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Ian

The O'Connor Brothers, Book 1
Series: The O'Connor Brothers, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
3.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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A year ago, she begged me to stay.
A year later, it’s my turn to beg her not to go.
My obsession. My downfall.
I tried to resist, to keep her at a distance.
I tried to save myself.
But no one will be saved here, not even a selfish bastard like me.
My life has always been about sport and family, including my stupid brothers. Until that night, the night I made the worst decision of my life. And I’m still paying the price for it.
We both are.
But the time has come to take back control of the situation, to risk it all, to convince her to let me in, because she can’t be anything other than mine. 

I am Ian O’Connor, and I’m about to accept this challenge: to try and hold on to the only woman I’ll ever be able to love.
And even if I already know how this badly written romance is going to end, I won’t back away.
This time, I’m going all the way. Because I only want her. And I have no intention of losing her. 

I’m an O’Connor, and the O’Connors never lose.

©2019 A. S. Kelly (P)2019 A. S. Kelly

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Great story and narrators!

I really liked this one a lot. The story keep me invested and excited. It has all the elements of a great audiobook. The narrators are fantastic as well! They push the book into an even better experience with their performances!

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  • Bette
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  • 08-25-19

Terrific Story & Narration🎧 Heartfelt & Emotional

This is my first book written by A.S. Kelly, she has an interesting writing style, she alternates time frames and gives bits and pieces of the characters past, never fully putting it all together until the end. The storylines and characters she created are interesting and draws you right in, compelling you to want to know more of what is going on and where is it leading. Each of the two leads, Ian and Riley, are harboring secrets and skeletons in their closets. They are broken in their own ways, yet they are drawn to each other, neither thinking they are good enough for the other. Their relationship is an angsty rollercoaster ride, when it progresses to the next level, it is like they take one step forward then two steps back. A lot goes on in this book, there is plenty of drama, angst, twists and turns and two broken souls trying to get past the barriers placed around their heart and allow themselves to love and be loved. I adored Ian’s family, his loving parents as well as brothers Nick and Ryan, glad to see they are getting their own books, also glad to see Riley’s brother Jaime is getting his own book too. A.S Kelly, thank you for this great story and the emotional rollercoaster ride.

I listened to the Audible edition, narrated by the talented Ashely Taylor & Daniel Knight. They are terrific voice performers and storytellers, they brought these characters to life, gave each their own voice and personality. You could hear the characters emotions and the drama of the story projected in to their performance. They are a great duet team and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for this great listen🎧

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*** Sexy broken rugby men!***

Ian comes from a family of rugby players, well does since being adopted at 15. His life wasn't easy and he finds it extremely hard to trust he won't be abandoned again. He has a lot on his plate not only with sport and trying to keep his family together but there is also Riley. Riley is the sister of Ian team captain. They both want each other they both have broken pasts and they both are afraid to break their friendship for something more. Riley finally cant stand it anymore and makes a move but Ian breaks her heart. It isn't until years later that they get back in touch and this time Ian cant stay away but can they move past their past? I thought that the narration was good and so was the story. I'm excited to see what happens in future books with the other O'Connor brothers!

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Narrator not good. Could not complete listening. Tone indifferent.

I was not sure about story. Could be a good book to read but can’t listen to male narrator. I wasted my money.

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Sports Romance

This was my first Ruby Romance it was a interesting change. It was fun and exciting I did get a little lost in part of the story with the flashbacks. The narration was really good in this! It really made the story and kept you going!

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Ian & Riley

Ian is a sports romance set in Ireland and told in dual POV, Ian & Riley. Ian plays Rugby and Riley is the sister to one of his teammates, Jamie. It took a little bit to really get into this story, but once i got a little more history as to what was going on, I was hooked. It’s a friends, to enemies to lovers romance.

Riley and Ian met in bar for the first time. They became the best of friends. Riley wanted more, Ian said NO. He’s regretted it everyday. Riley is back because Jamie got injured, and Ian wants her back. Riley

These two both had it rough when they were younger. It’s hard to trust, and when that trust is broken...it’s not easy to take that leap again. Ian is trying to fix his family and Riley’s been on her own for so long, she can’t remember what having a family feels like.

