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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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Fantastic!!

What made the experience of listening to Drumline the most enjoyable?

The narrators. They did an exceptional job at narrating this book and their voices were so smooth.

What did you like best about this story?

The palpableness of this book. It was so real.

Have you listened to any of Stephen Dexter and Tracy Marks ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't ever listened to any of their other narrations before. This was a great first start!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, of course. However, unfortunately I am never able to listen to books in 1 sitting with 3 kiddos lol

Any additional comments?

Another new to me author and narrator. This story was palpable in all aspects: The tension, the conflict, the attraction and the narrator made it even better I thought. Everything felt so real. I really really enjoyed this book. I will go and read all of Stacy Kestwick's books now! Reading "sports" books are some of my favorite books to read, so I figured I might as well give a book about a drumline a chance. In fact, one of my favorite movies happens to be the movie, Drumline, starring Nick Cannon and Orlando Jones. I figured this book would be amazing as well, and boy was I right!! I listened to this audiobook version of the book, and the narrators both did such a wonderful job! The quality of the audio was great and it turned out to be a fun listening experience and an amazing way to pass the time while waiting at my sons wrestling practice, since I wait in the car! Drumline was sexy and had just enough angst to keep me hooked!



I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Stacy Kestwick. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Yes! So Emotional

I liked “Drumline” and I liked it quite a lot! There are several aspects that the author highlighted very well in the story and there were several instances when Reese really was an inspiration. I was surprised to see that this is Stacy Kestwick’s debut novel, because she did a great job!

I won’t get into the plot, as you can read the blurb above and there are some items I’d like to point out. We have a girl going into male territory. And she is not giving up without a fight. I liked her strength and her desire to succeed where only few girls have managed. She works twice as hard, she does not give into bullying, even when her opponent is 5 times more built than her.

Cancer. Regarded from all perspectives, this is the most painful item in this book, for all involved. It destroys, it takes away, it is a source of strength and fear. We have a cancer survivor, a family affected by loss because of it and cancer patients – innocent and pure. The way it was included and analyzed from all perspectives is fabulous! The author captured the emotions so good, without losing the focus of our story.

A love that builds gradually, a relationship that should not happen, starts between Reese and Laird. She wants in, on her own merits, he is the captain. He is not allowed to be easy on her. But one cannot go against faith and heart. They are so good together, both frail and strong in the same time. I cannot but love them.

The narration was also great. Stephen Dexter and Tracy Marks formed a great team and their performance was up to my expectations. I think that the audio version is more authentic with their narration as they transposed those feelings in the right way.

I do hope my arguments have convinced you, at least in a small part, to give “Drumline” a chance. Stacy Kestwick proves her talent beyond a doubt in my opinion. I was captured by her story, her characters and all the competition. One has to be strong to succeed, in a game of football, to join a team or to face an illness. Thank you for this book!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Stacy Kestwick. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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I have been hoping this would become an audible book!

I have read this book three times and was over joyed when it came out on Audible!!! Ms. Kestwick wrote a home run!! From story line to characters she had a 4+ on the stars rating. This book has humor and heart, hero’s who love and are feisty. This book has life to it, it’s not all about the hot sexy times(which are totally hot), nor the sad,sad stuff life throws at you, it’s more!!! I will read and listen again throughout the years.

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Loved the Drumline Plot!

I would like to say first, I was really excited to listen to this audio because of the movie Drumline haha. But that aside, the story is actually really interesting. I wasn’t aware that a drumline was more male dominated and I enjoyed the insights that Kestwick had into the plot and the character. I thought Reese was a really strong character and I enjoyed that she didn’t let other people get her down. Reese herself pretty much makes me love the book. I also thought the romance was a good add in, although honestly I found the plot to be more interesting. It is a steamy romance, so I wouldn’t recommend for those who are more into clean romances. I give the story a 4.5/5 stars.

As for the narration I was happy to see a dual one! It always helps when there are two main characters, especially when we are getting view points from the main characters. It also usually helps out a lot in romance novels is what I’ve noticed. I liked Dexter’s narration best. He had this nice quality to his voice and it was very steady. While sometimes Marks’ was a little breathy and quiet. I feel like she was attempting to put overt sexiness into the characters’ voices. But it didn’t play off that well. Overall the sound quality was great and didn’t have any skips. I’d probably give the audio a 4/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Stacy Kestwick. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Perfect for lovers of college romance.

Overall Rate 4
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I liked the fact that this book focused upon a different aspect of college life than we are used to seeing things from.

Reese is in her freshman year and is determined to make it onto the previously completely male dominated Rodner College snare drum line. Her determination to succeed helps her through the work outs and hazing but she finds a weakness in Laird Bronson, the drum lines captain! She wants people to know that she could make it on her talent and not because she caught the eye of Laird.

Ok, enough about the relationship between Laird and Reese because we will stumble into spoilerville and no one likes an unplanned visit there!! Plus there is other stuff going on! There is more to this book than boy meets girl.

This book is a sexy read with intense emotion, strength of characters and well developed other characters. This is definitely an 18+ read.

Stacy Kestwick has written a really good book. The characters and story line are well considered and really well developed. She is a talented author whose book is so much more than boy meets girl.

The dual narration is something that I usually avoid completely because I find that it can prevent a story from running seamlessly however the narrators in this story work very well together and it doesn’t affect the way that the story flows from chapter to chapter. The previous experience of both Tracy Marks and Stephen Dexter shows in their talent of narrating

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Stacy Kestwick. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Great New Adult Romance!

Would you listen to Drumline again? Why?

YES! Because Stephen Dexter's voice is dreamy!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Drumline?

When Laird stood up to Marco, and then had Reese at his side for his last game!

What does Stephen Dexter and Tracy Marks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Oh gosh! I wasn't too big on Tracy, she was very breathy in her narration. But Stephen could follow me around the grocery store and read my list to me! He did a fabulous job, and made this book and these characters come to life.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Girls can do anything that boys can do better.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed getting to know each of the secondary characters, hating Marco, and learning more about Reese and Laird as we got deeper into the book. Their lives are so complex and their relationship builds on the layers they keep peeling apart from their own lives. Getting to know someone in college isn’t always easy, and the lives of these two characters are already complicated - add in that he’s a senior, and she’s a freshman…

This book had a little bit of everything. I was very pleased. A true new adult novel.

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Mixed feelings on the book and narration

This is my first book by this author as well as the narrators. I have mixed reviews on this book and narration. Overall I found that the narration of the story made it difficult for me to stay focused to the story. I’m not sure if I would have enjoyed the actual story more had I read it instead of listening to it. I liked the concept of the story and how a girl is doing something that is typically something that guys do. Go girl power. I also enjoyed how this focused on a different type of drummer than most books do. So while I enjoyed this atypical book's concept, the narrators had a difficult time changing their voices for the different characters and it was confusing at times. I found it difficult at times relating to the characters, whose emotions were not portrayed which made it hard to stay focused on the story. I missed parts of the narration, because I was not engaged, but was still able to follow along because there were slow moving times in the story. This could just be me with the narration that caused my struggles and if I had read the book I may find the rating for the story to have been a five instead of the four stars. There were some surprises to the story, but a lot of it I saw it coming. I am going to give this author another try and this time read the book.

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Loved every second

Love this book. Didn't want to put it down. I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Stacy Kestwick. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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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.