Stiff Drink: Arthur Duet, Book 1

Runaway Billionaires, Book 2
Narrated by: John Lane
Series: Runaway Billionaires, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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Genevieve is a lawyer, not a babysitter, and certainly not a dog trainer. 

She is just about to become a full barrister, a British litigating attorney, when her law mentor dies unexpectedly. She is shuffled off to another barrister, one who’s nothing at all like her kind and decent former mentor, and then she is assigned the office’s worst case: Arthur Finch-Hatten, six feet and four inches of ripped, loaded, hot English nobleman who is wasting his life and his inherited estate so audaciously that his younger brother is suing him for control of their family’s earldom. There is a darn good chance that Arthur will lose everything, even his crazed, badly behaved puppy. 

Unless he shapes up. 

Gen’s new boss hasn’t been able to convince Arthur to mend his ways. His uncle’s lectures haven’t had any effect on his depraved debauchery and lavish lifestyle. 

The only way for Genevieve to make partner is to win Arthur’s case, and the only way to win his case and save his earldom is to keep him from spending his days hungover in bed and his nights pouring Cristal on drunk, naked women before flying off in his private jumbo jet to the next party. 

Arthur is enough to make any woman need a stiff drink. 

©2017 Terri Kenyon (P)2019 Terri Kenyon

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Oh, please, may I have some more??

Entitled wastrel vs. desperate Texas law student? Gen is a zaftig British law student with a lilting Texas twang. She desperately needs to curb Lord Severn's lavish tendencies to ultimately get offered a tenancy, stave off probable bankruptcy and support her critically ill Mum. Arthur, always at his Majesty's service, has a calling far higher than simply as Lord Severn. It's simple. He's a wastrel that can not be reformed. This story is excellent in print and e-book form; but it is superb when John Lane's voice curls around your ear drums and throbs along with your sighs. Trust me. Shut your eyes, What an experience. Oh my, I can't wait to see what happens next. Where will this cracking duo of Gen & Arthur be thrown next? The line: " please sir, may I have more?" keeps reverberating in my head. As I'm sure it will in yours.

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Oh, he’s good.

Arthur and Gen are one of all-time favorite couples because they are both so much MORE. Gen is more than a damsel in distress and Arthur is more than a rakish knight in shining armor. Pair this story with a 5star performance from John Lane and you’ve got yourself a must-listen. The first time Mr. Lane did Arthur’s deep sexy voice I literally got a chill down my spine. Don’t miss this one!

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Entertaining

Blair Babylon is a relatively new author to me and I am thankful that she was recommended to me. John Lane, the narrator certainly brought Stiff Drink to life for me and had me swooning on numerous occasions. His voice was spot on in my opinion for Arthur Finch-Hatten and I enjoyed the variety of voices he used multiple characters.
 
We first met Arthur and Maxence in Cash’s story in Working Stiff and I loved them both so I could not wait to dive in to this one.

Stiff Drink is a hot, steamy, at times funny and spicy book which had me totally invested from the first to the last chapter.

Genevieve(Gen) is a lawyer who inherits Arthur’s case. They will test one another’s boundaries as Gen struggles to keep Arthur out of the tabloids and thereby save his earldom and her career; it certainly led to some fun times. This book was well written, witty, romantic, intriguing and all in all a great book to listen to.
 
This is book one in the duet so you have been warned and I anxiously await it’s conclusion.

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Fantastic audio performance of a great book!

Stiff Drink is the first audiobook I've listened to performed by John Lane and it just blew me away. It's been nearly three years since I've read and reviewed Stiff Drink and I'm having trouble finding the words to say how much I loved hearing the different voices that John did for this story. I'm not British so I have no idea if the accents he uses are accurate but they are panty-melting dreamy in my opinion.

I was so impressed that I immediately went looking for more books read by him to add to my wish list. That really is a huge compliment from me because these days I mostly only listen to MM (male-male) books unless they are ones written by favorite MF authors, like Blair Babylon.

Below is a copy of my original review back in March 2017 with minor changes for the audiobook.