Ian is Narrated by: Ashley Taylor, Daniel Knight.
This was actually my first audiobook I have listened to that is dual narrated. It was pretty darn good! My only complaint is that sometimes the male characters voices (not Ian) sounded robotic. Other than that, the accents were on point!

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Interesting 2nd chance romance

This book had my head spinning in so many different directions and I never knew what was going to happen next. The timeline did confuse me a little with all the different flashbacks but in the end they all made sense. The characters tugged at my heartstrings and I felt a connection with them instantly. I highly enjoyed the uniqueness of this sports romance. Prior to this book, I had never read a book about a rugby player but I have a feeling I will now be hunting down as many rugby books as possible!

Ashley Taylor and Daniel Knight did an amazing job on this duet. Their accents were great and easy to understand.

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A little taboo, second chance romance

Sports romances always intrigue me. Athletes have such a stressful training program, there never seems to be enough time for a relationship. Ian O'Connor, rugby player, knows how difficult,it is to,balance life. But that is not what keeps him from the love of,his life, Riley. Riley is his best friend Ryan's sister, and this is not what keeps them apart! There is an incredible back story to this player that held him up, and now with his advances, Riley is not trusting his feelings. This push pull, sexually charged romance will keep you in your toes. It's my first A. S. Kelly book, and her style is like no other. The book is written in flashback style, and at times, while confusing about which time period we are in, the history of both Riley and Ian is so important that it has to be told. Ian is tortured and this makes him both frustrating and endearing, Riley is vulnerable and hesitant. Will these two find their way? Give this a listen and you will the. Want to hear Ryan's story next!

The narration of this story is by Ashley Taylor and new narrator Daniel Knight. Knight has the majority of the story and his Irish brogue is swoon worthy. A little more emotion and differences between voices would be something I would like, but I really enjoyed his pace and his voice is sexy. Ashley Taylor adds her voice to the duet as Riley and is wonderful as always. Looking forward to more from these two.

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  • EC
  • 09-07-19

Intense!

I liked this book a lot! The narration was incredible. It was really intense at times - you could really feel all the emotion going on and that made it a hard listen sometimes. I had a little trouble following if it was present or past at first, mainly because I wasn’t paying close attention at the beginning of the chapter so that was a bit confusing, but once I realized I needed to pay attention, it was better! It’s not a light-hearted book but did have some humor. Definitely recommend!

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Sports Romance!

This is the first book in The O'Connor Brothers Series, a sports romance. Ian and Riley's story goes back and forth from past to present. Their story is emotional and interesting. Ashley Taylor and Daniel Knight did a great job with this duet narration. #AudiobookObsession

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  • Tam
  • 08-20-19

Heartbreaking and passionate

Such a heartbreaking story with a more than deserved happy ending.
Love is life and life is so sweet if shared with someone who cares about you more than his own life.

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  • Voo
  • 09-19-19

Angsty and time jumps a bit jarring

I received this book upon request. The narration is on point. Daniel Knight had an amazing voice and accent that really brought you to the scene of this story. I did think that sometimes he was a little low key but overall, I really loved listening to his narration. Ashley Taylor did a great job with her narration- good emotions, good accents. And the dual narration, that was fantastic.

This was an angsty read. I found this a little difficult to read/listen to in the beginning because there was so much time jumping. It was a little better to read than to listen so I ended up borrowing the book from KU. But it was an emotional book, full of obstacles and emotional minefields that the Ian and Riley need to overcome in order to achieve their HEA. I liked both characters and felt bad for them, and I liked the supporting characters as well. Overall, a good book, especially when we weren't going back and forth in time.

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  • Mari Garcia
  • 09-10-19

story and narration are on point!!

Wow.. this was such an awesome listening experience. Ashley Taylor and Daniel Knight were perfection to listen to. They really brought the characters to life for me. A.S. Kelly had me in my feelings almost from the beginning. I was all over the place. Ian and Riley's road was rough at times, but I completely enjoyed being on the journey with them. Great story.

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  • Nina B.
  • 09-08-19

Riley & Ian

Honestly this story was kind of hard to follow for me. I wasn’t sure about their specific issues and they kept skipping back and forth in time. I did enjoy having both POV throughout the story and I also enjoyed the HEA. The narration was kind of the same for me. Part of the time it was good and other times it was kind of weak.

