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Ripple Effect

By: J. Bengtsson
Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton,Stella Hunter
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She's living next door to a superstar... and doesn't even know it. Enemies to lovers tale with an earth-shaking twist

International pop star RJ Contreras finds himself at a crossroads when his mega famous boy band, AnyDayNow, breaks up. After his solo career fails to take off, RJ retreats to a no-frills apartment where he can hide out from the world and lick his festering wounds.

But when Dani, the girl next door, starts slipping 'good neighbor'contracts under his door and complaining about his behavior through strategically placed Post-it-Notes, RJ snaps out of his self-absorbed melancholy to wage war.

In the middle of one of their epic battles, Mother Nature takes her swing and plunges both RJ and Dani into the rubble of a 7.1 earthquake. With their lives hanging in the balance, these former enemies must join forces to survive inside an apartment building only standing on its last few legs. But nothing is certain in an upside-down world where the sacrifices are gut-wrenching and where even the power of first love might not be enough to save them.

“Dani was the only thing in my life that made my pulse race the way it had when I was on stage. I needed her anger like I needed my life back.” –RJ Contreras

©2021 J. Bengtsson (P)2021 J. Bengtsson

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Loved it!

I typically don’t write reviews, but this book was so good that I had to. The storyline was great, and the narration was amazing. Once I started listening I couldn’t stop. I listen to 4 to 5 books a week, and this one is in my top five favorites of 2021.

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J. Bengtsson never disappoints. Perfection, again

One of the reasons I love Jill's writing is because I don't roll my eyes at stupid things the characters do, say or think. The characters are layered, witty and realistic. There isn't useless inner dialogue, ridiculous reactions to assumptions or weak women in any of her books. I have listened to the Cake series and Like the Wind repeatedly because I like the emotional roller coaster (Ferris wheel for Emma). I'm almost 50 and my teenage daughter would make fun of me for saying this, but her books have "all the feels". When I finish a J. Bengtsson book I'm sad that it is over but in awe of another beautiful story. I realize this is more of a review of this amazing author so to get back to Ripple Effect. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone of any age.

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Unexpected

Such an amazing story of love and fighting for it. No spoilers here, just know it was unexpected, heart breaking, but worth it. You will not be disappointed.

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Great story, fantastic narration

Wow - just an amazing story from start to finish. This was a complete roller coaster ride of thrills and emotions, and storytelling at it's absolute best. I was just blown away by the story that J. Bengtsson created here. It's unlike her other books from a plot perspective, but perfectly on brand from the drama, emotion and totally engrossing experience.

RJ and Dani are NOT good neighbors to each other. They bristle from the very beginning. But when a natural disaster thrusts them together, their bond just can't be beat. I don't want to spoil the absolutely AMAZING story, but just know that this will have you hooked from beginning to end and you can't help but be invested once you start.

If you are an audio fan, or are looking to try audio, this is definitely one to listen to. It is a prime example of audio at it's absolute best as far as I'm concerned. Teddy Hamilton and Stella Hunter breath life in RJ and Dani, and they more than delivered on the emotion and the tension in this story. Simply fantastic.

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Finally ...... RJ & Dani

It's been a long wait since the short story with the cliff hanger to learn what happened to RJ & Dani. Loved the story and love the narrator for Dani. RJ's narrator with his nasal voice didn't quite fit the RJ I imagined. That said the story was great and it was wonderful to revisit a bit of Bohdi, Breeze and the rest of Any Day Now. I'm definitely a fan of Jill and look forward to her next book. Meanwhile I'm sure I will re-read this several times.

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Another wonderful journey from J Bengstsson

RJ & Dani's journey was one for the record books. Jill has quite a talent of making you feel like you are along for the entire ride in her stories and this one was an emotional venture. I personally love when an author can engage you the entire time. Such witty bantering, so funny at times and then tugging on your heart strings. A great enemies to lovers story but also a journey to discover what really matters in life. Great job! A MUST read or listen!!! The audiobook is amazing!
Teddy Hamilton and Stella Hunter were perfect narrators of this story bringing Jill's words to life. Great job!

