• Keeping You Away

  • Tyler & Gemma, #1 (Lawton Ridge Duet Series, Book 1)
  • By: Kennedy Fox
  • Narrated by: Lia Langola, Tor Thom
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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Keeping You Away

By: Kennedy Fox
Narrated by: Lia Langola,Tor Thom
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I never planned on returning to Alabama, but circumstances brought me here after years of being gone. Though Lawton Ridge is my hometown, I was hesitant to go back because of her - my sister’s best friend. The last time we were together, she was 18, and I was a broken soldier transitioning to civilian life.

Gemma wrote to me while I was overseas and we developed a bond I hadn’t anticipated. I crushed her heart the day I left, something I’ve never forgotten. But now that her dad is my new boss, life just got way more complicated.

Too sweet, too innocent, too good for a guy like me - I should walk away again.

After serving five years in prison for something I didn’t do, I trust no one, but Gemma gradually breaks down my walls and exposes the pain I’ve hidden underneath. For her own sake, I should keep my distance, but it’s nearly impossible when I hear her sweet humming while I work and she slowly draws me back in. It’s a battle I didn’t train for, and one I’ll lose if I don’t keep my restraint - especially since she’s engaged to another man.

Keeping You Away is a slow-burn, angsty second chance romance with lots of small-town, Southern drama. It's book one in the Tyler & Gemma duet and must be listened to first.

©2020 Kennedy Fox (P)2020 Kennedy Fox

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What a ride! Can’t wait for part 2!

Whew. That was a ride. I’m a huge fan of the Bishop Brothers and Circle B Ranch series by Kennedy Fox. When I was given a chance to be on their ARC review team, I jumped at the chance. I was given a code for the audiobook version for my honest review.

I love all the romance tropes. Best friend’s sibling and second chance romance stories are definitely in my top five. We start five years ago when Tyler comes back from serving in the military. He’s back home in Alabama for his sister’s graduation. While gone, he was exchanging letters with her best friend, Gemma. Over the 4 years, feelings start to develop. The two spend the summer together and Tyler leaves ending things.

Fast forward 5 years later, Tyler is back. Gemma is engaged. The spark and chemistry is still there. Tyler was her first, it’s hard to forget your first. I love the sweetness of the small town they’re in. The unresolved feelings got me. I love the angst. Tyler is so swoon worthy. Gemma is coming into her own and is showing her backbone. And this is a duet and that cliffhanger? Whhhattttt?? I can’t wait for part 2!

Both narrators, Tor Thom and Lia Langola were fabulous. Tor has a deep voice you can fall into. I love Lia’s Southern’s voice, she’s the perfect Gemma.

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Amazing

Kennedy Fox did it again!!! This book is amazing, Tyler and Gemma have that chemistry you want in characters. This book will give you all the feels and more!!! I can't get enough of these characters and I didn't want this book to end. I can't wait for the conclusion of their story. I enjoyed the cameos of previous characters from other books. That always adds a little something something to a book for me!!
I can't recommend this book and author enough. I will read anything they write, they are that great!!

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Can't wait for book 2!

I didn't read Liam and Maddie's story, so I was a little bit lost about how they all connected. Patience, grasshopper. I finally figured it out... I just had to read! I love Tyler and Gemma!!! This writing duo has a way with words that draws the reader in and keeps them hooked! All the characters, not just Tyler and Gemma, are well-rounded, relatable individuals who are multidimensional and full of life! I found myself wanting to yell at Gemma for continuing to let Robert treat her they way he did or shake Tyler for not telling Gemma about the last five years. But when they were together, oh how I loved their easy conversation as friends who have a a strong connection.

Lia Langola and Tor Thom were amazing narrating the characters! Their voices brought the characters to life in a way that I could picture them sitting in the room with me.

There are few authors whose cliffhangers I can stand, and I can count Kennedy Fox as one on the short list. Can't wait to read how it all pans out for Tyler and Gemma!

I received a complimentary copy of the audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this review.

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I need the next book now!

