Less Than Three: A Romantic Comedy

Starting from Zero Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Series: Starting from Zero, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Romance, Romantic Comedy
4.7 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What's worse than butt dialing the man who could make or break your career? Accidentally sleeping with him. Public speaking coach Lacey Ames has landed the client of a lifetime with Lawrence Newsom III, heir apparent to his family's private jet empire. If she can help him land the role as the company's president, she'll never need to wait another table again. The job, however, proves more challenging than Lacey ever dreamed when Lawrence turns out to be Alex, the sexy pilot she spent one steamy night with while stranded in Chicago. 

Alex knows the easiest way to win the board's election would be to do as his grandfather advises: rekindle the romance with his ex, the daughter of an influential board member. But how can he think about anyone else when his klutzy-but-delectable new public speaking coach is a constant temptation? If their tryst becomes common knowledge, both of their futures are at risk. The only solution is to keep the action in the boardroom strictly business. But with chemistry like theirs, that's easier said than done.

©2016 Maggie Dallen (P)2018 Maggie Dallen

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Quirky Romance!

What a way to start a book! Maggie is brilliant with her opening scenes! I was hooked from the very start and couldn't step away! The characters were funny and relate-able the banter was quirky and refreshing! Maggie took me on a roller coaster of emotions while listening to this. I laughed, I was pissed, I swooned, I got ragey, I was sad, I was even ragey-er (yes I am making that a word!), and then I swooned all over again! I cannot wait to get more audios by Maggie! She is quickly becoming one of my favorite Rom-Com writers! The narration was fantastic! I love listening to Lauren Fortgang and am eagerly searching audible to pick up more of her work! She has an amazing ability of giving each character their own unique voice. 🎧AudiobookObsession

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Loved it!!!

From the 1st scene, I was absolutely hooked! Maggie Dallen and Lauren Fortgang are an amazing Duo! The writing was superb! I love the natural, witty, writing style Maggie uses. I find myself giggling more than a school girl! I absolutely loved the characters. They were beyond easy to fall in love with. Great chemistry, great characters and great writing! Loved it! Narration was amazing! Lauren's narration was perfect for this book. She has a wonderful tone to her voice but better than that, she has great timing and comedic qualities. She added so much depth to her narration and made it an absolute pleasure to listen to. She absolutely made a fan of me. Great read! 🎧AudiobookObsession

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PG, New Adult, romantic comedy

Twenty-something Lacey Ames, a theater major who struggled for several years to find any work beyond waitressing after graduating from college, is delighted with her current career. She provides public speech training to corporate executives and, after only six months on the job, is thrilled with her biggest assignment to date. Her client is Lawrence Newsom III, an executive from the upper echelons of an aeronautics corporation. Unfortunately, the same day she is scheduled to meet Newsom in person for the first time, her fancy new cellphone betrays her. Due to its hypersensitive touch screen, she accidentally dials Newsom. Fearful of making a fool of herself in front of this important client, when Newsom picks up, she impulsively hangs up on him without identifying herself. Then, to her utter dismay, she accidentally dials him again in the same manner, and hangs up on him again. When he calls her back several times and texts her, she rejects all of his calls and does not answer his texts. When that same day Lacey arrives at the airport for a private flight on a jet belonging to her client's corporation, she is immediately attracted to the gorgeous pilot, a man named Alex. He is around her age, and he seems as interested in her as she is in him. Just before their scheduled takeoff, they learn that they are stranded for the night due to a storm that has grounded all air traffic. Unfortunately, they are forced to stay at a hotel with only one room with one bed available, and no other rooms are available in any of the other hotels in the whole town. Alex and Lacey become quite convivial in the hotel bar while they consume together a string of alcoholic drinks, to the point that Lacey is blatantly tipsy. In the course of hours of laughing and talking, she relates to Alex the embarrassing story of her butt-dialing and hanging up on her new client, and they laugh about her mishap together. Alex's charming companionability, in combination with his devastating good looks and their mutual booziness, proves to be an irresistible temptation for Lacey and, completely out of character for her, she instigates a one-night stand with him. Fortunately, the two of them retain enough mental capacity for Alex to ask Lacey multiple times if she is positive she wants to have sex with him, and for her to give verbal consent. Lacey does not discover until the next morning that her one-night fling is actually Lawrence *Alexander* Newsom, and she is outraged. It is clear that Alex knew all along who she was, and she feels humiliated and used. As an act of self-preservation, she calls her boss, claiming that she has a family emergency and cannot fulfill her assignment. He explains to her that Lawrence Newsom just called him a little while ago and stated that he wants no one but her as his coach, and she is forced to continue with the assignment, which is to last for the next two weeks. This cute, New Adult, romantic comedy contains a quirky and enjoyable amalgam of multiple popular, romance-genre tropes, including: mistaken identity, stranded travelers who must share the last available hotel room which has only one bed, drunken confessions, a jealous and vindictive ex-girlfriend, and a one-night stand that leads to love. Lacey and Alex are sympathetic protagonists, and there is plenty of romantic conflict in the form of multiple antagonists to insure that their road to true love does not run smooth. This novel is basically PG. There is some sex in it but there are no graphic or crude descriptions. There is no foul language. There is, however, heavy drinking to the point of drunkenness, and the romantic protagonists engage in sex while both are drunk. There is also an additional, dubious ethical taint to that sexual encounter in that Alex is under the mistaken impression that Lacey is an engaged woman, and she does not correct his misapprehension. These issues may concern some romance readers and not bother many others. I experienced the audiobook version of this cute novel. Lauren Fortgang does an excellent job as narrator. She acts out all the parts convincingly and is quite skilled at portraying both male and female characters of all ages. If you're looking for a light-hearted, entertaining romance, this fun, New Adult romance is an excellent choice. I rate this book as follows: Heroine: 4 stars Hero: 4 stars Subcharacters: 4 stars Romance plot: 4 stars Audiobook narration: 4 stars Writing: 4 stars Overall: 4 stars