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WOW.. A MEGA-JOURNEY OF HEARTWARMING FEELS

J. Bengtsson is an auto buy for me.. and this very enjoyable life or death/friends-to-lovers listen showcases why. It’s got a humble and heartwarming mix of light and dark.. sour and sweet.. sad and happy.. and tortured drama and touching resolutions. RJ is a pop star in hiding after his band broke up and he tried and failed a disastrous solo career.. so now he’s left his wealth and friends behind to live incognito as Chad in an apartment that share so much with a very frustrating and annoying female neighbour. And, every time Chad and First Grade Teacher Danni meet, their hostile humorous banter and petty bickering flares.. until a 7.1 earthquake changes their lives in the worst of ways.. and in the best of ways in terrifying and gripping challenges, heartbreaking suffering and dramatic acts of bravery and selflessness that has two hearts connecting in a beautiful, breathtaking and bloody awesome way.

Worth a credit? Yes, it’s a dual POV love story where enemies become heroes.. and the two heroes become lovers in a tension-filled journey that wasn’t drowned out by sex but by action and drama. And Teddy and Stella were fantastic because they brought the cocktail of fun friction, the beautiful friendship, the emotional fireworks and the delicious cocktail of feels to life.

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Wow! Truly amazing

So that wasn’t like my other books but boy was a good! And the epilogue just made me cry! Amazing!

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J Bengtsson never disappoints

This book is wonderful. I love these characters. This is a heartwarming up and down whirlwind. I couldn’t stop listening my heart so invested in their outcome.

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Romance In A Disaster

Loved this book. There are so many rock star romances out there. Don't get me wrong, I love them. But how about a romance with an ex boyband star. We all swooned over them and, let's face it, still do. That definitely happened in this book. RJ's boy band breaks up and he goes into isolation trying to find himself. He rents a run down apartment and loves to annoy the girl next door Dani, who knows him by his fake name Chad Woodcock. These two want nothing to do with each other and then fate takes control in the form of a deadly earthquake. This book had me on the edge of my seat. Will they survive? Will they be injured permanently? Will Dani get arrested for shop lifting? Leaning on each other for survival, will mostly RJ's, causes them to see each other in a new light. But their worlds are so different. They aren't sure if they can survive it. I am sucker for romance in a disaster books. This book was so good. And these narrators knocked it out of the park. I didn't want RJ and Dani's story to end!

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  • seda
  • 04-09-22

Excellent Rock Star Romance

Powerful hard intense story with a sentimental character that leaves you feeling the lapping of the ripples against your body and soul in the whirlpool of emotions

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  • Anne Elliot
  • 03-26-22

This author could write a best seller even on her bad days

This story was impelling loved the characters immediately emotional,engaging and heartfelt. excellent story / material. love everything ever written by this author don’t ever stop writing please please.

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  • The-Scarlet-Finch
  • 01-12-22

A great listen!

I received this audiobook via a free promo code in an Aural Fixation Giveaway and this is my voluntary review.

Boy band heartthrob RJ aka "Chad Woodcock" has been sulking in the apartment down the hallway from school teacher Dani since his debut solo album was a flop. Dani's unaware of the international popstar status beneath the Wookie look he's been sporting lately and his grouching hasn't exactly been serenading her as she retorts to his disgusting behaviour with Post-it-Notes and as they've been battling it out in their shared space. When an earthquake strikes bringing their apartment down on their heads and has RJ pinned beneath the rubble in their underground parking garage, Dani will stop at nothing to save him. RJ makes a promise to himself that he wont waste anymore of his life sulking, hes gonna grab his life like the gift that it is and build his future with Dani... Even if the biggest barrier to their happy ever after seems to happen after the medical crews take over.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm a big lover of those high drama disaster movies and this was pretty Epic. Teddy Hamilton was the best person I could think of to perform RJ Contreras and Stella Hunter playing Dani during her Fan Girl stakeouts was perfection.

