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Two neighbors - strangers - with one thing in common: they share a fence. But is that the only thing they share? Nathan Fraser lives a solitary life, never letting anyone get too close. It's safer that way. Kourtney Whyte hides from the world and behind her work, too afraid to really live her life to the fullest. Rejection is what she knows best. But one night, the sound of her soft voice and the tantalizing aroma of her evening meal prove too enticing for Nathan to ignore. So begins their unconventional relationship - talking, learning, texting, and gradually opening up to one another, all over the fence. That is, until the day Nathan braves the high fence to protect Kourtney from her past, and changes everything forever. Can they move forward together, without the buffer of the fence? Or will their pasts prove to be too much of a barrier? Contains mature themes.

©2015 Melanie Moreland (P)2017 Tantor

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When I think about this audiobook, I will forever think of it fondly and will most likely listen to it again at some point.

Melanie Moreland took such a simple idea of neighbors meeting over the fence and added so many interesting layers that I just loved it. There was drama, hot romance, humor, action, sweet love... so much good.

The part that I had took issue with was the main female character. I can understand not having self confidence and, after having it beat into your head your whole life, having a hard time believing differently when you meet someone who sees you as you truly are. However, a good 1/4 of the book was repetitive in nature with this theme. I think it could have been dealt with once and then we could have moved on. To have it be such a prominent theme of the book when there was so many other amazing things going on, it felt redundant and disingenuous.

That being said, it's totally worth a listen. I sped it up to 1.25 through the middle when it was lagging but after 3/4 of the way through, I was completely hooked again and couldn't wait to finish. I especially appreciated the epilogue with the texts seeing as that was their beginning. It was so sweet and funny.

John Lane and Tatiana Sokolov both were fantastic. My only issue is with John Lane and his penchant to pronounce the -ES at the end of a word like -IES. For example; messages was messagies. And it was like that for every -ES word and it absolutely drove me batty. Take that away and I really enjoyed both of their performances.

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I'm nuts for GNat and his ChefGirl!

When I saw the cover of this book, I sort of thought it was going to be a cute RomCom. And although there is definitely plenty of humor, I was pleasantly surprised to find so much depth and emotion in this story.

Nathan and Kourtney are neighbors who get to know each other from across a tall fence. Without seeing each other or meeting in person until Nathan has to jump to Kourtney's defense.

"I could hear the emotion behind her words. Why was she so overwhelmed by a simple gesture of kindness? She handed them out to me daily without even thinking."

Kourtney seems painfully shy, but underneath her shyness is so much hurt and pain. As I read and got to know her story, I realized how amazingly strong and resilient she really is. And when Nathan needs to lean on her, Kourtney's true strength comes to the surface.

"I’m amazed how giving and loving you are; how selfless you are to those you don’t even know. It’s so instinctive with you. You’re exactly what I need.”

I loved Nathan's quiet protectiveness and caring. He didn't need to be aggressive to prove his alpha male-ness. He supported Kourtney and guided her, to help her see her own worth.

*"Nuts. You are still nuts."

**"About you—yes, I still am. Always will be. I love you, Chefgirl."

*"I’m so lucky."

I borrowed this book with my Kindle Unlimited subscription and then added the audiobook upgrade, so I was able to switch back and forth between reading on my ereader and listening to the audiobook. I loved this awesome book and completely enjoyed the great narration!

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Love the characters....

Loved the story line. Melanie is new to my reading experience and I love her. John and Tatiana was great. looking forward to more books by Melanie.

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loved this one.

sensitively addresses common human issues feelngs and how the support of the friends plus love gets us humans through the hard parts of life.

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new approach

What a refreshing approach to the genre. We don't get physical descriptions until 3 hours in...just a wonderful build up based on daily interaction over the fence.

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I loved this book so much!

I loved this book so much! I have not laughed outloud so much at a book in a long time. If you love romantic comedies, then you will love this book.

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A must listen book!!!!!

Loved this story about two broken people who are able to find love in each other

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One of the best ever!!!!

One of the best books ever and I listen to a lot!!!! Great narrators, great characters, great story!!!!!

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Good but....

Narrator was excellent. Like so many of the books I read, too much time spent on one scene. Too wordy. But this was a good book and a good story.

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Mediocre Love Story

What would have made Over the Fence better?

This book had a slow plot and whiny, overwrought characters. There was so much repetition that the audiobook become droning.

Which scene was your favorite?

The first third of this book was great and I was engaged in the story. Once the characters meet, it goes downhill. Nathan becomes obsessive and stalker-ish from that moment forward.

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I can't understand how this book has such a high rating on most review sites. It's slow-moving with cheesy dialogue. This book is drivel.

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  • 05-27-17

Over the fence

This was a wonderful love story!
I loved every minute of it.
The readers were exceptional John Lane and Tatiana Sokolov. If you are looking for an emotional story with a happy ending this is the one.

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Disappointed

Didn’t really go anywhere. Disappointing slow and monotone. Several chapters just sex. Okay if that gets you going 😳