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USA Today best seller

Brady

What the hell do I know about raising a baby? Nothing. Not a goddamn thing.

Yet here I am, the sole guardian of my niece. I'd be lost if it weren't for Katherine, the beautiful girl who seems to have all the answers. Katherine, who's slowly finding her way into my cynical heart. I keep reminding myself that I can't fall for someone when we don't have a future. But telling myself this lie and believing it are two different things.

Katherine

When Brady shows up on a Harley, looking like an avenging angel - six feet, three inches of chiseled muscle, eyes the color of wild sage, and sun-kissed skin emblazoned with tattoos - I'm not sure if I should fall at his feet or run like hell. Because if I tell him what happened the night his family died, he might hate me.

What I don't count on are the nights we spend together trying to forget the heartache that brought us here. I promise him it won't mean anything, that I won't fall in love. I shouldn't make promises I can't keep.

©2016 Lex Martin (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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PERFECTION.. NO WONDER THIS WAS A BESTSELLER

Brady was already struggling and juggling his life around to support his Mom and Dad, pay back loans and working two jobs - as a Tattoo Artist and stepping up to oversee his Dad's company. Then he got a call about his estranged brother that would completely devastate Brady, bring heartbreak, joy, challenges, laughter, love and totally change his way of life.. but first he had to meet Katherine.

Katherine had become a permanent fixture on her best friend's farm living with her, her husband and baby daughter and helping with any chores that needed doing around the farm. She'd left a successful career, a douche bag of a boyfriend and her previous lifestyle behind her - for a best friend, chickens, a horse, two pigmy goats, kittens, a raccoon and a sweet baby girl. Then a storm changed her perfect world, threw it into heartbreak and turmoil and Katherine was literally left holding the baby.. well, that is until a tall, handsome tattooed biker appears on the doorstep. When Katherine and Brady first meet there's too much to be done, too much heartache, pain and guilty consciences for anything to flourish between them - but, as they both try to cope with their loss, pick up the pieces and prepare for their futures.. attraction flares, passion ignites and love finally blooms from the ashes.

What great characters Katherine and Brady were - they both stepped up to challenges, were hard workers, unconditionally supported each other and were kind, thoughtful, caring and dedicated. Brady had never even held a baby before and he was thrown in the deep end but Katherine was there every step of the way. It wasn't easy for Brady to step into his brother's life but he slowly learnt that the so called 'perfect life' that he'd shunned his brother for choosing would turn out to be the perfect life for him too. However, first he had to lean heavily on Kat, tame down his raging attraction to her and ignore the building sexual chemistry between them by setting rules - never cross the line, never have mind blowing sex with her, never hurt her and never ever fall in love with her.. but Brady broke ALL the rules. Which all took a delicious amount of time to unfurl in this low drama/emotionally high sweet love story that had sorrow, grief, turmoil, passion, sex, romance.. and an expiry date.

Worth a credit? One Million YES' - an addictive storyline, a well paced romance where you get to see H/H's relationship evolve and turn from friendship to love, great characters, a drool-worthy awesome Hero, a strong loveable Heroine AND the narrators successfully brought the characters to life, injected all the emotions called for and made this listen unique, unstoppable.. and unforgettable too.

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 11-17-16

3.5 "Good But Predicable"

I enjoyed the first half of the book but second half was a slow & predictable, but not bad. The book was also repetitive for many chapters. No drama besides both characters whining about him not staying.
I am not a fan of lots of internal dialogue and this book has chapters of that.
It was also too cheesy for me, the main plot was of two people that wanted to jump their bones. I was expecting more, some drama (seeing the circumstances) or something different.
I am going to try another book from this author and see if that is better.

Stephen Dexter and Brooke Bloomingdale were good with the delivery of the story

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In love with this book!

So in love with this book! Great story, great performance. Hot and steamy sex scenes. ❤❤

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great book!

I really enjoyed this book. The plot was different from a lot of romance novels. The thing I liked about it best was how Katherine really respected and cared for Brady and Izzy. She demonstrated a real love by putting her true feelings and needs aside for what she thought Brady wanted. Lex Martin also provides a lengthy storyline which makes the dialogue more interesting!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Easy to love

This book was unexpectedly perfect. It had it all - heartache, angst, feels, romance, and light humor. I loved how much Texas and Latino culture was thoughtfully put into it. The story was realistic too - real money problems that are relatable without magically coming into money and solving all their problems. I tend to roll my eyes when that happens because seriously that’s not how life works. I like romances that stay on this side of the fence rather than only face relationship or other issues and adding the convenient influx of cash that solves all problems.

