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The Closer

By: Leslie Pike
Narrated by: Joe Arden,Maxine Mitchell
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Publisher's summary

Love is not a game Brick Swift wants to play again. 

Heartbreaking memories have a hold on his heart. 

The respected sport agent’s clients have become the sole recipients of his time and attention. 

January Jordan is at the top of her game, negotiating the year’s biggest contract for her Memphis Maverick client. 

Free as a bird, she’s not looking for anyone to fulfill an already satisfying life. 

One chance meeting changes life’s direction and ignites a fire that lights the way. 

Author's notes: This was previously published as Cards of Love: The World and has no new content. 

While this is part of the Swift series, each can be listened to as a stand-alone. Each is about a Swift sibling, but for the best listener experience, listen to them in order. 

©2018 Leslie Pike (P)2022 Leslie Pike
  • Series: Swift, Book 2
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

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The best narrators, and a great series novella!

This was another fun addition to The Swift series - a very quick and easy read (a novella, under 100 pages, under 3 hours audio running time).

The Swifts are a baseball family - all 3 brothers are very involved in the game. We meet all of the brothers in the first book (The Curve), and book 2 (The Closer) follows middle, widowed brother, Brick, as he meets sports agent January Jordan, and they fall quickly and "swiftly" into a whirlwind romance that quickly leads to an HEA and long term thing that neither saw coming. Brick never imagined at his age that he'd find love again, and January is a very independent woman that also never imagined she would need a man or a relationship, but they both discover how great it is to be able to find that in each other.

A great story, not necessary to read The Curve first, but would definitely be helpful (especially since it's also a novella, it's a quick read to get some backstory on Brick and the family dynamic), before picking up book 3 which is longer - The Cannon.

The audiobook is narrated by 2 of my all-time favourites, Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell - and you will never go wrong with anything you pick up that has these 2 names attached!! They are both absolutely brilliant, well suited to the characters, and as always, give beautiful performances. 5-stars to these two!

I highly recommend giving this story a read (a listen!), as well as The Curve, and I can't wait to hear The Cannon, coming very soon.

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Fun & flirty!

Everyone deserves a second chance to find love. Brick and January’s unique love story was sweet and funny and it genuinely warmed my heart. I loved watching Brick open up and I found their cheeky banter entertaining. It’s the kind of story you lose yourself in and you never want to end.

Another successful collaboration between Leslie Pike, Maxine Mitchell, and Joe Arden. Maxine and Joe’s amazing voices brought each one of Leslie’s incredible characters to life.

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Friends to Lovers and Over 40

Book 2 in the series but stands alone wonderfully. If you've read the first book, then you will have a few moments to chuckle at when a nod is given, but you won't feel at all lost if this is your first read.

This is the story of Brick and January, two sports agents in Memphis who are both over 40 and not really looking for a relationship. They have some great banter as they become friends, they overshare multiple times which just brings the heat up on this friends to lovers journey.

Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell do a fantastic job of bringing these characters to life. Joe broke my heart when Brick shared his past with January. There were tears. Maxine has an emotional rollercoaster to take January on as she deals with grief and falls in love.

It's a short audio coming in at just under 3 hours, but it's not short on story. There are laughs, there are tears and the end is so very satisfying.

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Heartwarming and Sizzling Romance!

This quick listen is another sweet, heartfelt, sizzling romance in the Swift family series. Brick and January are an amazing couple. Brick lost his wife and their unborn baby years earlier, and he never thought he would love again. January is a successful sports agent and isn't looking for a relationship. When they have a chance meeting, they have so much in common, they become instant friends. That is the foundation to the sparks that ignite between them, and they are unable to remain 'just friends'. January is everything Brick didn't know he was looking for, and Brick is a sweet, fun, and sexy southern gentleman, she can't help but fall for him too. I loved how their relationship grew and developed along with the help of Bricks' hilarious, quirky, and loving family.
Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell continue to bring this heartwarming and sizzling story to life. They portrayed the fun and flirty banter between Brick and January beautifully while breaking down both of their walls. I enjoyed their performances that made me laugh, smile and swoon all at the same time.

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Sweet novella

Just a quick little novella. Cute, sweet, if you’re into that sorta thing. I appreciate the little inclusion of the next story at the end of the books in this series.

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A Charming sexy Novella but needed to be longer

Brick is the guy you can’t get enough of: A sensitive soul hidden behind an aloof protective façade with a heart of gold. And January is the one who helps him break out of his shell to learn to love again. I loved this story and listened to it in one sitting. Like all of the books in this series it help my attention from start to finish. Yet I wanted it to be longer. I felt there was so much that could have been addressed with Brick’s tragic past that was a missed opportunity. Given his history I thought he would struggle more with a fear of loving again. Even though I thought the story could have been deeper, It was still a great listen and will be on my repeats in the future. Bricks is achingly sweet and romantic and I fell hard for that guy.
Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell are always an awesome pairing. They did not disappoint in this book. That narration duo is always an automatic purchase for me.

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Cute easy listen

This is my first book by this author. I really enjoyed it. Everything happens really quickly but it’s very sweet. Some people just click and these two people do. 💕 After he suffers horrible heartbreak. His family thinks he won’t find love again. Then walks in January. They both don’t see this attraction coming! It was acute story, with a bit of spice and you got to love Joe and Maxine narrating!!

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Perfect!!

I loved Brick and January!! These two sports agents are absolutely perfect together. This book was filled with sweet, steamy, and heartfelt moments. January made Brick want to do more than just go through the motions and was the first woman to spark his interest since losing his wife. Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell were amazing and made this a wonderful listening experience.

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Instant Chemistry

I personally love the narrators on this book. I have listened to many books read by them and always look forward to more... This book was wonderful. Just the right length for Brick and January's story. Instant connection between colleagues. They strike up a friendship that becomes more. Thes two are perfect for each other. Love the build up and WOW they are hot together. Love their HEA.

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Sweet and heartwarming sports romance!

I am loving this Swift series! In this second book in the series, we get Atticus’ brother Brick’s story. Brick has an emotional past and his journey to love was sexy, sweet and heartwarming. I just loved how meeting January healed his heart from the loss in his past. Both he and January are sports agents. While initially neither were looking for anything serious the two connect instantly and it is clear from the beginning that they were always meant to be more.

There simply isn’t anything Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell narrate together that I don’t love. I have said this before and I will say it again Joe is a powerhouse narrator. His voice is smooth and silky in those intimate moments, and raw and emotional during the vulnerable ones. Maxine did a fantastic job as January. Her voice is bright and cheery and I loved her passionate and confident delivery. Such fantastic storytelling!

Bristol (the sister of Atticus and Brick) and Sawyer are up next in The Cannon and I cannot wait to listen to it next.

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