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Love Hurts

By: Mandi Beck
Narrated by: Wen Ross,Kai Kennicott
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Even when she won't fight for us, I'll go to war for her....

Inside the Octagon, I have no fear. I'm at home, in my element, inflicting pain onto men trained to hurt me just as badly. Making them submit, knocking them out, maiming them, because it's them or me. And I choose them.

Outside the Octagon, my only weakness is a five-foot-two, classy as f--k woman that I've loved for most of my life. She's the one that brings me to my knees, fills my arms, my heart, and one day soon, my bed. She makes me reckless. Volatile. I drink too much and try too hard to f--k my way out of feeling - all because of her.

Frankie De Rosa is my girl, my best friend. I haven't earned her yet, but I won't stand by and let anyone take her from me. She will be the greatest fight of my life, but she's worth the battle.

Love hurts, but anything worth having does, right?

I'm Deacon "The Hitman" Love - Welcome to the Cage.

©2015 Mandi Beck (P)2016 Mandi Beck

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WOW, WHAT AN INTENSE & RIVETING JOURNEY

He's all Alpha, he's gorgeous, he's volatile, he's a dirty talking hot MMA Fighter, his name is Deacon Love and his kryptonite is the woman he's loved forever - Frankie - his Princess. And, even though there's an invisible force field between them, the timing never seems quite right to tell Frankie just how he really feels about her..... but suddenly that all changes the moment when Frankie gets an Engagement ring on her finger.

Frankie's a Dancer, she's been a close part of the Love family since way back, her Dad and Deacon's Dad are good friends, there's three sons however she's closest and best friends with Deacon but she knows what a man-whore he is. So when he corners her at her Party and passionately professes his undying love she's shocked, angry, confused..... and very very turned on. His swift but heartfelt declaration starts off an intense chain of events that range from bloody dramatic and pulse-pounding shocks, passionate steamy and love filled highs and then anger and hurt filled lows as their push/pull relationship finally hits rock bottom.

You could really feel Deacon's anguish, confusion, hurt, rage, anger, jealousy, love and heartache as they both completely wrecked their all too delicate relationship.... and how can it ever be mended again? I loved Deacon's character - he was obsessed with claiming his Princess and remained devoted and focussed on winning her back however he also had qualifying Fights to prepare for that would, hopefully, get him to the Championship but the more they grew apart, the more his anger levels grew until he was a powder keg just waiting for the spark. I didn't think Frankie was fair to him and only fuelled his temper more and I thought the angst between them was nearly all her fault.... but I'm in Deacon's corner all the way.

Worth a credit? YES, I was hooked right from the start as they struggled to be together then there was scorching heat and dirty talking passion followed by a lot of emotional intensity and insanity. There's also the threat of imminent danger because her vicious and mysterious ex, who has already proved he's capable of murder, is somewhere in the wings waiting to strike again. It's a stinger of a cliffhanger but Hallelujah coz book 2 is already here. Mainly told from Deacon's POV but there are infrequent ones from Frankie's POV too and I love Wen and Kai's style of narration because they each stick to their own gender's voice so conversations, and the Chapters, flow smoothly so you're left to concentrate on all the unfolding delicious lip smacking drama.

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PHEW, I THINK I GOT WHIPLASH!!!!


WOW!!! What an AWESOME story, packed full with a whirlwind of emotions! It was Intense! Suspenseful! Dramatic! Steamy! And Sexy!! I LOVED it! But geez, I thought I was going to get whiplash from all the push/pull between Deacon and Frankie!

Wen Ross, and Kai Kennicott should be up for an Audie!! Their performance was animated, flawless, and you can feel all the emotions throughout the story. This duo always does an outstanding job!

Love Hurts was a thrilling, suspenseful, steamy story, and all I can do is ditto all the positive reviews on this one!

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First, I am so glad I started this after book 2 was out cause that cliffhanger would have pissed me off! But since I get to jump right into the next book.... I'm totally loving this story! I have a thing for friends to lovers stories. I love that you get to feel the attraction between them over the years rather than an insta-love situation. He was a little bossy for me which is strange because I normally love the bossy guy but something about him doesn't come across as protective bossy in the very beginning of this story but he does redeem himself quickly. This book is high in drama and angst but not the eye roll kind, more the heart racing kind.

