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Publisher's Summary

Life can change in the blink of an eye. And every choice can unravel more of the truth.

One split second decision after a lifetime of lies has created a world so confusing, happily ever after isn't guaranteed. Not even when the stars align and the pieces fit perfectly into the puzzle.

This time, I'll have to fight for love with a vice clamping my heart and a gaping hole swallowing my soul. Absence won't make the heart grow fonder.

Lies and deceit.
Broken promises and disappointment.
I know them all too well.
So far, the pain has won. But the pain doesn't have to be permanent.

©2017 Gia Riley (P)2018 Gia Riley

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H*ly Sh!t!!!!!!!

I have no words after finishing this book. I'm posting this review weeks after finishing and I still cannot wrap my mind around everything that happened. It is definitely going on my "to re-read a million times" list! Get ready to go on a roller coaster ride of emotions!

The narration was fantastic! Sarah did a great job with all of the emotions in this book!

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Be ready for this story!

This friends to lovers story is one that will make you smile, laugh and cry all at the same time. Garrett and Megs get a chance at love under very unusual circumstances, and he doesn't leave anything to chance. This sweet and unexpected story has all of the feels especially with the ending.

Sarah Puckett did another fantastic narration job with this book.

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unique story

I personally loved this book. I thought it was quite unique in it's plot. I thought the characters were great. Some you loved, some you hated but either way, they made you feel. I was riveted and could not put this book down. The 2nd half of this book more so left my emotions in a tailspin. I sent more than a few rage-y messages as i was reading just trying to process my feelings and the story. That is the sign of a great book to me. I would LOVE to see this expanded on to see a 2nd book. I normally write reviews right away however this one took me a while to process my thoughts. What an ending!

Narration: Sarah did a fantastic job of narration. The narration itself was clear and a pleasure to listen to. The editing was clean and well done. I had zero complaints.

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Amazing!!!

I loved this romance! Great chemistry between the characters and a unique and fresh story - this was perfect! Narration was really well done!


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

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Twisty Turny

Gia, Gia, Gia...
To watch you and your writing grow over the years has been an absolute delight, and I'm so proud to be on the journey with you. It's such a pleasure to see you try out different styles, and different genres. From NA to YA, rocker books to pseudo mystery borderline erotica, and back to sweet romance with some big twists I've gobbled up every book with glee. Stay Awhile and Dr. Garrett and Megs certainly did not disappoint, even if you had me almost peeing my pants in anticipation or screaming out loud at your numerous twists and turns. Watching Laney bring everyone together as a family was so touching and beautiful but please tell me you have plans for more on this cast of characters?! I NEED more.

Sarah Puckett definitely did these characters justice, bringing them to glorious life in my imagination, giving them more nuances than when I had simply read them. I felt more emotion listening, and noticed different things as well. I look forward to listening to more of this amazing narrator.

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Really great story, not your standard formula

This was so good. It zigged and zagged and was wholly unexpected. I loved the twists and the turns this story took. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Stay Awhile

This was my first Gia Riley's book. This is a different friends to lovers story. I love the story of Garrett, Megan and Laney, Megan's daughter. Garrett is a so perfect man with a big heart. Megan is a strong woman and a good mother. Laney is a so cute little girl! This story is well written and fast-paced. The storyline is filled with many twists and turns and heartbreaking and heartwarming scenes. The ending is surprising, and I love it! I wonder if it's an opening for another book. The narration is great and easy to listen. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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A roller coaster ride!

This book had so many twists and turns and an ending I never would have guessed. It held my attention throughout the whole story. I don't want to give anything away so it's hard to say much except that I loved Garrett. He was such a great guy. Sarah Puckett has a very nice voice and did a great job bringing all the characters to life. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Great Read

Stay Awhile by Gia Riley was a great read. Megan's life completely changes in one second. Her husband drives drunk and risks their daughter's life. Garrett is there to not only fix her daughter's legs but also fix Megan's heart. I loved reading this book and can't wait to read more by Gia Riley.

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Emotional and Complex Friends to Lovers Romance!

This story had a little of everything. It started with a heartbreaking event and the consequences of others tragic decisions. It also has some very sweet and romantic moments as well. Megan learns shocking secrets that upends her whole life causing her to pick up to pieces to protect her daughter and herself. She reconnects with an old friend, Garrett, at the hospital. Garrett has always been in love with Megan and feels very protective of both her and her young daughter, Laney. He is determined to not lose this chance to finally make Megan his. This story is filled with surprising twists and turns. It is a breathtaking and poignant story that will keep you totally engaged.
Sarah Puckett does a terrific job capturing each characters personality. Her voice changes were distinct and her intonations makes you feel all the terror, anger and passion that Megan and Garrett felt.
I really enjoyed this thrilling, emotional and steamy romance!