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Author Kelly Collins takes you back to Aspen Cove where life is sweet, the tea is sweeter, and love is the sweetest of all!

Marina Caswell didn’t expect to find herself broken and alone with a four-year-old daughter. She could offer a hundred excuses as to why her marriage failed, but the truth was, she’d chosen poorly. After a painful marriage and an ugly divorce, she flees with her little girl to Aspen Cove, looking for a place to heal their wounded spirits and mend their shattered hearts. 

What she doesn’t expect to find in the quirky little town is love in the form of Sheriff Cooper, a man who insists that everything - including trust, love, and respect - is grown like a garden. All it needs is a bit of attention and care, something Marina has never experienced.  

As the local sheriff, Aiden Cooper can recognize trouble at a glance. It usually looks pretty, smells nice, and wears heels. After his last relationship failure, Aiden doesn’t expect love to bloom when single mom Marina Caswell plants roots next door, but when he sees the sadness in her eyes, he makes it his mission to sow seeds of hope and happiness in her heart.   

The tiniest kernel of love can grow when the conditions are right, but a weed from Marina’s past threatens to choke out what they’ve cultivated together. Can Aiden and Marina’s love grow and thrive, or will the past seek its revenge, causing their love to wilt and die before it can ever take root?     

Find out in One Hundred Excuses.

©2018 Kelley Maestas (P)2019 Kelley Maestas

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One of my favorites!💜

Yes I think this is one of my favorite stories in Aspen Cove. I think it’s Kellen that won my heart, she’s absolutely adorable. All the characters in this book are wonderful and have great chemistry. Just enough drama to keep it interesting with a strong female character. I want to move to Aspen Cove. The narration was absolutely perfect. This is book 5 and can be read as a standalone. I highly recommend this book/series. Sisters Spotlight 💜

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Is Marina willing to trust Aiden with her heart?

One Hundred Excuses is the fifth book in the Aspen Cove Small Town Romance series, but can be a stand alone. Marina and her daughter have lived a nightmare, but they’re trying to start fresh in Aspen Cove. Living next door to the sheriff is a surprise, but Marina quickly realizes that she can trust Aiden, as well as the other residents with her safety and independence. But is she willing to trust Aiden with her heart? This is my favorite book in the series! I absolutely loved listening to the book and having the characters come alive in a way that just doesn’t happen by reading. It’s a sense of magic, honestly. Mr. McAllister is fantastic with his narrating and I love that you can feel the romance blossom between Marina and Aiden through his tones. I love Marina, I love her strength, I love that even though she still gets scared, she’s willing to stand up for herself and her daughter. I loved listening as she slowly opened herself up to Aiden. And what a man he is! Protective, caring, going way above and beyond to make his two girls happy, I swoon over Aiden every time I read or listen! I love their connection, I love how he builds her up and stands next to her, I love how Kellyn plays into the story and romance from the very beginning, and I love how Aspen Cove rallies around its own people! I giggled, I swooned, and I might have even cried as I fell in love with these characters!

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Cooper, Marina and Kellen

Another great Aspen Cove story. This one involving a child who doesn’t speak due to trauma and the town sheriff. A definite recommendation. The narration is on point as always. Sister Spotlight 💕

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A lovely book turned into an incredible audiobook

One Hundred Excuses is my absolute favorite Aspen Cove novel and this audio performance of it really makes it a million times better. I instantly fell in love with these characters and their journey and really loved experiencing their love story over and over again. This pair (really trio) made me smile and cry and just fall so much in love with them <3 Enjoy your time with Kellan and Marina and Aiden! I know i did <3

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Heartwarming & Romantic!!!!

A heartwarming and suspenseful story about Marina a young woman fighting to keep her and her daughter safe from her ex husband and Aiden the town sheriff who finds the one woman he wants to make a home with. Kelly Collins draws her readers into a small town Colorado town where everyone knows everyone and neighbors become family. Filled with flirtatious banter, heartache, healing, fear, domestic and child abuse, gaining strength and courage from friends, a stalker of an ex, laughter, and finding true love. A wonderful story of overcoming abuse and opening your heart to love. Readers will fall in love all over again with the town and people of Aspen Cove.

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another great story

I read this book when it first came out, and I forgot how good this one was! I even got a little teared up at one point listening, that I don't think I did when reading.

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Narrator does a Great Job

I do enjoy visiting Aspen Cove. The small town atmosphere, the closeness and support of friends and family make it feel like you are visiting a really special place. I admired Marina both for getting out of a violent situation, and for the way she got out. It had to be hard for both Marina and Kellyn to trust anyone. The way they both opened up and put their trust in Aiden was really sweet, especially with Kellyn. Kellyn, even speechless played a major part in this story. I loved the way Aiden behaved with Kellyn. There was also an unexpected twist in this book. I wasn't expecting it, yet, I wasn't surprised either. The narrator, Logan McAllister, did a really good job. He was able to convey just the right amount of ugliness in the character of Marine's ex husband. I always consider a great narration to be one that let's you get lost in the story and you aren't thinking of whether it's a man or woman speaking. A sweet, sexy, heartwarming, small town, single mom romance. I look forward to the next Aspen Cove installment. I voluntarily listened to and reviewed this audio book received from the author.

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"Victor not a Victim"

Marina Caswell tells herself through the book that she is a victor and not a victim. She has survived unspeakable abuse and yet she is a victor. She rises from the ashes and provides an amazing life for Kellyn, a little girl who isn't hers, but yet Marina treats her as though she is. Aiden is the town sheriff and knows there is something special about these two from their first meeting. Marina is very quick to trust Aiden which I was surprised about since her past relationship left her life in ruins. Aiden quickly falls for Marina and wants to protect them, but quickly learns that Marina can protect herself. This story does deal with an issue that may be a trigger for some people. I thought the story was well told and loved returning to Aspen Cove. The narrator did a great job bringing this story to life.

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Cute & Good Narration

Marina has one hundred excuses of why with her daughter she is returning to Aspen Cove. It all comes down to choosing the wrong person to marry. Not wanting love , but the town has one sexy cowboy. For Aiden if they smell nice, wear heels, that means trouble. Cute, and enjoyable Given ARC audio with narration by Logan McAllister was good, for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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love this series

soo good. finished all in series right after each other. loved this series. Very good reads.

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Marina and her four years old daugther are trying to rebuild their lives in Aspwn Cove. But will they be able to avoid her abusive exhusband a protect her daugther? Will Marina open her heart again and let Ethan in? An story about love, strength, and family