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The Theory of Second Best Audiobook

The Theory of Second Best: Cake Series, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Kyle McKallister has lived his life in the shadows. Younger brother to one of the world's most elusive and embattled celebrities, Kyle has carved out a comfortable existence touring with his famous brother and living in the lap of luxury with no commitments or plans of his own, only a deep, haunting loyalty to his brother. But his life is about to be shaken up when the opportunity comes to compete on a popular reality show.

Small town girl Kenzie Williams has come on the show for one thing only: to win. But when a disastrous start forces her to rely on an eclectic band of misfits, she finds herself immediately smitten with a handsome and mysterious cast mate. Life on the island is just a game. Can Kyle and Kenzie's fragile spark survive the pressures of the real world?

Warning! No alpha males were harmed in the making of this novel. While the laid-back, self-deprecating Kyle may someday discover his inner bad boy, he's clearly still in the baby stages of self-discovery. This is the story of an ordinary young man stumbling his way through life and the everyday girl who shows him a better way.

©2017 J. Bengtsson (P)2017 J. Bengtsson

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    Marsha Lipps Scottsdale, AZ United States 04-28-17
    Marsha Lipps Scottsdale, AZ United States 04-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The Theory of Second Best..."

    I loved the way this book continued the saga and helped fill in some details from CAKE. In terms of modern romance...I find this series to be very enjoyable, especially in Audible! I was so happy to see the growth of some of the side characters and get to see some interaction with Jake and Casey. I loved to watch the love story of Kyle and Kenzie develop and flourish in the realm of reality tv.
    What I really enjoy about this saga is the way the main characters start moving on with their lives after suffering thru such horrible trauma. It really moves the bar up in terms of developing full characters instead of just romantic icons.
    Can't wait for Book 3!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jodiod Bay area ca 05-01-17
    jodiod Bay area ca 05-01-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Great series!!"

    Loved it. Different than Cake and still great. Made me immediately reread Cake to stay in their world. Can't wait for the next one.

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    Kelly 04-28-17
    Kelly 04-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "REFRESHING"
    If you could sum up The Theory of Second Best in three words, what would they be?

    Fun - Heartwarming - Real


    Have you listened to any of Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love both of them. Andi is one of my favorites and she nails this one yet again.


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

    If I could have, I would have listened all in one sitting. But since I have to have more than 4 hours of sleep, I had to shut it off.


    Any additional comments?

    It was so wonderful to read a HEA story with normal people. Kyle is a wonderful man. To be able to watch his self discovery and growth was just fun. Kenzie is a great girl with a heart of gold. This book was every bit a great as Cake. I think I have a new favorite author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Smith 04-26-17
    Kathy Smith 04-26-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent!"
    If you could sum up The Theory of Second Best in three words, what would they be?

    Very good story


    What other book might you compare The Theory of Second Best to and why?

    Cake


    What does Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Andi Arndt is the best no matter what part she reads and I really liked Zachary Webber. Perfect for Kyle.


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    Kans 05-23-17
    Kans 05-23-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A Little Disappointed"

    I loved the first book and likely had high expectations. Found this book long winded.

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    Amazon Customer 05-23-17
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    "Funny and Sweet - my favorite kind of romance"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved all the funny banter among the characters, even the secondary characters made me laugh. There were so many laugh out loud moments. I listen while I exercise and people were giving me strange looks because I couldn't stop from giggling audibly. I didn't care. Totally worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt are two of my VERY FAVORITE narrators. To have them together in one book was fabulous. They rocked this love story. It was even better because the writing was so good. One negative reviewer complained about the girl being "rescued," but I didn't get that at all. I thought the story was wonderfully sweet and funny. I loved it. 5 stars. I can't wait for this author's next book.

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    pie eater987 05-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Laugh out Loud! Then tears! It has it all"

    I think I found a new favorite author. This book was filled with amazing characters. The author writes in such a relatable way it's like Kyle and Kenzie are yours friends.
    Can't wait for book 3

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    Dog Lover Chicago 05-18-17
    Dog Lover Chicago 05-18-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Doesn't deserve a HEA"
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    The book was good right up until Kenzie proved to be the same two dimensional chick like every other female "empowered" character. Just once it wouldn't be nice to have a women win it all without either stepping on someone or getting stepped on herself. I liked the book up until that predicable and irritating plot point. I liked this author because I thought they wrote real, honest and likable characters. I was wrong. Won't read another book by this author.

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    Ndulgent Bloggrs Virginia, United States 05-17-17
    Ndulgent Bloggrs Virginia, United States 05-17-17 Member Since 2010

    A reviewer at Guilty Indulgence Review Site. I don't go anywhere without a book -ebook or audiobook.

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    "Fun Romantic Adventure"

    Another well written book in the series. It has a natural flow with charming dialogue that connects readers to the characters. With an adventurous backdrop, the connection between the main characters grows steadily at a good pace. There was just enough back story to dig deep but not detract from the present. And again, the secondary characters contributed to the story perfectly.

    Two of my favorite narrators delivered a solid performance. I'm hoping there will be even more to come in the series. I'm curious about that younger brother.

    I review for the Guilty Indulgence Review Site.

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    S. Godwin Georgia, United States 05-15-17
    S. Godwin Georgia, United States 05-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Light & Cheery Fairy-tale"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course, there is the expected temporary disappoint when the couple seems not to make life work out, but ultimately, TToSB is a typical fairy-tale, which delights its readers with its expected and happy ending.


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  • L Hayes
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    "One Great Writer!!"

    I cant believe that this is only the second novel from J. Bengtsson. The style of writing and story telling far exceeds this. True skill and long may it continue. Excellent performance from both Andi Arndt and Zachary Webber. I would definitely recommend both J. Bengtsson and the Cake series. I thoroughly enjoyed both stories and look forward to future novels from this Author.

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