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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

She never imagined she'd be widowed before the honeymoon was over.

After being raised in the foster care system, meeting and marrying the love of her life was a dream come true for Jess Bentley. For the first time in her memory, she would have a family of her own. But the dream turns into a nightmare when a drug-crazed thief shoots and kills her husband, leaving Jess alone again, trapped in the depths of despair, and struggling to find a reason to go on.

Knowing he could have prevented the tragedy, there's nothing he won't do to make it right.

Weighed down by guilt, Dan Mulholland is desperate to find a way to make life easier for the widow of the man his brother murdered. When he learns that she's pregnant, and that her father-in-law is threatening to take the child from her, there seems to be only one course of action. Marry her and adopt the baby.

©2014 Kristy K. James (P)2016 Kristy K. James

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The Daddy Pact

I got so involved with the people in this book I need to know if Sam gets with Holly... what happens with Coach..and do Jess and Dan have their own Happy Ever After.

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It felt like something you'd read in the 80's.

This book had a very old feel to it. Like something you'd read in the 80's. The story was very predictable and depressing. I couldn't connect with any of the characters.

The narration was okay, but it lacked emotion. Maybe it is just me—I'm picky about narrators—but I'm in the minority with the other reviewers. So, give it a listen and make your own call on it.

This book was gifted to me and the review freely given.

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Emotional Rollercoaster With Heartwarming Moments

The author did a great job writing this book. It was a gripping story. I felt so many emotions while reading this story. It's a slow building romance after a very tragic event that brought together two people in the most unlikely way.

The narrator did a great job bringing the story to life. The story starts in a very difficult moment in Jess life. She had just gotten married and her husband was killed before their honeymoon was even finished. She is alone with thoughts of vengeance and when she is unable go after the man that murder her husband she decides to take matters into her own hands and perhaps end her own life.

Dan feels responsible for his brother's actions. He had tried to reach out for money but Dan shut him down because he knew it was to buy drugs.

The book has a HEA conclusion. Two unlikely people come together after a terrible tragedy and fall in love with each other.

Dan is such a sweetheart I couldn't help but fall in love with him as well. So many obstacles stand on their way and he does what he can to help Jess.

**This audiobook was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion**

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A 7 Star Story

To begin with the perfect narrator for this story is the least I can say. Jess, Emmy, Dan, Emmy's husband, Dan's friends and Dan's family all make this a lively, complex, and wonderful story. I loved Coach because he instilled life long ethics in his boys.

Dan just wants to help Jess who's husband was killed on the last night of their honeymoon by Dan's drug crazed brother. What follows is a story of redemption, tragedy, love, and happiness, as well as forgiveness. Worth the credit.

I recieved this book in exchange for an honest review via adiobook blast.

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Great read

The Daddy Pact by Kristy K. James was a good read. Jess’ husband was murdered when they returned home from their honeymoon. Dan feels to blame for Jess’ husband murder because he didn’t help his brother who pulled the trigger. Now he feels the need to take care of her. I loved reading this book.

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Good Love Story

Dan's brother killed Jess husband and she discovers she is pregnant by her dead husband and his father wants the child because he feels that she is beneath them. Dan feels guilty and states that he is going to marry her. Good Narration. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Awesome, loving book

This is an amazing audio, the narrator was very well done. This is a must listen to book.

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A nice love story

I enjoyed this story a lot, and I’m a sucker for a good romance! I received this audible credit free in exchange for a review. The characters were endearing and likable. The progression of the story was natural. Daniela did a great job with the narration. I enjoyed it.

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Beautiful, hopeful and heartwarming love story

This is my first Kristy K. James's book. It's a beautiful, hopeful and heartwarming love story! This is also my first Daniela Acitelli's listening. The narration of the emotional scene in the beginning makes me shiver! Very great narration! Dan's handsome and so protective and Jess's so strong. I've appreciated my listening.

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Good narration but the story fell short.

Kristy K James is a new-to-me author. I had no expectations when I started this book but reading the blurb, I knew I would be listening to some tough topics.

There were parts that I did like but overall, this was a less than average read for me. The book was apparently first published in 2011 but the attitudes, clothes and setting felt at times like the story took place in the 80s.

I struggled with the appearance/disappearance of key characters for long lengths of time. They only seem to make an entrance when the author can't figure out how to make the relationship progress without external influences.

Finally, the amount of drama these characters must wade through is beyond credible. I didn't believe in the story and that makes it difficult to appreciate.

Even though the story was not for me, I did enjoy Daniela's narration. The female/male characterisations were well spoken. Emotion was conveyed as required.

This review copy audiobook was provided by the narrator free of charge