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LOL: Laugh out Loud

An After Oscar Novel
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Series: After Oscar, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (165 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Scotty:

When a gorgeous cop comes racing out of a building on Fifth Avenue, hops in your horse-drawn carriage, and screams, “Go!” - you go.

You don’t stop and ask for paperwork. Or a badge. Or an explanation of who you’re chasing. You simply follow his shouted orders and try not to kill anyone in the process.

At least, that’s what I did when it happened to me. 

But then it turns out that the “cop” is none other than Roman Burke, Hollywood’s hottest star, and our little joyride gets me fired. Now I’m broke, my horse has been evicted from her barn, and I’ve got nowhere to turn. 

Roman:

When you accidentally hijack a Central Park carriage to escape the paparazzi, get pulled over by the police, and your crisis manager insists you lay low for a while, you nod your head and go.

And when the cute carriage driver shows up on your front step, horse in tow, blaming you for losing his job, you agree to fix it. Even if that means hauling both him and his horse along with you on your Vermont getaway. 

At least that’s what I did when it happened to me.

Unfortunately, trouble seems to stick to the sexy carriage driver like hot syrup on a hotter waffle, making my Vermont retreat anything but quiet. 

Now the carriage driver is in my bed, unexpected guests are crawling out of the woodwork, and the paparazzi is on my tail. With chaos and scandal swarming around me, suddenly, it isn’t just my career on the line.

It’s my heart.

©2019 Lucy Lennox and Molly Maddox (P)2019 Ginger Cat LLC

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  • Amanda
  • BORDENTOWN, NJ, United States
  • 04-23-19

just...bad.

This book read like someone who had no passion or interest in this story at all. Was there a deadline? Was this just for more cash? I've read Lucy Lennox before, but this was just bad. When people talk about books that fetishize gay men (neither had much of a personality other than lust) or "chicks with dicks"...this book is what they're talking about. disappointing because I know Lucy Lennox is capable of so much better.

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  • W. J. K
  • port washington, WI
  • 05-29-19

Happy Ending? Happy when it ended!

I don’t listen to these for great stories or writing, but as a distraction. I bought this after listening to “IRL” by the same authors, and enjoying it. The premise isn’t bad, and the principle couple are interesting enough, but I think the authors were so desperate to create a “LOL” story, they brought in characters that were more annoying than charming. And if this is supposed to be a set up for another book in the series, I can’t think of a single secondary character in the story that I care about enough to bother listening to a 3rd book

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Could have done with some judicious editing!

The moral of this story...just because the first story was good, does not mean the second would be just as good. This one was horrible. It seemed forced and over the top. I’ve learnt my lesson. What a waste of money. Only redeeming quality was the narrator.

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LOL is right!

Probably one of the best books I’ve ever listen to. I laughed, I cried and laughed a lot more. Highly recommend anyone to read or listen to this book. Now I’m going to go by the next in the series.

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4.275 > Fun but Utterly Chaotic

POV ~> Alternating first-person

Major cutie on the cover, wearing only a grey knit scarf. A big cityscape (NYC) is seen in the background. If the cutie and big, bold title font didn’t grab me, the author name (Lennox) would have, for sure. However, it was the synopsis that practically demanded that I read this story.

OMG, I do not know when I have laughed and enjoyed a story so much!
Scotty lives check to check and just wants to feel safe, and even perhaps, loved.
Roman is a movie star craving just a bit of normalcy.
A scandalous ride through Central Park leaves Roman on a mandatory R&R getaway in rural Vermont and carriage driver Scotty jobless and homeless. His horse, Nugget, is also in dire need of a new home, too.
Scotty finds and confronts Roman. Roman tries to do the right thing. Scotty ultimately finds himself in Vermont, at the infamous Oscar’s house (though Oscar is still an unknown entity yet). Antics ensue with family and a few more x-Oscar guys.
There’s as much feel good as hilarity, sexy as sweet. I started out borrowing the book from Kindle Unlimited but bought it before I was finished. I have every intention of purchasing this series in paperback format (if available at GRL) and **HAVE TO** hear Michael Pauley narrate this one, too, so I will happily own it in every available format!
Cast was fantastic. Interactions and dialogue were entertaining. The plot was excellent and a true pleasure to read. Chemistry was fantastic. There were a few conflicts along the way, but these two guys were amazingly smart and mature. Resolutions were met before any major angst could be had. Predictability… who the hell could predict half of what was happening? The conclusion was solid enough and satisfying. I really hope this is not the last we see of them, I think Scotty had tied himself with Lennox’s Stevie (FLIRT) as an all-time favorite character.
I cannot wait for the next book in the series and am already recommending this series to friends!
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Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.625 ~ Stars: 5
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Audible purchased.
Narrator: Michael Pauley

