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Publisher's Summary

The heart may hide, but it never forgets. The first women’s fiction novel from New York Times and number one international best-selling author Christina Lauren (Autoboyography, Dating You/Hating You).

Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.

But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos - the first and only love of her life - the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world - growing from her gangly teen friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother...only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.

Told in alternating timelines between then and now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more - spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco reading books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.

©2018 Christina Lauren (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • Cyndi
  • Michigan
  • 04-13-18

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫ Great Narration

While I really enjoyed most of this book, I have to say this could have been a 5 star book except I felt like there were a few different things with these characters that were either passed by like it was inconsequential or that were just so out of character for them both. I love a friends to loves story and I love a second chance romance so this book started out perfect for me. I really enjoyed the past/present story line and I enjoyed how different Elliot and Macy were from the time they met and how it just worked for them both. Elliot was very quirky as a teen and Macy embraced his "strange" which was probably my favorite thing about this book. I was on board until almost the end. Up until then I felt like the only thing really missing was a little more connection between them as adults, 10 years is a long time to not need any time to get back where you were. Then finally we get the explanation as to why it had been 10 years and that really didn't work for me. It was a little unbelievable the explanation about New Years Eve and then Macy having to tell him about the following day was a little unbelievable too. I say this because after all the years and the connections, for him to go on clueless just didn't seem like him at all. With that being said, I think those are just issues for me and I think most people won't have the same issues. I would for definitely recommend this book but I would be sure that you didn't grab this looking for a "beautiful bastard" type of story. These authors have changed (not a bad thing, just different) since the beginning, their stories are a lot deeper now so expect that when you read this book.

TEN STAR NARRATION
The narration for the audiobook was AMAZING!!! Erin Mallon is an incredible narrator and I have to say I was kind of excited to see she actually narrated this one alone. I say this not because I don't love dual narration because I do but because Erin doesn't need a co-narrator. She has an awesome male voice and she switches so seamlessly between the roles that you forget it's only one person. She was a GREAT casting choice for this book. She was able to narrate a teenage boy, teenage girl, 29 year old man & 29 year old women and it worked perfectly. At no point did she sound too young or too old for the characters and to me that is a great skills that most narrators do not have. I think she portrays the emotions of the characters so well that she has you convinced the situations are actually happening to her and she isn't reading someone else's words.

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What's your favorite word

Amazing! This was a really good friends to lover and second chance story. Macy and Elliot were quirky kids that started as friends and over their high school years fell in love until something happened and 11 years later they come across each other and old feelings that actually never left are right there again. I liked the way the past/present day of their story was told and as much as I loved this story I do think it should have been a little bit more at the end, but books I really enjoy always leaving me wanting more and I wanted just a little more of their story. I loved that even though there were years of separation and words unsaid that because they were friends first they were able to essentially pick their friendship up where they left off. As for narrator Erin Mallon there are not enough words to say what a spectacular job she did with this book. There aren't many narrators that transition from female to male as flawlessly as she does. I will always pick books narrated by her because you can always expect the best from her. If I could I'd give more that 5 stars.

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F bombs galore

Truly wanted to like this book because of reviews but the cursing is so dumb. Its used inappropriately I think for reviews. I just gave up and wish I could get my credit back.

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oh my heart

In their first venture into Women's Fiction, CLo just go for it. I could read 100 more books like this one.

Whenever I struggle with a book it's because I can't connect to the characters. But I never have that problem with CLo books. With every book you say I'm a Chloe! No, I'm a Harlow! Nope, y'all I am totally a Lorelei. Wait hold on -- Holland, definitely Holland. But along comes the story of 28 year old Macy as she struggles through reconnecting with past and how it all impacts her present -- it's all the feels.

What makes this book for me is that it's a story told from the past and the present -- and that's something I never say. If it were just a story of teenagers finding love or just a second chance romance between old friends each would be a good story but weaving the tale through the past and present makes it a great story. The different timelines add to the depth and complexities of Macy.

I saw this thing on Twitter a while ago that says "I've lost people and found them again. The second time things just made more sense. Honestly, timing has a lot to do with everything. Sometimes you aren't ready for each other yet." As soon as I finished this book this was the first thing I thought of. As much as it hurts sometimes you need that time and distance. That time that space it makes it all worth it when it finally comes together. I can't think of a better way to describe Macy's journey and her relationship with Elliot.

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This is not your typical macho, alpha romance

This story is sweet endearing has all the feels. Loved Macy and Elliot’s story
Narration is well done

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Beautiful second chance romance.

What did you love best about this story?

Christina Lauren are those kind of authors whose books I read without reading the synopsis—yes, I’m not afraid to say this, it’s just a fact about myself, I try my best not to do this with other authors and books, but with CLo I feel safe enough that they will deliver the best book for my heart—and Love and Other Words was a big surprise for me. I always have sexy, funny and romantic books from Christina Lauren, and this book was so much different from that. Yes, it’s romantic and has its funny moments, but this book is so much more emotional than their previous books and that’s exactly what I loved most about it.
In this book, Macy and Elliot were best friends and then fell in love with each other when they were teenagers, but sadly their relationship ended abruptly and they lost all contact. So many years later they found each other and Elliot wanted, above all things, reconnect with Macy and get back together, but she was so afraid to let that happen and she had her reasons.
The way this book was written was perfect to reveal why Macy never contacted Elliot again, why it was so hard for her to open up to him, despite her obvious feelings toward him and why she needed to forgive herself and him and move on from the past and finally be together.

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

There were so many emotional moments in this book. I cried so much while listening to it, my heart felt so much for Macy and when I finally knew what really happened all those years ago, my heart ached so much for her and I wanted to take her out of the book and hug her forever. Thank God Elliot was there for her to hold her and support her and help her move on, but mostly to love her with all his heart, that was the most beautiful thing in the world.

What about Erin Mallon’s performance did you like?

Erin’s performance was perfect, just perfect. She did the best Macy, with a soft voice and an emotional reading to make the audiobook experience more intense. I loved her inflections and how this audiobook didn’t have a boring moment, making not want to stop listening to it.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. This is a beautiful story of second chances, forgiveness and true love.

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Enthralling at first...but...

As I began to listen I was drawn in by the storyline and characters. It was wonderful and met the high standards to which I hold these writers, however the way that the main situation was resolved felt very contrived, predictable and childish. I’m pretty sure phones were invented at the time the “crisis” took place.

I had to stop listening because the end was so disappointing in my opinion. Finally, three weeks later I have now finished the book.

The story IS good. For me, the ending lacked believability.

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Narration?

It sounded like the narration was performed in a closet while whisper-talking. Almost as if the speaker didn’t want to wake a baby, was hiding from kids, or perhaps, working in the middle of the night while everyone else slept.

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whole heartedly recommend

will be my favorite novel for a while. the characters are so carefully crafted and the writing was so well done. I wish someone would turn this into a movie.

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I couldn't stop listening!

I finished this book in one day. The narrator makes this story addictive to listen to. I was impressed with her male character voice and her interpretation of the other supporting characters. She really brought the story to life for me. I enjoyed that the story was written in the past and came back to the present. It helped the storyline move along. I'm going to call it now, this book will eventually become a movie.