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He was her first love, and she's always owned a piece of his heart.

When Laney skipped town to follow her dreams, Kyle didn't go with her. Twelve years later, she runs into him at Christmastime - and a flame that was extinguished long ago suddenly reignites.

©2013 Zoe York (P)2016 Zoe York

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Kyle and Lanie

Youthful choices, broken hearts, going home, second chances, long-distance romance, and lots of lovin’. This audible has it all. Zoe York’s story and Rebecca Roberts’ voice tell the story of Kyle and Lanie. It’s HOT!

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Wonderful Story told by a Great Narrator

Lanie has never gotten over her ex, Kyle, to the point where she feels like she can't love again. Kyle finally realizes that it was his fault they broke up and not Lanie's like he thought for several years. So when Lanie comes back to town for the holidays, Kyle is determined to win her back. Lanie is determined for this to just be a fling.

What Once Was Perfect is an excellent story. It's short but is filled with so much that you literally feel like your heart was stomped on. Zoe York is an excellent writer. I loved the characters and the story.

I think Rebecca Roberts was the perfect person to narrate this story. Her voice just captivated me and made me want to continue listening. I thought she did an excellent job of capturing the tones that needed to be used and when.

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A perfect reflection of a favourite story

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

I would highly recommend this audiobook, and of course the book itself!!! I love hearing my favourite story and characters come to life. Listening the narration reminded me of parts of the story that I had forgotten and I smiled so many times, loved having Layne and Kyle in my ear and "my head".

Who was your favorite character and why?

Layne, Evie, the children, so many characters became so vivid !

Which character – as performed by Rebecca Roberts – was your favorite?

Layne, she sounded the way I thought Layne would when I read the book

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I read this book over 2 years ago so I had forgotten some of it but the narration and descriptions came across so vividly, including the scene when Layne first comes home and sees the farm and when she talks about the name of the farm versus her and her sister's name....that really moved me.

Any additional comments?

I would encourage people to buy this audiobook as well as all the books in the series.

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Kyle + Delaney = ❤️

I loved this story!! It was a very sweet & sexy story about 2nd chance romance. Great narrator, too!

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Loved It!!

Would you consider the audio edition of What Once Was Perfect to be better than the print version?

I would consider the story about the same as the print version. An awesome book.

What did you like best about this story?

I am a sucker for reunion story! I loved how they both felt so comfortable when they first got back together.

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

She does a good job of using her voice differently for the speaking parts.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Zoe does such a good job of describing the feelings each character has as they see each other the first time, and for each "date". I love how both are blown away at just seeing each other.

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great addition to the book

What did you love best about What Once Was Perfect?

I liked the story of course because I had read the e-book before. Brought back nice memories.

What did you like best about this story?

It brought back nice memories when I read the book before.

What about Rebecca Roberts’s performance did you like?

Nice inflections and brought the story to life.

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

No real extreme reaction.

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Second chance romance

2.5 Stars

I'm a huge fan of Ainsley Booth, and when I discovered she also wrote books as Zoe York, I wanted to read all of her other books.

What Once Was Perfect was about a second chance for Kyle and Lanie.

I must say that the narrator was a bit flat for my liking. I had to rewind the beginning a few times to get into the story.

The story itself was about Lanie struggling to love someone after she and Kyle broke up so many years before. Lanie and Kyle bump into each other while Lanie is in town and they reconnect.

I must say I had a hard time connecting to the characters. There is this scene when Lanie and Kyle have a talk about their break up, and Lanie is crying about it....and then they're kissing. It happened so fast, I missed the transition!

Bottom line: the audio is not my favorite and the story was entertaining but predictable.

**Audiobook given by author for honest review. **

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Liked the story, audio...so, so

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The time was well spent because I enjoyed revisiting Kyle and Laney's story, and it helped me to realize my imagination serves to evoke more emotion while reading, than the audio did. Zoe York's characters have a lot of personality. I didn't get that via the audio book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of What Once Was Perfect?

For the audio, one of the most memorable moments was when Kyle and Laney had their first conversation after she returned to Wardham. It was memorable because Laney was supposed to be angry, containing her rage at Kyle, and I just didn't feel it.

Did Rebecca Roberts do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I preferred the book. I guess you could tell they were different characters, but the Laney voice was kind of high and irritating. I felt it made Laney sound a little flighty, instead of like an accomplished physician. I didn't hear any righteous indignation in Laney's voice.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

It would be interesting to hear a male read the part of the male characters. Maybe that would feel a tad more emotional. I have to say that I am sorry, as I haven't listened to many audio books, but I kind of expected some emotion. The audio didn't create a sense of hurt, love, lust, etc. between Laney and Kyle. No chemistry at all. I felt there was more emotion expressed between characters that interacted with Kyle and Laney separately, than I did with them together.

Any additional comments?

I received this audio book in exchange for an honest review.

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