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  • Book addict
  • 01-07-22

Great book

Another great story from J. Bengtsson. They’re such a talented writer, and after having a recent book slump I was glad to see this book had been released and could break the trend - and it didn’t disappoint. Great narrators, too.

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  • Bette
  • 01-05-22

Amazing Story & Narration🎧Enthralling & Heartfelt!

Wow, this book just blew me away, I am a huge fan of J. Bengtsson’s writing style and the stories she creates and I think may have outdone herself with this book, it is moving like no other and will stay with me for a very long time. Former AnyDayNow Boy Bander RJ Contreras was ready to kick off his solo career, he was not ready to be ridiculed and criticized and it took a toll on him, so much so he avoided all by going into hiding, moving into an apartment in a neighborhood no one would look for him and used an alias, the name Chad Woodcock, and keeps to himself. Well, he tried to keep to himself, but the problem was his annoying neighbor who keeps sending him post-it notes about his behavior and what is good neighbor etiquette. She really got under his skin and waged a war on her, which was good because it got him out of his funk, even if it was only momentarily. Dani Malone, a first grade teacher, tries her best to be nice and reasonable with her annoying neighbor, but enough is enough, when notes are not enough, she confronts him. OMG, the air is explosive between these two, the back-and-forth banter and dialogue is witty and hilarious, the antics are too. But life, or rather mother nature, has a way of changing things in a blink of an eye and Chad and Dani find themselves in a life-threatening situation. OMG, it was like I felt the earth move during some of these scenes and my heart was pounding so hart I thought it was trying to beat out of my chest. This is a beautifully and brilliantly plotted enemies-to-lovers romance, it contains some heartfelt moments and gut wrenching ones, there is also plenty of drama, some angst, witty humor and snark, and a meaningful, once in a life-time, slow burn romance. It was great to see Bhodi & Breeze again and see more of the other AnyDayNow bandmates, Sean, Dane and Hunter, I am looking forward to hearing more about them. J. Bengtsson, thank you for another amazing story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the amazing narration, Teddy Hamilton and Stella Hunter are the perfect cast to bring these characters and their story to life. They are talented narrator and versatile voice artists, their top-notch performances enhanced this already brilliant story another level. They had a complete understanding of the characters they portrayed, gave each a voice that fit that character’s persona to a tee, sounding believable and just as I pictured the character to sound. You could hear how much heart they put into their work as they captured the characters’ emotions and projected them into their performance. They set the perfect tone for the story, handled the witty dialogue with ease, never missing a beat. Thank you for another exceptional and fabulously entertaining listen.

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  • Rebecca
  • 01-04-22

Wow! Just Wow!

This book is so much better the 5 stars. It really was amazing m. It draws you in right from the start and takes you on a ride that will definitely impact your life. So well done, so amazing. Just get it and listen, you won’t be sorry.
1 helpful tip- don’t start at bedtime, you are unlikely to sleep, until the book has ended.
Narrative was also done beautifully. I’m new to Stella Hunter but she did awesome. And I’m a long time Teddy fan and he did not disappoint.

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  • Sara
  • 01-03-22

An amazing story!

Ripple Effect was a story I didn't see coming. I'm guessing I should read J. Bengtsson's blurbs before I continue. It wouldn't have stopped me... had I known that I would have spent a good chunk of this audiobook in tears I would have still wanted to continue.  Once I started listening to this audiobook I compulsively obsessed over it... I couldn't stop. This is one of those books that caused my heart rate to accelerate. It caused my palms to get steady. I was a nervous wreck of emotion for these characters. RJ/Chad started out as a total jerkface but this man redeemed himself... big time. Dani is the perfect human. Really, that sums her up. She shows determination and loyalty like I've never seen before.

