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Successful Texas lawyer, Reade Walker, curses that damn song every time it plays, all too aware of the irony of its lyrics. After all, he has been secretly and painfully enamored with Jesse's girl, Gwen, for nearly a decade. It was love at first sight for him, but sadly she's not his girl. She belongs to the one man who betrayed him and knows Reade's hidden family secret. Yet, Reade can't seem to love anyone except the one woman he can't have. Or can he make her mine? 

When Gwen Clark's senator husband runs off with his intern and all their money, the ensuing scandal turns her life upside down. Deserted, penniless, and desperate to provide for her six-year-old daughter, Gwen has no one to turn to but Reade Walker. The one man her heart desperately wants, but her pride dreads having to ask for help. Despite welcoming them into his home, it seems like Reade can barely stand being in the same room with her anymore, let alone under the same roof - in the same bedroom. But Gwen is determined to get her life back on track. It is past time to rediscover her own dreams...if only she can keep her aching heart from breaking all over again.

©2019 Tara September (P)2019 Tara September

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Really good

4.5 stars.

This was a really good story about Gwen and Reade. Gwen is Jesse’s Girl for a very long time, until she isn’t anymore due to infidelity by her husband Jesse. Desperate for help, she calls Reade, who is in love with her from the moment they met. He takes Gwen and her daughter Maddie in, just until she can move on.
I really loved the story and the description of the characters. It could have been 5 stars if it had an epilogue, just because I’d love to know how their lives continued.
Narration was great, Verla Bond did a really great job!

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Reade & His Best Friend Jesse Both Fall For Gwen

- But She Is Jesse’s Girl, And Jesse Won’t Let Him Forget That! Eight Years Later, Though, The Truth Comes Out.


Reade Walker had been childhood best friends with Jesse Clark. They did everything together. It was in high school that Reade began to notice Jesse’s fierce competitiveness, though. Things had changed. It was just Reade’s luck that he fell in love at first sight with Jesse’s girl. It was eight years ago that he first saw her and knew she was the one, and it was only moments later that Jesse appeared, informing Reade that she was his. The pair married seven years ago, and although he loved his goddaughter Maddie, Reade had put distance between himself and Jesse’s wife years ago in an act of self-preservation. Today, he is forty-four and a very successful attorney. He has had girlfriends, but nobody had ever come close to Gwen.

Gwen Gallo-Clark, thirty-two, loved being a mother to six year old Maddie; there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for her. She had met her husband, Jesse Clark, at a vulnerable time when she was twenty-four. Her career as a reporter was beginning to take off and he was known as the bachelor Congressman in D.C. Her feature article was good for his career, and he soon proposed marriage. Thanks in large part to her work on his campaign, Jesse soon became Senator Clark of Texas. These days, however, she doesn’t work at all. She had relocated from New York to Jesse’s hometown of East Dodge, Texas, even though Jesse spends much of his time living in a D.C. apartment.

When the news hits that Senator Clark has fled the country with his intern and has been accused of embezzling from his foundation, Gwen’s world comes crashing down. Worse, Jesse mortgaged everything without her knowledge, so she and Maddie are left penniless. With few options, Gwen swallows her pride to ask a favor of Reade Walker, Jesse’s old friend.

Reade and Gwen’s story is a lovely quick read. After years of longing, they finally get a chance at love. They must work through their mistaken beliefs about one another as well as through what happened in the past, but their happy ending is never in doubt. It all wraps up nicely for them and for Maddie.

Reade and his childhood best friend Jesse both fall for Gwen, but she is Jesse’s girl, and Jesse won’t let him forget that. Eight years later, though, the truth comes out. The story is nicely written. The plot is simple. The characters are nicely developed given the length. It is written in third person. The POV alternates between Reade and Gwen. I rate this book four stars.


As for the Audio: it is well-performed and mostly consistent with the book.

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quick fun romance

This is a super quick, not too meaty, romance with cheating bad spouses, secret family and finding your own happy. Not bad for a quick listen

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Recommended

A good story with snappy dialogue. The characterization was excellent from the get go. Actions do speak louder than words after all. The story, especially with the current political arena, plausible. Verla Bond did a terrific job bringing the story to life.

I recieved a free Audible copy of this story, at my request, in exchange for a honest review.

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Jesse is a piece of you know what

Jesse the title character in this book and is absolutely despicable. Reed and Gwen are two characters you wanted to get their HEA. Once they talkers everything out all was good for this couple. Great narration that kept me engaged is always good when listening to an audiobook .

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Even better than the song!

I listened to this book in one sitting. The story was fun and quick-paced with plenty of romance to spice it up. I really appreciated the personality the narrator put into the characters’ voices. Jesse’s Girl was a delight!

