Lust for Life

Sexy in Spades, Book 1
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It's all fun and games until the sexy lumberjack buys your company....

Opposites attract when billionaire Bryce Dalton meets his lodge guest, Kat Jones, while she's on a corporate retreat. It's love at first sight for Bryce. For Kat? Not so much.

First of all, she's been duped. She'd assumed the sexy lumberjack behind the bar was the lodge's bartender. How was she supposed to know her one-night stand was actually the eccentric CEO who owned the place? To make matters worse, the charismatic but frustratingly unpredictable billionaire just bought her company.

Bryce is just doing what he does best - following his killer instincts. His gut is telling him that he needs this woman in his life, and he's willing to do anything to make that happen. Even buy her company. Turns out his chivalrous gesture is not quite as welcome as he'd hoped. And maybe, just maybe, he was coming on a bit too strong for his straitlaced, play-by-the-books crush. He just needs to make her see that their attraction is more than just lust; it's love.

Unfortunately, he only has one night to prove it.

©2018 Maggie Dallen (P)2019 Maggie Dallen

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Sooooo Good!

Oh Man!! I can not say enough good things about this book! Let me start with the Writing. This was my first Book by Maggie Dallen. I was hooked at the blurb. I was in no way disappointed! The characters were easy to fall in love with. They had fantastic chemistry together. The writing felt so effortless and natural that it was easy to immerse yourself in their life and story. I loved it! The narration was spot on! Lauren gave these characters so much depth. She elevated an amazing book and made it spectacular. I loved every piece of her performance. Great job! I will be recommending this to all~ 🎧AudiobookObsession

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Amazing listen!!!

There are no words to describe how much I enjoyed this book! Everything was perfect! The characters are likeable and relateable. The story is light-hearted and fun. The length is just right for an afternoon read! Maggie Dallen did a fantastic job writing this fun, witty, sexy book! The narration was just as amazing! Lauren Fortgang was amazing with both the male and female POV! 🎧AudiobookObsession

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Fun, sexy romance

Twenty-something, brash and beautiful Kat Jones is a top-notch salesperson who markets advertising for a cable news station. As her "reward" for being the top seller of the year, she has been invited to a boring executive retreat at a wilderness lodge. She fakes a sprained ankle to get out of all the retreat's irritating, outdoorsy, bonding events, since she has no interest whatsoever in Mother Nature or bonding with any of the jerks in the upper echelons of her cable company. Especially her direct supervisor, who is a slimy sexual harasser. She spends the whole day instead drinking at the hotel bar, tries eventually to retire to bed but can't sleep, and wanders back down to the bar to chat some more with the friendly bartender. But rather than encountering the innocuously cute, boy-next-door bartender from the day shift, the guy on night duty is a big, gorgeous, ripped hunk of a lumberjack, who is overwhelmingly appealing in a flannel shirt. They hit it off immediately, forming a mutual, emotional and mental connection without ever exchanging names. Workaholic Kat is generally too busy to bother with dating, and settling down with a man she might be willing to marry is far in the future. Even so, she's not normally a one-night-stand kind of gal, but this enticing stranger, whom she will not see again after the next 24 hours of the retreat, because she lives in New York City and he lives out in the middle of nowhere, is too delicious to resist. He is not only the sexiest man she's ever met, he's also a wonderful listener and all around sensitive guy. She's a little bit tipsy but is absolutely sure that she knows what she's doing when she propositions him. Brilliant, intuitive entrepreneur, Bryce Dalton, started out well ahead of the game of life being born into a rich family, but his own instincts have turned him into a billionaire before his 30th birthday. He has homes in many parts of the USA and around the world, but this wilderness lodge is one of his favorites. Far from offended that this beautiful stranger loathes his beloved lodge, he finds her outspoken, snarky remarks highly entertaining. And, to his astonishment, because it's never happened before, he falls in love with her within minutes. He is therefore more than willing to accommodate the object of his newfound affection when she asks him to spend the night. But he is careful to, multiple times, solicit her permission before proceeding. Unfortunately, the next day, before he can tell her himself, his one-night lover finds out the hard way who he is when her boss introduces them. Kat, as he now knows her name to be, is furious when she learns that he owns the lodge, rather than being an ordinary bartender, and worse than that, that he is in the midst of negotiating to buy the cable station she works for. If he does that, he will be her boss. She is horrified at the thought that if anyone finds out they slept together, it will ruin her reputation as a woman who earned all her promotions legitimately via talent and hard work. Fans of New Adult romance will greatly appreciate this enjoyable romance of "opposites attract." Bryce goes with his gut and Kat relies on her brain. He is a panster and she is a planner. Meeting Bryce throws her 10-year plan completely out of kilter, and the road to true love is especially rocky as Kat fights against the major changes in her life goals that forming a relationship with Bryce would cause. There is never a dull moment in this sexy romance. This novel includes many of the favorite and expected tropes of the New Adult subgenre of contemporary romance. These include: plenty of blue language, frequent drinking of copious amounts of hard liquor, with occasional drunkenness, frank discussions of sex with quirky best buddies, and plenty of steamy action between the sheets. Refreshingly, unlike most New Adult novels, however, none of the sex scenes in this sprightly romance are crudely graphic. They are tender and sensual. Kat is a strong, independent woman who is a very sympathetic character, though at times the average romance reader will be shocked that she could hesitate for a second scooping up a man as wonderful as Bryce. He is a terrific romantic hero, both vulnerable and alpha strong. As expected in a romance novel, this one has a very satisfying HEA ending. All the plot loose ends are tied up, and everyone gets their just deserts. Lauren Fortgang is a wonderful voice talent. She does not just read the story but performs it. She is excellent with both male and female characters of all ages. If you're looking for a fun, sexy, New Adult romance, this 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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Strong leading lady