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  • Maria Fernanda G. Lechuga
  • 09-06-19

A fight between two souls


I had a little bit of trouble getting into the book, for once it's a slow pace, and also the narration by Daniel Knight. He has a good voice and his accent was really great, but his narration was somewhat monotone which make it hard to listen, at least for me.

I really like the way Ashley Taylor narrates, she has a great voice, paced and her accents are great.

The chemistry between the main characters was so good and I was so cheering for them to finally give up and be together.

Overall it was a good book, and I can't wait to read what's next on this series.

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  • Sara
  • 09-05-19

These two met in a bar...

I really enjoyed Ian and Riley's first meet up... they had this little flirty thing going on. I felt it, the chemistry, just in that brief snip of time. So this is an interesting story and was a bit slow during the first quarter of the story and I think that was due to hoping back and forth between past and present. Once I hit the half way mark, I was in it! Riley is seriously my favorite with her strong character. However, both Ian and Riley have some pain hiding beneath a thin layer. My only real problem with the storyline besides the slowness in the beginning is it seemed a bit repetitive and reasons behind some situations were lacking.

The narrators Ashley Taylor and Daniel Knight sound good together. Mr. Knight has a very strong voice and I did have to turn him down a bit when he was up to the mic. It would kind of scare me. Lol He did a decent accent and I can't wait to hear some more narrations when he gets some more books under his belt. After looking him up, this is his first audiobook so I'm taking that into consideration. I think we'll hear some good things! Ok, so Ashley Taylor, she didn't speak nearly as much as Mr. Knight but she has a soft and sweet voice and seemed a good fit for Riley.

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  • K. Ramjohn
  • 09-04-19

Enjoyed it

Ian by AS Kelly is the first book in the O'Connor series. This was Ian and Riley's story, two complex characters who had intense chemistry. Told in dual POV and at various times in the past,  the story is was emotional and although it will take you a little while to get into the story, you will eventually be hooked until the end.

The audiobook was narrated by: Ashley Taylor, Daniel Knight. These two did an awesome job with the narration. The accents and personality provided for these characters were exceptional, the timing and delivery were spot on. I enjoyed listening to them narrate this story.
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  • shedevilreads
  • 09-03-19

Emotional Roller Coaster

Ian by A.S. Kelly is book one in The O’Connor Brothers Series that I listened to on audio narrated by Ashley Taylor and Daniel Knight.

All I can say is wow! A.S. Kelly takes you through an emotional roller coaster with Ian and Riley. It is a story that you will need to pay attention to while listening on audio due to the story jumping in the past at times.

Ashley and Daniel did an amazing job! This is the first time I have heard two narrators work together on one chapter and I absolutely love it. It is so much easier to follow along when the voices for the characters stay the same.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Second Chance Romances, Enemies to Lovers, or Sports Romances.

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 09-03-19

Ian

The emotions in this book are so potent that you will be feeling them right along with these characters. These two both have tragic backgrounds and when they come out, your heart will break with them. This book was definitely a great listen!
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  • Willow Star Serenity
  • 08-30-19

Great Potential

I feel like this had the potential to be a very powerful story. And, in ways, it really was. There were some very prominent parts that kept it from reaching its full potential. I do want to say that I really enjoyed the fact that it was told in two different perspectives. I do feel like there were places that the writing gets a little rushed. I wanted to like the characters. I really did. I mean you have to feel for somebody that has a troubled past and just keeps on going. It's a given. There are people that have the strength of many but never show how much they hurt. That's the two main characters! It's just that they get so childish and unbearable! Maybe I'm just being a stickler and overanalyzing. The narrators were okay. I really enjoyed the female narrator. She did a terrific job. The male narrator just kind of seemed a bit bored with the narration. It felt like he was very choppy or like he was talking through a tunnel. He did have a very nice voice, though. I did enjoy this book. I can't say it was a favorite. I'm debating on continuing the series. It seems like it's more of a stand-alone series than an actual series. I reiterate what I said. It is a story that has a lot of potential. It was a nice read.