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Jesse's Girl

Narrated by: Verla Bond
Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
4 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)
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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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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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Thoroughly enjoyable!

This was a fun story with excellent characters. I loved every minute of it.

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love at first sight

do you belive in love at first sight? this is what Reed felt when he met Gwen. But she was Jessie's girl. Can they have a chance at live after Jeesie's betrayal? good audiobook

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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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Second chance for love

It was love at first sight when Reade saw Gwen at the grocery store. Then Jesse came up and told him she's his girlfriend. Reade and Jesse have been friends for a long time. So he made sure to keep her in his life , even after ahe married Jesse. Things aren't as they seem in their marriage. This is a romantic, sexy story of a Second chance of love. A story of secrets, betrayal, lies, and love. Vera Bond tells the story with emotion and giving each character their own voice and personality. I was gifted the audio and offered my honest review.

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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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Love and fate!

I am a great believer in things happen for a reason, and this book is just that for me! Jesse is a senator, married to the beautiful Gwen, but does that make him happy? Leaving her penniless with their daughter, she is forced to find a job and a new home. Reade, a successful lawyer has always had feelings for Gwen, and seeing her struggling, does his best to help her out. Will he be able to remain her friend and not make a move? This story is fun and flirty. I love the banter between Gwen and Reade, the inner dialogue they each have. It sounds just like what we would think as well, which makes the story that much more realistic. Gwen is a great character. She seems a little over the top with her future goals, but in her position, she takes a stand to get her life on track. I love Reade, as he is the perfect man! The kind that swoops in and saves you in every way. He is warm, great with kids, loving and will do whatever it takes to keep Gwen. Jesse, now he is the kind we love to hate. Portrayed perfectly as a bad politician, he has nothing redeeming about him. This short has a little of it all, and is a great escape.

Verla Bond brings these characters out in a way that is very entertaining. She has such good voices for each person, easily identifiable and easy to listen to. I enjoyed her performance.

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A Pleasant 3-1/2 Hour Romance Escape

This is one of those short stories that feels big. A misunderstanding from the very beginning sends Gwen into the wrong marriage and years later she and Reade get their second chance.
Great auditory listen.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. My review is HONEST.
Two Thumbs Up!
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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.

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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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!