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Publisher's Summary

Alice is in love with her best friend. Now all she needs to do is tell him.  

Best buds Milo Manganiello and Alice Hooper have been the one constant in each other's lives for over 15 years. The charismatic and compassionate physics professor was there when Alice got married, and he was there 10 years later when she got divorced. Likewise, the candid and kind computer science professor has always been there for Milo. She babysits his apartment and plethora of houseplants when he's traveling, and they share breakfast together every day he's in town. Alice wasn't always in love with Milo, but the feeling has grown, and when Milo returns from his latest globe-trotting adventure, Alice decides it's time to spill the seeds. 

Does Alice have the grit to confess? And will feelings take root? Or is hers a love destined never to bloom? 

Live and Let Grow is a 14k-word (short) contemporary romance of long-suffering unrequited love and can be enjoyed as a stand-alone.

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Veeeeeerrrrry short unrequited (but not really) romance

This is a condensed, short story that has all the elements of a romance but falls short for me when it comes to the resolution. It seems like after 15 years of unrequited love, the end of a 17 year marriage, and 2-3 years of seeming unrequited love that there would be way more issues to discuss. And to hop back into marriage after suddenly realizing the love IS “requited”. Eh, I was just a bit skeptical.
What worked was the characterization of Alice, I would have liked to see more of her intelligence, more about her green thumb etc. But I liked her quirkiness, love how Penny Reid does quirky heroines.
Milo fell a bit flat for me, I needed more about him. Everything we know is basically encompassed by his love and longing for Alice and how he’s coped over the years.

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Be warned

This books ends in a very erotic way, so if you don’t want this avoid this story. I loved the story and wished this had a warning on it so I could have avoided it.

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Knuckle headed professors finally fess up to ❤️

Good thing the story starts at the end, essentially giving us the final chapter of this rom-com, after Milo and Alice have each spent years in the friend zone through their own bone-headedness. I would normally find the lack of communication annoyingly implausible, but this was so short, fun and sweet that I didn’t mind. This was a surprisingly complete story for a 1.5 hr novella. There’s 2-3 F bombs and 1 nooky scene after they finally fess up to their mutual love.

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Sooo good! 🙌🏻

This short story was soooo good yall! 10/10. Penny literally doesn’t have it in her to write a bad story 😂 Definitely worth reading 👌🏻

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Surprisingly Disappointing

I really like Penny Reid, but this wasn't good. Male but not female narrator was good.

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Quick listen

Where did this story come from? I thought I was up to date on all things "Penny Reid" and suddenly LIVE AND LET GROW shows up with my Audible Plus membership. YAY.

Super quick listen that is believable and lovely. I did not like her sister but understand where she comes from. Grrrr

I absolutely recommend.

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Romantic

A beautiful friends-to-lovers romance. A love story that pulled at my heart strings and had everything I want in a romance. I felt the emotion and the passion. The narrators brought this story to life!

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Delightful listen

Penny Reid writes the best characters and I love all their little quirks and idiosyncrasies. This is a fun, quick listen where all is resolved. But I was left wanting to know more about Milo and Alice. I must admit though that I feel that way about all Penny's characters.

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Quick, fun friends to lovers romance.

If you need a feel good, quick romance; Live and Let Grow is the perfect listen. Live and Let Grow was a great friends to lovers romance. This book is a great lesson in communication is the key.

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Wasn’t a fan

Only because I couldn’t stand the sister and her horrible advice, I guess the doubt she created made the story 🤷🏼‍♀️