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Ken: Hawaiian Holiday Audiobook

Ken: Hawaiian Holiday: Bad Boys for Hire, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

After Jolie Becker is left at the altar, her friends secretly hire a handsome beach bum to cheer her up.

When an accident ends his professional surfing career, Ken Cassidy wants nothing more than to land an acting role. Little does he know, his best acting job will be helping a jilted bride get her confidence back.

Everything changes when love kicks in. Will Jolie believe Ken's feelings are real when she discovers he's the hired help?

Bad Boys for Hire are fun and exciting stories where love is unexpected, but always delicious. They can be listened to as standalones, but for greater enjoyment, please be sure to check out the other books in the series.

  • Book One: Ryker and Terri (Motorcycle Club Romance)
  • Book Two: Ken and Jolie (Hawaiian Vacation Romance)
  • Book Three: Nick and Carol (Christmas Holiday Romance)

©2016 Rachelle Ayala (P)2017 Rachelle Ayala Publishing, LLC

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    Keli M. 08-12-17
    Keli M. 08-12-17
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    "A wonderful book to listen to"

    This is a great book. I loved listening to it. Rachelle Ayala writes another wonderful book and Chris Abell does an outstanding job of narrating it. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to listen to a great romance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 09-15-17
    Lori 09-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Not your typical honeymoon"
    Any additional comments?

    An entertaining and enjoyable addition to the series. I was really looking forward to this book based on how much I liked the first in the series and while I enjoyed the story I didn't end up liking it as much as the first book. The story just never drew me in completely. I am looking forward to next book in the series about Carole.

    It's a sweet, fun, sometimes steamy romance that actually deals with the issue of self esteem and the insecurities we all have at times. Learning to like and accept yourself for who you are.

    Some of the lines in this story were just too plain corny and cheesy for me. I think that's where my problem comes in. Even though it's a good story the cheesy/sappy/corny lines threw me out of the story at times. (especially some of the lines in the more steamy scenes)

    Ken was likable from the start. He's a "sweetheart of a guy" that would do anything for the woman he loves. His sister Carol is also a great character. Jolie started out likable but she got on my nerves after a while. She was such an uptight and depressing person with all her issues. She does redeem herself in the end though.

    Chris Abell does a really good job with the narration. Nice voice that easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Good character voices. Both male and female. He was able to bring the characters and story to life. Very enjoyable.

    I was provided this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KIDSFIRST81 08-14-17
    KIDSFIRST81 08-14-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Honeymoon without a groom"
    Would you listen to Ken: Hawaiian Holiday again? Why?

    While it is a cute story I don't think I would listen to it again. It's a fun one time story but it didn't have enough to draw me back in and make me want to really listen over and over again.


    What does Chris Abell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was a good narrator who brought good distinction between his characters, even the different male and female ones in the books. While I wasn't a big fan of this book itself I did like this narrator's work.


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

    No, it was a funny story but I had a hard time getting that drawn into it and invested in the characters. It was cute and fun for a beach listen or something to escape to but I didn't find myself really wanting to listen until the story was over. I enjoyed the story but I turned it off several times and never was dying to turn it back on like I do other books.


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audioboom by the author, narrator, or publisher for my unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catrina P 08-12-17
    Catrina P 08-12-17
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    "A honeymoon without the marriage???"

    Jolie has her quirks... she is very organized and needs to follow her lists to completion, she has more allergies than I could ever imagine a single person having, and she's been left at the alter.

    Ken has secretly been hired to fill in for the missing groom on the honeymoon, but there's a complication. Ken has feelings for Jolie, and has since they were in elementary school. How can he go through with the job.

    I really enjoyed listening to Jolie and Ken's story. Chris Abel, deliver another wonderful performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Claire America 08-10-17
    Claire America 08-10-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Romance with more"

    While this is book 2 in the series it could be listened to as a standalone book.

    While this is a story of romance it's also more. It's got some fairly deep themes included, especially around self acceptance but is also light and an easy read/listen. It's sweet, sexy and funny.

    I like the characters, both Ken and Jolie have interesting points and it's clear that a fair bit of thought went into creating their back stories.

    The narration is great, the character voices are really good and it had a nice natural flow to it.

    This book was supplied free by the author/narrator/publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

    If you found this review helpful would you please take a moment to click yes below, thanks

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mandy 08-09-17
    mandy 08-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "funny and heartwarming"

    I really enjoyed this story. There were some really great humorous moments but also a very sweet romance with the perfect amount of steam. The narration was perfect - I love this narrators voice! This was a great book and I can't wait for more from this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B 07-28-17
    B 07-28-17
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    "Ken: Hawaiian Holiday"
    Would you listen to Ken: Hawaiian Holiday again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to it again. It is always enjoyable to listen to it a second time and find that you might have missed something. It's also a very good story that held my attention.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the story is a romance but with a touch of humor and emotional moments too.


