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Strictly Off Limits

By: Jessica Hawkins
Narrated by: Melissa Barr
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Alexandra James gave up her spring break for an offer she couldn't refuse: a week-long job that would earn her enough money to buy her way out of a broken heart. But if she thought her new boss would let her off easy because he's her father's best friend, she couldn't have been more wrong.

Dean Brittany demands perfection from his employees, but none more so than his new temp, since correcting her mistakes seems to fuel his unexpected attraction to her. Unfortunately for him, 18-year-old Alexandra is strictly off limits.

Strictly Off Limits is a forbidden romance novella originally published in the Forbidden Fruit Anthology, Volume 1 (no longer available). It's a quick listen.

©2014 Jessica Hawkins (P)2015 Jessica Hawkins
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  • Categories: Erotica

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Ehhh... no.

Brief overview: 18-year-old girl and 50-year-old friend of her father's "connect" over spring break while she is working as his temporary assistant. I'm not entirely opposed to the premise although even for me, who loves age gap romances, this age gap was a bit much. The author really would have had to sell me on their connection which just didn't happen. Add in the kink element--he spanks her with no discussion of what might happen and whether or not a sexual relationship with him is something she wants--and this was a big hell no. I mean, don't get me wrong, it's short and hot if you can get past that. I aged her up to a 25-year-old grad student in my head to get through it. Plus the fact that this man is a friend of her father's and the only way this was addressed at all was the heroine saying, "I don't care what anyone thinks." Erm. No. You're going to need to give me a lot more than that to get me to buy THAT HEA. All in all, this reads more like erotica. And erotica written for older men at that. I don't think I need to try this author again, at least not when I'm in the mood for a romance novel. This is more than forbidden/taboo. This is creepy, coercive grooming and I'm not into it. Also the narration was pretty bad. Shrug.

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Who is this narrator??

I was two minutes in and had to turn it off. Is this person just learning to speak English? Horrible narration and I will now make sure any audible book I purchase does not use her!

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  • DK
  • 02-28-16

Candy For the Ears-No More, No Less-Enjoy! ♥



Alexandra is suffering from a broken heart, her boyfriend has just broken up with her and going to Mexico for spring break. As the "dumped" part of the couple Alexandra ops not to go. She has a plan to get her boyfriend back and it includes a $900 dress! (2016)

Fortunately, Alexandra's dad knows that HIS best friend, Dean, needs a temp for a week or so during spring break. It is the perfect opportunity for her to earn enough to cover the dress. The dress her ex will see her in and beg for her to take him back.

Alexandra is not used to Dean in his business sense. So it is a complete surprise to her that the man she is working for demands formality, even though he has known her for her entire life.

Things move quickly from the option of being a temp or a little bit more to Dean. What will Alexandra decide? Okay, we all know what she's going to do!

This is a short, light read, perfect for an afternoon on the beach or on a February day in New England. There is no deep plot to keep track of. I liken this to a box of chocolates. You know that they are so good, and you should only have just one, but before you know it, half of the box is gone! Strictly Off Limits is candy for the ears. Nothing heavy, but also enjoyable.

The narration is good. I was impressed with her ability to portray both male and female characters in a believable way. There are very few narrators that can tell the story without being distracting. Melissa Barr is one of them

If this is your first experience with Jessica Hawkins, I encourage you to listen to her
The Cityscape Series. It is a masterful trilogy that I could not wait for each book to come out!

Notes: 18+ For language and mature themes and talk of BDSM.

Stars: I'm rating this in the "Candy for the Ears" category… Four stars across all categories.
If you are looking for something deep and dramatic, you may disagree with my review.

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*I was provided a copy of this recording in exchange for my review.

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Disliked.

The narrator is good but I disliked the story she had to read.

I usually don’t mind a large age gap between the hero and heroine if they prove to be compatible. But this story left me feeling dirty. And it’s all because of the hero’s personality and entitlement.

I just could not like the way the much older unrepentant hero seduced his best friend’s teenage daughter in his employ. Sorry, I found him selfish and duplicitous (what he did in the heroine’s parents’ home was unacceptable to me) and he was the antithesis of “hero.” No self-control and no redeeming features. The heroine was naïve, but then again, she was only a teen. She had a good excuse.

I listened to STRICTLY OFF LIMITS as a taster for this author’s writing. It’s hard to judge a writer from a novella or short story sometimes because story quality can suffer from the small word limit.

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What a fantastic little short

Jessica Hawkins is a very talented writer, there is no questioning that but I didn't know how much could fit into such a short little novella. Well let me tell you, ALOT!

Not only was it super hot🔥🔥🔥, Jessica also got a very fun and flirty, taboo story. Definitely a summer must read.

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Short steamy story

This was a super short but steamy story about a young girl and older man. Super hot. I like the narrator’s voice, but she almost sounded like Siri reading; she often put the accent on the wrong word in a sentence and her speech was very stilted.

I recommend it it, but only for a discounted price, not a credit. It’s too short for a credit.

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Sexual Temp

This is a very poor story about a young girl working as a temp in a high powered office.

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NOT WORTH THE CREDIT.

I am glad this was in the Romance Package becuse it wouldn't had been worth the credit. the only thing that I would say that was positive about this book was the Narrator was really good!!!

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Meh

Thank God this was a short story. I dont know if I would have been able to stomach this relationship between the two of these characters for too long. The age difference was pretty big and the whole best friends 18 year old daughter....ummm it was a bit much. Maybe if she was a bit older.... I'm far from a prude but dayumm. She was barely out of high school.

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disappointing

Struggled to finish. Skipped alot of the story. Waste of a credit. Don't know if I would read from this author again

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