• Never Date Your Brother's Best Friend

  • Never Date Series, Book 1
  • By: Jules Barnard
  • Narrated by: Meghan Styles
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (4,491 ratings)

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Never Date Your Brother's Best Friend

By: Jules Barnard
Narrated by: Meghan Styles
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Publisher's Summary

My plan was perfect. My friend needed a date, and my brother's best friend was single. Problem solved.

Until I saw Jaeger for the first time in years, and sparks flew in the wrong direction.

Jaeger has grown up and bulked up. But that shouldn't matter because I have the perfect life. Really.

Only, my plans are beginning to unravel, and now, visions of Jaeger's hard abs, broad shoulders, and intense green eyes fill my head.

I should hold back in case my friend is interested. Or in case of a million other reasons. But if Jaeger isn't willing to play by the rules, I don't think I can, either.

"Addictive and marvelously refreshing." (Rumpled Sheets Blog)

"Realistic characters and smart writing." (Lauren Layne, USA Today best-selling author)

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Never Date Your Brother's Best Friend is the first book in the Never Date series, which features sexy romance and humorous, feel-good happily ever after. This book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel, or it can be listened to as a part of the Never Date series.

Previously titled Off Limits (Men of Lake Tahoe, Book 1) 

©2014 Jules Barnard (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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First book of 250+ I truly struggled to finish

If you are over 25 in my opinion you are too old for this book. I out loud groaned and eye rolled more times than I can count. The supposedly smart lead woman is immature, unbearably dramatic and jumps to the very worst conclusions on the flimsiness of "evidence". The lead was so completely insufferable that I truly struggled to finish the book. I wish I could say it got better. I was going to continue in the series, but I don't have that many eye rolls in me.

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Cute but very problematic in various ways

The beginning storyline was cute but it began to drag on after the author repeatedly added new plots when the book could have already finished. It would have been better if it was a little shorter and she had used other plots in a separate book.

Secondly, there is a large amount of content surrounding sexual abuse. Two women and two men are sexually attacked. Then the people who attacked them never received any punishment. The women just pushed aside their valid feelings about being almost raped and never told any authorities about it when it would have made sense for them to do that. If you are sensitive to that topic, I would listen with caution because that topic is repeatedly brought up.

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Tween drama set in post-college setting

I found the story very superficial and slow-moving. The narrator contributed to that with her over-the-top characterizations; if I wanted to listen to something like this I would hang out with middle schoolers.

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Young adult romance

This one wasn’t my cup of tea, but that’s not the authors fault. It’s a well written young adult romance about figuring out your adult life before heading to graduate school.

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Engaging Story For Me

I enjoyed the story. The narrator brought the characters to life for me. The story held my interest from the beginning. Love this author's work.

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Say Names Correctly PLEASE!

The narrator mispronounces the name Jaeger a million times and it’s driving me crazy. She say JAY-ger instead of YAY-ger. I cannot listen to the rest of the book...you can’t be in love with someone you’ve know forever AND NEVER LEARN TO SAY THEIR NAME PROPERLY. It would be like someone repeatedly calling Jose JOE -say every other sentence.

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Great story!

Younger crowed but, still a great story with great writing. Narrator is spot on. Wish they had more of a dual story but, I can't wait to see how it progresses.

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Never Date Your Brother's Best Friend

It was ok, a lot of unnecessary drama from his ex that really didn't make much sense other then to just cause conflict and ok yeah I get it we need some in contemporary romance but maybe let it be something that made more sense.

I will give him credit, when the ex was causing more issues he choose to find out the truth.

What I did like was her brother how he didn't freak out because his best friend has a thing for his sister. That part I really enjoyed because it was different from other brothers best friend stories.

I liked that narration.

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What The Actual F?!

This book was HORRID. Take all the negative reviews seriously. I wish I had. I don’t know how many times I yelled at the story to tell characters they were IDIOTS.

Calli’s “boyfriend” in the beginning? Uh. What? If neither of you feel like talking to the other person for two months…how the hell do you justify feeling any kind of bad feelings? And why the hell did he call her in the middle of the book? There was literally no point to that at all.

As others have mentioned, the handling of sexual abuse at their job is disgusting. Why were there no police reports filed? No complaints made to management in a place that supposedly has cameras everywhere which would give proof? This is an absolute abomination. Not to mention, a subplot that never went anywhere. It was 100% not necessary.

Speaking of subplots, let’s talk about the number of subplots in this book that were junk and never resolved. I understand there are more books in the series, but there were so many unresolved subplots, but I’m sure not all of them are addressed. I don’t feel like wasting more of my life to find out. I would like to add that I’m normally not a person to notice these kind of holes. They were glaringly and unforgivably noticeable with this book.

At the end of the day, this book was a complete waste of time. I am disgusted that the main character is supposed to be an example of a “strong” woman. I don’t know how old this author is, but if this is her idea of a strong woman, the author herself needs some better role models.