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Witty romance!

This is a fun love story that will keep your attention throughout the story. Lacey and Alex have great chemistry and funny banter between them. Each of them brings out the best in the other. They will face challenges that will threaten to tear them apart. The narrator does an excellent job of portraying the personalities of these characters. She creates a listening pleasure. I asked to receive this Audible book and voluntarily wrote this unbiased review. I recommend this Audible book. 🎧audiobookobsession🎧

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Lovely

This was a lovely read/listen. Good characters with chemistry between them. I was practically smiling most the way through. Fantastic performance. #audiobookobsessionreviewer

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I can totally identify with this heroine!

Ok, I haven't freaked out over a butt dial, but I think I can match her in the awkwardness department. Maybe I'll stumble into a Greek God of my own someday, but till then, tales like this give me hope! #AudiobookObsession #AuralFixation

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Sweet and Comical

Our introduction to Maggie is one that will have you chuckling and embarrassed for her as she begins to realize how far from her objective the first few hours of her first major assignment have turned out. While her first impression of Alex was far from what she had envisioned, she’s quick to realize that deep inside this man is a the person he wants to be. Now it’s up to her to make sure everyone else can see it, all while being bombarded by Jessica 🙄. The combo of Dallen and Fortgang is great! With witty writing and a great narrator this story is a must listen. 🎧Audiobook Obsession

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Cute and Sweet

This was sweet rom-com that pulled me in from the beginning. The story and characters kept me smiling, giggling and laughing the whole time. The narrator, Lauren Fortgang, did a really well with the characters. 🎧AudiobookObsessionReviewer

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Sweet and funny

one of the best narrations I've heard. really liked I like how naturally they fell in love. very believable

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The Perfect Mixture

This was brought to me as a Rom-Com which it is and so much damn more! I went into it this thinking just that and it was so much more! There was angst, a character to hate, humor, and secrets. The instant attraction was immediate!!! I can't say enough about this story. It was brilliant and perfectly paced to keep my attention. -HJ Bellus

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  • Lylian
  • 02-25-19

Loved it!

Loved it! Fun, light, beautiful love story. One of those stories that makes you fall in love with the characters and have fun while at it. Loved the narration

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  • P. Kavanagh
  • 02-18-19

A wonderful story beautifully narrated

This was a quick, fun read with just enough angst and heat. I loved the unlikely situation the couple found themselves in and the tangles they got into. The narration was absolutely top notch. Lauren Fortgang has such a beautiful voice and did a great job with all the various characters of both genres.

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  • Amber N
  • 02-16-19

Another hit for Dallen!

