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Traditions are important. Especially in the South. College football. Rivalries. Tailgating. Halftime shows. Some things just don’t change. Until Reese Holland shows up with her long legs and no-bullshit attitude to audition for the prestigious all-male Rodner University snare line. It doesn’t matter how much hazing she has to endure from Laird Bronson, with his narrowed green eyes and arrogant smirk. She wants that damn spot, and she’s more than good enough to earn it. She expects there to be tension. Even friction. But not sparks hot enough to burn the entire campus down.

©2017 Stacy Kestwick (P)2017 Stacy Kestwick

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Surprisingly Emotional College Romance!

4.5 stars overall
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4 stars story

I really enjoyed this audiobook a lot! I was pulled into the story very quickly and I loved that it was set in the college band world. It was a refreshing take on the typical college new adult romance. What surprised me was how emotional the book ended up being. I was not expecting some of the heavier aspects of the story, but I felt that the author handled them very well.

This was my first book by Stacy Kestwick and first audiobook narrated by Stephen Dexter. I enjoyed the writing style (though some of the dialogue from one of our younger characters had me raising my eyebrows quite a few times). Stephen Dexter and Tracy Marks did a wonderful job bringing Laird and Reese to life. Laird was equal parts alpha male and sweet and vulnerable. Dexter made Laird's emotional moments incredibly moving and powerful. My heart really broke for him and how he struggled to cope and reconcile his guilt. Reese was fiercely independent and though I respected her resolve and drive, she was also incredibly stubborn. I was frustrated at times with both characters, but the story felt realistic and I understood the motivations driving them both. Reese and Laird had amazing chemistry though and their scenes were absolutely smoking hot! I also loved Smith and he brought a lot of levity (and at times a voice of reason) to the story. I did hope that there would be some redemption for Marco and that perhaps he was just misunderstood/going through his own emotional upheaval, but sadly it was not in the cards. Overall, Drumline was a sexy, funny, and emotional audiobook. Definitely recommend it!

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She’s fighting to be on the drum line, he’s fighting for her!

I was really captivated by this audiobook story'! The characters were complex and their romance was mesmerizing. Reese is a girl who is trying to win a place as the first woman playing on the college drum line which has historically been an all male domain. She has a lot of work to do to prove she’s good enough to deserve it. The captain of the drum line, Laird, is immediately attracted to her in a big way, while the second in command has it out to ruin her chances. This story was a great college age romance, with complications from family dynamics as well. The relationship that developed between Reese and Laird is a hot and complicated one. I loved the ending and the dynamics of the members of the drum line team. Narration was just excellent as well. I give this 5 Stars all around as great entertainment.

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All the FEELS!!!

This book truly surprised me in many ways. I had a feeling it would make me giggle and swoon based on the the blurb. What I didn't expect was the rage, tears, hate, love, and stomach grabbing laughter. I felt every emotion while reading this book and continued to feel them for hours after finishing. I want to tell you why I have all those feeling but fear I would give away to much. I wish there was a way to give this book more than 5 stars!!!

This is the first book by Stacy Krestwick that I have read and I must admit, she now has a huge fan following her work! I cannot wait to read her other works!

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Good book

I enjoyed the book, it had a little bit of everything and I liked how it ended. I hurt for Reese and what she was being put through by Marco and I’m glad he got what was coming to him.

I liked Laird, it broke my heart all he had been through and how he felt thinking no one cared for him enough to stay. I’m glad he got his happy in the end

The male narrator was great, no complaints. The female, I really disliked. Her voice was just wrong and the way she delivered the lines was just annoying. And her male voice was even worse.

Book would have been so much better with a different female narrator

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A CULTURAL HIJACKING

I tried to give it a chance. And could not!!! The narrator does not fit the story and the story does not fit the characters AT ALL.

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The best book.. Romance, drama, a lot of sex.

Love it, is my type of book.... With sex romance drama.... A good story inside with craziness.. And mobs... Love is winning always

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Great Read

Drumline by Stacy Kestwick was a great book. Laird is the captain of his drumline. It has always been a man's game until Reese showed up at tryouts. Laird isn't sure what to expect when he meets her but he doesn't expect for sparks to fly like they do. I absolutely loved reading Reese and Laird's story.

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Stephen Dexter is awesome. Tracy Marks? Not for me

This was a great story. Sizzling hot in parts, but with an emotional component that made the story more than just an excuse for the sexy times. I really liked Stephen Dexter's half of the narration. Great voice and fantastic acting. Tracy Marks though, was not for me. She had strange pacing and odd inflection patterns that were distracting. I paid so much attention to manner of delivery, I sometimes lost track of what she'd actually said. The best way to describe it? You know how people make fun of William Shatner and his speech? When they exaggerate his intonation patterns? For me, she is the female version of this and I just couldn't. I ended up listening to Dexter's half on audible and switching to Kindle to read the other half.

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Great story!

What an enjoyable novel from start to finish! This was my first novel from this author, and I will definitely read more of her books!

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Love the Unique Premise!

