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Going Down on One Knee

Series: Mile High Matched, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

"An utterly charming opposites-attract-story. Hovland perfectly balances simmering sexual tension with a surprising amount of emotion, and the stomach-flip-causing ending is the perfect example of why I read and love romance." (New York Times best-selling author, Lauren Layne) 

Number-crunching Velma Johnson's perfectly planned life is right on course.  

That's a lie. Sure, she's got the lucrative job. She's got the posh apartment. But her sister nabbed Velma's Mr. Right. There has to be a man out there for Velma. Hopefully, one who's hunky, wears pressed suits, and has a diversified financial portfolio. He'll be exactly like, well...her sister's new fiancé.  

Badass biker Brek Montgomery blazes a trail across the country, managing Dimefront, one of the biggest rock bands of his generation. With the band on hiatus, Brek rolls into Denver to pay a quick visit to his family and friends. But when Brek's sister suddenly gets put on bed rest, she convinces Brek to take over her wedding planning business for the duration of her pregnancy.  

Staying in Denver and dealing with bridezillas was not what Brek had in mind when he passed through town, but there is one particular maid-of-honor who might make his stay worthwhile.  

Velma finds herself strangely attracted to the man planning her sister's wedding. Problem is, he ticks none of the boxes on her well-crafted list. Brek is rough around the edges, he cusses, and doesn't even have a 401(k). But trying something crazy might get her out of the rut of her dating life - so long as she lays down boundaries up front and sticks to her plan....  

Going Down on One Knee is Book One of the Mile High Matched series. If you love a hunky, tattooed wedding planner, this book is for you. Buy now for a fun, opposites attract romance!

©2018 Christina Hovland (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Slow burn, Loved the build up

I was really surprised that I went through this audiobook so quickly. Slow burns aren't usually my favorite thing but it worked for Brek and Velma. Velma is completely opposite in her life than she is with her work. She seemed so fierce and determined but the life changing event with her sister really messed with her perspective on life and love. Shes meticulous and serious. Brek is not. He goes with the flow on his motorcycle working with rockstars. This is a live Velma's never seen. Change seems to shake her up. Brek has an immediate and strong attraction to Velma. Velma feels it to but she puts up a good fight... poor girls doesn't stand a chance against Brek's tattooed body with tight shirts, ripped jeans and leather... plus, he cares. He's a softy under all that leather.

Anyway, I enjoyed the narrators so much! Lance Greenfield could play any man. He has this strong baritone that works for Breks biker persona. Neva Navarre was a perfect Velma. I loved how flustered Velma got and I could just feel and hear it all in the narrators voice. It just made the narration for me!! I'm looking forward to book two in the series, Blow Me Away!!

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Wonderful story

Wonderful story, just the right amount of sex, laughter, and heart break. Then the HEA ending.

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Opposites Attract!

This was my first Christina Hovland's book, and won't be my last! This is the first book in the Mile High Matched Series, a Romantic Comedy, and opposites attract romance. Brek and Velma's story is fun, and sweet. Brek, a tattooed biker, manager of a popular rock band, is taking over his sister's wedding planning business. Velma is a fun and sassy woman. They are great together! The storyline is original, fast-paced and hilarious. I love the ending. Neva Navarre and Lance Greenfield did a great job with the narration. I enjoyed it! Looking forward for the next book in the Series.

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Lots of laughs & fun!!!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Ok, let me start by saying that this made me laugh, A LOT!! 😂 I always wonder if I look like a loon laughing in my car when listening to audiobooks that make me laugh, and if I do, I definitely did with this one! I enjoyed this SO MUCH (see how I’m using those shouty caps to get my point across?! 😉). It was fun, beyond entertaining, at times steamy, and again, a lot of laughs. This helped get me through some physical therapy when truly, laughing was not high on my mind. I totally loved Brek’s devil may care attitude and how he dropped everything to help his family out. And Velma’s up tightness & spreadsheets cracked me up, especially when he did everything he could to break her out of it. They are complete opposites, and yet they completely work. And listening to Lance Greenfield bring Brek to life was smokin’ 🔥🔥🔥. And Neva Navarre was perfect as Velma. I just can’t rave enough about it!! Definitely a must listen to!!!

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Brek & Velma

Opposites attract, its true, and now Brek and Velma are proof of it! But this quirky, funny slow burning romance is so much more than that. Christina Hovland has crafted a story that will make you laugh out loud, make your heart hurt and put it all back together in a low angsty, fun listen.I love her writing style, and the characters she created are so easy to relate to. Velma believes there is an algorithm to finding your soulmate, and with her excel spreadsheet is on the mission to find him. Brek is not high on that list, but he makes her heart beat fast and his touch is sizzling. So what to do? Trust your instincts or trust the formula? I found Velma easy to relate to, everything orderly and organized and Brek just doesn't fit the mold. Brek is an incredible man, willing to help out in all situations and just all around wonderful. I love how Hovland weaves their story, slow and deliberate, with hints of love and lots of frustration! It's so much fun you don't want to miss it.

The narration just takes on a life of itself with this narration team. Neva Navarre and Lance Greenfield bring it all to life, with each quirk and each emotion. They are seasoned storytellers and find the exact inflections that just make the story come to life. It's a pleasure to listen to them.

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Delightful Listen!

Going Down on One Knee by Christina Hovland pulled me in immediately. I really enjoyed the characters of Velma (aka Velvet) and Brek. I found her spreadsheets and algorithms to be awkward at best, but added to her quirkiness. Neva Navarre and Lance Greenfield were wonderful bringing the characters to life. They had realistic emotions. This book has some unexpected humor, an original storyline, and a fantastic ending.

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Wonderful Story & Narration🎧 An Enjoyable Delight!

This is my first book written by Christina Hovland and I loved everything about it! She is a gifted author, I enjoyed her writing style, her way with words and her knack to sweep the reader and/or listener right it and captivate their attention straight to the end. The storylines and characters are interesting and realistic, they are ones you can easily relate to and fall in love with. Velma Johnson plans just about everything in her life including her life goals and finding the perfect man. She thought she found the perfect one, but he turned to be her twin sister, Claire’s perfect one. She then created a spreadsheet and algorithm listing what she is looking for in a man and a relationship. If her date rated high enough she will go out with them again. Brek rolls into Velma’s parking spot on his motorcycle, she does not know what to think of him, turns out he is Dean’s friend and is joining them for dinner. Brek, a badass, inked up biker and the polar opposite of Dean, the strait-laced suited up businessman, so she is taken aback. Dean and Claire arrive and everything is set straight. Brek is immediately drawn to Velma, her quirky personality, yeah she is a bit anal retentive. He immediately pulls on her strings, hitting on her and busting her chops in a teasing way. When he finds out he has to stay in town he convinces Velma it is a wise investment to rent her spare room to him. Clever Brek gets his foot in the door, now if he could convince her to admit there is something between them. I loved how everything plays out in this book, it is well plotted and there is never a dull moment with plenty of drama, a bit of angst, some great humor, outstanding banter and dialogue, some heartfelt moments and some hot sexy times too. This is an enjoyable and entertaining slow burn opposites attract romance, one that will put a smile on your face. Christina Hovland, thank you for this wonderful story, the laughs and the emotional rollercoaster ride, I am looking forward to checking out more of your work.

Neva Navarre and Lance Greenfield are fantastic narrators and voice artists. They bring the characters to life giving each their own voice and personality. They do a great job portraying the characters and projecting their emotions into their performance. They set the perfect tone for the story, capture the humor and land it perfectly. They are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank your for this great listen🎧

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Loved

I like this book so much that before I even finished it, I order th other 2 in this series!

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Laugh-Out-Loud Funny!

What do a financial planner and a band manager have in common? Not much, except for hot chemistry and a wedding. Brek and Velma have an off-the-charts, super-charged attraction that leads to a slow-boil romance. Combine that with the absolutely hilarious idea of a biker-dude brother taking over his sister’s wedding planning business and you’ve got an incredible romantic-comedy.

Velma has always been the good girl in the family. She works hard, and she has totally bought into the idea of algorithms and safety nets not only at work , but also in her personal life. Brek rides into her life on his motorcycle, and he messes with her tidy, little life. He is muscled and inked; his life is about the freedom of the road and the headaches of managing a rock band. According to Velma’s algorithms, they’re all wrong for each other, but love isn’t about the math.

Her sister marrying his best friend throws Velma and Brek together. I adored the silliness of the everything-that-could-go-wrong mishaps that they face in their wedding planning events. Dealing with Bridezillas is apparently much harder than keeping a bunch of rowdy rockers in line while on the road. I crack up just thinking about a long-haired hunk dealing with place setting and floral decisions. The troupe of secondary friends is fantastic. I hope Ms. Hovland considers writing spin-off stories about some of these characters. I loved the bro-banter between Brek and his friends, especially Jase.

This well-written story is perfectly paced. The title chapters reference the timeline before and after the biggest, most important wedding Brek is planning. There was just the right amount of angst and an utterly adorable conclusion. I thoroughly enjoyed Christina Hovland’s Going Down On One Knee.

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A great book and series!

Going Down on One Knee is the beginning of a great series! I had previously read the eBook and really enjoyed it, so it was fun to listen on audiobook. The story is fun, sweet, and

I liked having two narrators so Velma and Brek truly had their own voices when it was their POV. The narrators did a really nice job bringing the characters and story to life. I believe they also worked on the next two books in the series and I am hoping to listen to those soon too!