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Chloe Rivers never thought she would keep secrets from her best friend. Then again, she never imagined she would fall in love with him either. When she finally reveals her feelings, rejection shatters her, rendering her vulnerable and sending her straight into the destructive arms of the wrong guy.

Gavin Rhodes never saw the betrayal coming. It crushes him. Chloe has always been his forbidden fantasy; sweet, tempting, and beautiful. But when the opportunity finally presents itself, he makes the biggest mistake of all and denies her.

Four years after a devastating tragedy, Chloe and Gavin's worlds collide and they find their lives entangling once again. Haunted by the past, they are forced to come to terms with all that has transpired to find the peace they deserve. Except they can't seem to get near each other without combatting an intense emotional connection that brings them right back to where it all started, their childhood treehouse.

Chloe still holds her secrets close, but this time she isn't the only one with something to hide. Can their deep-rooted connection survive the destruction of innocence?

©2016 K.K. Allen (P)2016 K.K. Allen

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Excellent story! I didn't want it to end!

What made the experience of listening to Up in the Treehouse the most enjoyable?

The way the author writes is so poetically beautiful

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K.K. Allen is a new to me author. This is her first new adult romances and I hope it won’t be her last! I went into it fairly blind. I had read the blurb and it sounded good, but nothing could have prepared me for how it would suck me in so much that I listened to almost the entire book in one sitting! Had it not been for a low battery on my kindle, I probably would have! Up in the Treehouse tells the story of 3 best friends growing up together. They meet when they are 12 and as they grow, so do their relationships. Feelings of friendship change to lust and love, personalities change as they enter high school and move into adulthood. Their whole dynamic is threatened when two of them start dating. Tragedy strikes and changes things forever. That’s the before. Then comes the after. The book jumps back and forth from past to present throughout the story to get a full understanding of the emotions and thoughts of the characters. It has more angst than I’ve seen in a long time, but I loved it!! There was so much misunderstanding between characters that could have prevented a lot of heartache. I wanted to smack them upside the head several times, but hey, that’s how it happens in real life. The heart works in a unique way and your head rarely gets a say in it! Underneath all the angst and the story of love and friendship, is a greater message. Up in the Treehouse actually is a huge part of the book, not just the title. The deeper message in there is to celebrate “Hero’s and Legends” who stand up to and overcome bullies. It’s a wonderful theme that is really powerfully presented and even though it’s a main part of the book, it’s not thrown at you in an uncomfortable way, but rather inspiring and leaving you in awe. I really loved this book and I look forward to more from K.K Allen!

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Up in the Treehouse

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Very entertaining and enjoyable second chance at love story. The story is told in the present as well as through flashbacks to the past. It did take a bit for me to really get into the story though. Not sure why. I really liked the story and it is one I will definitely listen to more than once. <br/><br/> Love the comparisons/metaphor between life and the branches of the tree.<br/><br/> Love, betrayal, romance, guilt, heartache, friendship, bullying, secrets and so much more is woven into this story. <br/><br/> So glad that the "big secret" Gavin was keeping didn't turn out the way I thought it was going to. <br/><br/> This is my first K.K. Allen book, I need to check out the rest of her stories. <br/><br/>Anne James did a really good job with the narration. Pleasant voice. Easy on the ears. Good character voices. She was able to bring the characters to life an make you feel all their emotions through her narration. Very enjoyable<br/><br/> Even though the narration for this book was very enjoyable Dual narration would have been great.<br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.<br/>

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Enjoyable romance

I’ve seen this book being recommended a few times, so I was curious on how it would be. The cover and the interesting blurb also grabbed me from the start. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this audiobook. The narration was good, even if I would have normally preferred a male narrator for Gavin’s POV. In overall, it was an enjoyable second chance romance with relatable characters and great storytelling.