I am not usually a lover of New Adult books. Reading about someone my son’s age gets a little weird sometimes. But being a band mom, and knowing Stacy was going to be at Wicked Book Weekend I grabbed Drumline on audio. I have never read a book about marching band or drumline, so I immediately liked the unique premise, and the story did not disappoint.

Reese was a kicka*s heroine. I loved that she was one of the rare women to try out for an all-male team known for hazing and she whooped butt at it! She went in expecting there to be issues with her sex, but what she didn’t expect was to have crazy chemistry with one of the heads of the snare line, Laird Bronson. (The unsexy name ruined him a little for me).

When one of the other guys gave her problems, she stood right up to him.

“Here’s the thing.” Reese spoke softly, stopping me in my tracks, and Marco was forced to lean in closer to hear her. “When I sleep with someone, I don’t want him to still need practice at it. I prefer my men to already know what the **** they’re doing in the bedroom.”
Silence descended on our group as her words hung in the air.
I might have fallen in love with her. Just like that.

She was independent, sometimes stubborn, but so determined to be the first female on the team, nothing would stand in her way.

"Yeah, this wasn’t a girl who’d let me do the dirty work for her, slay her dragons while she cowered in the ivy-covered tower. Reese would be on the front lines, carving her own path and wielding her own sword. And I wanted to be the one to have her back on the journey."

They knew getting involved could be a problem, but Laird, that dirty talking hottie, was pretty irresistible.

There was a great balance of humor, sexiness, conflict, angst and romance in this story, and I very much enjoyed the listen!

Likes:

•Totally unique premise.
•Humor and banter.
•A kicka*s, strong heroine.
•A villain you love to hate.
•A romantic, dirty-talking hero.
•A heroine you want to hang with.

Dislikes:

•Kind of an abrupt ending.
•A few lines made me cringe a little, but maybe because of the age thing.
•Though I believe in instalove, I would have liked the to see the connection build a little more.
•There was a whole background part of the story, a connection they had, that I would have loved to have seen expanded upon.

The Narration:
Tracy Marks and Stephen Dexter were perfect for their roles. I think the book translated very well to audio, and the narrators made it even better.

The Down and Dirty:
I really loved the unique premise of Drumline, and it was very clear the author knew what she was talking about. This was a really nice change from the NA sports romances out there and I truly enjoyed the change. And please, who doesn't love a book with humor, romance, angst, sexy times, a strong female heroine and a romantic dirty talking hero?

Rating: 4 Stars, 4 Heat, 5 narration

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  • Aaly
  • 02-07-18

Sexy, fun and passionate!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Listening to the audiobook of Drumline was a pleasant surprise. It was fun and more emotional than I expected, with two competitors as main characters making their story beat to the sound of the drums.

Of course it was sexy and definitely hot. The weather in Alabama was getting hotter by the minute with Reese and Laird.

Laird was the cocky, arrogant and well once again a surprise. Definitely more than meet the eyes. Having fun, being this charming and flirty guy who didn’t need any help to get any girl he wanted… until Reese who literally swept off his feet. Damn if I didn’t like his persistence… Go Laird!

But it wouldn’t be interesting if she was kinda forbidden, the new girl in the band were messing with his head. From the beginning these two were attracted to each other but well with both their positions things would get messy and complicated.

I appreciated Reese and Laird, they were a great match, these two together bring the hotness to the yard, but there so much more to say about them, even if their lives mostly centered around the band, it was interesting to have some development, giving more depth to the characters. Appearances are deceiving and Reese and Laird were the perfect example.

More than half of the book, alternating between each characters was great to listen, from their aspirations, their dirty thoughts (it seemed that people were really horny in that book), and so many things that made you want to learn more about them.

I was struggling in the last part of the book, where things were getting out of control at times, adding a bit too much drama that I think wasn’t that necessary to the story, but it was my opinion. Anyway, I enjoyed it, and even though I wasn’t a band nerd, the author managed perfectly to share the passion and enthusiasm about it. Both narrators nailed their parts, giving life to Reese and Laird so wonderfully.

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 01-24-18

Something a little different

A lovely college romance following the Rodner University Drumline and the wannabe players who will do pretty much anything to make the cut in this prestigious university sports band. Laird Bronson is the captain and of course, he’s the main man, sexy, kind and completely into Reese Holland, who is the only girl up for audition Guess what? She’s good, better than good even, and when she makes the cut she not only catches the eye of the captain, she ends up making an enemy out of the not so nice vice captain, Marco, who does an excellent job of making Reese’s life difficult. I loved the writing, dual POV, I love the characters, Reese was strong, Laird was perfect. Marco was the ultimate bad guy, Smith the perfect side kick. Just the right amount of emotion was added with the addition of Eli and Amelia and a whole host of drama. Brilliant narration as usual from Tracy Marks.


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  • ZOE R
  • 01-17-18

Drumline

Where does Drumline rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I like the story line and loved the fact that this turns out to be about a girl who is determined to make her way onto the Drumline at her College. The story is unique The narration is very good.