    What does Chris Abell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brought the book to life. His voice is easy to listen to and never gets boring. It was pretty easy to distinguish who was talking (male or female). :)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were several moments that made me laugh and a few that were heartwarming too. I really like how Ken helps to take care of his sister and the scene when the best man ran into her was a little humorous and touching the way it was handled.


    Any additional comments?

    Rachelle Ayala always seems to come up with a sweet, emotional romance with a touch of heat and humor that holds your interest. Each book is a little different and never seems like it drags out. I also find that secondary characters are just as important as the main characters to the story.I enjoyed all the Bad Boy series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nadine JIM THORPE, PA, United States 07-27-17
    Nadine JIM THORPE, PA, United States 07-27-17 Member Since 2011
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    "A Honeymoon with out the Groom was Great!"

    This was such a fun book. I adored that he was the pumpkin that turned into her prince! A great guy that you just can't help but to fall in love with. It was really touching to see the relationship with his sister too.

    Don't want to give anymore of it away but this is touching and fun with a nice dash of heat!

    Worth a credit: YES - and a great beach read / listen!

    I was provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HeatherY 07-26-17
    HeatherY 07-26-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A Great Vacation Read!"

    When Jolie's fiancee is caught cheating right before her wedding, her besties do the only thing self-respecting bridesmaids would do... they hogtie him, lock him in a room, and try to hire a Bad Boy to replace him for the ceremony! Surfer Ken is sent for the role, but he arrives too late to play the part. When Jolie decides to take her Hawaiian honeymoon with a friend, Jolie's friends decide to send Ken to Hawaii to intercept her and take her mind off her cheating fiancee.

    This is book two in the Bad Boys for Hire series, but it can be read as a standalone. It was a steamy read, and a really funny one. Poor Jolie had more allergies than you can shake a stick at, and that set up some hilarious scenes. Ken was adorable, and both characters had a whole pile of baggage to deal with. The story was still light-hearted despite that, a true vacation read. The setting was amazing, and I had to resist googling flights to Hawaii!

    Chris Abell was great as usual, his voice perfectly fit with my image of Ken. He did a great job bringing the story to life. I received a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Cristina Juneau, Alaska, USA 07-26-17
    Frances Cristina Juneau, Alaska, USA 07-26-17
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    "Drew Me In"

    I enjoyed listening to this story. I found it to be funnier than I expected. When I picked it up, I was expecting a steamy romance. I got that. This story is definitely steamy. I was also expecting it to be a bit more on the serious or depressing side. Being stood up at the altar doesn't make for happy times. Yet that is what Rachelle Ayala gave us. The "honeymoon" was hilarious! The story also held a sweet surprise for me. That twist made it more interesting. The return of the groom made for some tense reading and a what would you do daydream. Yes. Depending on the story and the skill of the narrator, I can daydream myself into the story. I like Chris Abell. He brings the story to life and draws my imagination in. The twist in this story resonated with me and made it easy to put myself in the story. I had a good time. I will probably be listening to this again during the long cold winter days. I recommend the book to romance lovers who like a story with some heat to it.

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    "What a gem"
    If you could sum up Ken: Hawaiian Holiday in three words, what would they be?

    The three words I would use would be, Quirky, entertaining, and very enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare Ken: Hawaiian Holiday to, and why?

    Well to be honest this is not normal genre is reading. But didn't mean I didn't enjoy it, because believe me I did.


    Have you listened to any of Chris Abell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I've not listened to Chris Abel before. But he was brilliant to listening of his characters.


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

    I did sit and listen to Ken's and Jolie's story in one sitting. Didn't want to stop really fantastic.


    Any additional comments?

    Like I have said not my normal genre in books, but am I glad I did. Beautiful characters with very well written story. Would read this author again, without a doubt.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A D.
    7/25/17
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    "Sweet, Quirky and Hot in One!"

    Personally I cannot help but want a Ken in my life. It is true he doesn't quite have his life together. He had a head injury that has left him physically vulnerable. He doesn't have a career in place. But none of that overpowers the incredibly hot, sweet and slightly quirky person he is. The story opens with Jolie, a women who likes everything planned to the infinitesimal detail, being stood up at the alter thanks to interferences of her best friends. It was the right thing to happen but it leaves her going on her honeymoon with one of her bestfriends who has plans of her own for Jolie. Only Ken isn't playing by anyone else's rules. He really likes Jolie and embarks on a honeymoon adventure to remember.

    But nothing is quite as neat as all that. Honeymoons end and Jolie and Ken both have their insecurities to work through if they really want a chance to make a relationship work.

    This is an all-out, throw out your plans, complete with a male escort service, romantic romp the reader cannot help but enjoy!

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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