The narration by Teddy Hamilton and Stella Hunter told a beautiful tale. They started the story out with this fun and flirty banter with some major snark. Hamilton really outdid himself here... he made you dislike RJ right from the start and feel slightly sorry for him at the same time. But he excelled in redeeming RJ. Those hours in the gararge... Lord, he made me cry. He made me see RJ in a different light... he made RJ come to life. Hunter was amazing as well. I imagine Dani would be a hard woman to narrate because she's plain amazing and how do you live up to that. Hunter schools us all. She made Dani the strongest, the most persistent heroine ever.

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  • Claire Annovazzi
  • 01-03-22

One of the best books I’ve read this year

I wasn’t prepared. So stupid of me–I know the author has a unique way of mixing family drama, and emotional and physical trauma. She did it again.

The first act was already pleasant enough. A deliciously witty tale of enemies to lovers between a depressed ex-rockstar who’s hiding from the world and a feisty teacher who can’t stand her neighbor. The banter was fun. And the author takes her time detailing who they are. We get their sad story–RJ and the hateful parasites who take advantage of his money and fame, Dani and her multiple siblings who came, like her, from a test tube.

So when the second act starts, we know them, and we love them. And we also know how much they hate each other. Or do they? Because in the middle of the life threatening crisis that takes place, they only have each other. Watching them in survival mode was emotionally taxing. It was intense, a little funny, a lot sad, but beautiful nonetheless. The real heart of this book.

Last act is the aftermath, and there’s a lot to unravel. The changes in Dani and RJ’s relationship, some more family drama and, of course, the direct consequences of the crisis. Be prepared for PTSD, love, anger, depression, comfort, support. It was, too, an intense part of the book, up to the absolutely perfect epilogue.

Writing was good, smart and funny, with striking images. One of the best books I’ve read this year. Be warned though, it isn’t for the faint of heart–but when is this author? There are some gruesome moments, while not exactly explicit. Nothing is gratuitous though, they’re steps in the characters’ journey. The book wouldn’t be what it is without them.

And what made it even better? The audiobook! The narrators delivered one of their best performances, full of snark and energy, but able to convey deeper emotions when needed. Highly recommended.

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  • xxBooksILovexx
  • 01-03-22

Great Listen!

This was a bit of a departure from Jill's other books. RJ & Dani's story starts out a bit rough. Dani has no idea who her neighbor really is. Then a series of events thrusts them together. Stella Hunter & Teddy Hamilton do an excellent job narrating!

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 12-29-21

Beautiful ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥

Omg how beautiful was this story and these two . I couldn’t stop listening to this story. I had to keep going just to know how everything went for them . Stella and Teddy did a brilliant job bringing this story to life . ❤️‍🔥🤎💝💖💝🤎❤️‍🔥

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  • Judy
  • 12-28-21

Another extraordinary experience.

I should have known that I could expect the unexpected from this author, but once again, I've been taken by surprise by the rollercoaster of this book. My first experience of Bengtsson was the first of her Cake series, which I had expected to be a light and fluffy rockstar romance, and found instead an emotionally challenging, 3 course meal of satisfying and addictive saga. " Ripple Effect" is the second of a spin-off series from that initial book series. The first of the Any Day Now series is "Like the Wind". "Ripple Effect could be read as a standalone, but my suggestion is that if you have found this book first, then go back and give yourself the benefit of enjoying "Like the Wind" and then every single other one of Bengtsson's books.

This book starts off with the familiar comfort of a well established trope - warring neighbours who obviously have very mixed feelings about each other. Dani and 'Chad' leave each other hostile notes and take up entirely too much mental real estate for each other, and everyone knows what THAT leads to, right? Wrong. What happens in this book comes entirely out of left field and I was entirely shaken, absorbed and on the edge of my seat, forcing myself to not read ahead. "Its a romance," I told myself. "Romances guarantee a HEA!" I told myself. But Bengtsson writes so well that I was thoroughly invested in the characters' situation, and this set up the tension I usually reserve for thrillers and murder mysteries (where I unashamedly do read ahead).

I loved this book and will read it again as I can now do so with less anxious anticipation for characters' welfare, and this will give me a chance to more fully appreciate the delightful quirkiness of the ancillary characters that contribute to the joy of Bengtsson's books.