It's a little hard for me to explain how much and why I like books by Blair Babylon. As a general rule, I hate books with cliffhangers (please don't stop reading yet) but her stories are so compelling I just can't stay away from them and – this is important – she doesn't make you wait more than a few months for the next book. In the case of this story, the next book will also be the conclusion to Arthur and Gen story. Because I appreciate it when other reviewers mention a book has a cliffhanger, I feel compelled to do the same but I implore you to give her books a chance.

She is a superb storyteller. Her writing is witty, funny, tear-inducing, snarky (at times) and she uses words that challenge my vocabulary. Her Billionaires in Disguise: Rae series remains one of my all-time favorite books (alas, it's not available as an audiobook).

Now for something about Stiff Drink. We met Arthur in Working Stiff (Casimir's story and also available as an audiobook) and I have to say he didn't come off too well. (You don't need to read Working Stiff to enjoy Stiff Drink as it stands alone with no problem.) Stiff Drink contains several surprises about Arthur and we learn that not everything is as it seems.

Once I started listening to Stiff Drink I couldn't stop and I had so many others things I should have been listening to first (review copies from other authors). I fell in love with Gen's character, too. She's trying so hard to be British and give up the Americanisms that hamper her climb up the career ladder. Arthur is helping her with that project and they come to work very well together.

This story made me laugh out loud in several places and shed tears in others. This kind of reaction from me is exactly what I look for in a good book and Blair always delivers just what I need. I nearly forgot to mention that the sexual tension between Arthur and Gen is absolutely delicious!

A complimentary copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author and/or narrator.

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This book has it all!

One of my all time favorite stories! This book is brilliant as it is a Regency romance, with a bit of spy novel, all rolled into a contemporary romance of two strong willed characters. I love the character build-up, both in their backstories and interactions. Arthur and Gen have such depth and nuance I want to move to London to be their friends. And John Lane brings it all to life with his smooth and sexy delivery!
I truly can not wait to dive into part two and find how it all concludes!!

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I needed more

I am not going with the majority on this story. It’s not that I didn’t like it but it really had no purpose..meaning nothing got resolved. I like Arthur and Gen. we learn about them in detail except what needs to stay hidden. Each has a problem the other can help with. But the problems don’t get resolved here. They get worked on. I did love the intrigue and the whole tussles with the brother. But frankly I needed more answers and something to make me want to listen to part 2.

I did listen to this on audio. John Lane was the narrator.

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Fantastic Story

I love this series. Miss Babylon is a master story teller. I can't wait for the next book.

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Bad boy Player meet down to earth Gal

He on a long road bender when court case comes up When his lawyer tries keep him out of trouble it seem more trouble comes up between the "babysitting" and trouble with his family that land him in spot light more then he wished. What happen btween them and the world they live in is .......Listen to find out very excellent story with HEA

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l struggle with audiobooks but..

this book was awesome! I made time to listen. I loved Arthur and Gen! I found myself talking back to the characters quite often too. I was very invested. I loved the narrator, John Lane! I didn't want this book to end. Thank you Blair!

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Loved It!!!

Blair Babylon is one of my all time favourite authors in ebook format. The Runaway Billionaires series is connected to her Billionaires in Disguise and Rockstars in Disguise series as well. Now that she has delved into the audiobook world I am hooked. John Lane provided a stellar narration for the first of Arthur's books in the duet. Gen and Arthur came alive in the audio and I am greatly looking forward to Hard Liquor when it is made available.

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  • Sara B
  • 02-05-20

Fantastic

Stiff Drink, the second book in the Runaway Billionaires series, is a riveting contemporary romance. Blair Babylon is an exceptional author, she captivates you with her fantastic plot and characters, you'll never know what comes next. The storyline is fun, romantic, and utterly engaging, it captured my attention from the start to the end. I'm completely charmed by the characters, Arthur and Genevieve (Gen). Arthur is an extravagant, handsome playboy, English Earl with a devil-may-care attitude and secrets. Gen, an intelligent American lawyer with trust issues, who is retained to fight the suit against Arthur's earldom. Gen has the burden of expectation and duty to family, Arthur, is on opposite ends of the spectrum. The dynamics between them are intriguing, the battle of wills between these two headstrong characters is wholly enthralling. Can they find balance, passion, and love amidst a legal battle that can take everything from them?

