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Publisher's Summary

Stella Ricci is bored. Her overprotective family barely let her out of their sight, despite the fact she’s a grown woman. Yes, she loves her job at her family’s café, and she’s the best barista in the entire Monterey Peninsula, but is that enough? She’s thinking no. But what else can she do?

Enter Carter Abbott. Burnt out after the never-ending grind of selling high-end real estate in Los Angeles, he’s returned home, unsure of what to do next. He needs someplace to crash temporarily until he gets back on his feet.

It’s easy for Stella to suggest Carter move in. Temporarily of course. It’ll give her someone to talk to. The only problem? That one night stand Stella and Carter had about a year ago. They never talked about it. They still don’t really talk about it. Despite the fact that the old chemistry has come back full force. Living together has made that obvious. Should they admit that one night wasn’t enough? Or will dating each other turn into an epic fail? Only one way to find out....

©2020 Monica Murphy (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Carter and Stella

A hot and steamy "second chance romance". This was cute, entertaining, and a little frustrating. Stella and Carter felt their feelings for each other through the majority of the story. Oh, they let their lust drive them together but they fought hard to move forward. I enjoyed their journey. John Lane and Avery Reid were fantastic narrators, I loved listening to them bring these adorable characters to life.

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Unbalanced

Stella is such an unappreciative, lying jerk. Spoiled brat is accurate. But one hopes she could grow up a little. We wouldn’t tolerate her behavior in a male character without completely crucifying him. She is definitely NOT “worth the fight”.
John Lane did a great job.

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  • KT
  • 05-19-22

Good story, scummy heroine.

Right off the bat I liked the book. I liked the truth in the actions & repercussions of a one night stand. I like the CA setting and I like the dynamics of the girl group & how we plod through all their romances one by one in this series. Most are fun and sexy...some have been less than original but still pretty good. This book was rather original yet still reflected the environment from the series. At first I really like Stella's character, she was strong, independent, modern ... her own person. But then she turned out to be a low life... how disappointing.

Still all in all the book is enjoyable.

The male narration was good. The female narrator over acts her breathy super emotions as usual < 🙄 >

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nod to italians...interresting

I really liked this couple and identified with most of their issues, however, I kept thinking he would get in on the remodel and he doesn't...there could have been more humor in her family as well.

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good story but..

it's a little silly how the main characters were so fearful their friends would be upset if they knew what was going on -- it can be believable with some people & some families but these people all liked each other. other than that it was great & also great steamy scenes

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Another insecure woman

Cute couple, fake troubles, big family dramas, girlfriends galore. But only read this book if you have a high tolerance to read about yet another insecure woman.

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Fun listen

narration was good. while story was a bit predictable it was a light fun listen. definitely had a laugh or two.

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AMAZON USE YOUR WARNING LABELS- X RATED NOT ROMCOM

WHERE ARE AMAZON'S X- RATED AND FOUL LANGUAGE LABELS? THIS IS LABLED ROMCOM, BUY IT'S NOT FUNNY
AT ALL!!
The plot could have been outlined on a postage stamp. So much descriptive sex and not enough descriptive getting -to -know you.
The "Dark Moment" was ridiculous - If one small disagreement ends it all, these two are too pathetic to breath. Join the real world where people have real problems and lighten up a little. Also who drinks as much as this crowd and don't end up as alcoholics?
Both narraters are great! This wasn't their fault. The sound recording production was awful - like listening with tin can earmuffs, and it was impossible to tell the difference between thought and speech, regardless of which narrater. I will look for more books read by these two. They did a great job!
Only enough plot for a short story.

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I love this author

Every book I've ever listen to by this author is so amazing. I fall in love over and over again with every character. my favorite one this time is Nona. And of course I can't help but to love Stella and Carter's story! on to the next read!

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Incredible book and author!!!

Monica Murphy has become one of my favorite authors!!! I was waiting on the book where Stella was the main character and this book did not disappoint. I like to break up my books and listen to them over a stretch of time but, with this book I could not stop listening. I would highly recommend!!!

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  • 03-29-22

OK

The way Avery read Stella's chapters was very staccato. It made following along quite difficult.
It was worse in the beginning, but improved towards the end. Otherwise, I loved the storyline.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-21

Great listen

Enjoyed the book- it was funny, “spicy” and just a enjoyable listen… enjoy the always happy endings- as that’s what a love story should be 😊

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-23-21

Easy listening

Consistent with the Monica Murphy books I have listened to this book was predictable with a happy ending.