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Restrained

By: Nicole Dykes
Narrated by: Tor Thom,Charley Ongel
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Publisher's Summary

Grief can hold us back. Sorrow can make us stop enjoying our lives for fear of being too happy when what we truly want is never possible.

Lola Sterling has deprived herself of living for a long time. Remaining laser-focused on everyone and trying to fit their pieces back together.

But can someone from the past repair her?

Could he help her heart break free from the painful restraints put there from a devastating loss?

Can the Sterling family ever come back from the tragedy?

Time will only tell.

©2020 Nicole Dykes (P)2020 Nicole Dykes
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Deliciously Angsty!!

Loya and Hayden were absolutely amazing!!
I adore this author's ability to create such well fleshed out characters and really pull me right into their story.

This was extremely high on the angst and the steam. Exactly how I like mh books.

Tor Thom and Charley Ongel performed a riveting and moving audio delivery.

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Restrained

Restrained is the third book in The Sterlings series. This book is told from dual points of view from Lola and Hayden. Lola is the oldest of the Sterling siblings. She feels like she has to take care of her brothers, and is having a hard time dealing with Colt's death like everyone else.

Hayden is designing hotels, and wants Lola and her company to decorate them. Hayden has ulterior motives to hire their company, but keeps it a secret from Lola. As they work together Lola is still the glue for her family, but she starts to have feelings for Hayden. She realizes he hasn't had the best upbringing.

A secret comes out that he is related to someone, and this someone doesn't take it well. Neither does Lola. She feels he lied to her. Can their relationship survive the secrets and lies? What happens when her father comes back to get her to come back to his company? What happens when her brother gets married and it's at the place her other brother died?

I enjoyed this book, and am really liking to get to know these characters.

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Beautiful

OMG....Hayden & Lola I don’t even know where to start! This book seriously had me in all my feels from start to finish. Two broken souls find each other when they are least expecting it. Two polar opposites come together to find solace in each other, exactly what each of them needed but wasn’t looking for. A story about love and healing, forgiveness and chances. Lola and Hayden are hands down one of my most favorite couples!! A definite MUST READ!

I had the opportunity to listen to the audio and can we just say AMAZING🙌🏻 These narrators really know how to bring the story to life!

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Hooked from the start

I cannot stop reading this series. This time we focus on Lola. Her and Penelope are hired to decorate hotels. When the owner finds out Penelope is not the main person he will deal with, things start to unravel. There is family drama that I never expected. Just as I thought Penelope found her happily ever after, a twist in the story has me second guessing until the end. I love how all the Sterling's lives are so intertwined. This is one amazing series that I cannot wait to jump into the next installment.

Tor Thom and Charley Ongel are a wonderful narrating team. Tor's deep strong voice and Charley's sweet voice compliment each other. The book flows smoothly through their narration. Tor and Charley narrate the characters as I imagined. Their ability to bring out all the feels in the book kept me never wanting to put the book down. They brought this story to life.

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Incredible. Bold. Steamy.

The Sterling family has my heart all over the board but in all the best ways.

Restrained is the 3rd book in The Sterlings series and I strongly encourage you read/listen to them in order.

Tor Thom and Charley Ongel are fantastic narrators for this story. They also narrated book 1 so I was a little skeptical that they would bring a different set of characters within the same series with their own personality but I got lost in their melodic tones at the very beginning.

Lola is a fierce woman who is the ‘fixer’ of the family. She carries a lot of regret for not being there to take care of everyone during a past family tragedy. She is motivated to create a career on her own merits and also help her siblings find happiness.

Hayden is a shrewd businessman but is taken back by Lola. She proves that she is much more than he anticipates and unexpectedly intrigues him.

Hayden has ulterior motives for working with Lola’s design company. Once the reason is revealed Lola pushes for answers and faces the situation head-on. It is moments like these that I love how Dykes writes a bold heroine. Throughout the story Dykes also shows Lola and Hayden’s dimensions ranging from vulnerability to strength and everything in between.

Although this book is primarily focused on Lola’s journey, Dykes does an incredible job of seamlessly progressing the stories of the other Sterling family members. You feel like you are a member of the family; fighting for everyone to find their happily ever after, even though it may be painful and heartbreaking at times. For those family members who have made it through, the battle through the pain only makes their success and happiness that much sweeter.

Each book in this series gets better and better.

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wow

This seems to happen every single time with the author. No joke. Everytime I find a couple I think are my favorite this author blows me away in the next book and makes them my favorite. Lola and Hayden are absolutely amazing. I also loved all the other characters we have seen in this book as many made small appearances.

I really like Lola and I honestly though the voices were spot on. Beautifully written and narrated.

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A much needed reprieve

After reading Restrictions, you definitely need Restrained to calm yourself down and learn about the eldest Sterling.

The voice acting was perfect for these 2 characters and I couldn’t have been happier with this audiobook.

