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Kandi's Crush

By: Michelle Karise
Narrated by: Lacy Laurel, Connor Crais
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Kandace Alexander

The work ethic I learned at my mother’s knee propelled me to finish a four-year finance degree in three. This summer was supposed to be my pre-graduation reward, doing nothing but catching up with all the fun my friends had while my nose was to the academic grindstone.

Instead, I’ve been guilted into helping out with the family’s cleaning business. At least there’s a consolation prize. My client is fabulously successful, insanely rich Chadwick St. Clair. We have sort of a history. As a pigtailed kid, I lived to torment him. When I grew old enough to notice his hard-as-steel body, warm eyes, and gentle voice that talked me through some hard times, I crushed on him. Hard.

My first glimpse of him in three years proves nothing has changed. He still makes my mouth water, my hands shake. But our history - and his reputation as a playboy with broken hearts from New Orleans to DC - isn’t the only thing standing between us. And a summer of breathless kisses and addictive encounters may not be enough to build a lasting love.

This is a stand-alone BWWM romance novel.

©2020 Michelle Karise (P)2020 Michelle Karise

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Sensual

The storyline was great the description of the sex scenes were awesome I could picture them in my mind like it my husband and I!!! Great book from beginning to end.

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Kandi’s crush

Enjoyed this book loved the characters and loved the story. I liked how the hero and heroine got together and how the heroine saved herself for the hero. This was a well written story.

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Cute, short, relaxing

This story is like a summer’s day with a brief rainstorm in the afternoon and more sunshine after.

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Good read but..

So the story line is good, but I just can not with Lacy Laurel's southern accent 😒. I had to stop in the middle of the book because I couldn't take listening to her anymore. However Connor Crais was amazing. This is my first time ever reading Michelle Karise writing and she's amazing as well.

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Cute story

This was an interesting storyline; displayed familiar family dynamics I’m sure we all can relate to one way or the other. Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud. Lacy has the voice of a comedian and made it even funnier. Narrators were good. I enjoyed this book.

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Connor Crais' Southern accent was hot AF!

I absolutely loved this story. Having been friends since they were much younger (Kandace's mother worked in the Chadwick household in New Orleans), and growing up in much different circles, Chadwick and Kandace haven't seen each other since she left for college in Florida three years prior. When she sees Chadwick while cleaning his home, she's shocked to see a mature...and hot AF Chadwick. When he sees Kandace, there's something primal he feels about her. Both are attracted to each other, but Kandace doesn't think her mother will react positively about them being together. So, they decide to keep their budding romance a secret. But secrets have a way of getting discovered at the worst possible times. No spoilers, but this is where the story really gets good. There's the perceived issue of race, status, past hurts that have to be addressed, and Michelle Karise tells a great and real story here. This was my first book by her, but certainly won't be my last.

I had the pleasure of enjoying the audiobook of this story, narrated by Connor Crais and Lacy Laurel. When I tell you Connor nailed the Southern Chadwick, believe it! He's so talented and well trained, we are all the better for it hearing ALL the accents he does flawlessly. Lacy's Southern lady was spot on and she and Connor complemented each other beautifully. They just brought out the story in such vivid color.

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Cute but!!!!

Both narrators do a horrible job of trying to talk in the voice of the opposite sex, it makes you cringe when you’re listening to it

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Loved the story...

The story and the writing by Michelle Karise was great. Loved the concept and how Kandi and Chadwick's love evolved.

Now, the narration. This is where I struggled with listening to the story. This takes place in New Orleans, so the characters have some southern/creole accent. Lacy Laurel, the female narrator was hard to listen to. Her "southern" accent felt like she was trying too hard and her voice sounded like she had a breathy cold. I always try to listen with an open mind and keep the speed to normal, but I found myself speeding up her chapters.

As for Connor Crais, who played the main male character, Chadwick, he was perfect! His southern drawl was swoon-worthy and the way he changes his voice to play the different male characters were superb! I think Connor is the one that got me through the book and finished it.

I think I would have enjoyed this more if Michelle had picked a different female narrator to voice Kandi.