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A rebound isn’t supposed to last. Though, sometimes, fate has other ideas in this opposites-attract, friends-with-benefits romance.

It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. 

I started planning my future at the age of six. I knew the college I wanted, the career I needed, and the boy I would marry.

Only he wasn’t supposed to break up with me in such a spectacular fashion. Now, I’m tossing my planner and breaking my rules.

First up: Pacey Ziglar.

I want one night of fun. One night to toss out all inhibitions with the sexy Brit across the hall. Too bad I fell for my rebound along the way.

I never meant to say yes.

I know exactly what Mackenzie Thomas wants when she asks me out on a date. She won’t be my first no-strings-attached relationship, and if things work out the way we both want, she won’t be my last.

Yet the more I get to know her, the more I want her. But she’s not looking for me to be her forever.

And when my family secrets threaten our future, I’m afraid forever might end far too soon.

©2021 Carrie Ann Ryan (P)2021 Carrie Ann Ryan

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OMG love Pacey and Mackenzie

Book 2 in On My Own series by Carrie Ann Ryan
Mackenzie is devastated in previous book when she finds her boyfriend cheating on her.
Mackenzie knows they guys in the house because she was dating a housemate and this is how she meets the women who are friends or girlfriend of the lads in house.
Pacey is a English/American student living with the lads and hates how Mackenzie has been treated and offers to be her rebound.
Neither of them expected more to come of this arrangement but special things happen very quickly between them.
I was sure how you get a English sounding man called Pacey (not a typical English name) but this is explain and I do love it.
I feel for Pacey in this book especially when I comes to unrequited love that I feel was slightly blamed on Pacey but he was a perfect gentleman and feel he did get blamed for things he didn’t do or encourage.
I usually listen to audiobook quite fast but to fully savour this book I listen to really slowly.
Shane East and Emma Wilder are one of the best narrators and I think this was a dual narration not a duet but at some points I wasn’t sure because the narration was just that good.
Absolutely love Carrie Ann Ryan you can not get the same pleasure, anguish, tears and heartbreak all in same book.

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Pacey and Mackenzie

After what Sanders did to Mackenzie, she is ready for a rebound. Pacey is there to be her rock. He is such a good friend but is that the only thing he wants to be? While MackenIe is going through some college trouble with one professor, Pacey is having family troubles. They are there for each other… soon they realize they are not simple rebounds. This is a great addition to the series! Emma Wilder is an awesome narrator but I feel she does the same voice and tone for every female lead in this series. It doesn’t take much out of me enjoying it though. I loved Pacey and Mac!

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Oh, Pacey

Before I start my review, it's important to note this is a college romance with college-aged adults. They have college-aged worries and thoughts. Things in this story aren't always perfect because the age group isn't always perfect. They are dealing with real thoughts and feelings.

Mackenzie is fresh out of what she thought was her happily-ever-after. Then she caught her childhood sweetheart and HEA cheating on her. Her perfectly crafted life is thrown a huge curveball. Everything that she thought was going to happen and had depended on has now crashed around her feet. Coming to terms with what was supposed to be and now isn't is very difficult for Mackenzie. She's looking for an escape. She's looking for a rebound.

Pacey recognizes the pain and hurt in Mackenzie. He's dealing with his own reality, but has different challenges to overcome. He volunteers to be her rebound.

Of course they get more than they bargained for.

Shane East is wonderful as Pacey and Emma Wilder is, as usual, spot on in her narration. The narration of My Rebound enhances the story of these two characters.

My Rebound is part of Carrie Ann Ryan's On My Own series and can be read as a standalone.

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My Rebound

Wow, what a wonderful story this is, I love these characters and really feel for them as they tackle growing up and finding themselves.

The narrators did a great job and made it very easy to listen to this story

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Just a rebound? Yeah, right.

I enjoyed this book, but I have some criticisms about it. I loved Pacey and Mackenzie together, especially after what Sanders did to her. And I wanted to slap Sanders in this book when he decided he made a mistake and wanted her back. Add to that, his "friend" Hunter who does everything in his power to ruin Mac. Not a fan of either of these guys.

