One Good Thing

Narrated by: Tim Paige, Lessa Lamb
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.6 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"I have nothing to offer a woman like Cora. Not what she deserves, yet...I want her anyway."

I never expected to meet the woman of my dreams in a coffee shop. Especially when she's a famous Hollywood actress and I'm nothing but an overworked, underpaid barista.

Only I already have someone special - my son. Providing for him and getting through college are my top priorities. Dating while juggling single fatherhood isn't.

Cora Bentley deserves a partner who can offer her the world. But the heart wants what it wants, and mine won't stop beating for hers.

I should walk away. It's what's best, even if she won't admit it. But I can't bring myself to do so. Not when she's everything I could ever want.

Not when she could be our one good thing.

One Good Thing is a single-dad opposites-attract stand-alone contemporary romance narrated by Tim Paige and Lessa Lamb.

©2020 Kacey Shea (P)2020 Kacey Shea

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So many Great things about this book

Kacey Shea has such a gift for stories that will have you devouring her books in one sitting! Slow burn but not dragging slow and HOT scenes that pay off the slow burn part of the book! Cora is an award winning actress we got to know her and love her in the off track record series. Issac oh my god issac!!! Issac if a single dad who is trying to keep his head above water doing his best to care for his son and also make sure they have a future that is better than what they have now. This story is an amazing ride, so well written and I would read this book and think wow that was a great story but Lessa Lamb and Tim Paige just blew it out of the water!!! Lessa is so talented he voice is like a sip a great tequila after a long day and Tim’s performance was just so amazing I am Mexican and the minute I heard the first lines on his narration I was so impressed with his work. Get this book!!!!!

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Really wanted more from Cora's story

Let's start with the easy part. I like Tim Paige. He does a descent job narrating. I am not too fond of Lessa Lamb. Her narration was too slow and too breathy such that I had to speed up this audio 1.4X otherwise it was getting on my nerves. I don't know if that is a flaw in Lessa's narration or if that is a fail on the editor's part. Aside from speed, she doesn't have the best male narration. At times I thought Isaac was one of his sisters.. Honestly, Tim Paige was the only thing saving this narration. As for the story, I think this might be the second book by KS that I didn't really like. I felt as if Cora slowly stopped being Cora in order to fit into Isaac's world. Maybe it's just me but I felt like she traded in her fire for domesticity so that she can have something 'real'. As for Issac, I can understand how having a child with undiagnosed Autism can be overwhelming but most of the bumps in this relationship were because he would take one step forward then take two steps back. I guess I am not a fan of indecision especially for someone who is admant from the start about moving forward. Overall, I wouldn't recommend someone to spend a credit on this but I like KS and she does have some other awesome listens that I would recommend. This listen just wasn't for me. It might be awesome for someone else though :)

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Full of surprises and excitement!

I was so excited to dig into this one! Cora has been a character that I have followed from the first 3UG book. I hated her then liked her now and As the stories went on I grew to respect her. She might be a Hollywood actress but in some way you would never guess it. I like how she is depicted in here. We really get to know more about her and her want of a guy just for her. Enter the coffee serving, college going single....dad? That is a surprise but he is busy busy busy and doesn’t know if he has time for anyone. I loved that he didn’t become star struck. He treated Cora like a regular person. Seeing these two come together is magic. I enjoyed his son and the stress, wonderment and difficulty surrounding him. Overall it’s not what I expected for Cora which makes it surprising and exciting. I did listen to this on audio. Tim Paige who is a new narrator to me did wonderful and Leesa Lamb did a great job as usual.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

Wow. Just wow. I totally auto one clicked this one yesterday because duh, Tim Paige. I didn’t expect to binge it and almost finish it the first day I listened (I would have if I hadn’t been so tired last night. 😝) It has it all. The story is brilliant. Powerful and covers a range of topics from work/life balance, single fatherhood, Autism, self confidence and society norms. I was blown away. The characters are so real and deal with the “Am I good enough?” Question that plagues most of us. There is brilliant heat to balance the seriousness plus funny and feel good moments that have you happy crying along with the ugly cry. Kacey Shea thank you for writing this book and thank you Tim Paige and Lessa Lamb for delivering such a dynamite performance. Okay. Gonna go have a book hangover now.