Anyways... the romance was hot and sweet - not cheesy. I love that. Their chemistry throughout was good too. The only thing I disliked in a big way was the male narrator. He’s not bad at all, I just really don’t think his voice was right for this character and especially as the female voice. I honestly liked her for both parts, she did a good Boston accent for a man and her take on Cat was good too.

My best friend is half Texan, half Mexican and I felt like the author pretty much nailed her and her family’s culture and lifestyle. The male narrator’s voice was just not deep or masculine enough for Brady - the big sexy tattoo artist. His female voice was wayyyyy too airheady for the tough, hard working woman Cat is. If Sebastian York had done this, I’d have died from the hotness. My point is... many scenes were throwing me off because they weren’t matching the images the author painted in my mind - especially the steamier ones. I’d almost have preferred to have read this over listened, as this could be one of my favorites without the wrong voices tainting my opinion.

The beginning was sad but it maybe could have been done a bit better. You really don’t know his brother or SIL at all as individuals, so it’s more difficult to feel all the emotions that they’d have been feeling beyond basic sympathy for a tragedy. If they’d been described a little more, I feel like I’d have felt it deeper. I got pretty frustrated with how a little communication could’ve prevented so many obstacles but some people are just stubborn and I guess that is a pretty realistic take on relationships.

Overall, this book is a must read, unique and beautiful.

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  • NikNakbzz
  • overland park, KS, United States
  • 03-10-17

So sweet

If you could sum up Shameless in three words, what would they be?

sweet, cute, sexy

What did you like best about this story?

It is sad but the The characters were fun & flirty.The story was super sweet

What about Stephen Dexter and Brooke Bloomingdale ’s performance did you like?

LOVED! They did such a good job

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

There were many. Teared up a couple times and laughed out loud

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  • nelle
  • Lynn, MA
  • 12-21-16

Matters of the Heart

What made the experience of listening to Shameless the most enjoyable?

Brady and Katherine the unlikely couple with the intense sexual connection

Which character – as performed by Stephen Dexter and Brooke Bloomingdale – was your favorite?

Brady...a man that becomes everything he once thought he never could would be

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Ok, only

Touching story, characters were beautiful but the story was bit long winded, not to impressed with male narration.

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4.5 Shameless Stars

I didn't know what I was getting into when I started this book. But I was pleasantly surprised to say the least.

I enjoyed Brady, so very much his heart is clear to see in every page. He does so much for everyone else, you can’t help but want to be the one to be there for him.

Katherine take on so much as well she has an incredible heart that needs some tender loving. And Brady is just the man for the job. Only no he doesn't and can’t start a new relationship right now.

The loss of loved ones is hard on everyone but its hardest on the ones left behind. And this story really shows some of the struggle with that. I don’t know if I could have held it together the way Brady does. He is a character I look up to.

Loved the narration! It was fabulous both narrators brought this story to life, it felt so real and a book I will recommend.

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

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SO GOOD!!

I loved this book. The Narrators were great. Both had good voices with their male and female parts.
This is my first book by Lex Martin and I will look up more from her.
It was a sweet, fun, easy, and very sexy romance between these two characters.
Not too much BS and yes, you knew what would happen at the end, as these books do have an HEA ending.

I just really liked the pace of this book. It was a sweet slow start for these characters with a perfect build up.
This was a different type of story as Brady, this hunky tattoo guy has to take care of his brother's baby since he and his wife just died from a tragic accident.
The wife's best friend, Katherine is already living at the farm when the accident happens, so when Brady arrives there to take care of all the business and the baby, she helps him in every way! :-)

The steamy scenes are very well done.
Worth a credit and will listen to this one again.

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  • L Hayes
  • 01-20-18

An Adorable Read

This is the first time I've read anything by Lex Martin, but it certainly wont be the last. I loved the complete innocence of this story - two people brought together following the death of people they both care for and a baby both vow to look after in the absence of the parents. A very pleasant read.