Pacey has secrets. Lots of secrets. And I get why he has them. Dealing with an organ transplant and all of the ramifications afterwards (even many many years later) is not easy. And he's in college and doesn't want people to think of him as weak or to treat him differently. He wants to fit in and not have people constantly worrying about him. However, realistically, that's not possible. Once you receive a transplanted organ, you entire life is turned upside down. The meds you have to take constantly and on a timeclock. You have no immune system and the slightest germ can put you in a hospital. Life is different and you aren't "normal". You are not like other people your age. There are ways to adjust, but there is always differences.

I love that Mac is so concerned once she knows what is going on with Pacey. I also love the fact that his "roommates" and their family have decided to get tested to see if any are a match in case he ever needs another kidney. And that is entirely possible. Most transplants only last 10-20 years and since he was so young when he had his, he will need another one in his lifetime.

I realize I have focused on the transplant topic of the book and it was not a "major" storyline in it, but it hit close to home for me.

I felt that Mac, being the odd girl out of the four, was hesitant yet supportive. And, because of Hunter, she got screwed over in her studies. So when she had the chance to give her professor that turned her turn to be her advisor and the internship, I was so proud of her. It seemed like she was hesitant to upset the norm, but she found her backbone and let him know exactly what she thought and I was cheering her on.

I'll admit I wasn't too impressed with Mac originally but I loved Pacey. I wasn't sure how their pairing was going to work. And I still don't know if they will work out once they are out of college, but that is life.

Shane East was a great Pacey. His British accent is such a thrill to listen to. And Emma Wilder as Mac, and all of the other girls, never disappoints.

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So good

Carrie Ann Ryan has written another brilliant book with a friends to lovers twist as only she can. There is always this intense excitement I feel when starting a new Carrie Ann book and this one did not disappoint. I really connected with these characters I felt like I truely met them and I love them so much.

I loved the new characters that I met and I’m so excited to know that there are more books coming in this series. I also want to say how much the narration matched the book. The pacing and the voices that the narrators used worked so well.

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Good addition to this series

This was a pretty good addition to this series with Pacey and Mckenzie's story. In what started as a rebound relationship, it quickly turned into a friend's to lovers story.

Both characters started the relationship with issues that both needed to work through. Mckenzie having been just cheated on by her long time boyfriend ends that relationship to then have her internship taken from her leaving her to scramble to achieve her educational goals. Pacey, while mourning the loss of his friend discovers that his parents are divorcing and his father has moved on with another woman who also is pregnant. He also has a few secrets that he eventually shares with others - one being that he has health issues.

The characters were well written and had amazing chemistry together. I did think at times that Mckenzie's character came off as whiney when things weren't going well for her but I did enjoy watching her gain her strength and confidence in herself. The plot moved along well and made it an enjoyable read.

Overall, this was a pretty good addition to this series. I enjoyed the return of the characters from the previous book in this series and I look forward to seeing what will happen next in this series.

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Love a sexy Brit!! 😍

This is the second book in the On My Own series. It’s Pacey’s book 😍. I’ve got a bit of a crush on him, the whole sexy Brit thing. But as we find out, there’s so much more to him. As Mackenzie finds out. After walking in on a not pleasant sight (her ex with another woman), Pacey helps her to hold her head up, move on and keep going. And boy he makes that easier. They go through some rough times during the semester, but in the end they fight through together. As for the whole “sexy Brit”, holy moly, Shane East will just melt you listening to this 😍 And Emma Wilder did a great job bringing Mackenzie to life. I can’t wait to read the next roommates book!

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My Rebound

4 Stars … My Rebound (On My Own, 2) is a friends with benefits college romance that is told from the first-person point of view of Pacey and Mackenzie.

Mackenzie is looking for a rebound to help herself get over her ex who she caught cheating on her. While having a conversation with her friend Pacey, she mentions to him her plan and he offers to help her with her dilemma. One night together should allow them both to release some tension and move forward but too bad they fell for each other.

Pacey and Mackenzie's story is full of secrets that just keep popping up at the most inopportune times which ends up turning out to be a good thing for Pacey and Mackenzie as they end up turning to each other for support which in turn helps enrich their connection and relationship. I am looking forward to more of this series and this group of friends.

Audio … Shane East and Emma Wilder were great choices for this story and the characters that they brought to life.