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Publisher's Summary

Culter Fuller came back into my life on the day my mother died, as if losing my mother wasn't bad enough.

We hated each other since childhood. Well, I hated him, and I thought it was mutual. He had a very different story.

When I moved to my dad's house to finish my last semester of high school, we went from bitter enemies to...something else. He was suddenly everywhere, occupying my space, determined to pull me into his life, filling me with thoughts I knew were wrong.

I knew that soon we would cross a line that should never be crossed.

I knew crossing that line could have very serious consequences; because Culter Fuller wasn't just any irresistible boy, Culter Fuller was my stepbrother.

But, I was always very bad at making the right choices.

©2016 Rita Stradling (P)2017 Rita Stradling and Maureen Hoff

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Making bad choices

What was one of the most memorable moments of Making Bad Choices?

The story was good and because of the unconventional relationships it was what some would call taboo. Culter and Cassie weren't blood related and overall it didn't distract me from the storyline.

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Loved it!!!

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This audiobook was given to me for a honest unbiased review. I loved it. This was a very sweet yet hot story. The romance was slow starting but very well worth. The character development was excellent.

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I really enjoyed this.

first off the characters.... I love each and every one of them. They were so well developed.
This is an awesome young adult story. I thought I really bonded with the characters.
I love the little twist that was thrown in there as well.
I get this is kind of taboo subject, but honestly I didn't find their romance that bad? ( What you listened you'll find out why I thought that. )

I adored Cassie, and I just wanted to give her a hug. I also thought her aunt Daisy was very entertaining
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Great YA/Teen Romance!

This story sucked me in right from the start. There were some really sad moments in the beginning and it felt real and heart wrenching. The characters were well developed and the story flowed well. There were a few surprises and some difficult moments.

The narrador did a great job bringing the story to life. She was able to put a lot of emotion into her narration. Excellent job narrating this book.

I really liked Cassie & Cutler. Their romance developed slow and sweet. It had a lot of depth and it was not superficial or uncertain. Their feelings were deep and strong.

Rita is a great author and I have enjoyed several of her books. This one is no exception. It is very well written and captivating. I'm looking forward to her next book.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Ok for purely YA

This book isn’t what I expected. It is firmly YA. Given the forbidden nature of the book, I expected more chemistry and intimacy. There is very little heat. I also think it was drawn out a bit. I enjoyed the narration.

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Loved the story

I received this as a gift and my review is voluntary and in no way influenced by the author or narrator.

I loved this story, it was fun and sweet and kept me hooked the entire time and wanting more at the end. Also this was a very clean book as far as young adult romance books go.

I have to say that the first hour or so of listening to the book was a little off putting because the narrator sounded like she had a cold and I could hear her sucking a breath at a times. But after that it was okay. I'm glad I stuck with it as I really enjoyed the story. This is a first for this author but it left me wanting more. Will check her other books. Would love to listen to more of her books.

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

I would recommend this book to friends because I really enjoyed the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Tyler because he was hilarious and sweet!

What does Maureen Hoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Maureen's voice was perfect for this story. She did a great job making the voices different for each character. I was really impressed the male character voices.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I listened to this book quickly. I couldn't wait to figure out what was going on with Tyler!

Any additional comments?

I requested this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Great Romance

This well written story quickly pulls you in and you soon become captivated by both the characters and the storyline. The development of Cassie and Cutlers relationship is slow, sensual and has a beauty to it that you don't often find in YA romances. The convoluted family relationships are realistic and heart wrenching, and the taboo of Cutler being Cassie's stepbrother adds complexity, uncertainty and a hint of daring to the story. The narrator suited Cassie to a tee, she captured the feel of a teen, the sorrow of loosing a parent and the breath holding feel of forbidden love. This is an enjoyable love story containing excitement, angst, romance and some surprises. It is different to the norm and is thoroughly enjoyable

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A sweet read!

She knew that soon they would cross a line that should never be crossed, a line with very serious consequences...
Because he wasn’t just any irresistible boy, he was her stepbrother...

Captivating sweet, slow and sensual read. I loved that this taboo romance is a YA book. So intriguing and beautiful.

Lovely forbidden romance. Such a satisfying read! Give it a try today!

Full of secrets, betrayal, pain, attraction, family, friends, forbiddenness and love.

Perfect for readers of contemporary romances/forbidden romances.

It was an alright narration. A little bit enjoyable.

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Loooooove

Okay so subject matter is a tad bit taboo but this story was so much more than that. Character development was great and it was just a well rounded great romance book, with real depth and emotion. Wishing there was a sequel, I want more!

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  • Amy
  • 06-24-17

.Taboo YA Romance laid bare

Waw the phrase "It's complicated "was created for these guys: Culter and Cassie .The Synopsis given is full so I do not want to further rehearse the story which was exciting and action packed, though fairly short in length. As always, the narration by Maureen Hoff was impeccable, clear, well paced with just the right dramatic emphasis and clear voicings for the individual characters. Her reading most definitely enhances the experience exponentially .It's very much a a taboo topic .This story though if listened to to those who object on principle could melt their hearts to the topic because their relationship developed before our eyes and it was as pure a love as Snow White and Prince Charming.I wanted to wrap Cassie up in a blanket and keep her safe but Culter did that for me.He is the kind of guy I think a Majority of females would want in their lives forever.In the book we see how they overcome adversity and its beautiful.This is my first listen/read by Rita and I have to say this book was something of a gem. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.As always this is my honest opinion.

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  • Aaron Fire
  • 01-27-20

An Amazing Story

I love these kind of stories, I especially like how this book captured the reader’s attention.

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  • A D.
  • 04-21-17

Complex, sweet, emotional YA romance

Culter and Cassie's romance is filled with all the usual young adult angst. They are step siblings but their relationship is so much more complex. It is coloured with shared childhood memories (differently interpreted by each of them) and the a whole slew of newer experiences. Culter re-enters Cassie's life after a long break when her mother's dies. The older versions of themselves face their past, present and the questions about the future together.

This story is very emotional. The challenges of family life coupled with the loss of a beloved parent along with the general experiences of being on the cusp of adulthood add layers of depth to the plot. I enjoyed the development of Cassie and Culter's romance. To be honest, it is hard not to have a little crush on Cutler
who projects a wonderful supportive and protective warmth for his newly displaced step-sister and, as it turns out, long time love.

Maureen Hoff's narration matches this genre. She brings the story and characters alive, placing the reader smack dab in the middle of the action.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 04-20-17

Really enjoyed

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A sweet, romantic story. This is a book that teens and young adults will certainly enjoy. I think I was expecting more drama and conflict involving the adults' reactions to Cassie's romantic relationship with her step brother but the story concentrated more on the build up to it along with the trials and tribulations of fitting in to a new school and making new friends.I do recommend it for older teens only due to the prolific use of the 'f' word and the mature situations these high school students find themselves in.I voluntarily reviewed a copy gifted to me.