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Shattered Beginnings

No Longer Broken Duet, Book 1
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Branch McGuire: Hot, arrogant, and life of the party...

I easily transitioned from high school jock to egotistical playboy. And when the chance to leave Blue Ridge presented itself, I signed on, dropping everything without so much as a second thought. Settling into the lifestyle of a professional athlete, I indulge in the pleasures of my high-profile status. The only nod to my roots is my annual trip for a celebrity spotlight fix, but when I receive a call that forces an impromptu return home, everything I left behind comes barreling to the surface. 

Ragan Prescott: Determined, resilient, and born to a drug addict...

From the outside, my life was that of a free-spirited girl who grew up in a normal household, yet nothing normal happened behind the doors of a house I came to hate. Breaking away from the family dysfunction, I embark upon the life I’ve always wanted in Blue Ridge. But when I fall prey to the charms of a silver-tongued devil, it becomes a life I have to escape. Will a small town hero be my only chance at survival? Will my broken soul mend his? Can our Shattered Beginnings become the fragile pieces from which love is made?

This is book one of the No Longer Broken duet.

©2018 Lilly Wilde Books, LLC (P)2019 Lilly Wilde, LLC

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Cannot get any better than this!!!!!

Just when I thought I couldn’t love a book more than I already do, it comes to life in audio and I am falling in love all over again!!!! My heart is full listening to the wonderful narration of a story that has touched me in so many ways. Branch and Ragan truly have shattered Beginnings in life and you feel they may never be able to put the pieces back together but they do and in doing so they find each other. Together they grow and learn, they lend each other an ear to listen and they push each other’s boundaries beyond any they have ever known. This story, these characters and this incredible amazing author Lilly Wilde truly gave me a book that I will forever hold dear. Hearing this story come to life by Melissa Moran and Aaron Shedlock really is inspiring. Their many different character voices and their emotion in the words they say is absolutely brilliant. I would definitely say it’s one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to and to know that they are already working in the second book makes me the happiest person in the world right now.

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The NFL star & the single mom

Branch, Branch...’the p*$$* whisperer’...I keep vacillating between loving him and hating him! Local boy becomes an NFL superstar and somewhat of a douche...except when dealing with his mom, who battles with mental illness, and little brother. He is still trying to overcome his childhood demons...when he meets Reagan.
Diner waitress, Reagan Prescott, has more emotional baggage than can fit a 4-piece luggage set! Having survived a horrible, abusive stepmother, then an abusive boyfriend, now a single mom Reagan, has returned home to try and make a life for herself and her daughter. Her initial encounters with Branch at the diner are snarky and rude. However, the longer that Branch remains in town, the more intrigued he is with Reagan...and her little girl. But it’s not all roses for this pair...yet...we have to wait for the continuation of their story in book 2.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I have been waiting a long time for this book!

What a great job by Lilly and the narrators. Loved this book and very much worth the wait. Can’t wait until book 2 comes out!

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Just Amazing

If I thought reading this book was amazing, listening to it was even better. Hearing duel voices speak out was like getting more into the story of Branch and Ragan. I just fell in love with them even more. This was my first Audible I've listened too. I will need to listen to the next book now. I loved it.

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A great book and audio!

With immaculate performances by Melissa Moran and Aaron Shedlock, Shattered Beginnings brings an intense story of vulnerabilty, survival and and the collision of two amazing people, Branch and Ragan. Their stories stem from family issues: dysfunctional, cruel, unsupportive, and the love to found in creating your own, alternative family.
The great thing about this book, for me, was that both leads had such strong, compelling back stories. Their meeting is so far from insta love, and I appreciate this. The story is plot rich and engrossing.
The two narrators are excellent. They bring the main, and other characters richly to life. Their voices compliment the characters and have enabled me to listen without once being jolted out of the narrative. I am looking forward to the conclusion of this story! Excellent!

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I want more

I have to say that the male narrator is good. If the second books was on audible I would have bought it. Branch and Reagan come from broken past. You can tell that Reagan and Branch can make each other stronger if they make a team but there is a lot that they have to overcome. I love how complex this story is and different scenarios the author can take the story. This will have you wanting the second book.

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This Duet is a must to read or listen to.

I do not know how you do it Lilly with your writing but this book is Amazing.also the narrators were awesome to listen to. I can not wait to read how this all end with the characters. you have my heart going so fast with this book.. I'm starting to read book #2 now.. thank you for this Amazing book. Electa

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I loved reading this book but listening to it come to life on audible has just been amazing!! Hearing Branch and Regan come to life has just been phenomenal. I can't have enough how much I have fallen in love with Lilly Wilde as an author and this story will just blow you away. I lived this book is how hard it hit me. It's the o e story you can't afford not to read.

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Fantastic book

This is a great story. New author and narrators for me and I am happy to have loved it from start to finish and can’t wait for book two.
The characters in this book are written and performed to feel so realistic and authentic. Those are the best kind of books!
Must read!

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Amazing listen!

Lilly Wilde, what are you doing to me? This book is nothing short of amazing. Shattered Beginnings is a story of tragedy and hurt as lives are slowly rebuilding. Ragan comes home to start a life away from all the dysfunction of her past. The unlikely meeting of ball player, Branch, is something she is not expecting and not ready to deal with. Branch has a reputation and does a find job keeping it alive. But behind that facade lies a damaged man who is trying to deal with his past. Together, Lilly Wilde takes us through the beginning of rebuilding themselves. But is it something they can do together? I loved this first book in the duet. Full of emotionally charged scenes, we get a glimpse of Ragan's strength and how she is working on creating a better life for herself and her daughter. Branch has his own set of issues, and is dealing with his own family. It's a very slow burn, and I love how the story is evolving. Wilde's style of writing is nothing short of exhilarating, keeping me glued to the story, waiting for the next shoe to drop. I loved it and am looking forward to the conclusion of their story.

Aaron Shedlock and Melissa Moran are incredibly talented and putting them together for this narration was the perfect decision. Shedlock can voice that sexy as sin ball player, and infuse emotion like no other narrator I listen to. He can make me feel all of Branch's cockiness and in the next breath his pain. Moran brings us Ragan with resilience, hopelessness and a passion to make a better life. We are there with Ragan as she goes through her life and feel every one of her emotions with the portrayal. Together, these two give us the emotional charge of this book, and keep us listening.

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