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The first boy I ever hated was Jax Bridges.

The first man I loved was his best friend. 

My plan was to meet a boy, fall in love, and live happily ever after. 

That ended when my boyfriend died and left me half of his business. 

Now, his best friend and I are business partners. 

There’s just one problem: We hate each other. 

Jax and I have been rivals since childhood. 

He wants me out of the business, but it’s all I have left. 

The more time we spend together, the more we question if we were ever rivals at all. 

Will my last love be his best friend?

Or will we destroy each other?

©2022 Charity Ferrell (P)2022 Charity Ferrell

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Amelia and Jax turn the heart inside out.

From heartbreaking to soul stirring, Charity Ferrell gives emotions quite a workout with Only Rivals. With a glimpse at old friends and an introduction to new romance, Amelia and Jax turn the heart inside out. Theirs is a connection that has always been complicated. From family connections to heartaching loss, Ferrell tackles the highs and lows of love with a thoroughness that sticks in the soul.


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A Wonderful Story

I loved my first experience with Charity Ferrell's writing style. I loved Jax and Amelia's snarky banter and chemistry, but I also felt their heartache and understood their guilt about being together, and I couldn't wait for them to get their HEA finally.

Connor Crais and Samantha Cook were fantastic. Each brought depth and emotion to their characters. Connor was broody and passionate and did an excellent job portraying Jax's turmoil. Samantha was great and flowed through Amelia's emotional highs and lows seamlessly. I enjoyed these two narrators together as they did an excellent job painting the story so that I could visualize it as I listened.

Overall, I enjoy Charity's storytelling and can't wait to dive into more of her work.

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Amazing, just simply AMAZING!

This was my first Charity Ferrell book, and now I’m absolutely hooked on her! Only Rivals is a dark, intensely passionate, gut wrenchingly sad, sometimes humorous, and satisfying love story. This book really has it all! It is not your typical enemies to lovers romance, it is so much deeper! Amelia and Jax have been rivals and in competition of each other on everything since they were kids. They hated each other, then lusted after each other. But fate intervened and Amelia ended up falling in love with Jax’s best friend, Chris. After the tragic death of Chris, he gave Amelia his half of his business that he shares with Jax. A company that they both grew from the ground up together. In Chris’s will, the only stipulation? Amelia cannot sell her half for 90 days. Amelia hates Jax, and Jax cannot stand her. He starts to push her far away and then wants to bring her back and nurse the words that he created. When Jax looks at Amelia he’s reminded of what he has lost. This extreme emotional roller coaster was such a pleasure, and a pleasant surprise with the amount of depth of not only of the storyline but each character. Charity is one hell of a storyteller! This book almost brought me to my knees. It is also such a slow burn, sensual, erotic, dirty filthy, and sometimes rough and primal story. Both are struggling with grief and just do not know how to cope I felt their pain and their sadness. Only a handful of books have touched me so deeply that I have cried. I cried several times in this, and that’s saying something! Loved every second!
The narration for this book was just so on point and so believable. I just loved Samantha Cook and Connor Crais together ! Samantha Cook was phenomenal as Amelia. She embodied Amelia‘s broken, tired, and misunderstood character perfectly. Some of the scenes she made me weep. She was just that good. The healing journey Samantha takes you through… Wow! Connor Crais was the perfect choice for Jax. I will say this is my favorite performance he has ever done, and I also believe the best performance he has ever done! He plays Jax’s grumpy asshole attitude, and indifference so well. I have not seen that side of Connor in any role. It was just so believable, and felt like I was right there with the characters. But what really got me was the kind, overly protective, sweet and sensual side that he portrayed so beautifully!

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Fantastic listen that made me feel so much!

I picked up this story when it first released and i've been wanting to experience it again ever since! From the moment i found out about this audiobook i knew it'd be the perfect chance to do so! I started listening as soon as i could and got pulled right back into the Only You world! I really enjoyed and loved the way i got into this story!

I've listened to Connor Crais's narration before, but this was my first time listening to Samantha Cook's narration! These two were so wonderful! The way they both captured these characters and their emotions in such ways that got to me had me falling for this story even more!

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First but not last - love it!!

ℂ𝕙𝕒𝕣𝕚𝕥𝕪 𝔽𝕖𝕣𝕣𝕖𝕝𝕝 - 𝕆𝕟𝕝𝕪 ℝ𝕚𝕧𝕒𝕝𝕤 (𝕆𝕟𝕝𝕪 𝕐𝕠𝕦 𝔹𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝟙)
ℕ𝕒𝕣𝕣𝕒𝕥𝕠𝕣: 𝕊𝕒𝕞𝕒𝕟𝕥𝕙𝕒 ℂ𝕠𝕠𝕜, ℂ𝕠𝕟𝕟𝕠𝕣 ℂ𝕣𝕒𝕚𝕤

This is the first book by the author that I tried, I realized that this is a spin-off series for a series called: Blue Beech. I'm totally going to fill in the gaps because the writer left me with a taste of more.

