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Publisher's Summary

Stay up all night with this funny, surprising romantic comedy from Audie Award nominee Cara Bastone - scripted exclusively for audio!

It’s officially booty o’clock, I’m alone again in my kitchen choking down a slice of terrible chocolate cake…and I’m pretty sure I just got drunk texted by the man I have a ginormous crush on.

I’ve been daydreaming about Eliot Hoffman’s dimples for two months, and even though I’m sure this was a mistake on his end, it doesn’t mean it’s not an opportunity on mine.

It’s the middle of the night, and I just wanna talk to him. So I text him back.

And then somehow we keep talking…ALL NIGHT. We’re both insomniacs, so talking all night soon turns into talking EVERY night. And talking about nothing soon turns into talking about something. And here we go from in-depth analysis of reality TV to my relationship with my family, to his amazing artwork. There’s no topic we don’t cover....

Except for who I really am.

It’s the only question of his I won’t answer.

As my crush turns into an avalanche of Eliot, I think of him all the time now. But if he knew who I was, the entire house of cards we’ve built this relationship on would come toppling down.

I want him to be mine, but we might never be more than just a sweet dream....

©2021 Cara Bastone (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Cara Bastone is a full-time writer living and writing in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and an almost-goldendoodle. Her goal with her work is to find the swoon in ordinary love stories. She’s been a fan of the romance genre since she found a grocery bag filled with her grandmother’s old Harlequin Romances when she was in high school. She’s a fangirl for pretzel sticks, long walks through Prospect Park, and love stories featuring men who aren’t crippled by their own masculinity.

About the Performer

Chris Brinkley is an experienced narrator, voice-over artist, NCAA Division I broadcaster, radio personality, and emcee. He is known as the voice of Penny Reid’s Winston Brothers Series, narrating and voicing all six brothers in the popular audiobook collection. Brinkley also narrates Reid’s Handcrafted Mystery Series and the Smartypants Romance Green Valley Chronicles. He is currently one of the top storytellers heard on Kevin Costner’s HearHere travel app and is heard weekly on the Curio audio journalism app. He is heard regularly on several documentary series on the History Channel, including D-Day in HD, and also on PBS. He co-produced, wrote, and hosted two nationally syndicated radio shows heard on stations throughout the US.

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Can we get like ten more of these?

I loved Call Me Maybe so much that I think I've listened to it four or five times now and have recommended it to almost everyone I know. Like seriously, it doesn't get much cuter than that story. I was so excited to listen to Sweet Talk, and Cara Bastone didn't disappoint. Chris Brinkley's voice for Eliot was PERFECT (even if I did detect a little southern twang in there??). I would have loved a tiny bit more at the ending, but overall it's a 5 out of 5 for me.

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A FUN-FILLED SWEET EASY LISTEN

Well this listen was a very pleasant surprise because this new to me author has just blown me away with her refreshingly different, fun, easy-flowing, banter-packed storyline. The characters were great, the plot was unique (.. and clean) and the friendly banter, the lowering of walls and the acceptance of each other and their flaws was so natural and sweet. And the very brief angst and anxiety clouds soon parted.. letting sunshine and happy days in once more. The duet-style exchanges during the text and phone conversations felt realistic, heartwarming and fun and the dual POV narration was pure gold. There’s even random sound effects too.

Worth a credit? Yes, it would’ve been.. but yay it’s a totally free title.

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Fun, sweet, laugh out loud romance

Like the first story of this series this book was a fun, sweet, laugh out loud romance and left me wanting more! Once again Cara Bastone's writing hits me right in the feels and honestly getting to hear Elliot's side of the story from his few moments in Call Me Maybe was great! I can not wait for the third installment and till then i will just listen to the first 2 a few more times :)

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Eliot 💕

"I'm stupid in love with this wonderful, gentle, creative, hilarious, kind person..." 💕

Jessie is right, Eliot is the absolute sweetest and most gentle character ever created. I wanted all good things for Eliot Hoffman.

