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Taking the Leap

By: Kristen Ashley
Narrated by: Wesley Paul,Jennifer Mack
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Publisher's summary

From New York Times best-selling author Kristen Ashley comes the new book in her River Rain series, Taking the Leap.

Alexandra Sharp has been crushing on her coworker John “Rix” Hendrix for years. He’s her perfect man, she knows it.

She’s just not his perfect woman, and she knows that, too.

Then Rix gives Alex a hint that maybe there’s a spark between them, that if she takes the leap, she might be able to fan into a flame. This leads to a crash and burn, and that’s all shy Alex needs to catch the hint never to take the risk again.

However, with undeniable timing, Rix’s ex, who broke his heart, and Alex’s family, who spent her lifetime breaking hers, rear their heads, gearing up to offer more drama. With the help of some matchmaking friends, Rix and Alex decide to face the onslaught together....

As a fake couple. 

©2022 Kristen Ashley (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

Publisher's summary

From New York Times best-selling author Kristen Ashley comes the new book in her River Rain series, Taking the Leap.

Alexandra Sharp has been crushing on her coworker John “Rix” Hendrix for years. He’s her perfect man, she knows it.

She’s just not his perfect woman, and she knows that, too.

Then Rix gives Alex a hint that maybe there’s a spark between them, that if she takes the leap, she might be able to fan into a flame. This leads to a crash and burn, and that’s all shy Alex needs to catch the hint never to take the risk again.

However, with undeniable timing, Rix’s ex, who broke his heart, and Alex’s family, who spent her lifetime breaking hers, rear their heads, gearing up to offer more drama. With the help of some matchmaking friends, Rix and Alex decide to face the onslaught together....

As a fake couple. 

©2022 Kristen Ashley (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

About the Performer

Wesley Paul is the pseudonym of voice actor Ryan Desrosiers. Ryan is an accomplished narrator in the genres of romance, erotica, nonfiction, and other genres. He is also a seasoned professional in many other voice-acting genres, including commercials and animation. He was trained as an actor at the Theater Lab School for the Performing Arts in Washington DC..

About the Performer

Jennifer Mack is known for her portrayal of feisty females in the thriller, young adult, contemporary romance, and erotic audiobook genres. She enjoys bringing life to the characters on the page and giving each one a distinct personality. She spends her spare time riding horses and embarking on camping adventures across the country.

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Love KA - female narrator awful

This will be the first review I’ve written after purchasing over 1,000 books. I love KA and often re-listen to her books but won’t be doing that with this one. I almost stopped listening after the first chapter. Story is good but the female narrator is dreadful! Rix’s voice is cringe worthy and goofy. Why in the world hire a female narrator that can not perform male voices for a romance! The series is a good one and I’ll purchase the next unless it’s this narrator.

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It wasn't horrible.. but!

Ok, maybe I'm expecting too much from Ms. Ashley but this book was just ok for me! Had I read this series before all my favorites by this author (the Burg, Colorado Mountain, Chaos etc) I might but have found it more appealing. However, compared to those, really good, well written books with great storylines and well developed characters this book and the others in the River Rain series just seem run of the mill to me! It seems like I've read these characters and this same plot in so many other romance novels! I much prefer when Ms. Ashley writes about older characters who have more life experience..she writes them so well! The day this book dropped into my kindle I had just finished listening to Sweet Dreams for about the fifth time...love the Colorado Mountain series...then opening and listening to this latest offering, well, big difference in both style and content, I was disappointed! Sorry Ms. Ashley, still love you for the books you've given us in the past...but not this one!

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Where's Stella Bloom et al

Love KA and her River Rain series but was seriously disappointed in these new narrators. There opposite gender voices were terrible and the same gender barely tolerable. Everyone sounded like a wimp or a cartoon character.

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Love this series

Love all of it except the narrators. Male is too nasal and the female does this over-pronunciation of the letter T that is really annoying. I think she was attempting an upper crust thing but it failed.

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Narration

Great story. Sadly, the female performer has an odd pronunciation quirk that kept distracting me from the story.

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Huge KA fan but these narrators aren’t it!

This is the first review I have ever written after hundreds of book downloads, over many years. I’m compelled because this is the first time narration attempts to ruin a book.

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Love KA’s books, but the narration was very disappointing!. Not Susannah Jones, that’s for sure!

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Love Kristen Ashley

I love K.A. ‘ s books. Just not all of them. Including this one and it’s predecessor. Maybe because I’m in my forties and this was like reading a teenagers book. I will continue to purchase her books. Sorry K. A. No hard feelings just not one of my favorites.

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The F word definitely was overused. It got really old. Other than that, I enjoyed the story.

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Loved it

Loved the pace of this, loved the chemistry, loved how their stories unfolded. Loved the interaction between friends. Just plain loved this awesome fake fiance genre interpretation all the way around.

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