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Pep Talks

Pepper Jones, Book 4
By: Ali Dean
Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
Series: Pepper Jones, Book 4
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Romance, New Adult
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Publisher's Summary

This is the fourth book in the Pepper Jones series, which should be listened to in order.

The first three books in the series may be purchased as a box set for a discounted price, under the title “The Pepper Jones Collection.”

Pepper’s freshman year at college is a harder transition than she anticipated. Uncertain of her coach’s expectations or her place amongst her new teammates, she struggles to redefine her running goals and identity on the cross country team. Pepper’s steady relationship with Jace should be a source of comfort as she navigates the college social environment, but an unexpected event throws everything between them off track. Also, hear from Jace’s point of view for the first time ever. Growing up is hard, and when you’re Pepper Jones, running may be the only way to help you get through it.

©2015 Ali Dean (P)2019 Ali Dean

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Must Bring Tissues

I certainly will not give out any spoilers, but you will likely need tissues for this one if you have come to love these characters as much as I have. Once again, Ms. Dean provides a wonderful story about coming of age.

Something I’ve noticed four books in that I really appreciate is the way Ms. Dean provides backstory from the previous books. She provides the facts, but she also reiterates the life lesson and the difficulties that the character and those around them went through to get to this point. My favorite example of this is that in an earlier novel Pepper’s drink was spiked while she was out. Ms. Dean never passes up an opportunity to remind readers of this and to explain what and how Pepper is handling it now (getting her own drink, watching while someone she trusts makes her drink, etc.). As a mother it is very heartwarming to hear these lessons over and over and to know that the younger readers will hear them too.

I was provided with a free copy of this audio book for my honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

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Holy cow the emotions!!

Wow! I honestly wasn't sure if I could make it through this one. There were so many times that I wanted to smack the crap out of Jace! I hated the way he treated Pepper in this part of the story. I know he is having his issues with his mom and all but still. I loved how strong Pepper got though and put him where he belonged. Now to get book 5 and see how things go.

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OMG Can't Wait To See What Happens Next

Title: Pep Talks
Author: Ali Dean
Format: Audio
Narrator: Stacey Glemboski
Genre: YA/NA, Sports (Running)
Standalone: Nope
Part of a Series: Book 4 (of 6) of the Pepper Jones series
POV: Pepper and some Jace
Steam Level: Not much/Fade to Black
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Holy Shitake Mushrooms! Pep Talks got real! We join Pepper, now in her first year at college. Pepper and Jace go through their ups and downs . Pepper makes new friends but we revisit some old ones as well. Pep Talks keeps you rooting for Pepper and Jace, gets you angry at decisions made and breaks your heart at times. I'm really glad to have the next/final book in the Pepper Jones series and the cliffhanger is a doozy.

I received this audiobook from Audiobook Obsessions. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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  • Bette
  • @AudiobookObsession
  • 09-07-19

What an Emotional Rollercoaster! 💙Pepper Jones!

OMG, I’ve been loving everything about this series, from Ali Dean’s writing style to the amazing storylines and characters she created, as well as the narration. I’ve been routing for Pepper and Jace, they’ve been friends since childhood and are now lovers, they are each others biggest supporters. They are both attending the same college now, Jace is a sophomore and Pepper a freshman. Pepper is settling in nicely, handling the pressures of her new college life, getting used to living with fellow teammates, having a new coach and facing competition like she never did before. Even her relationship with Jace was going well, until Jace gets devastating news that leaves him heartbroken. He closes himself off and pushes away those who love him including Pepper. My heart breaks for Pepper, I’d say it breaks for Jace too but I am too made at him for being an idiot. I love how Peppers teammates surround her and give her the comfort and support she needs, I also love how Pepper prevails. Thank you Ali Dean for these awesome books and for continuing to bring your awesomeness to them. Thank you for the emotional rollercoaster ride too.

I listened to the Audible edition, Stacey Glemboski does an amazing job narrating and performing the voices for all the characters. She brings them to life, giving them their own voice and personality and a whole lot of heart. She is a natural talent and an entertaining storyteller. Thank you for another awesome listen🎧

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  • bluepits73
  • @AudiobookObsession Houston, TX
  • 09-02-19

Ripped my heart out!

Get ready to have your heart torn out if your chest. There is so much that happens. I love that Pepper is such a strong character and it really shows itself in this book above any. I'm both angry and in awe of the author's ability to break our hearts in this one.

The narrator did sound a little different in this book but was equally as amazing as the rest of the series. I think the slight change was a good representation of Pepper's transition from high school to college.

