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The Bangover

Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (153 ratings)

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Note to self - do not bang your best guy friend in the limo on the way to the swanky Vegas hotel.

I give myself very good advice. Too bad I suck at taking it.

If only Colin and I hadn't drunk so much whiskey, if only I'd kept that red bikini in my suitcase, if only his evil ex-girlfriend hadn't come sniffing around making me feel territorial and protective.

Not that my bad boy rock star best friend is any help. Walking around looking ridiculously sexy, telling me I'm perfect in that panty-melting voice of his when we both swore we’d never do anything to put our friendship at risk. And Colin never breaks a promise.

But then, he has no idea I’ve secretly been in love with him for years.

I guess I should just enjoy the ride, but I can’t stop thinking about what happens with this vacation ends and I head home alone, nursing one hell of a bangover....

©2019 Lili Valente (P)2019 Lili Valente

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This was just magically delicious!! Fantastic!

Fantastic friends to lovers romance!!

I was listening to this while working. Oh my, did I blush a lot. Love scenes and sexual arousal are so much dirtier when they're read out loud. And Lili and Jason were...are fantastic narrators!! So good!

Colin and Kirby have been best friends since he joined her school. Colin was a musical prodigy who became a rock star. A rock god. Awkward teen years blossomed into hot, hot, hot. Kirby (or as Colin has nicknamed her Larry) is an author. She tends to hermit a lot in her writing cave. She is much more comfortable close to home and out of the spotlight. Although, she is a successful writer, so sometimes she is not so out of the spotlight as she may wish. They know each other best. And they find themselves single at the same time for once and a drunken makeout session leads to a flight to Vegas and a much more interesting trip to than either had really intended, beyond using one another to break a dry spell (Kirby) and sustain the other before an intentional dry spell (Colin).

This story is more than two friends scratching each others itch. It has humor, heart, friendship, the most adorable cat named Murder, questionable exes, adoring fans, and two leads who realize there is more to their friendship than either was willing to admit. Lots more. All the feels!

Jason and Lili voiced these two (and the rest of the crazy cast) fantastically. Lili is not only a fantastic author but a great narrator too.

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One of my favorites!

The story. The characters. They are perfect. Wish all books could be like this one! It had me in love from under the porch with action, sex and a crazy good ending! 100% Recommend!

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Friends to lovers with some twists

I loved Kirby aka Larry and Colin's story. They had been best friends for years and had underlined feelings for each other. When they finally let their hearts rule their heads those feeling came out. This story has lots of little twists along with it including crazy ex's and a psycho cat that is very protective of his human. There are times you may want to shake Kirby for being too naive but her character doesn't get out much so she is somewhat sheltered from the world. She is also dealing with PTSD so I can see where that would affect her decision making skills. All in all I loved the story.

Narration is the key in an audio book and Jason Clarke is fantastic as always. We are treated with having the author also narrate this book and I love listening to Lili Valente. She has the perfect perky voice that this character needed to be believable. Also since she wrote the book she puts the emphasize where she intended it to be in her narration of the story. I enjoyed listening to both.

I enjoyed this book and recommend it.

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Amazing narration!

Lili Valente is (in my opinion) the queen of friends to lovers rom-coms! Her books never let me down when it come to great characters with lovable qualities and steamy interactions. Kirby and Colin have been best friends since childhood and fame and success hasn't done anything to pull them apart so a little "friends with benefits" should hurt anyone...right?
And with that thought in mind so begins the crazy, sexy and at times dangerous adventure in Vegas.
Jason Clarke and Lili Valente do an amazing job narrating Colin and Kirby, they bring humor and emotion to the characters that make it so much fun to listen to.

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to the point

If you are a get to the point sort of person you may find this a bit frustrating. there is a lot of drama and it does goes on a bit. However, the chemistry between the main characters is really nice.

Narration was fantastic. Who couldn't listen to Jason Clarke all day.