I do like these types of books.great characters with lots of spirit. A strong leading lady that gives her man the runaround and a good helping of humour. Very well written by Maggie and a great performance from Lauren. #audiobookobsessionreviewer

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LOVE LOVE LOVE

Maggie Dallen and Lauren Fortgang are one of the best combination I've seen yet. A beautiful and well written novel read by a narrator who knows how to bring the characters to life. Overall, I highly recommend this and every other one of Maggie Dallens novels! 🎧AudiobookObsession

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Good listen

This was good, quick listen. I liked the storyline and the characters overall but it took me a little bit to get into the story. After a few chapters then the flow picked up pretty good. The narrator did good with the characters. 🎧AudiobookObsessionReviewer

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Great Romance

I loved this book. The narration was spot on. If you're in the mood for a sweet and very steamy romance this one is for you. The title says it all. Oh, and I do love a strong female lead character!

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Kat💘Bryce! Great Story, Great Audible Listen🎧

4.5 Wonderful Stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This is my first Maggie Dallen book and it will not be my last. “Lust for Life” is a well written, well told story that grabs your attention from the start and holds it to the end. The storylines are interesting, with some fun moments, as well as dramatic, angsty and romantic ones. There is great character development and the chemistry between the two leads, Kat and Bryce is smoking. Thank you Maggie Dallen for this great story! I listened to the Audible edition, Lauren Fortgang is a fabulous narrator and storyteller. She performs all the voices and brings the characters & story to life with the perfect dramatic flair. Thank you for the great listen. Thank you 🎧AudiobookObsession

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Meet-Cute

Lust for Life (Sexy in Spades, Book One) drew me in with its synopsis. A meet-cute romantic comedy chock-filled with laughter. Kat & Bryce began with lust, a one night stand. Character's evolvement & plot unfolding flowed through unmarred. Rugged & old fashioned style of Bryce & Kat's reluctant self & destruction of her well laid out plans made this a provocative & fun listen. Narrator Lauren Fortgang performance well suited the narative. Her portrayal gave these characters so much profoundness. Overall, everything flowed through smoothly with a good pace and tone. 🎧 Audiobook Obsession

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Loved it!