The name of the book is what attracted me to try it, only rivals, I am a sucker of enemies to lovers books.
Amelia Malone lost the love of her life broken and sorrowed, trying to live another day in her new reality.

Then she receives a call from the lawyer of her late fiancé, regarding the will he left. There she meets her fiancé's best friend.
her rival since childhood, Jax, The one who hates her guts and blames her for the death of his friend.
Laughter of fate, because Christopher decided to bequeath his share of the business to Emilia and there is no other way but to work side by side until the end of the 90 days, where they will decide whether to continue or separate forces.

One of the most emotional books I've ever listened to, one minute I laughed the next I started to cry. It was a mix of joy and happiness with sorrow and grief. This author have so much talent!
Can't believe I only acknowledge her now.

Millie and Jax’s bare emotions and true crushed my heart, Chris's letters made me cry, I felt that each episode peeled off another layer of the truth, even if it hurt it was such a strengthening and empowering process, with all the crying I still highly recommend the book!

ℙ𝕝𝕖𝕒𝕤𝕖 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕋𝕎 𝕗𝕚𝕣𝕤𝕥 :
Emotional situations, Mental disorders, disorder/mental health, Suicide.

WARNING: This story deals with sensitive issues and mental illness and may not be suitable for everyone.
grief, drugs/alcohol, mentions of child abuse.

𝗧𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗲𝘀:
friends to enemies to lovers
Co-Workers/Business Partners ❤‍🔥
Dead fiancées best friend 🖤
Small town 🏡
Flash Backs from the past 🥺💔
Slow Burn ❤‍🔥

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All the feels!!

Holy cow this story nearly wrecked me! Jax and Amelia’s relationship is loaded with angst, guilt, missed opportunities and a simmering attraction neither one can fight even though they can’t stand each other. There are so many layers to this story, so much heartache to overcome before Jax and Amelia can find their way to the love they might have had if fate hadn’t intervened. I don’t want to say too much and risk giving anything away, but if you love an enemies/rivals-to-lovers, second chance romance, then you’ll love this!

Connor Crais and Samantha Cook were brilliant delivering the full spectrum of raw emotions these characters go through in their narrations of Jax and Amelia.

This was my first Charity Ferrell story, but I will be keeping my eyes out for more from her!

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Emotional and Heartfelt Love Story!

Only Rivals by Charity Ferrell was an angsty emotional steamy ride that did crazy wild things to my heart, yet left me with a most satisfying happy sigh at the end. I am fairly new to Charity's books, so I was not completely prepared for the heartache, but in the end, it was worth it! Jax and Amelia have an intense earth-shattering journey to HEA, and I enjoyed being along for the ride.

This audiobook is narrated Connor Crais and Samantha Cook. This is the first time I've heard these two paired together. I loved the deep emotional connections they made while performing these hauntingly beautiful characters. Connor brought out all of Jax's conflicted and passionate emotions in his performance. Plus, Samantha embodied all things Amelia showcasing her painful past and her hopeful future. Since these two characters had a history, their chemistry was even hotter the second time around.

Overall, I enjoyed this audiobook! If you are a fan of an angsty emotional heartfelt romance that will give you chills and eventually leave you with happy feels, then you will love Jax and Amelia's story. I am looking forward to more from Charity Ferrell!

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Great Listen

i love the audio book the narrated did a great job in bringing the feeling and emotions through out the book. This Amelia and Jaxson story who are 2nd generation from both her Blue Beech and Twisted Fox series. By gods and goddesses im obsess with this new series. Charity know how to pull at ones heart strings no matter what the mc go through you feel it with them. I love that the mc have some of there parents trait but they are still they own soul. I cant wait for book 2. This book contain senstive topics please check cw.

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grab the tissues

this is such a great story that will tear you apart and put you back together! Jax and Amelia are such a great couple, I can't wait to see more of them together in the rest of the series!
this book will truly bring you back to Blue Beech with so many familiar faces as well as so many new friends.

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  • 06-26-22

Great book

Amelia is getting over her Fiancés suicide but his best friend Jax isn’t helping . Jax blames her for Chris’s death even though he knows it wasn’t her fault. Really enjoyed listening to this but Jax was infuriating projecting his own guilt on to Amelia , I’m glad they got their HEA in the end though.

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  • JoJo
  • 06-20-22

Jax and Amelia

4.5 stars.
I'm still wiping my tears away after finishing this audiobook. It was such a rollercoaster of emotions. Jax and Amelia have known each other since they were young but their rivalry was always their very own demonstration of love. Growing up they eventually go their separate way but never actually too far as there is still so much that connects them. I'm happy they found each other in the end but I'm eternally sad of all the heartbreak that brought them back together.

Samantha Cook and Connor Crais gave voice to the characters and what an outstanding job they did.