Love the narration, that is what drew me to decide too try out this book. They are an amazing duet narration team.

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Alternating characters FOR THE WIN!

This is the first audible I have listened to with alternating narrators in the same scene. It was AWESOME! I love that when they are talking, it's the right voice.

I had the pleasure of listening in advance & these two narrators were too choice for me!

So happy with this narration. I don't think Mandi could have picked a better pair.

Wen Ross delivered Deacon love with a deep, sexy, raspy-ish voice that will melt your panties right off your body... Not kidding.

Kai Kennicott brought Frankie's character to life for me! Nailed it in every way!

I hope they can read Love Burns as well!
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Exciting trip

What made the experience of listening to Love Hurts the most enjoyable?

Kai and Wen are great readers. The tone variances between characters is consistent and their voices are clear and concise.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Love Hurts?

When Frankie gets honest with herself.

Which scene was your favorite?

The initial scene where Frankie gets engaged and Deacon gets all puffed up and butthurt.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I wanted to whack Deacon and Frankie for being so dramatic.

Any additional comments?

Well written book, takes the reader on a journey and leaves them wanting more.

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On the edge all the time

This book leads me to what might sound like a contradictory review. I enjoyed the book. I enjoyed it enough to definitely want to read the next one. While I thought Deacon and Frankie needed to grow up at times and behave more maturely, that never once made me want to stop reading or took away from the story. Yes, I asked myself, why does Frankie keep "Flashdance" around when she knows how much it drives Deacon crazy. And, she knows she loves him and he would do anything for her. But, then Deacon and his tantrums are a bit over the top. YET, it's one of those stories where you are watching two characters go through what they go threw, childish behavior and tantrums and all, but its a great story. Usually these turn out to be badly written characters in a story that had potential, but just didn't quite come together. This was just the opposite for me. Despite the fact that the characters had these flaws, the story was engaging, made you want to know what would happen next, and I was still rooting for these characters. I'm an MMA girl, so I love the fight stuff. And, I wish that Frankie had taken some of the jujitsu and other martial arts since her dad owned fighting gyms. Nothing like a girlie girl who can kick butt if she has too. Not much else to say without giving away too much. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one.
I listened to the audio of this and enjoyed Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott. I've listened to several of their audios now and have become a fan. I don't always like multiple narrators. But, these two work well together.

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Cliffhanger

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If they had two credits since the story is "To be continued" in the next audiobook

What did you like best about this story?

Ross and Kennicott's performance and the humor

What about Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott ’s performance did you like?

Their ability to change their voices enough to give life to each character and make them all sound different.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Two moments: when Mav found Frankie bleeding in the bathroom and the ending when Andrew showed up on her doorstep.

Any additional comments?

It ends with a major cliffhanger, but the story is resolved in the next audiobook, so it's a two-part serial.

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  • 02-03-16

Love

Great story and awesome narration. They voices are perfect and I liked how they spoke to each other in a scene or each other's POV's. Very awesome!

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Fight for Love.

Would you consider the audio edition of Love Hurts to be better than the print version?

Even though they are both good. I think the audio version brings the characters to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Love Hurts?

When Frankie and Deacon finally got together!

Which scene was your favorite?

When Deacon told Frankie he was in love with her at her birthday party!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes I had tears in my eyes from the start when Frankie called Deacon needing help and he couldn't get to her.

Any additional comments?

Once I started listening to this I couldn't stop. I really enjoyed the story and my only complaint is it ended in a cliff hanger just as it started to get really good. Hopefully the conclusion will be out soon.

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drags out too much

story line is good but drags out for too long and then when you are finally going to find out things it is a cliffhanger.
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  • 11-12-16

Sometimes the audio version really makes the book!

I really loved the way this book came to life in the duet narration style. Really cool.
I don't know many people who consider themselves fans of cliffhangers but in this case it seems fitting with so much left to be resolved between the "Hitman" and his "Princess". So excuse me while I go ahead and jump into book 2!

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