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Necessary Restorations

By: Kate Canterbary
Narrated by: Christian Fox,Lucy Rivers
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Sam Walsh is hanging on by a thread.  

He works hard at concealing his chronic illnesses and represses the lingering pains of childhood, but he's running out of vices to distract him from his wounds.  

Nothing feels good anymore. Not his prize-winning work preserving historic homes, not the family that refuses to give up on him even when he's at his most self-destructive. The only thing he wants is the conservatory-trained chaos he meets in a stalled elevator car. She's the friend he never asked for and can't imagine living without. Then, she's more than a friend. She's everything.  

Tiel Desai is not the same person she used to be. She's finally found a place for herself in Boston, leaving the rejection and disappointment of her past behind. She keeps herself too busy to think about any of it, her days spent in grad school and with neurodivergent children in her music therapy practice, her nights devoted to the city’s underground music scene. She's learned how to get by—until Sam Walsh crashes into her world. He up-ends everything and takes spaces in her life she didn't know she had to give.  

They find more in each other than they ever realized they were missing.  

But finding it might not be enough to keep it—or each other. 

©2015 Kate Canterbary (P)2016 Tantor

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Emotionally Charged, Funny and Uber Sexy!

So far, this is my favorite book in the series. Something about Sam's story and his health issues resonated with me. Sam, the misunderstood playboy meets his other half in Teil in an unlikely place. Both of them.him similar barriers and work to heal each other. At least on the surface.

What I loved most about this story was that I felt the ache in my heart during the climax. I knew it was coming, but the development and the unraveling of their journey gave me tears. Of course there is an HEA, but getting there was the best part.

What can I say about the performance? Lucy Rivers always gives me the feels with. her delivery, pacing and tone and Christian Fox's voice is like melted chocolate. This is one duo I can listen to all day!

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I'm conflicted

I really enjoyed Sam and Tiels relationship and its development. HOWEVER Tiels insta-hate for his family and friends was incomplete and irrational. her behavior at dinner was beyond rude and never addressed and even when the sister offered an olive branch she was rude. I dont know that part of their story annoyed me but I loved the other parts of their story. overall good read

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I LOVE this series!!!

I love how real this series is. I feel like these characters would be amazing to hang out with in real life. it really doesn't seem like they are fictional, they feel like real people. I love Sam and Tiel, while not my absolute favorites, they are great in their own right. I have read all the current books in the series so it's nice to be able to listen to them while I work or cook now.

if you haven't given this series a chance, please do. Kate is an amazing author and these are great characters with real substance. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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My First Audible and I Loved

What made the experience of listening to Necessary Restorations the most enjoyable?

Christian Fox's voice was swoon worthy. I loved Lucy Rivers voice as well, but oh the feels Christian gave me. I could listen to him read the phone book.

What other book might you compare Necessary Restorations to and why?

None, since this was my first venture into Audibles.

What about Christian Fox and Lucy Rivers ’s performance did you like?

Their story telling was beautiful to hear. Even when they would change their voice from male to female and vice versa it flowed and worked.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I don't know, but I could get back to you on this.

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I was completely charmed!

Would you listen to Necessary Restorations again? Why?

Yes, the two narrators were excellent, and I really enjoyed the story's pacing and the character development for both Tiel and Sam. I have nothing but praise for the audio production and the well executed plot.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sam. I have a soft spot for OCD and germaphobic characters because I can identify with them 100%.

Which character – as performed by Christian Fox and Lucy Rivers – was your favorite?

Sam. Again because both narrators had great voices for each character but for Sam in particular and also because I liked the way Sam's mind worked.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Embrace your perviness!

Any additional comments?

This was my first novel by Kate Canterbary, and it certainly won't be my last. Now I'm also incredibly curious about Sam's other siblings. Consequently, a complete series read is a must. I'm also putting narrators Christian Fox and Lucy Rivers on my list of MUST-LISTEN narrators.

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Romance with all the right stuff

Loved the books and am now loving the audiobooks. I couldn't recommend this series more. Kate is on of my favorite romance authors.

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Beautifully heartbreaking

Another amazing, emotional, heart wrenching but beautiful addition to this series. This family has been through so much but ultimately their love for one another is amazing. Kate take your emotions on another rollercoaster ride.

The narration is fantastic!

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not as good as the others

I've listened to the other stories in this series but this is the only one I've disliked so far. the female in this story is soooo annoying she literally whines about everything and is just unlikable. her personal issues take over everything

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Too much sexual detail.

Too much sexual detail and not enough actual plot. I wish books that are so filled with very detailed sex would mention that fact in their description. Not opposed to it, just not what I was expecting or looking for.

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Excellent well rounded emotional listen

Narration and story were absolutely excellent. Christian Fox did an impeccable job conveying each emotion and sentiment through his voice.

This story is beautiful, painful, and real in so many ways. Kate Canterbary is always a joy to read, her characters are interesting and have such raw and real flaws. I loved it and I look forward to the rest of Sam and Tiel's story.

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