearl to her. Although his first encounter with her makes him privy to information that she doesn’t know they do become friends and then much more. He infiltrates the barriers she has built around her heart but when she must return to face the nightmare her life has become she knows that their relationship could damage the business he has worked so hard for she ends things. Will they be able to find their way back to each other?

I really enjoyed the narration by Melissa Moran and Joe Hempel. The nuances of their voices made you feel like you were there with them.

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A different kind of love story

This was a great romantic story about a woman who believes she has nothing left to live for and the man who shows her that she can have everything she ever wanted. Harlow James is a world renowned transplant surgeon from New York. She finds herself in an organic desolate airship in the outskirts of New Mexico after losing her job and her husband. She meets Dax the much younger owner of the Pearl, the place she has rented out and he offers to show her around his hometown.

They form a close bond over the week, however they are both keeping secrets from one another and when the truth is revealed, the fallout may just be too much for them to handle. I loved this older woman, younger man dynamic, the dual POV gave a great transission into the feelings of both Dax and Harlow and there was a lot of emotional heartache faced that gave the story so much depth. I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable read.

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Great new series

I really enjoyed "Everything She Ever Wanted" by Liz Durano. I've become a fan of this author over the past year, having read several of her books. Each one is well written, but also unique in their own way. The characters and story lines leave you wanted more at the end. This book was no exception. I loved the introduction to a couple new characters, Harlow and Dax and I look forward to seeing how this series builds and develops from this first book. Experiencing this as an audio book really made the story come to life!
If you are a fan of contemporary romance, you should add this book to your collection.
Happy Reading...enjoy!

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Too good to miss

Everything She Ever Wanted is an older woman/younger man romance—but so much more. It has a well thought out plot and fully developed characters, especially Harlow and Dax. It touches on the truth that powerful men are believed and trusted over women, regardless of their stature. I enjoyed hearing both points of view brought to life by Melissa Moran and Joe Hempel. (so great that Liz hired both a male and female rather than trying to have one person do both). This is one you won’t want to miss.

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  • Jan M
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  • 10-26-17

So Good!!!

I loved this older woman - younger man romance. The story was so well written and the narration perfection. This book has so many emotions in it. The story is realistic and original. The path to love was unconventional, the characters were strong and endearing. This is a standalone listen and part of a series. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written my review. I will definitely be listening to more books by both the author and narrators. The point of views of the characters was very enlightening. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. The imagery in the story was also very good. Having visited Taos previously, I could envision the Pearl.

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Everything She Ever Wanted was so engaging.

I loved hearing about Dax & Harlow's storyline, I can't believe it only took me 2 days which is a record for me,I wanted to find out what happened between these characters, I listened pretty much non-stop.I urge you to buy this audible you won't regret .I also followed along with the book.

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  • Sara
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  • 11-29-17

Moving story! Love the narrators

Everything She Ever Wanted was amazingly emotional! I couldn’t even imagine what Harlow was going through. She is a super skilled pediatric transplant surgeon who is having one heck of a time everywhere else in her life… her lovely (said with sarcasm) husband was a cheating unfaithful shell of a man. He angered me when he turned up engaged to his mistress. Ugh… so I can see why Harlow wanted to run off and take off. She’s so troubled with the death of a stillborn baby, her marriage crumpling… she wants to end her life. So she takes off and enjoys a drunken night but decides the time isn’t right to dies so puts it off.

Dax stumbles upon her and her suicide note. While he’s attracted to her, he’s troubled by the letter. I loved how grouchy Harlow was and how Dax pursued her relentlessly. Watching her grow and flourish with Dax is a beautiful… it’s a beautiful story about finding yourself and learning who you really are. Liz Durano wrote a moving story. She was able to describe the feelings and thoughts of a person who has lived it. Then there’s the descriptions of the plot… you get this view of a wild beauty that is colorful and hopeful.

I listened to the audio. Joe Hempel and Melissa Moran work beautifully together. I can’t even tell you the emotions that Moran oozes into this with her gorgeous voice. Jow Hempel is quickly becoming a favorite narrator for me. His voice is so charming and so fierce, when it needs to be. There’s some amazing sex appeal in this one!!

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Older woman, younger man...

This audiobook story was about a female transplant surgeon whose husband (also a transplant surgeon) walked out on her after their baby was stillborn, while he was also having an affair with his office manager. She goes on the road from NYC, only to end up in New Mexico staying in a sustainable living house she rents. It’s there she meets the hero, a master carpenter who also happened to build the house. Though he’s 13 years younger, he starts to teach her that her self worth is a lot more than she had imagined. Narration was well performed.

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  • Chrystal
  • 08-21-19

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This story was well written and nice character development. Harlow and Dax will take you on an emotional journey. I enjoyed this story.
The Narrator's Melissa Moran and Joe Hempel did an amazing job bringing these characters to life.

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  • Brandie @AudiobookObsession
  • 08-16-19

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This story broke all the molds of what a romance book should look like- addressing many trigger topics. It was very well written and absolutely created a one of a kind story that was a joy to read. Well done!

Narration.... I can't say enough how much i enjoyed listening to Melissa and Joe. Both gave a fantastic performance. This team is an insta-buy for me!

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  • Krisz
  • 05-07-19

Good book, great narration

I liked this story by Liz Durano. I absolutely felt for Harlow and was immensely impressed by Dax. They both were very good characters, it was easy to love them. I love a good supporting cast and the secondary characters were also good here.
This was my first book by this author and surely won't be the last.

I loved the narration by Melissa Moran and Joe Hempel. They were fabulous. Great voices and pace. I loved the bits of Spanish too. Both recordings were high quality, no noise or any other disturbance.

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  • Jessica71208
  • 04-08-19

Sweet and sexy

This was my first older woman younger man romance book and I enjoyed it. My only complaint is that it took me a few chapters to get into the story because it started out kind of slow. Even with the slow beginning I would recommend. I do think the narrator did a great job with this story.
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  • Maria Fernanda G. Lechuga
  • 03-22-19

Good 😀


This was an interesting insta-love, older women, young man story.

The characters where okay, I didn't really feel a true connection with them though. What I loved was the place and the descriptions of it, it made me want to be there. And the food, so mamy delicious plates.

The story was good, Harlow got to found true love when she less expectec to and when she was at her lowest.

I would have love for Harlow & Dax to have more time together in the book, specially after the conflict between them is settled, because after that everything was so rushed and we didn't get more closure, it goes straight to the epilogue and leave me wanting more.

The narrattion by Melissa Moran and Joe Hempel was perfect, they both have great voices, excellent tone and paced, and I truly enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-16-19

Well written original story

You have to admit a good original story is amazing, and that is definitely what this book is. The characters are believable and to me in the story that is hard to do sometimes. The narration is amazing so glad I was able to read this book. I’m glad that after all the Trumatic things that this person went through she was able to find the love of her life.

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  • Nicola J Hardy
  • 03-14-19

indescribable

I really don't know how to put this review into words that will do this audiobook any kind of justice
it was amazing! I really felt bad for Harlow going through what she did and her ex was a right jerk! I'm so glad she found Dax, or rather he found her
It's an amazing story and an absolute must listen , the narrator's were perfect for the parts they played

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  • Ginger
  • 03-03-19

Age is only a number

This story starts at an emotional high, then evens out to an even plateau as our female character Harlow James finds her footing after a very traumatic lose. It doesn’t hurt that she is confronted then befriended by a ten year her junior Dax Drexsell. Nor that they build a friendship and love in the time they are together, but as budding romance builds secrets, lies and emotions get in the way along with Harlow’s past which must be resolved to bring about an HEA.
Some people might have issues with the age difference between Harlow and Dax. I for one do not, love to me does not recognize a number, only the feelings between to people.
Reviewed for @Audiobook Obsession and thank you Liz Durano author and narrators Melissa Moran and Joe Hempel for bringing this story to life.

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  • Clare Keating
  • 03-01-19

Amazing love story.xx

Harlow is trying to find herself after her husbands cheats so she hits the road and ends up in the Pearl a home in New Mexico where she must over come her demons. Harlow meets Dax the owner of the Perl and a much younger man but sparks fly and they fall for each other. But secrets and lies pull them apart but the feelings never go. Can they find each other again and get the HEA they deserve. Dax was such a hot head and found it hard to hold back his temper but Harlow is the calming influence. They were a great couple hot as heck.

Melissa Moran and Joe Hemple did a great job as Harlow and Dax I loved their voices they perfect.

I great love story I really enjoyed it.x

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  • Gwen
  • 02-28-19

Finding love in the middle of nowhere

After a traumatic loss, Harlow goes away for a retreat. She is a talented surgeon with a jerk of a husband. While finding herself and trying to forget she meets a gorgeous and also talented young man. I loved how he didn't judge her and their romance albeit short was so intense. But reality hits sometimes and bad decisions are made. She did get what she wanted most of all though. Tender story of a different kind of love and a great narration by both readers.