Worth the credit. a fun listen.

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Will what happens in Vegas stay in Vegas??

Jason Clarke & Lili Valente = Narration on point!!! Not only is Lili an amazing writer but she can narrate/act too! I loved this when I read it but listening to it amped up my enjoyment even more. I totally adore this laugh out loud, sweet sexy story about Colin and Kirby (aka Larry), two best friends that finally take the leap to add benefits. And in Vegas to boot! Colin is a rock star and Kirby is an author and they've both been secretly crushing on each other for years. Will what happens in Vegas really stay in Vegas for these two besties? Lili is one of my go-to RomCom gurus who never ever disappoints; I always know I am going to be thoroughly entertained and satisfied between all the funny, crazy and swoony moments encased in such a fun story. There is so much more happening in this book than I could have imagined between Kirby's angry cat Murder, a creepy coffin, crazy exes (yes plural), sweet moments, sexy times and very humorous banter and shenanigans.
Snatch this one up, you will absolutely love it!!

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Loved Lili and Jason together!

The Bangover is Lili Valente's newest hilarious best friends to lovers romance. I have read every word Lili has ever written and she never fails to entertain me with the laughs, the tears, the heat and the fun! I especially loved this story of two best friends falling for each other. Colin the sexy rockstar, Kirby the quirky writer. They seem like opposites on paper, but they have been through a lot in their friendship. It's been purely hands off until some whiskey and a spontaneous trip to Vegas. Two friends can bang each other in Vegas and then resume their normal lives, right? Oh, so wrong! Crazy cats, exes, sexy swim suits and hot sexy times are just what Kirby and Colin need to show them sometimes what you've always wanted has been right in front of you the entire time. I loved this story! I laughed out loud, teared up, got mad, smiled and felt hopeful! Colin was sexy, sweet and said all the right things. Kirby was adorable and smart and so funny! I loved the secondary characters and I hope to see more from them!

Narration: I LOVED this narration. Lili is such a talented author and narrator. I love that she narrates her own words because you can tell how much she loved writing this story! She and Jason are perfection together!

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Funny and hot friends to lovers book

There’s so many friends to lovers stories out there and I love them all. Really enjoyed Kirby and Colin’s story and was surprised and entertained by this book. I don’t know how I missed the fact that Lili Valente is also an author. I know, where have I been 😳 I really enjoyed the twists in this book and thought that I had it figured out as to who was stalking Colin and Kirby but was surprised.

The narration on this book is amazing and really made me feel the characters as if they were alive and experiencing the story at the same time I was.

I honestly went through my audiobooks seeing how many more I have with Lili narrating because I enjoyed her very much in this book. And Jason Clarke can do no wrong in my opinion. Loved this book.

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A fun twist on a friends to lovers story!

I listened to the prequel "Friends with Bang-i-fets" at the end of the Hitched audiobook (Hitched is by Pippa Grant and Lili Valente - high recommend this series!), so of course, I knew I had to see where this story went. And I have to say, it was not what I expected! I was thinking it would be a predictable friends-to-lovers story, and although it certainly had the trope down, the plot itself was very unexpected and fun! Some mystery and other shenanigans for sure, as these two friends take a week off in Vegas to see what happens, then go back to their "normal" lives afterwards (although really, how "normal" are the lives of a major author and rockstar?). The story was fun, with lots of twists and turns! I always enjoy narration by Jason Clarke, but Lili Valente is a new-to-me narrator. She was excellent, and I would definitely pick up an audiobook read by her again! Overall, I would recommend this audiobook for a fairly light (but with a heavy dash of crazy lol) listen by two great narrators.

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awesome listening I enjoyed this very much.

loved it hope to more from these two I wish they made a second book

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 10-14-19

awesomeness 💖💖

this was a fabulous story .of course i loved the main character and the dangerous cat of hers . loved the narrator s they were brillant . definitely worth a read or a listen too .. perfect 💖👄💖👄💖