I could rage more, but I think you get the point. Go find a better book. This one isn’t even good as a time killer. You will only end up finishing it, if you even do, just out of curiosity to know if it’s going to stay this terrible. It does. And then it gets worse.

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For the review that said it’s Yayger. I get what you are saying but….

Jaeger Pronunciation of Jaeger as a boys' name is pronounced JAY-ger. It is of German origin, and the meaning of Jaeger is "hunter". The similar sounding Jagur, a biblical place name, is an Aramaic name meaning "heap of stones; marker".

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  • SYLVIE
  • 09-14-21

A must Listen.

Loved it. Can not wait to listen to the rest. This series is definitely captivating.

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  • Vicki Dalsgaard Simonsen
  • 10-07-21

Couldn't finish

The MC was super annoying. She's supposed to be smart, but instead of talking to the people around her she just makes assumption after assumption and takes it out on her friends.
She whined about everything and I just couldn't listen to it anymore.

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  • Olive oil
  • 09-28-21

Good easy book

Easy listening to teeny book

No angst really but steady and pleasant listening to

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  • Kave_17
  • 11-03-22

Deceptive title, but overall, an easy listen

Without spoilers, I thought the performance by the actor was great, but the title and the blurb are hugely deceptive as the story wasn’t necessarily about their relationship itself, but what felt like a load of others things thrown in. There were so many things going on, it was like 1 thing got resolved and then something else happened. So I think as mini-books, it would have been great, but overall, a bit too much and it didn’t focus on the story that was highlighted in the blurb and the title of the book. But an easy listen all the same :)

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  • Andee
  • 10-31-22

a really good story

lots of twists and turns. There are still some unanswered questions about Tyler and Jen

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  • Loves 2 Listen
  • 08-09-22

Jager sounds too good to be true ❤

who wouldn't want a Jager in their life? I wanted a break from the dark mafia romances I've been listening too recently and this was just the ticket. love comes when you least expect it for Jager and Cali. I enjoyed listening to this book, it has all the feels and a smidge of spice too. I'm definitely going to follow up on the rest of the series.
Megan Styles did a great job with the narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-13-22

Boooring

Slow, boring, waste of time… I do love reading have lot of patience but this one drove me nuts… to be such smart person she is pretty stupid

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  • Sandy
  • 02-11-22

Boring

Kept waiting for something exciting to happen. I nearly gave up half way through , I wish I had!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-27-21

Starts off good?

Takes a very weird turn towards the end, throws a bunch of unnecessary plots at you in the final few chapters. The name of the book has barely anything to do with it, boyfriend is not brothers best friend, and he doesn't really care when they start dating. When introducing a villain towards the end of the book (out of literally nowhere) the author uses a lot of classist and overused tropes to get you to hate this character, it just comes off childish.

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  • Miss M
  • 10-11-21

Fun, romantic froth

This is bubble gum, light romantic feel-good fiction. The title’s are misleading but that’s a moot point. If you listen you’re doing so knowing you’re getting a very particular type of undemanding, escapist fiction with likeable characters, fairly thin plots but nonetheless enough to keep one absorbed and enjoying the listen.
Thank you to audible for making Jules Barnard’s available through the Plus Catalogue.

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  • Trina H
  • 07-04-17

Happy ending

Lots of unforeseen twists, the ups and downs she encounters in her life are frustrating and believable, but it all ends happily ever after, just as I like.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-22

Appalling book

Repetitive, ignorant, dumb and stupid.
Awful story line and awful narration, I kept waiting for it to get better… it doesn’t.

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  • Susan
  • 05-11-22

Date your brother’s best friend

The title probably should have been “Date your brother’s best friend” because he was so right for her. Some parts seemed to skip and I would have liked more than just bypassing the sex scenes. Only one in the book folks.

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  • Jessica
  • 05-08-22

A little to much drama but still a good read

While it has little to much drama for my liking I did enjoy it and found it hard to stop reading at times. I just wish it was less shit happen to the main character and more focus the relationships.

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  • Felicity
  • 12-24-21

FABULOUS

This was an amazing audiobook! The narration was amazing, and the story even better. While the title doesn't quite fit the story - in the sense that Jaeger was friends with Cali's brother during highschool but most kept out of touch after that - it was still amazing and something I would definitely recommend. In terms of the narration it was amazing, differently adding more description and personality to the characters during the story. Cali, while a character that can be annoying at times, was actually really strong as a female character and you could definitely get behind as a person and the actions she chooses to make. Jaeger was an amazing character and definitely one you fall in love with straight away, even when there may be times where your heart breaks from that love. As I said before, this is definitely a book I would recommending and I hope that you find you love it just as much as I do. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-26-21

It was ok

It was ok, nothing that really stood out as being captivating or exceptional but it was an easy listen to while going for a walk

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  • jess newcomb
  • 10-05-21

Great story line!

I absolutely loved listening to this book. It was a great story to follow along with.