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Pep says it all

Book 4 in the series . This audio is great. I haven’t listened to the rest in the series but .... this one will grab your ears , your heat and your emotions.
Hero is Jace. Heroine is Pepper.
Pepper is off to college , to an athletic life. Pepper is having the time of her life . It’s a great connection that the school is having between both female and male runners .
Male in the story is Jace.
Jace and Pepper has an up and down time together. Jace at one point breaks up with Pepper.
Pepper meanwhile has to get use to like at the college, drinking, partying, Pepper wants to be strong and only concentrate on her running only . Pepper needs to make a decision, what is important to her .
After awhile Jace returns and wants Pepper back .
Grab it and see does Pepper make her decisions, will she take Jace back. Will she make a deacon the drinking and partying.

Stacey performance with this story was great . Her tone with the characters and scenes were spot on . Her voice is strong , clear and smooth

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Pep's first year of college!

I can't even begin to tell you how involved I am in Jace and Pepper's relationship. Each book delves me a little further into the story. While I would love for everything to always be rosey, this book gives us a look at life as Pepper enters her freshman year in college and hoping to have that storybook year with school, running and of course her boyfriend. But we all know life isn't like that, and things take a turn. I would love to say I it's all one person's fault, but there is a lot at play here. There is past hurt, family problems, and circumstances that need to be worked through. I can't wait to see how it all plays out. Loved seeing all the characters again, it's like coming home.

Stacey Glemboski is this story, and I am so glad she continues the narration. She fits this genre of new adult so well, and her voice is perfect as Jace and Pepper. I love that she can switch it up to elderly right back to 19 years old with ease. Wonderful performance.

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SwoonWorthy

I absolutely love this series! This one had me swooning, screaming, emotional at times, but left me smiling! I just love Jace and Pepper! Their chemistry is electric! I will be listening to this series more than one for sure!

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College, Sports, Struggles, Disappointments and Triumphants

Sometimes the angst goes on too long...sometimes men are portrayed as immature and faithless....sometimes it’s true, sometimes not.
Pepper proves to find her own strengths...the man in her life less so...
I enjoyed seeing Pepper find herself and learn she can find support, love and strength in many places and hurt need not damage you.
Well written story enhanced by a wonderful narrator.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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♥️

Heartbreaking, there were times I wasn't even #teamjace. Peppers first year of college brings heartache, and change. Pepper certainly finds her inner strength. New friends and focus on track, Pepper couldn't have seen what was around the corner. I loved this, I hated it. I may or may not of even cried 😢 just a little. can't wait for the next one to come out on audio.

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  • Megan Bell
  • 09-11-19

What the what??

Ok so this has been the worst book of them all thus far! Now before you start hammering me, let me explain..

Pepper is finally in college with Jace, they are finally together. Then things fall apart and I think oh ok a small break, it happens. BUT I don't expect the crap that really happens in this book! It makes me hurt and angry and sad all at once. I love that we get small glimpses of Jace and what is going through his head, but it's nowhere near enough. It doesn't answer half my questions, my main one being WHY?!

I am going to keep this short because I have to start the next book and find out what happens. I just have to!

Oh and Stacey Glemboski did amazing as always, even on Jace's parts it was perfect!

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  • Cindy
  • 09-10-19

Heartbreaking!

I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I did love it and would highly recommend this whole series but this one was so different from the other three before it. Jace was in emotional turmoil which meant Pepper was, too. Ultimately, that meant I was, too. My heart was breaking for both of them although I wanted to shake some sense into Jace throughout most of the story. It helped, though, that we finally got to hear Jace's point of view for a few chapters. I'm so glad I already have the next book just waiting for me to press play. I absolutely love Stacey's performance in this whole series.

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  • bluepits73
  • 09-02-19

Ripped My Heart Out!

Get ready to have your heart torn out if your chest. There is so much that happens. I love that Pepper is such a strong character and it really shows itself in this book above any. I'm both angry and in awe of the author's ability to break our hearts in this one.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 08-15-19

Ah young love

Great level of emotion from these characters. I’m really enjoying this series. Likeable characters, good storyline. Looking forward to the next book. Brilliant narration.

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  • Mari Garcia
  • 06-21-19

bring on the angst

Wow, another great addition to Pepper and Jace's story. but man, this one is much more emotional than the previous three and the writing really stands out. loved.

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  • Janet V.
  • 06-13-19

Loved it!

I’ve disliked Jace in the beginning of the series, then I loved him, and now I’m back to disliking him again. Jace has been through a lot in this one. Mix that with him not being able to deal with his emotions properly equals him being a jerk to the ones who always has his back.

I really enjoyed Pepper in this one. Even though my heart breaks for her, she is resilient and I love watching her realize she’s going to be ok regardless of what happens.

Although I dislike Jace at the moment I’m really rooting for Pepper & him.

I also really like that the author touch on something that a lot of young women deal with, eating disorders. I hope that anyone who listens/reads this book can use it as motivation to get help/open up to someone.

Overall, I really enjoyed Pep Talks and I look for to listening to the next one!