The narration by John Lane is excellent. He captured the nuances of the characters' personalities and emotions perfectly, bringing them to life. I can't wait to dive into the third book in the series, Hard Liquor. I strongly recommend this audiobook. I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Toula eliopoulos
  • 01-16-20

This audio will wet your lips and ears

Book 2 in the is series . Blairs story will have hooked till the end . It’s addictive. Blair knows how to write strong hero’s , full of humour and Honor . Arthur is an Earl living in London . Arthur life is full of mystery , covering his tracks , only when he wants to be in the newspaper trying to be scandalous, not for the reason everyone thinks .
Arthur has a court case coming up , his brother is trying to take the earldom away from Arthur. Saying he’s a wasteful man . Gen work is to defend Arthur. Gen purpose to to keep Arthur out of the Rag newspaper showing everyone he likes to do things scandalous.
Gen and her boss thinks that Gen posing as Arthur’s girlfriend will calm things down . Little do they know what Gen is getting herself into . Arthur is slowly changing what Gen sees herself and herself worth as .
Arthur finds a way to hack into his brother’s phone to see what his brother has up his sleeve . What is Arthur’s true purpose, why does he need to keep on being an Earl. Does Gen see herself as a strong attractive women now . Arthur is called away to a secret mission. What is it. You will find out in the next story.

John Lane performance was fantastic. John was perfect as Arthur. His London accent doing all the characters was smooth and strong

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  • V S.
  • 01-14-20

What a voice, and what a story!!

Loved this. The narrators voice is soooo good, and matches the sexy, intrigue in the story. The story is the first of 2 books which will cover the whole of Arthur's story, so this does only include the first half of the story.... You will definitely want part 2!!!! A rip-roaring story of spies, royals and sex... Enjoy! I did.

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  • Debbie, 1970, UK
  • 01-10-20

Sensuall Playful & Intense. Intrigue & Betrayal.💥

Sensually Playful & Intense.🔥😍 Full Of Intrigue & Familial Betrayal.💔😢💥

Unabridged Audible Audiobook 🎧
Stiff Drink: Arthur Duet, Book #1
Runaway Billionaires, Book #2
By: Blair Babylon
Narrated by: John Lane
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins

I was captivated by the narrator's voice in this story. It kept me completely riveted throughout, mind you the whole story is so gripping so it's no surprise!!🙏😍

Lord Arthur Finch-Hatten, Earl of Severn is being sued for his Earldom & billions by his younger brother, Christopher. Christopher & the press, all suggest that Arthur is squandering his money on sex, extravagant spending, travel & drugs!😳 Everything on the surface points to this being the truth but as we peek behind the curtain it's more than clear that Arthur is using his 'Cad & Wastral' tags as a cover of some sort!😱

Genevieve Ward is a British born, American raised, Barrister in training. Her sponsor in her Law Offices recently died so she's assigned a new one. They're both at a loss how to reign Arthur in. Octavia threatens to drop his case, which he's not at all happy about. In a desperate move, Gen suggests she becomes his pretends girlfriend, to try & curtail his bad habits & galivanting. To her utter shock they both agree!!🙈😲😂 Over time a true & trusted friendship grows between Arthur & Gen. She comes to see how deeply kind and clever he is. How much Spencer House, it's people, contents & grounds truly mean to him, he loves them all, and how absolutely loyal he is to Crown & Country. She just can't mesh that side of him with the frivolous one that world knows!😒

After a couple of seemingly unrelated incidents, months later, Arthur is out of sorts. She even risks her career by using a 'honey pot' technique to try & get him to talk.😉🔥 It doesn't work but he suddenly seems fearful & wants to settle the Law Suit at all costs!!😲💥

What can possibly have happened to have shaken the unshakeable Lord?? Is his life in danger? Is her's, his families?? Aargghhh I need the next book NOW!!🙏 💕
I adored the gradual build up of this couple, of how compassionate & caring he is with her. I also love his unwavering loyalty to his friends & the Crown.👑💙 Gen is a spit fire when she's riled up. I have a feeling she & Arthur are going to need that side of her in the concluding book.😔😢 I am absolutely *not* a fan of either Christopher or Elizabeth!!😡 They both seem like users that are out for themselves, for differing reasons I think?!😒👎

I highly recommend this Audiobook 🎧 Its completely riveting and worth all of the stars!!🌟

Debbie, 1970, UK