This was such a fun romp and I just adored the narration! Short but sweet ♡

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  • JuttaS
  • 03-09-20

So enjoyable and great narration

The way the characters were and what happened between them and how they coped with things made me chuckle out loud so many times! I really enjoyed the set up of this story, I like how she wasn't a push over. Lauren Fortgang brought this to life so beautifully, it really helped to pull me into the story.

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  • 01-24-20

Fun & Humorous

From the very start, the main characters, Kat and Bryce, captivated my attention. On a retreat with her coworkers, while looking to spend time away from her colleagues, Kate ends up having a one-night-stand with Bryce. It was an anonymous hookup, no exchange of names, or phone numbers with zero expectations. Imagine Kate's surprise when the seductive handsome billionaire walks into her meeting. This is a fabulous story, and I was thoroughly entertained. Lauren Fortgang is an incredibly talented narrator; her performance was spot on. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Lisa Hahn
  • 12-19-19

great story

A great audio of a girl who hates roughing it in the mountains. She is on a retreat with her company. She meets a hot sexy lumberjack bartender. They have a one night. She thinks he lives in the mountains. She is a city girl. This story follows them as they fall in love when they don't want to.. Audio obession

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  • Jan M
  • 10-11-19

Kat & Bryce

Lust for Life by Maggie Dallen is a delightful listen featuring Kat and Bryce. I love how the author brought together 2 totally opposite people in Lust for Life. The title of this story is fitting, the imagery is wonderful and the narration is spectacular. The journey Kat and Bryce took was well done. Lauren Fortgang is fantastic bringing the characters to life. She gives them distinguishable voices. I really enjoyed this listen and thank Audiobook Obsession for this review copy.

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 09-27-19

Lust for Life

A very enjoyable and quick listen that starts with instant lust that is fought against if it could be love. I really enjoyed the way this book progressed and the way it ended was just perfect.

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  • Krisz
  • 09-11-19

Great narration of a good book

Lust for life was an ejoyable quick story. I liked both characters. Kat was somewhat at an impass in her job. She was good at it, the best even, but she just wasn't happy with it. She lived her life discontent. Unbeknownst to her it all began to change when she decided to hell with always being the responsible one and took a chance on a sexy bartender. No changing of names, or phone numbers, no strings, just one night of fun. Bryce was immediately captivated by the charismatic girl in his bar. Of course he agreed to have one night with her. The only hitch in the plan that he wanted so much more than one hot night with uninhibited passion. He just needed to convince her to give him a chance. I liked Maggie Dallen's writing style, the story was well written. Lauren Fortgang's narration was phenomenal! I loved her voices, her pace was perfect. I loved how her voice conveyed all the emotions. Great job! The quality of the recording was also superb. 🎧AudiobookObsessionReviewer

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  • Keisha
  • 09-01-19

Good story

Enjoyable read. Good story, characters and romance. Bryce wants Kat and will not take no for an answer. The narrator did an amazing job with the characters #AudiobookObession review

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  • Krystyn - AudiobookObsession
  • 08-26-19

Amazing listen!!!

There are no words to describe how much I enjoyed this book! Everything was perfect! The characters are likeable and relateable. The story is light-hearted and fun. The length is just right for an afternoon read! Maggie Dallen did a fantastic job writing this fun, witty, sexy book! The narration was just as amazing! Lauren Fortgang was amazing with both the male and female POV! 🎧AudiobookObsession

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  • Nat (🎧AudiobookObsession)
  • 08-26-19

Lust for Life

This was a steamy, but cute and fun read/listen. I loved the story line and the characters. Lauren Fortgang's narration did a great job of bringing the characters out even more. #AudiobookObsession 🎧AudiobookObsession

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  • Nina B.
  • 08-25-19

Sweet

Kat excels at her job, but is it her dream job? Bryce has everything, but does he have anyone to share it with? Can Kat step out of her comfort zone to change her plans? You should listen and find out. This is a great story of opposites attract. The Narrator did a great job capturing the characters. 🎧Audiobook Obsession