I listened to the audio version of this book. This is the first book of the Tyler and Gemma Ex-Con Duet and a second chance at romance trope with one or two other's thrown in. I wish I had read Liam and Maddie's Duet first, but after awhile I felt like I knew enough of what was going on.
I loved Tyler's character. He had been to prison only because he had been set up. He's really an upstanding guy. He's doing his best to stay away from his old flame, Gemma, because she's now engaged.
I really hated that Gemma was with the guy. He's older and controlling. Yuck! She's trying to be a good girl and fight her feelings for Tyler because of the fact that she IS engaged. But when you've got one guy that would do anything for you and the other that you feel is trying to take over your life, which do you choose? Since this was left with a cliffhanger (and what a cliffhanger it is!), we'll have to wait and see. I can't wait to read the second book!
I was given a complimentary copy of this audio book. All thoughts are my own.

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Tyler is even sexier in audio!!!

Hearing Tyler and Gemma's story in audio was so much better than I thought it was going to be. Tor Thom and Lia Langola (she is always fabulous) brought them to life quite well. The few times Tor's voice got super deep....I wanted more. He is the perfect Tyler. Lia has just enough of a southern hint to her voice which was a nice touch.

Tyler has spent the last 12 years away from Gemma yet has thought only of Gemma. The last five of those 12 years was spent in prison so upon his release he spends a few days with some old friends (Liam and Maddie) and then heads back home. He gets a job at Gemma's dad's repair shop and comes home to Gemma being engaged. He knows it wouldn't have been right for him to expect her to wait for him yet Tyler isn't a fan of her fiance, Robert.

Gemma's first love was Tyler and for years upon years she didn't get involved with anyone and when she is finally engaged to be married Tyler comes back home and knocks her world a bit sideways. She starts to question her relationship with Robert, especially when he starts pushing her to move up the wedding date.

Tyler and Gemma have a history that nobody can get in between. She is it for him. Even though I have read both books and I know what happens at the end it sure doesn't stop me from wanting Needing You Close in audio....I cannot wait for it.

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watch out for the cliffhanger

I need to know more about what happened in Vegas! Also Robert is so terrible! I just want to shake Gemma and tell her to leave him. can't wait to see how this all ends.

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on edge

screaming with the cliffhanger ending, can't wait for the second. am going crazy for Gemma to leave Robert!

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Love this tension

EEEK! Needing You Close held the emotion I needed. This story held me captivated through all the twists and turns. Needing You Close was such an intense story with the slow burn I love Kennedy Fox for. I was all about Tyler and watching him get his happily ever after. Fox made Tyler work for it and he did. He did work for it and it was intense. I’m so loving all these characters. I’m deeply invested in on how Noah will get back in Katie's good grace? Can he earn it and what will Fox put them through?

Lia Langola and Tor Thom really brought Gemma and Tyler to life. The narrators really brought out the struggle, the push/pull struggle they had. I could definitely see Thom “being” Tyler. He has that real strong voice that really reminds me of a military man… I know, I’m totally being clichéd. I can’t help it. I enjoy a good strong voiced man. We can’t forget about Lia Langola now, can we. Langola brought Gemma to life so vividly. I felt her anxiety over her feelings with Tyler.

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IT ended :-(

Tyler and Gemma have been exchanging letters with each other, while he was serving in the military. And through that they got to know each other pretty well. Now Tyler is home for his sister’s graduation and he and Gemma spends one magical night together, and then he leaves again ending things between them. Now its 5years later and Tyler is home… And Gemma is engaged. But the chemistry is still there between them. Like it always will be with your first love.

As you can imagine, two people in love and they drift apart and now they are back in the same place, but the other one is engaged… Yep queue the angst 😊 And just when I was getting into their story, it ended, like HELLO ☹I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT???

The narrators were awesome, I love Tor Thom, his voice, I love that deepness, definitely I think that is what Tyler would sound like. Lia Langola’s voice I had to get use to, but she won me over in the end. I am definitely looking forward to the conclusion of these two’s romance

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Need more of this couple

This is my first Kennedy Fox book and man oh man what a start. This is part one of this great duet. Tyler is back after 12 years and is now working for Gemma’s father. They shared a great summer years ago and then he left. Gemma is now engaged but Tyler was her first love and sometime first loves never die.
I have to say I all in to this story and the audio version just brings it to life. Tor Thom and Lia Angola are new narrators to me and I have to say they did an excellent job. Tor’s deep voice made Tyler all the sexier and Lia is great with Gemma as well. I was honor to receive a free code for the audio version and I am honestly leaving a voluntary review.

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