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Very Enjoyable

This is a sweet and satisfying romance, with likable characters and some fun twists and surprises. The narrator does a nice job. One thing I particularly liked about this narrator is that I was able to easily distinguish between dialogue and a characters inner thoughts, which I sometimes struggle with when listening to audio books. This narrator adjusted her voice perfectly so there was no doubt to the reader what was being conveyed. As a big fan of the famous Rick Springfield song, "Jessie's Girl", I loved the title and the idea of a Jessie's Girl story idea. The story isn't very long, and I think it's short length kept me from being able to feel the connection/passion between the characters as much as I would have liked, but overall it was a good, solid read.

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

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Finding Her Footing

Gwen has a real *fun* show thrown her way when her husband liquidates as many assets as he can and disappears with his intern and the money he stole. Left to pick up the pieces of her tattered life, Gwen reaches out to Reade.

This is a mostly fun story with misunderstandings and misinterpretations, steamy relief, and a collision with the past on a couple of examples (those aren't quite as much fun). I like how Gwen slowly found her footing and didn't back down when confronted with Jesse again.

I liked Verla Bond at the mic.

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Fun Quick Story

This is a fun story about a woman who finds out that her Senator husband has run away with not only their money, but also her charity's money and his intern. Gwen now finds herself and her young daughter thrown out of their home and with no money to their name. Read has loved Gwen for years, and when he finds out that Jesse has fled the country - he realizes that this might be his one last chance to make Jesse's girl, his girl.

Verla Bond was a great narrator and really pulls you into the story!! Definitely a fun short story that I would totally recommend! #AudiobookObsessionReviewer

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A story about second chances

This audiobook introduced me to a new author and now is one that I will now continue to follow.
The life of Gwen Clark and her daughter has been turned upside down when her senator husband not only leaves the country with his intern but also steals money from a foundation . He also cleans out their bank account. A marriage that was already on the rocks has disintegrated. In that moment of desperation, she calls their mutual friend, lawyer Reade Walker.
Reade has been secretly in love with Gwen since the day he met her 7 years ago. He’ll do anything to help her and his godchild.
As feelings as exposed a relationship blossoms. But much to Reade’s concern, Gwen plans to divorce Jesse, the senator, and move to NYC.
But what happens when the senator returns? Will Gwen take him back, or will she realize that Reade is truly the real thing?
I was entrusted a copy by StoryOrigin. The opinions expressed are solely my own.

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  • mangankillarney
  • 09-12-21

Second Chance

I enjoyed listening to Verla Bond.

This a great fast listen, with humour and the right amount of steam.


Gwen Clark and her daughter's life is turn around and upside side down, when her husband not only leaves the country with his intern but also steals money from a foundation and also cleans out their bank account.

Gwen calls for help from her friend, lawyer Reade Walker.
Reade has been secretly in love with Gwen and a relationship blossoms. But the husband returns.....

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 02-06-21

Sweet romance

This is a lovely sweet storyline. When things go wrong in life sometimes it’s for the best. Good characters and a great HEA. Brilliant performance from Verla.
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  • Jane Hunt
  • 09-20-20

Friend to lover sensual romance with happy ending

This is a friend to lover romantic novella with relatable characters and sensual romance. I listened to this story in audiobook form, and it was enjoyable. The narration is professional, and her interpretation of the characters and the plot immerses the reader in the story making it an authentic experience.

The plot is easy to follow with great sensual tension between Gwen and Reade. There is also a charming family element to this story, which makes the happy ever after more rewarding. This easy to listen to audiobook is perfect for lovers of sensual romance and happy endings.

I received a copy of this audiobook from the author in return for an honest review.

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  • Danii
  • 02-23-20

I want Jesse’s girl

Jesse’s girl is another hit with me from Tara September. I really like this author and her audiobooks.

Reade has always had a thing for Jesses girl. He never thought Jesse deserved her. Now Jesse has committed the ultimate betrayal Gwen needs help. At the centre of a scandal she’s desperate to escape, Reade finds he can’t do enough to find her a new home with him.

Gwen has a child and Reade soon finds he’s slipping into the life he’s always wanted. He can’t resist Gwen but can there change in relationship really work out when there is so much baggage.

I really like Verla Bond as a narrator. She has a smooth engaging voice. She reads this story so well.

Reade is a beautiful man and I like the way he safes the day even after all those years of thinking Gwen wasn’t his.

5 out of 5.

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  • CJ.wholovestolisten
  • 01-25-20

Brilliant.

Short and simple story yet so amazing! I really love how the author made this. So hooked from start to finish.

I also love Verla, with how she narrated this. Spectacular!