Well paced and clear enunciation.
Large cast, each with a unique voice - even during the crazy group scenes.
Fun, but occasionally overly chaotic.
It was an enjoyable and entertaining audio version.

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  • GG
  • St Paul, MN USA
  • 05-10-19

Charming & funny

A wonderfully enjoyable romance, loved getting to know these characters! Phenomenal narration, would highly recommend!

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Cute story, a little predictable

Love the story, it’s an easy listen. No long draw out drama. Very much a chicks book. Fall in love in one day, make it against all odds. I enjoyed the book. Looking forward to the next.

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The ladies and I thank you.

Thank you Lucy, Molly and Michael. I haven’t enjoyed a rumpus farce like this in years. Bravo ladies for making my knitting circle fun and sweaty at the same time.

Butch J.

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Cute and sweet

Once upon a time there was a poor but happy carriage driver in New York City. He didn’t have much, but he had a place to stay, a job that he enjoyed, but most of all he had his horse and best friend Nugget. One day a man, Roman, jumps into his carriage and shouts for him “Go”. The driver, Scotty goes. Navigating the streets of NYC in a hurry. A ride that won’t only cost him his job and place to stay, but also Nugget’s place at the stables. So naturally Scotty and Nugget turns up at Roman’s home in need of help.

Roman, not a cop but a famous Hollywood actor, has caused one too many scandals lately. And hijacking a horse and carriage to escape the paparazzi was the latest straw for his agent who orders him to go out of town and lay low. Only he didn’t count on bringing Scotty and Nugget with him…

Both Scotty and Roman were very likable characters, maybe a little too likable, too perfect for me. There were no flaws in sight. I was looking for some kind flaw, but didn’t really find any. Not wanting picture perfect characters in my books is a personal preference and I’m aware that many don’t share that. Sure Scotty had his mum and everything that entailed, the conflict. But still a bit too picture perfect.

I loved the first half or so of this book. It was fun, cute and made me smile. The second half didn’t work for me as much. Not because it was bad, it was just that nothing really happened. They were “stuck” in the cabin without much to do. Well, besides the bedroom gymnastics. Sure there were a surprising amount of people coming and going from the supposedly out of the way cabin, some more insane and entertaining than others. But it didn’t really feel like the story was moving forward.

There were many likable and adorable characters in this story. They kept the entertainment factor on high, well bordering on ridiculous, but it all depends on your mind set while listening. Don’t listen to this story for something believable, listen to it because you want to dream away for a while, to a faraway land where anything is possible and the Hollywood actor falls for the carriage driver.

Michael Pauley did wonders narrating this book. Capturing the essence of the setting, but more importantly Scotty and Roman. My favourite moment in this book probably is the carriage ride in the beginning that started it all. It set the tone and mood of the book and Pauley narrated it brilliantly. It felt like you were in the middle of New York City navigating the insane traffic, feeling the rush and thrill of that ride. I love how Pauley’s intensity changes with the situation, it makes you connect with the story like nothing else can.

LOL: Laugh Out Loud was a beautiful love story with a Cinderfella touch and the perfect listen for those days when you want something sweet and mostly uncomplicated in your life.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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Laugh out loud indeed!

I LOVED this book! I was laughing my butt off the whole time! The whole bunch of Oscar's family... 🤣🤣🤣 and the frogs... even though Oscar is not the main character, just like the name of the series, Oscar is a big part to the story. Pretty much anything to do with Oscar had me laughing. Lo Lo and "toad" cracked me up too. You still get sexy times amongst all of this. 5 stars! Definitely worth the listen.