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Dean, a young woman that lost her partner in a car accident, takes a job at a hotel during her time of mourning, leaving her old life behind. When a new woman, Kayla, gets hired to assist her in running the hotel, Dean gets defensive, and the two battle it out until the doors of the past are reopened. 

In the meantime, Dean is called back to her side job as a private investigator and has to break the secrets behind a drug-hustling prostitution ring without blowing her cover. Dean and Kayla begin to grow close, and as everything plays out, Dean has to decide what is important in her life and if she will ever be able to let another person in without blowing her cover.

©2015 Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue (P)2019 Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue

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So much action

This book had a twist that pretty much gave me whiplash! I should be used to Nicole and her WTF moments. Great writing and Emmalyn gives a fantastic performance.
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I Wished for A Better Ending...

I've struggled with books written by Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue in the past. I've read one I've really enjoyed and then there's been one I wasn't the biggest fan of.

"Progress" I had a Love / Hate relationship with throughout the many, many, many chapters it had to tell it's story. It's not so much the numerous of chapters as it was where the story was going.

Nicole, you had a GREAT storyline, it was the fact of staying on track. You have the makings to be a GREAT story author, just follow one subject to the end.

Emmalyn Miles is the 1st time to cross my way as an narrator. She's a good storyteller but I enjoy multi-voice narrators. I feel like I'm being read to and I don't like that type of narration.

I recommend this book if someone enjoys a book being read to them.

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  • Foxy
  • 12-16-19

Bizarre

I thought the story set off really well and was getting into the story, until you found out Dean and Kayla were both private investigators, that is when the story went downhill for me.

I also felt that the book went to fast in their relationship. They first meet and told to work together at the hotel as joint managers and they don't like each other, that night they sleep together and next morning they answer phone calls to say they have a case, that’s when we find out they are private investigators as a side job, but neither know that the other is at this point in the story.

This is when it turns really dark and is about prostitution and drugs, but to me it didn't mention anything about drugs until the end of the book, but there was a lot of rape which I found upsetting.

Then right at the end of the book there is a twist, but won't say what it is as I don't want to spoil the book for other people.

I felt that the story was very rushed, and felt like the gang raping and stuff, there was no emotion from the characters as everything seemed to carry on fine as she was sleeping with Dean, which I find hard to believe as I believe if a woman has been raped multiple times, she would not want anyone near her man or women until she can come to terms with what’s happened to her, and this is a long process to recover which you can't fully recover from.

I don't believe that knowing Dean for one day, that they would have a strong enough connection/bond/trust for her to want to sleep with her again so fast after being raped.

As for narration, I thought it was good, but the story let it down.

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  • S
  • 07-27-19

Good frame works, but not explored enough

I’ve really, really tried to enjoy this book. It started off well, the story had so much potential but unfortunately it hasn’t quite delivered. I just couldn’t get to the point where I felt the characters had chemistry and the story never came beneath the surface. I felt like the author tried to cramp way too much story into a relatively short book and time frame, and didn’t instead explore fewer story points deeper. The book felt more like a draft than a finished book - which doesn’t mean it’s bad, it just needs a little more work!

On the plus side, I did enjoy the frame of the story - the right thoughts and frameworks were definitely there but there just wasn’t enough time. For example The two ladies met, hates and suddenly loved each other in the space of a day! It just didn’t feel realistic unfortunately.

Overall though good efforts and with a little more work could really become a little treasure. I did enjoy the writing and will definitely give other books of this author a go.

*I was given a code in return for a review*

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  • S.Esmeijer
  • 07-20-19

Full of action

This books starts with Dean who suffers from losing her partner in a car accident. She tries to cope with her loss by working as a manager in a hotel, in the meantime she has a double life as a undercover detective trying to stop drug hustling prostitution. She meets Kayla, her new coworker at the hotel. Kayla is also an undercover detective trying to fight the same case as Dean.
Dean and Kayla struggle to get along but after a while they both have feelings for one another.
This is a exciting suspense story about discovering the hustlers and trying to escape from them.
In the meantime Dean and Kayla fall on love. Dean tries to escape from her past (the deadth of her partner) but is it really her past?
If you like a good suspense / action story, listen to Progress. It has a nice twist at the end that keeps you rethinking the whole story.
This book has a lot of action in it and you'll definitely not feel bored by it. It is well written and the narrator does a good job in trying to make the story sound as real as possible.
The characters are strong and also have a sensitive side, in between the action they develop a nice relationship.
I would definitely recommend this book and would be pleased to listen to more books by Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue.