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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the number-one best-selling romance Jake Undone comes a friends-to-lovers story of longing, passion, betrayal, and redemption...with a twist that will rip out your heart.

Skylar was my best friend, but I secretly pined for her. One thing after another kept us apart, and I've spent the last decade in fear of losing her forever. First it was the cancer, but she survived only to face the unthinkable at my hands. Because of me, she left town. For years I thought I'd never see her again. But now she's back - and living with him. I don't deserve her after everything I've put her through, but I can't live without her. This is my last chance because she's about to make the biggest mistake of her life. I can see it in her eyes: She doesn't love him. She still loves me - which is why I have to stop her before it's too late.

©2014 Penelope Ward (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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I really liked this audiobook, it was well narrated and full of angst with a HEA. I sometimes wished the heroine would 'grow a backbone' and quit being so timid about what she really wants. But in the end she does exactly that, so all is resolved.

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omg this book is awesome. it made me cry and laugh

the story was so well written and addicting. I loved this book. Mitchell and Skylar.

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Some people are destined to be together.

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

Absolutely. First of all the story is AMAZING. Secondly, the narrators were very good.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mitch - He didn't seem to be able to catch a break. He ended up taking blame for things that weren't entirely his fault. All he wanted was the girl he had loved since he was 11 years old.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the scene at the beach house when Skylar finally makes her decision.

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

I did find myself teary at some points in this story. I was also frustrated at the obstacles that this poor couple continued to have to face. But overall, it just put me in my happy place.

Any additional comments?

Love Penelope Ward's stories. This series has been so good.

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A rating overall....

My Review:
Overall: 4.5
Performance: 4.0
Story:4.75

I got online and bought this audiobook immediately after finishing Jake Undone. I was so excited that Mitch and Skylar were going to get their own story, but wow...I did not expect their road to be quite so rocky.

These two characters will break your heart. Mitch has abandonment issues that Skylar keys into when they are just children. She accepts him and comforts him from the very start. This story travels from when they are around age 8 until they are getting close to thirty (guessing here...it's somewhere between 25 and 30.)

As you would expect when the story covers that many years, there are a lot of highs and heartbreaking lows for these two characters. Seriously, this book broke my heart. I loved them both so much and to see them constantly going through such hardship and kept apart by circumstances KILLED me.

And ack...now I'm at a loss as to what else to say without giving spoilers.

You need to read this book.

Is that enough? Seriously, it's an emotional read and I loved both the characters. It's a tough road for them, but that makes the end just that much sweeter. I was so happy by the time the book ended.

Read it. I think you will like it.

And I do recommend this one on audio. (Jake Undone too.) And regardless of my slightly lower rating for the narrators on this one, it was VERY well done. My issue was there are two narrators for the male and female leads. The female is spot-on....she did an AMAZING job. The guy...I just hated his voice for Skylar, but you know...he's a guy. It's hard for a guy to do a good female voice without it sounding ridiculous. I didn't like his voice for her, but other than that, he was a great narrator too. (And honestly, the odds are good that his voice wouldn't bother most of you reading this review.)

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A Disappointment

I was so excited for the telling of Skylar's story, perhaps I let my expectations run away with me...I couldn't help but be disappointed when the plot unfolded. It just felt a little more like a N.Sparkes novel than earlier Penelope Ward.

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  • CAROLYN
  • Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • 05-25-15

YA STORY.... HEARTBREAKING, BEAUTIFUL & MOVING

Mitch and Skylar met when they were young and straight away they became inseparable, they had similar family issues and their whole world was each other. And the deep friendship soon turned into love but fate had so many heartbreaking challenges for them that it seemed that they would never truly find the happiness they both craved that could only happen by being together.

This wasn't an easygoing read as it dealt with cancer, the after-effects of it and a truly evil bitch who wanted what wasn't hers and her actions caused devastation and heartache that would span years. Mitch and Skylar moved on apart but never moved forward and a chance meeting gave Mitch another opportunity to change their fate. There were some happy times, some funny times, lots of romantic and touching times but above all this was a sad listen because no matter how hard Mitch and Skylar loved each other it just never seemed enough and because of this years were wasted.

Dual POV with a small Chapter from 'the bitch', great narration and each narrator could easily do the other sexes voice, very very romantic plot that did have some nice sex scenes at the end and the characters were both so likeable.

Worth a credit? If you like YA romances then Yes, this was well written and worth a credit but it was maybe a bit too YA for me however I enjoyed it. Remember it's not a sunshine and roses listen but more one of tender hope, love, turmoil, tears, regrets, love, heartache, pain and then again love. But when fate gave them a second chance it was a beautiful romantic tear-filled reunion and repair of two broken souls.

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5 Emotional Stars

Oh I don't know that I can make this review good enough to describe this story. It's been sitting in my library for a long time. And late last night I thought what the heck I would give it a try.
Needless to say I had to make my self stop at 3 am to sleep. I cried, I laughed, I cried again, got mad, got happy, and cried again.
Narrators were awesome brought this story to life I felt like I was part of the story.
I won't summaries the story because you already get that in the book description. I will just say holy HOT MEN, B- itchy women. And unbelievable strength and unwavering love and devotion that's what this book has in spades.
Worth the money, the credit. If you like romance and childhood love this is for YOU!!

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  • Deb
  • USA
  • 04-03-18

luved it

what a great story...from beginning to end... she is a beautiful story teller... you feel for each of the characters... you laugh... cry & “awwww” one of my favorites

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Take this journey with Skylar and Mitch

Skylar is not new to those that have read Jake Undone or Jake Understood as she is a character in those books, but you can totally read this book as a stand alone. Skylar is a no holds bar kind of gal and life has not been easy for her, yet she remains a strong character. The author does a great job telling her story, which you do know some of already from the Jake’s books, but there is way more to it. The author blends the past with the presents with a very smooth flow as the only way to truly tell this story is to go back and forth. You will be very upset with Mitch as well as cheering him on, there may even be a time or two that will leave you teary eyed and the narrators of the story do a wonderful job bringing those emotions to life. I haven’t listened to them before and this will not be the last time I listen to them. This isn’t an easy book to review because there is so much in this one story of two people trying to find each other, but find many obstacles are in the way. Just when you think they finally have it all figured out, then something else happens as well as there being some people that you think you like, but when you find out what they have been doing you just want to strangle them as you so didn’t see that coming. I also enjoyed the glimpses of prior characters in Jakes books. This is one emotional book that you won’t be able to put down as you take this journey with Skylar and Mitch.

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  • Lib
  • KINSMAN, OH United States
  • 12-11-17

ok read

Not sure how I feel about this book. I didn't care how Skyler handled things with Mitch. I felt bad for him. she pushed him away and it was like it was his fault for everything. The audible was good.

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  • Stef kowalski
  • 11-10-16

Great series

I love a story that with everything else can make you laugh. Eg Mrs. Balls worthy suit cake to talking about where babies come from. Plenty of laughs and tears great books x 4

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  • Michael
  • 06-16-15

unexpected

This was my first audible experience. The story was rather gripping and a fair bit more sexual than I expected. I loved the female narration and eventually I gelled with the male narration also.