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Outstanding Story & Listen🎧Enthralling & Heartfelt

I loved this book, the story and the characters are absolutely amazing. Kacey Shea is one of my favorite authors, she is a gifted author who creates stories that are realistic and easy to relate to and she includes people from different walks of life, some who you would think would never work or mix in real life, but she shows us how it is done. Cora, an actress who works hard and is making a name for herself in the industry, in a good way of course. I loved that her success and fame never went to her head and she always remembered her roots. She enjoyed visiting a local coffee shop to chat with the barrister, ok she kind of crushed on him and decided it was time to make a play on him. Isaac, a single Dad, works several jobs to make ends meet and trying to finish college all while raising his three year old son. He has a supportive family but there is only so much they could do. He is an admiral character, I loved his huge heart and his dedication to his son David. Cora had to leave the country to film on location, she could not get Isaac out her mind and it was the same for him. So when Cora sees him working on the movie set she is pleasantly surprised, Isaac was a little unsure of himself at first but the chemistry between them could only be denied for so long. I loved how everything plays out in this book, the story is beautifully plotted with plenty of drama, heartfelt and emotional moments and the start of a wonderful romance. I thought Cora and Isaac were perfect together and for each other, she was great with David too. Kacey Shea thank you for another awesome story and emotional roller coaster ride. I loved the cameo appearance of Three Ugly Guys, happy to see Cora and Trent remained friends over the years. 🎧📚🎧 And for the narration, Tim Paige and Lessa Lamb are the perfect cast to bring these characters to life, they gave each their own voice and personality. Their portrayal of the characters was spot on, it was like they made each role their own, Tim Paige became Isaac, sounding just like I pictured him to sound, the same with Lessa Lamb’s Cora. They were great playing the secondary characters too. Their talent has no limits and it truly shines in this book as they captured every single emotion these characters felt and projected them into their performance. They are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for this awesome listen and for all the heart you put into your work.

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Loved!

I love that Hollywood meets a guy who is just an average guy. Very sexy very loving! Tim Paige is amazing always❤️❤️

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3 1/2 Sweet and Steamy Stars

Absolutely loved the beginning! Cora helping the guys was pretty funny. And soon after we get hit with a whole lot of steam. Two unlikely people who have off the charts chemistry. I liked that the hero was a single dad and that Cora was so driven. Even though I’d consider this low angst and a light listen there are plenty of obstacles for the main characters. Narration was great. Both narrators pulled me in to the story.

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Loved it! This was such a great story with all the feels. And a HEA. Lessa Lamb has been a favorite narrator of mine for awhile and her and Tim Paige did fabulous narrative in this story as well:)

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So sweet it'll cause a toothache!

One Good Thing by Kacey Shae was so darn sweet I had a toothache after listening to the audiobook! I'll be real, I was seriously smitten with Cora! Like if Isaac didn't scoop her up, I might have! I wondered about Cora during the TUG books. She seemed to have this happy-go-lucky outlook and I needed to know if it was a front. While she still had some of that vibe during One Good Thing,  it definitely wasn't all to her. Cora wears her heart on her sleeve. She loves wildly and almost with a reckless abandon. Isaac was a bit tougher for me to click with. I went back and forth with him really. I think I wanted more interaction with that boy of his... something to show that he's worked on a special bond with him. I didn't feel that bond, for the most part. I did, however,  connect with Isaac. I feel for him and how stretched he was. I get the money issues and it all broke my heart. Anyways, Kacey Shae writes a story that will touch your heart. It's a deeply layered story and has elements that feel so real, it just hits you. The narration by Lessa Lamb and Tim Paige did a good job. These characters has some steamy scenes and the narrators definitely brought a strong sexual vibe to the story. Lamb always has such a sensual sounding voice. Paige was a fantastic opposite for her. A nice gruff and strong sounding man.

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Sweet, Emotional, and Steamy Romance!

What a sweet, emotional, and steamy romance! It is a beautifully written story about two people from different worlds who have more in common than meets the eye. I was pretty excited to read more about Cora after getting to meet her a little in the Off the Tracks series. Cora Bentley is an actress and is tired of the superficial connections she has had. She enjoys her late night conversations with a sexy barista, Isaac who works several jobs, goes to school, all while raising his young son, alone. His life is complicated and he isn't sure he deserves someone as successful as Cora. But Cora is determined to prove to Isaac that she understands his life more than he knows. She will prove to him that he can have it all and that she wants both him and his son in her life. I loved Cora and Isaac's journey as they realized their deep connection and how their very different lives could work together. This beautiful and poignant story touched on some emotional topics with honesty and empathy. Narrators Tim Paige, and Lessa Lamb were wonderful at portray each character with a perfect balance between fun & flirty, heartbreaking emotion, and sizzling passion flawlessly. They work so well together, conveying so much emotion in their performances, that they make this heartwarming and emotionally captivating story even better!