I love this storyline with Lola and Hayden. It’s nice to have a book where the people (mostly) know what they want.

If you’re reading the Sterling’s series, it’s so important to listen to this book first before moving on to Restorations. I know you want to find out what happens with Viv and Asher but they’re in this book too and you’d do yourself a disservice by skipping ahead!

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Amazing!

Lola, ever the fixer, always worries about making sure her family is okay but never worries about her own happiness. Always holding back and never being spontaneous, can she make the decision to let loose for once? Lola's story is amazing and I instantly fell in love with Hayden. This is a must read and can be read as a stand alone but I highly recommend reading the entire Sterling series. The angst in this story!
The narrator's were a perfect fit!!!

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Lola's Story!

This is the third book in The Sterling Series. I love this Series! Lola and Hayden's story is sweet and beautiful. They share an instant attraction and a sizzling chemistry. Lola is strong and determined. Hayden is intriguing and handsome. The supporting characters are great. I love this family! Tor Thom and Charley Ongel did a fantastic job with the narration. I enjoyed it. Now, I can't wait for Restorations, the conclusion of Asher and Viv's story. I highly recommend this Series.

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The Pain of Always being Restrained

"I definitely hate how unbelievably gorgeous he is when he smiles. I hate his laugh. I hate that he told me something real. And most of all . . . I hate how little I hate all of that." Review: This is book 3 in the Sterling series. It picks up right where book 2 left off, but now focuses on Lola. You do get to see what is going on with Asher and Vivenne as well. Nicole continues with her heartbreak, but I loved that this one was more mild. She definitely started to patch my heart back up with this book. Lola is always in control and trying to take care of her family. She regrets not being there for her younger brothers like she feels she should have been. So she is trying to make up for it all while building her Interior Design business with Penelope. Hayden is a wealthy businessman who needs work done on the 3 new hotels he bought. A hard and no nonsense guy with more money than he knows what to do with. Hayden hires Lola and Penelope to redesign the 3 new hotels he purchased. Hayden is used to always getting his way and no one talking back to him. Hayden is an Alphahole, but Lola needs the business, so they accept the job. Things almost go astray when Penelope has other jobs to focus on, leaving Lola to handle Hayden on her own. As they spend time working together, secrets are discovered. Secrets that shake up the whole family. All but Baz, he's still the free happy go lucky sweetheart. I loved how things unfolded with Lola and Hayden. Lola finally knows what she wants and stops holding back. I love her strength and Hayden really brings it out in her. I got to listen to the audiobook by Tor Thom and Charley Ongel. Tor has such a deep voice that is perfect for an Alpha like Hayden and Charley is sweeter which is perfect for Lola. I really enjoyed this audiobook and I can't wait for the Sterling families story to continue!

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  • Amy C
  • 05-04-21

Lola isn’t so innocent after all 😇

The Sterling siblings may be a mess from their past upbringing and tragedy from losing their brother but they persevere through, Lola, the oldest makes sure of that.
This book is focused on Lola Sterling she is expected to bend at her fathers will but she decides she isn’t going to put up with his toxic behavior anymore and ventures off creating an interior design business. This is where we meet Hayden, the powerful, rich, and demanding client who wants her company to transform his hotels into something spectacular. The fire between these two is radiating heat even before they get beneath the sheets. I love finding more out about this dysfunctional family. Nicole Dykes has created incredible characters who have lots of conflict with each other and themselves.

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  • S. Cole
  • 01-14-21

Restrained

OMG Lola and Hayden! This book was intense from the start. Their attraction was instant and super steamy. Really enjoyed this book.

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 12-31-20

Don’t restrain yourself from buying this book

I loved the ebook the emotions, the drama and angst and the suspense of finding secrets and overcoming them. I didn’t think that it could be beaten however the audiobook was just that little push to put this as my favourite Nicole book. The narrators gave these amazing characters their own voices and personalities. This book and series are fantastic and well worth the credits

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  • @bookish_kayy
  • 12-19-20

Gets even better

Ahhhh. This family is making me crazy, I swear!
I love the Sterlings, and Lola was the one I felt I knew the least about. That’s changed now. She’s just a genuine hearted person, trying to do the right thing for her whole family. I get it. She feels the pressure from everywhere, trying to keep everyone happy and make them make the right decisions. A true control freak.
But whew, she let her hair down, let her man in, and it was so beautiful to watch. And he could not be better for her if he tried. Just effortlessly, he slid in, supporting her and keeping her grounded.
This really was an excellent angst break, but I know there’s more to come & I can’t wait!

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  • Emma Johnston
  • 12-18-20

Amazing!!

