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Everything She Needs

By: Cynthia Dane,Hildred Billings
Narrated by: Lu Banks
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Publisher's Summary

A scorching age-gap ice-queen romance with a happy ending. 

Tara Staudenmeier: College student Tara Staudenmaier will do anything for her family. When medical debt looms, she doesn’t hesitate to do whatever it takes. 

Even if it means putting herself - and her inexperience in love - up on the auction block. 

She only asks that nobody discovers her biggest secret. The reason she’s gone gray at 20 and now has something to offer a would-be suitor looking for a monthlong affair.  

Astrid Evans: Two years after the death of her husband, Astrid is used to the jokes and jeers from the peerage. Everyone knows she’s a trophy wife who received the inheritance of a lifetime. 

But it didn’t come without a price. Traumatized by her former experiences, Astrid now spends her nights subjecting herself to the same events that once changed her life. 

That’s how she discovers Tara, a young and naïve woman who will be chewed up by the same system that stole Astrid’s own youth. 

The only key...hypocrisy. 

When Tara arrives at Evans Manor for a month of companionship, Astrid rejects their mutual attraction, if only to sleep better at night. 

Soon, she can’t sleep at all. 

The electric chemistry between Astrid and Tara is unlike anything to hit the quiet country manor. While Tara explores what it means to fall in love and indulge in her lifelong fantasies, Astrid confronts the nightmares that have turned her into the ice-cold queen of her fortress. 

Everything she needs is within grasp - yet she denies it. 

Until she can’t anymore, and all hell breaks loose. 

©2021 Barachou Press (P)2021 Barachou Press
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  • Categories: Romance

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More please!

Astrid and Tara’s insatiable love story, is my absolute favorite! Eva and Nadia come second.

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Great Age - Gap Ice - Queen Story!

This is about Tara and Astrid. Tara is young and looking to help pay for her mom's hospital bills. Astrid is extremely wealthy and lonely. She's and ice queen and there is an age gap with the characters. Both have challenging backstories, and Cynthia/Hildred does a great job showing how one's past can impact their lives.

Hildred Billings/Cynthia Dane is an excellent writer! I love how she intertwines characters from other books.

Lu Banks did a great job of narrating! She hit the correct emotions within the very hot sex scenes!

Highly recommended!

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Bdsm

The main character weren’t so bad with this in action but in talk and thought. The side characters were worse. I hate sex play that involves unwilling participants(witnesses out in public) and involve keeping someone as a pet. Didn’t know this would go full pet play but stopped when they started writing letters to each other. I don’t remember this book as advertising as BDSM but it is.

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It's a good listen, if only it was a better book

I really wish I could write a better review of this book. I liked listening to this book, I just wish there was more substance to it. It is so cliché ridden. I wish the authors could have tried to do something new but alas they didn't. The dialogue was one cliché after another. The whole premise of the book was just a clichéd premise with a slight twist of gray hair. I don't care what sex you put it in, it still felt like rehashed Saturday morning soap opera drivel. I do think that the performance by the voice actor was above average. There were things that I would call out as being problematic, but they tended to be bound to the quality of the writing. On the whole this is one of those books that is not a waste of time, but it won't add to the quality of your library either.

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50 Shades of Gray for Lesbians.

I’ve never read / listened to anything by this author. So I was very excited to see how well the author / story was.
I tried to give them time to flesh out the characters, and fill in the story line. Needless to say, I was sadly let down.
I was hoping the story would out way the sex scenes by the end of the story. Alas I was sadly mistaken. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good sex scene. But I want the story to be more than the two leads screwing like bunnies. And more details to the story.
If you like women who drone on and on about how much they love each other (insert sugar overdose here) and how much they want to (insert sex speak overdose here) screw like bunnies whenever they get 1 mile apart then this story is for you!
I’m hoping this isn’t how everything by this author will turn out.

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Great Story

It was a fun listen, I feel like the couple needed a little more development together emotionally, but otherwise perfect

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such a beautiful story

I enjoyed this story the two main characters were very likeable. I was not expecting the back story on Tara it made it a lot more interesting. This is the 3rd book I've heard from this author and I highly recommend.

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Great narration

I received a free code from the narrator, in exchange for an honest review. While this is not the type of story that interests me, I did quite enjoy the narration, I think Lu Banks nailed Astrid's voice. Pretty enjoyable listen.

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it was great until the end

mein the ending could have been much much better. like frfr. I hate cliff hangers beside that everything else was fantastic. got me more intrigued bout BDSM

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HOT!!!!

loved it.. was a little slow and wordy at times... but it all really set the tone for the book and it's characters ❤️

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  • 09-06-21

Solid 4.7 Experience!

It's been a long time since an audiobook gripped me the way this one did. From the start I was deeply engaged thanks to the beautiful, provocative, vivid prose. The tension was great, and the base scenario felt unique and interesting. Viscerally described with unique character archetypes I wanted to discover more about.

Lu Banks' narration was superb, and I feel like she is one to pay attention to for upcoming audiobooks! I'd love to listen to more narrated by her, as she knocked this out of the park. Extremely smooth and very well acted. Nice clear quality recording.The characters had easily distinguishable voices, and the emotion in the performance overall really helped to imprint this story upon me, getting me to feel it in a way I might not have had someone else been narrating.

The story itself started strong. I enjoyed the base scenario, and the tension of needing to find out more about our MC's. The tension of finding out what would happen once they were in each other's sphere. The development of the romance felt engaging for the most part, and the sex was so well described I found myself aroused more than once. It was infused with emotion and narrative, which made the bdsm aspects much more pallatable for me. It was hot! There were a couple moments where I felt less engaged, but it worked itself around where I was deeply engaged again towards the latter middle and the end of the story. The ending felt slightly abrupt, but not enough to mark this down. I feel like I got the picture, but I'd still love a sequel to see where Astrid and Tara ended up and what they're up to. This may be the best story from Hildren Billings and Cynthia Dane I've come upon yet.

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 06-09-22

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there has to be a sequel, an amazing story dealt with writing so intense and emotional, well drawn out, the unfortunate fact many women go to such lengths to pay debts is portrayed with a dignity, the bdsm is not overpowering but still arousing, our mcs' are very indepth both with thier scars and strength, the narration is excellent and adds the audible dimension many do not, a beautiful romance from adversity which made me cry , but also smiling and lustful, a remarkable book.

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  • StaceyD
  • 09-20-21

Emotionally charged age-gap romance

This is my favourite Dane/Billings novel to date. The story will not disappoint readers who love steamy, age-gap romances with a BDSM twist. Astrid and Tara’s story is both intriguing and thought provoking. The book is beautifully written and flows wonderfully from scene to scene. I found the end a little rushed, but it did not spoil my enjoyment. Lu Banks does an excellent job with the narration really bringing the characters to,life.

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  • 09-23-21

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It was an intriguing book to read with believable story lines overall the book was a pages turner, although the ending could have been thougt out a bit better, but still a great read