I was voluntarily provided this free audiobook review copy by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Diane S.
  • Everett, MA, United States
  • 12-25-16

Enjoyable story

Up in The Treehouse is hard to categorize. It is a bit of a triangle, a bit of a second chance, and also a bit of an epic love story spanning years as the characters meet and fall in love in the branches of a childhood treehouse. There is also a bit of mystery as the story unravels and is woven back together. I enjoyed the story and the audiobook listening experience, but at times felt like the characters didn't grow up and they continued to act childish and make childish decisions into their adulthood. That took me out of the story and I felt a disconnect from the characters. My rating is 3.5 stars.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Becoming an adult is not easy

This story of a friendship between a young girl and twin boys is full of so many things. Bulling, teen sex, anger, hurt, neglect and death. The main 3 characters are both so spot on in how children are to how growth changes us and often define us. Chloe and Gaven are on a collision course to finding out just what it is to face our demons and our mistakes. I found a lot to take in. I received this book at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

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One of the Best Books of 2016

Would you consider the audio edition of Up in the Treehouse to be better than the print version?

I am, at heart, a lover of print, but I really enjoyed listening to this during car rides!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really love Gavin, he was easy to fall in love with. Also, Monica. I'd love to spend more time with her!

What about Anne James’s performance did you like?

She did a wonderful job giving each character a unique voice.

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

Yes. I sat in the car, quite a few times, to finish out a section of the story.

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First off, I was really super excited to get my hands on an ARC of this book! I loved The Summer Solstice series, & the short story that Ms. Allen wrote, so I was already on board to read anything else she writes. <br/><br/>I'm just as in love with Chloe, Gavin, & all their friends, as am with their young adult predecessors. "Up in the Treehouse" is a departure from young adult fantasy, as it is a New Adult romance. (For those who don't know, New Adult is geared more towards twenty-somethings, with more adult themes, language, & situations) <br/><br/>I loved the relationship between the two main characters. It has that familiar "will they/won't they?" thing going on, but minus the frustration that I normally feel with book characters (where the writer just seems to be creating conflict for the heck of it, instead of furthering plots). These characters felt real. They make both good and bad decisions, in a very humanly relatable way. I saw bits of myself on those pages, bits of my own relationship, bits of people I know. Instead of making me want to toss the book in frustration, it made me think: What would I have done in those characters shoes? <br/><br/>Bravo, Ms. Allen, for making these characters so real.<br/><br/>I quite enjoyed the narrator, as well. She gave each character their own unique voice. Well done!<br/><br/>This book deals with bullying, portraying both the victims & the bullies themselves as human beings that have made choices that lead to what they were, & what they'd become.<br/><br/>As this is a NA, and NOT YA , there is a certain amount of language & sex (though it's not overly graphic)<br/>

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Holy second chance romance

I thought the narration was just perfect in this story and not only the story line but the narrator had me sitting in my car longer than I needed to be after I arrived at my destination.

This is such a sweet story that had me with all the feels from the first chapter. I found myself laughing out loud, crying and sighing in bitter frustration through this book. Definitely one of the best reads/listens of the year.

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Still have a lump in my throat

I absolutely adore this book. Between the characters, the emotion, and the whole concept of telling the story like branches on a tree, I just can't get enough.

This can easily transition from new adult to contemporary romance so it reaches a broad audience. The author definitely struck a chord with me and the narrator performed wonderfully. Incidentally I just moved to the West Coast and happened to move to a town adjacent to Bonney Lake. The accuracy of the references nearby made it that much more enjoyable. I've tagged this author as someone to keep my eye on.

This audiobook was gifted to me by the publisher, narrator, or author.

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great story

I really liked this book. the narrator had a wonderful voice you all need to listen to it to see how great this book is
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  • Daryl
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 12-10-16

Slow Start... struggling to get Through...

When I started this book, I thought the plot summary was intriguing, and settled in for what I thought would be a terrific emotional book (according to all the 5-star reviews. I loved how the treehouse was used as a metaphor, how Chloe was bookish and insecure and figuring out who she was...
But I'm 3.5 hours in and there's no end in sight to the obsession between Chloe and Gavin. I want to shake both of them - their "past selves" and their "current selves" and tell them to stop obsessing about each other's bodies and get with the program already. I never DID understand why Chloe and Devin dated, particularly after Devin was involved with the girl who bullied Chloe...

Anne James was in many ways a good narrator, but she shouldn't have been expected to carry this book through. There are portions read in Gavin's point of view that would've greatly been improved with a male narrator. But since that did not happen, Ms. James did the best she could with what she had...

I'll probably pick this book up and try and complete it when I'm in the mood for something light. Unfortunately, my "light reading" quota was met recently by a novel with more meat to it, and I'm back in the headspace for heavier books.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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