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  • Claire M
  • 10-19-20

The strong yet delicate Cora…

I was so glad to be able to follow Cora’s story after listening to her ‘here and there’ in the Off Track Records series. We always hear the story’s of the strong rich men, but what does happen with the strong rich women… This story beautifully portrayed Cora as a strong, successful yet down to earth and “normal” person. I’m so glad Cora found love with Issac. Such passion, love and understanding. This was an emotional tail showing love and family are a strong combination 5* Perfection when it came to the narration. Tim and Lessa were the perfect combination

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  • Nicola
  • 10-14-20

A great story with great narraters!

One Good Thing is Cora and Isaac's story and what a amazingly addictive story it is! I have been waiting for Cora's story ever since she first appeared in Kacey's Off Track Records series and her story was even better than I could of imagined! Cora Bentley is Hollywood's sweetheart, at the top of her game, taking on the acting world with fire. Isaac is a single dad to a sweet three year old called David and is struggling to balance many jobs to make sure him and David have everything they need. Cora and Isaac meet when Isaac is working one of his many jobs as a barista in a coffee shop when Cora likes to visit late at night. For weeks Cora visits and they spend all that time talking and making each other laugh. Until one night things get heated in the back room. Interrupted by Isaac's boss, the pair part ways. Every night Isaac waits for Cora to come back to the coffee shop. Sadly unbeknown to him Cora is in Brazil filming for her new film. Thinking she regretted what had happened between them. "You're Cora Bentley. I'm me. We don't even exist in the same world." Imagine both their surprise when filming starts in LA and Isaac is there to look after the art. Is this the chance they've been waiting for? Will their differences and life styles be too much to overcome or will their differences make them even stronger? Listen to One Good Thing to find out! I loved One Good Thing it is soooo good, Tim Paige and Lessa Lamb has done a great job of bringing Cora and Isaac to life. I couldn't think of anyone who could of done better than these two! I received an arc of One Good Thing and I am voluntarily leaving my review.

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 10-13-20

Audio is a great thing to grab you

Kacey Shea is a fantastic author. She knows how to write a great story that will grab you and keep you wondering what is next. In this story. I love how Kacey brought back characters from her previous series 3UG . You meet the heroine Cora from Detour ( Grab the story if you can ) . The hero is Issac . Issac is a single dad that meets Cora and you never expect them to get together, they do . Grab it and see how the 3 become one . Tim Paige, Lessa Lamb Performance is fantastic. Their voices brought the characters to life. You were able to tell the characters from their voices

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  • PATRICIA
  • 10-09-20

Swoonnnnnn!!!

Kacey Shea is a master at stealing my heart. Each book I know it's my favorite, but this one is really special. Featuring Cora, who we met in the Off the Tracks series, she is getting her coffee from the good looking, tattooed barista. There is definitely chemistry, and after a night of quick passion, the two are destined for love. Or are they? Cora is building her career, working to become the best at her craft. Isaac is a jack of all trades and a single dad just trying to keep his head above water. Can they possibly find a way to have a relationship? From start to finish I was completely invested in this couple. I love Cora. She may be an actress in the limelight, but she is down to earth in her life. She sees the good in people and with patience and love gives of herself. Isaac is impossible not to love. He is hard working, responsible and his love for his son just made me melt. Shea also writes about relevant issues, dealing with autism both as a child and adult. Her ability to create awareness as we enjoy these characters is a tribute to her writing. This is going in my top listens of the year. Her casting of Tim Paige and Lessa Lamb could not have been chosen better. These characters are so authentic and the narration reflects it. Paige comes in as Isaac, who is passionate in all aspects of his life. Full of emotion, Isaac's feelings come through and steals your heart. Cora is strong, and compassionate. Each scene, Cora is that woman you want to know, and Lamb brings out that personality perfectly. I loved this team, their voices fit together well and made this a fantastic listen.

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  • serenechaosnyc
  • 10-08-20

Character driven and full of heart

Fair notice that I have been waiting anxiously for this book because I loved Cora from the 3 Ugly Guys books and i was so happy to receive a copy of the audiobook upon request. And this book celebrated her wonderful spirit and heart. I love when books have such amazing characters that I wish they were real so I could be friends with them. And Kacey Shea paired Cora with the perfect man for her- Issac, a barista, jack of many trades and single father is a sweetheart but one who is juggling so much, he's at his wit's end. They were wonderfully sweet together but had amazing chemistry and their relationship unfurled in a real way- the author showcased many of the obstacles I feel they may realistically have had to deal with given her superstar status and his home issues. I smiled for most of the book, teared up during a few chapters, and swooned for much of the book. The supporting cast, including some of my favorites from the Off-Track Records series, was great and overall, I know I'll be rereading/relistening to this book again. Tim Paige and Lessa Lamb narrated the book and they were fantastic. Both had the perfect voices for the characters and they were able to play multiple characters flawlessly and infuse emotion consistent with the story. I really loved their narration, which further elevated an excellent story.