Maggie Dallen has a real knack for writing meet cutes! The main characters were cute and quirky, real lovable. Lauren Fortgang did an excellent job bringing these characters to life. Really enjoyed a good love story. #AudiobookObsessionReviewer

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  • PATRICIA
  • 02-11-19

Just what I needed!

Maggie Dallen is fast becoming a one click for me when I am in need of a good contemporary romance! Less Than Three had me from the very beginning. How much more awkward can it get than sleeping with your client when you don't even know it's him? It turns out Lacey is supposed to coach Alex on public speaking to get him through the most important business meeting of his life. But this turns out to be so much more than coaching! Dallen has infused comedy into her stories as well as a good moral. Lacey is a wonderfully independent woman and has the guts to speak her mind. Alex is smart, good looking and is need of some guidance. Give these two some time, they will make you laugh, frustrate you and give you hope and love! Lauren Fortgang is amazing with her narrations. I love her acting ability, always perfect with her comedic timing and her voices are superb! She gives this story that little emotional tug and a whole lot of comedy! A great weekend listen!

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  • Relleman
  • 02-06-19

Great listen

This is the second I’ve read of this author and narrator. I’ve enjoyed both books. The flow of narration and story line was easy to listen to. Even though the relationship started out on a bed of lies, and still continued to weave lies, I was happy when everything came out in the open. I’m not overtly fond of lies and hidden truths between couples. I do gotta say I think the blurb revealed too much plot. The story ends on a happy for now, which fits nicely.

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  • Bette
  • 01-31-19

Alex💘Lacey More Than <3💖 Great Story & Listen🎧

“Less Than Three” is a delightful romantic comedy. The story grabbed my attention right from the start and captivated it to the very end. I adore Maggie Dallen’s writing style, she creates interesting storylines and characters giving each personality and heart. The chemistry between the leads, Lacey and Alex, was great, I was rooting for them and their relationship. Their story is an enjoyable and entertaining one, one with emotions, drama, humor and romance. Thank you Maggie Dallen for another great story! I listened to the Audible edition, Lauren Fortgang is a talented narrator and voice performer. She brings brings the characters & story to life from the pages to your ears. She is an awesome storyteller and enhances an already great story another level. Thank you for another great listen. Thank you 🎧AudiobookObsession

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  • Jan M
  • 01-08-20

Awesome Listen!!!

Less Than Three by Maggie Dallen pulled me in immediately. I was hooked on this book from the very beginning. I loved the inner musings in this story, especially the ones that were said out loud. Lacey and Alex were perfect together. I found humor in the butt dialing and excuses as that was so realistic. This book was so much fun! Maggie Dallen wrote a very engaging story that made me laugh out loud. Lauren Fortgang performed the book wonderfully. She had the comic timing down so well. On a side note, this is a standalone listen and has a wonderful ending. Audiobook Obsession, you are spot on with this recommendation! I loved it!

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  • Marie Palmer
  • 12-16-19

Such a lovely listen!

I really enjoyed listening to this book, it made me smile, cringe, and actually interact with the characters! Although not the longest of books it certainly packed the story in there! loved it! can't wait to listen to book 2. narration was excellent. an easy recommendation from me!

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  • R. Simons
  • 09-28-19

Love a good rom-com

I found myself giggling to this very early on, the humour was brilliant. Lacey, a Public Speaking coach was hired by Lawrence’s grandfather to help him land the role of company president. But, there’s a problem, she slept with a pilot as her flight was delayed and tells her story of butt dialling her client, only to find out when she arrives at her job that the person she slept with IS her client! Awkward! I really liked Lacey, her character was admirable, she kept her head about her and did her job, even though she had a lot of obstacles in the way. I also liked Lawrence’s character, I wasn’t sure of him at first but warmed to him quite quickly. The story although short was brilliant and I enjoyed getting to know the characters and following the story to the end. This is the first book I have listened to or read by Maggie Dallen but if all of her books are as funny but serious in places to then I want to listen and read them all. 🎧 AudiobookObessionReviewer

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  • Lisa Hahn
  • 09-19-19

love by butt dial

a cute story of boy meets girl. she is on her way to meet her client. Lacey is there to help Alex win the board seat. the H is a strong character. the H is weak when standing up to others. she acts meek. but is strong when putting Alex in his place. over story is not bad. the narrator is new to me. she did well with voices. 🎧 audiobookobsession