Earlier this year, I read my way through Cara Bastone's "Forever Yours" series and then quickly signed up for Audible just so I could listen to her Audible exclusives. I loved "Call Me Maybe" - which was the cutest and sweetest rom-com ever and I was super excited to listen to Eliot's story.

"Sweet Talk" was not as lighthearted as "Call Me Maybe," but I loved it even more, if that's possible. Eliot and Jessie's story made me swoon and sigh and even cry a little.

Eliot and Jessie have officially become my favorite couple in the "Love Lines" series. Jessie presented such a tough exterior, but had a gooey, marshmallow center and Eliot, well I think I've mentioned how much I loved Eliot, but I will say it again: I LOVED ELIOT. I need all the heroes in romance novels to be like Eliot; kind and respectful and soft and honest.

I also really enjoyed catching a glimpse of Vera and Fred - who continue to be adorable beyond words.

Cara Bastone has a gift for writing romance and I cannot wait for more of the "Love Lines" series

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Worst ever

If you think masculinity is a bad thing then this book is for you Forgive me but I like manly men

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Cara Bastone is 2 for 2!

I loved her first release and love this one as well. I love how this story was told and the narrators. It was a joy listening and highly recommend it. You won't be disappointed especially if you liked the first one.

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An Excellent story

Something "clicks" in the reader's heart when a story is so well balanced. Sometimes, the plot idea is solid, but the characters lack definition, etc... Here everything is exactly right. The result is an endearing, very vivid and exciting love story. The reader is never boredor confused because there is such a solid foundation. My favourite things about Sweet Talk are : the suspense, the plot twists, the dual narrator POV, and the conscious efforts to debunk gender stereotypes and mainstream concepts like "normal" or ""disabled".

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I love this so much!

So, I absolutely love Cara Bastone books. All of them. I couldn’t wait for this one and I love this style. The narrators were perfect and I now have to find more books read by Chris Brinkley bc I’m crushing on his voice. This book didn’t disappoint. I hope she does more because I listened to Call Me Maybe multiple times already. Gah! I’m so sad it’s over. This makes you smile while you listen and I think we all need that.

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I didn’t want it to end!!!

Oh where to start! I fell absolutely in love with the first book Call Me Maybe and Sweet Talk didn’t disappoint. I didn’t want to finish it in a day so I prolonged it as best as I could and will definitely listen to both books again. The production was amazing and I loved the voice actors! I loved the dual narrative and the little background noises that makes it seem like you’re experiencing a movie. The street noises, the footsteps and the phone notifications all of it just elevated the experience for me. I couldn’t get enough of this audiobook and the first one and I hope there are more.

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Another good one by Cara Bastone

Her stories are always so intriguing! Again another wonderful love story woven around a conversation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-13-21

All 5..

Entertaining.. I love the plot.. Easy to read. Nice characters. I've read 'call me maybe' too. I like this story better though that a good listen as well..
worth my time..

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  • Jenny Vidler
  • 03-10-22

another great meet cute!

i like the concept of talking but never meeting and this is another great way to facilitate this trope. i also love that incorporation of characters and events from Cara's other books. super sweet. supercute. but also very grounded in reality. loved it

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  • Eguono Kogoro
  • 02-23-22

Bravo 👏🏾 Bravo 👏🏾 👏🏾 Bravo 👏🏾 👏🏾 👏🏾

Loved it, highly recommended. it was engaging and easy. Loved it Loved it 😍 ❤️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-21

Okay, but Elliot is the cutest

Okay... I finished the book and I'm thorn. Elliott is precious and adorable and I'm pissed he had to go through that trauma because of Jack. And I like Jessie, because I kind of get it, wanting to protect your family, especially when you are used to being the one who needs to fix things. But she still annoys me because you have to draw lines with people sometimes, you must be an asshole because otherwise people get hurt, you get hurt. Of course I am aware that addiction is an disease but that doesn't mean no consequences for your actions. And while it's not Jessie's job to fix her brother or take responsibility for him it still bothers me that things turned out this way. Just watching her struggle but still enable him was really shitty. All in all I liked the story but I wish Jack was a better person because even when he agrees to give himself up, he does it for his sister. Don't get me wrong that's nice but I didn't really see him feeling bad for his actual victim. He feels bad about the situation and feels bad for himself and for his sister but I don't think that's enough for me. My opinion on his character kinda made the ending a tiny bit unsatisfying even though I love the couple.