I loved the ebook of Restraiend but dare I say it, I love the audiobook more!! Hearing Hayden & Lola come to life was amazing - Tor Thom is one of my new fave narrators ❤

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  • FS Meurinne - Book Enticer
  • 12-17-20

Great story, loving the series

Hayden and Lola's story was sweet and romantic and has a mystery side, definitely entertaining, the audiobook is narrated by Tor Thom and Charley Ongel, they did a good job doing the narration, I was not very familiar with them together but they work pretty well. The whole story makes you will be reading or hearing the audiobook in no time. I like the plot and the amount of angst.

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  • Bette
  • 12-17-20

A Gripping & Emotional Ride! Awesome🎧📚🎧

Nicole Dykes does it again! She completely wowed me with another awesome novel in her “The Sterlings” series. This is the second book, I highly recommend reading or listening to “Regrets” before this one, not only is that book awesome but it gives you some insight of the Sterling family dynamics and history of events. Each book features a different family member, this book is Asher and Vivienne’s story. Asher’s brother’s Linc and Colt were featured in the first book, we got a glimpse of what it was like for them growing up, in a not so perfect family. Asher is the youngest Sterling, in addition to his two brothers he has a sister Lola who is living on the West Coast. Asher is damaged in many ways, but one thing he is certain about is his love for his nephew, Sebastian aka Baz. When Vivienne came to the Sterlings to introduce them to their Grandson/Nephew it was Asher who stepped up the most. He was there for both of them as much as he could be. When an opportunity arises he steps up to help even more, it makes them even closer than ever. But when one thing leads to another Asher backs off, his fear and guilt gets the best of him. This book is highly addictive, once you start you can not stop because you need to know what happens next. I was rooting for these characters, some of their choices really pissed me off at times. I may or may not have yelled at them a few times, lol. It is like you can see what is meant to be but they are refusing to see it. This book (and series) is cleverly plotted, the character are complex, they continue to develop and grow as they try to come in to their own. Asher and Vivianne’s story is not over yet, yeah, may or may not have yelled at the author for that too but I have faith in her, things happen the way they do for a reason and it will all come together in end. Nicole Dykes, thank you for another awesome story and emotional rollercoaster ride. I am looking forward to what comes next for the Sterlings and their plus ones.

🎧📚🎧 And for the wonderful narration, Thurlow Holmes and Dash Coleman are terrific narrators and voice artists. They did an amazing job portraying the characters and bringing them to life. They gave each character their own voice and personality, captured all of their emotions and projected them into their performance. They are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for the fantastic listen🎧

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  • Sarah
  • 12-16-20

The next chapter in the Sterling family saga

Restrained is book 3 in the sterling series and focuses on the eldest sibling Lola. From the other books you get the sense she is the Motherly figure in many ways and the glue that holds the siblings together. The story definitely backs that up and shows off what a wonderful woman she is as a character. So strong and so often putting others before herself.

The audiobook was well cast with Tor and Charley portraying Lola and Hayden really well. I do think you see the Sterling family in a different light through Lola's POV and Charley did a wonderful job portraying a softer side here.

Lola meets her new client Hayden and their mutual attraction leads to a night of temptation and the beginnings of a relationship between them. A always with Nicole's books there are secrets a plenty and Hayden has some in his arsenal, Lola slowly starts to get to see the real Hayden behind his put together businessman façade and he has such a vulnerability about him that I loved. Lola and Hayden's relationship blossoms throughout and I love how she nurtures it and he blends into her world so easily until a secret he has been hiding threatens everything they have built.

I still found myself distracted by Asher's drama in this book, my mind still going back to him and how broken he is over Baz and Vivienne and that stole the spotlight from Lola's story a little. That said Hayden's connection with Asher I think is the start of a turning point and I fell in love with Hayden more for how he really got Asher to respect and listen to him.

The Sterlings have me hook, line and sinker, I can't wait to see how their stories all play out.

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 12-13-20

4.5 Stars

I had no idea what to expect going into this. I go into this authors books as blind as possible. And while this isn't as angsty as Regrets or Restrictions, this did have a bombshell I did NOT see coming. I've really enjoyed listening to The Sterling's on audio because I can never get enough Tor Thom in my ear. Lola and Hayden are quite a pair. I don't want to say much because it might spoil it but needless to say, Lola sure meets her match. I'm totally unaware of where else this series could go, but I'm definitely here for it. I volunteered to listen and review a complimentary copy of this. All opinions are my own.

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  • Y
  • 12-13-20

A MUST LISTEN

Firstly, can I just say. KUDOS to Tor and Charley, they really brought out the chemistry, emotions and love from the characters AND HAYDEN WAS SO SO SEXY. I fangirled so much over this book. RESTRAINED was on Lola, the eldest and only sister and honestly this book was a slightly welcome break from the previous two books which were much more intense. Lola is constantly trying to be the super glue of the family and she finally lets herself loose when she meets Hayden - which I loved! These two had amazing chemistry and this book is everything! Probably my favourite in this series. Always expect the best from Nicole Dykes bc her work is amazing! A definite must listen!!