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Blissed Audiobook

Blissed: Misfit Brides, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Bliss, the bridal capital of the Midwest!

Natalie Castellano practically has it all - beauty, brains, and a stellar reputation. Because childbearing hips and exhaustion lines are totally sexy. And knowing when to let go of her family's failing bridal boutique is smart...right? Plus, who doesn't want to be that divorced mother in Bliss?

With all she has going for her, it would be selfish to secretly wish for love too. Who needs it? Definitely not Nat. But perhaps she does need to take her wedding dress-obsessed little boy somewhere else for a fresh start.

CJ Blue is on top of the world. At least, he was last week when he stood on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Now, he's in an empty confessional, hiding from the hullabaloo of a family wedding. a.k.a. the depths of hell.

His meddling relatives want to poke at the deep psychological wounds he supposedly bears from being a 20-something widower. But he doesn't want to talk, he doesn't want to be fussed over, and he certainly doesn't want another chance to fail at love. He just wants to get through this wedding and back to his adventurous life.

But when a dark-haired, wounded-eyed beauty invades his sanctuary and whispers a secret he was never supposed to know, he gets swept up in her life. Is he brave enough to tackle the adventure of life in Bliss, or will he walk away from the only woman in the world who could offer him love, forgiveness, and a second chance?

©2014 Jamie Farrell (P)2016 Jamie Farrell

What the Critics Say

"Farrell marries warmth with tongue-in-cheek wit in this marvelous romantic comedy." (Publishers Weekly starred review)

What Members Say

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    Diane Blaser 07-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Blissful!"
    What made the experience of listening to Blissed the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's voice was very pleasing and Jamie Farrell's style of writing with comedy is the perfect blend of romance and the experience of the absurdity of life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked the character of Natalie and how devoted she was to her mother's dream and all of her family members including her son. I also enjoyed her interactions with the Queen General who is a force to be reckoned with.


    What about Karen White’s performance did you like?

    Everything! Her voice is pleasing and easy to listen to. I especially enjoyed the way she interprets the story with the inflection of her voice. She made me giggle and kept my attention throughout the book. I would definitely buy another book that she narrates.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Husband Games was hilarious and kept me glued to the pages as CJ battles to be the winner in the annual event so that he can win Natalie's heart, especially in front of the entire town and the Queen General.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Jamie Farrell's writing and she and Karen White are the perfect combination to make this a really enjoyable story and listening experience. I highly recommend this fabulous duo!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Brown TN 07-03-16
    Elizabeth Brown TN 07-03-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Wonderful story!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've had the pleasure of both reading my kindle copy of the book and listening to the audiobook of Blissed. I really enjoyed Blissed when I first read it. I had a few issues with Natalie not standing up or herself in the beginning of the book and her blaming CJ for something that was truly a mistake from 5 years ago, but that as early in the book and once I got past about 5% of the book, I totally fell in love with the story. I loved watching CJ come back to life again after living with guilt over the death of his military wife. I adored the entire Blue clan and loved they always had CJ's back, even when he didn't want them around I also love how CJ interacted with Natalie's son Noah. Seriously heart-melting watching the two of them together. The build up of the romance between Natalie and CJ ended up being perfect for me. I loved they had instant attraction, yet both were cautious because of their pasts. <br/><br/>Karen White is the narrator for the audiobook and she absolutely brings the characters to life. She was spot-on with each of the character's voices and I fell in love all over again with the story as I listened to Karen White.


    What about Karen White’s performance did you like?

    She did a spot-on job with each of the characters voices that brought the story to life.


    If you could take any character from Blissed out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Kimmie because I want to listen to her tell me about all her strange dreams.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brickley J USA 07-08-16
    Brickley J USA 07-08-16
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    "This book proves why Jamie Farrell is one of my favorite authors."

    I laughed. I chewed my nails. I cried. I love this book! I can't wait till the next one comes out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chrissy3562 07-06-16
    Chrissy3562 07-06-16
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    "Great audiobook!"

    I've read this book before, so I knew what to expect from the story. That being said I'm new to audiobooks and a little hesitant, however this reader did a great job. I found myself sucked in the story and wanted to continue hearing her read. Every once in a while it felt like she read a little too slow so I just sped up the story, but overall it was a great read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AmyHiggs 06-27-16
    AmyHiggs 06-27-16 Member Since 2017
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    "I love Bliss"
    What made the experience of listening to Blissed the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was very good!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blissed?

    The itch weed scene with Natalie and CJ.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them! The husband games scenes.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh!


    Any additional comments?

    I love the town of Bliss!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T 10-31-16
    T 10-31-16
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    "I tried to like it."

    Totally unbelievable.
    Why would anyone subject themselves to such bullying?
    Why would any mother subject their child to a town that is controlled by a bully? In her mothers memory. No, no way would her mother want that for her child. All because she was divorced. Totally unbelievable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AMY KITTER 07-27-16
    AMY KITTER 07-27-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun!"

    Such an enjoyable book. Great characters, entertaining story, humor and depth paired beautifully. Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Washington, DC USA 07-21-16
    Kelly Washington, DC USA 07-21-16

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    "Fun and heartwarming"

    I'd already read Blissed (and a few more of the Misfit Brides series), but it had been awhile. I love listening to audiobooks while cooking and driving, so I jumped at the chance to listen to this. I'm so glad I did!
    The pacing was perfect and the story was as much fun as ever. I noticed new details with the narration that perhaps I skimmed through when I read the book. CJ is a wonderful hero and I love Natalie (maybe because I'm a bit tough to crack too). Their story made me laugh out loud a few times and had my eyes welling up with tears more than once. I really enjoyed going back to the first of the books set in Bliss! The characters and the town have really won me over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kait from MS Starkville, MS United States 06-27-16
    Kait from MS Starkville, MS United States 06-27-16 Member Since 2016

    The Southern Seanachi

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    "Hilarious and heartwarming"

    Love it! More please! What a delightful beginning to a quirky and hilarious new series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie Lynn 05-14-17
    Eddie Lynn 05-14-17 Member Since 2017

    No spoilers from me! Sexy, romantic stories, thrillers, mystery, relationship stories.. my library is a crazy mix.

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    "Over the top concept wins the contest"

    Yes, this book has a silly premise, a town defined by weddings and "Bliss", a Main Street named "The Aisle" and a dragon-woman running the show. Natalie is a single mom, trying to move past a bad marriage and the sudden loss of her mother. Enter C.J. And his herb-named sisters and a push-pull romance begins ... faulters ... you know the rest. What you don't know is the meat of the book is a contest that is so well written I could see it as it was read. Laugh-out-loud funny - Karen White nailed it!

    Let's review Karen White. I bought this book because she was the narrator. She brings character to the characters through inflection, pauses, sarcasm, humor, and smokey sexiness in her tone. I would love to watch her read In the booth!

    I would have enjoyed the book without Ms. White (whom I will begin to call Karen because we are becoming friends ... I just know we are), but her reading kicked it up several notches for me.

    Freckles rating of enjoyment - see profile photo - is 5 stars because I laughed a lot while listening.

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