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  • Summer-lover
  • 08-20-21

Love this!!!

Better than the books I’ve paid for! It’s funny, keeps you hooked, you route for the characters! Definitely worth a listen!

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  • KMS
  • 07-01-22

another great read

Well performed. lovely story ties in well with my previous read. bon soir tous

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  • Tom Dunn
  • 06-06-22

Surprising

I wasn’t sure I like this book, didn’t sound that exciting, but after a couple of chapters I was hooked. It’s fun, light hearted and makes you want to hear more. Well worth a listen !!

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  • Élojolie274
  • 06-05-22

perfect rom com

even after listening it for a 2nd time it's still as entertaining as ever!
loved it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-22

Amazing!

Absolutely loved it!!! Found this after listening to the story about Vera and Cal (Can't remember it's name unfortunately but it was honestly incredible!! ).. This one was just as amazing and i would highly recommend both <3

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  • Kim H
  • 06-04-22

Another great book from Cara Bastone!

This is my second audiobook by Cara and the follow-up to Call Me Maybe. I adored this one just as much as the first! They're both the perfect stories to be told in audio format, were so easy to follow and this one made me smile so much.

I wasn't a massive fan of the fact that we got some of the same story in this one as the last one (repeated lines etc.) but I understand this is because the stories connect and you might not have listened to the first book.

The Actors in this one had to play multiple roles and they managed to demonstrate these really well.

I can't pick my favourite but I did love the cinnamon roll guy with the 'bad girl' element of this one so much! Spectacular performances yet again.

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  • Arathea
  • 10-19-21

Absolutely Addictive

I loved it! This story was funny, sarcastic, heartfelt and full of the best kind of emotional roller coaster feelings.
JB and Elliot are perfect strangers, with the perfect amount of chemistry, and kept me hanging onto every moment.
The relationships in this story are well defined and flow together without conflict. The way each character ties to the next is thoughtful and often double edged.
For a short listen, it is more than enough entertainment and thoroughly worth the hours of sleep I lost clinging to the romantic suspense.
I recommend wholeheartedly.

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  • Mrs C E Whitworth
  • 03-11-22

Absolutely loved this

Absolutely love this book. I just love Chris Brinkley narrating a book. I had a few tears and laughed out loud at parts too. Loved the story line so much.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-25-22

Makes your heart happy.

Aghh, I still have a stupidly huge grin on my face from this book. It's fun, flirty, real, with unique characters who actually communicate their feelings well. It's so good. It seriously makes your heart happy. Instant new favourite book ❤️

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  • kdee
  • 06-20-22

Sweet Story

This is a sweet story with good narration. A story about people with challenges finding love.

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  • Linda D.
  • 06-11-22

Nicely done

I have enjoyed this storyline. It was a well written book. I lovely way to spend an afternoon

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  • Rachel
  • 06-06-22

ehh...

the narrators were good, story was only ok. I liked the difference in how the story was told but I felt like they fell in love for no reason and was playing to hard into the strong female and soft male.

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  • Kym
  • 06-05-22

Cute story!

I loved this story! It was so fun and easy to listen to! Also liked how the guy and gal voices were always done by the guy or gal

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-28-22

what a lovely story ❤️

Enjoyed the link to a previous book. loving the way these books are performed

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-26-22

love

super easy listen. I was a light book but also a great escape. Exactly what I needed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-22-22

Well written, well performed!

I loved the story and the performance done by Lidia Dornet and Chris Brinkley, I just wish there was more detail written when the characters had met in person. I was left wanting. I wanted to feel more emotion in the moment than what I’d actually felt. Putting more detail on what they looked like from each other’s point of view would’ve helped me feel more into the moment. But other than that, I loved how this book linked with “Call me Maybe” (I was suprised after having just finished that book and moving to this one finding out that they are related) and I well enjoyed every part of this book, well done!🔥❤️