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The Husband Gambit

By: L.A. Witt
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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Marry me for one year. Payment: $1.2 million.  

Hayden Somerset is convinced the ad is a joke, but he responds anyway because, hello, $1.2 million. He’s broke, living in a tiny apartment with two roommates, and exhausted from praying his ancient car survives just one more week. His skyrocketing rent and crushing student loans aren’t helping either. At this point, there isn’t much Hayden wouldn’t do for that kind of cash.

The ad isn’t a joke. Jesse Ambrose is absolutely serious. His father, the charismatic patriarch of a powerful Hollywood dynasty, has his eye on politics, and he’s counting on California’s liberals and progressives to elect him. But Jesse knows what his father believes when cameras and voters aren’t around. 

As the election looms, he’ll do anything to force the man’s hand and show the public who Isaac Ambrose really is. Anything, including marrying a stranger, so his father will make good on his promise to disown Jesse if he ever takes a husband.  

Now he just has to wait for his father to take the bait...and try not to accidentally fall in love with his fake husband.

©2018 L.A. Witt (P)2019 L.A. Witt

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Likable characters, solid narrators

Don’t let the initial premise of this story put you off. Yeah OK, generally if I heard that a story was going to be about someone who answered an anonymous Internet ad for a paid husband impersonator, I would roll my eyes and put the book aside, unread. The only reason that I even gave this book a shot is because LA Witt’s Best work is creative, funny, emotionally engaging and worth re-reading more than once. Because of this, I gave The Husband Gambit a try, despite the initially uninspiring premise, and I’m glad I did. The author deals head on with the ludicrousness of anyone actually doing what Hayden does at the beginning of the book, and in typical fashion does so with humor and insight. As a result, I was able to suspend disbelief and keep reading, without getting mentally stuck on the fact that anyone who answers an Internet ad like that is really too stupid to live.

This is a slow burn romance. Witt’s books are frequently filled with smoking hot sex scenes, and while there are a few of those in this book, they occur mostly toward the end, and occupy a smaller fraction of the story than is typical for this author. The majority of the story centers around how these two characters come together emotionally, and grow as individuals. Both Hayden and Jessie are likable, thoughtful people whom you might actually want to know in real life. The story is sweet and charming more than seductive, but there is certainly enough bedroom action to keep things interesting and fun.

If you are still unsure about whether or not this book is the right fit for you, you might also wish to consider the narrators. Both Greg Boudreaux and Michael Ferraiuolo are capable of narrating a mediocre book as though it were the best thing they’ve ever read. In this case, they had a good book to start with, and blew the narration out of the water. You just can’t go wrong with these guys, as long as the material they are starting with is worth reading, and this book is. That said, there was one teeny tiny thing that made me a little nuts. One of Hayden‘s best friends in the story is a man named Luis. Michael Ferraiolo pronounces his name with a “Z“ sound at the end so it sounds like the woman’s name Louise. I’ve read another book narrated by him which includes the same mispronunciation, so at least he’s consistent, but if you know anyone bearing this name you know that the last sound is pronounced “S“ and it’s a little jarring. Other than that little hiccup, the narration for this book is fantastic.

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Cute story

Great narration and a wonderful love story to listen to. Lovable characters who make you feel what they are. Good supporting characters, too.

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Good narration kept me listening

This plot has been done before and this version was just okay. What kept me listening was the good narration.

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typical story

Usually I love this author's stories, but this one fell short. Typical love story and actually struggled to finish, but because of these two fantastic narrators. I have waited years to listen to a duo with these two. These narrators are some of the best I've heard and would love to hear them again.

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Likes the story a lot but the narrators are the real treat

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the love story- it was sweet and funny.

But, the BEST part of this book is the stellar narration. I think I could listen to Michael Ferraiuolo read recipes and be fascinated. His inflection, accents, the way he stresses certain words... it’s really a whole other level than most narrators. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks and I truly have not heard better. Greg Boudreaux was fantastic too.

Well worth the credit!

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Loved every minute!

Omg! I just absolutely fell deep into this story and loved the whole idea of it! It was gorgeous and beautiful and funny and smart. And seriously, you can never go wrong with narration by either of these voices of perfection!

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Loved💘it, loved the narrators.

Storyline is sweet, characters are fascinating. I high recommented this audiobook. LA Witt is one of my favorite authors.

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  • Karla
  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, US
  • 08-14-19

A great LA Witt story with Greg Boudreaux and Michael Ferraiuolo narrating? What's not to love

Loved this story when I first read it a few months ago. Its at times sweet, funny (wedding planning) and hearbreaking. I loved listening to two of my favorite narrators bring Hayden and Jesse and their story to life. They make an alreadygreat story even better!

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Awesome!<br />

I really enjoyed this book. Both MC's were very likable. The banters between them both and the secondary characters were very funny. The narrators did a fantastic job.
I highly recommend this book.

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  • Vickie
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 08-08-19

Great Story and Narration

I loved the character development and story line. While the title suggests a foreseeable outcome, the story’s path and outcome were perfect. I’ve purchased my next audible book from the same author.

I found the story following Michael Ferraiuolo. But I have enjoyed Greg Boudreaux a lot also.

You will love your time with this book.

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  • Pixiebell
  • 08-05-19

Highly Recommended

L.A Witt is a go to author for me and this book didn’t disappoint. I throughly enjoyed the story and found both Hayden and Jesse likeable and thought they had great chemistry both in and out of the bedroom.
However, what made this book stand out for me was the dual narration comprising of Greg Boudreaux and Michael Ferraiuolo! As far as I am aware this is the first time these two narrators have worked together on an audiobook and they were awesome! I hope they get a chance to work together again in the future.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-04-19

Loved it

Loved the ebook and listening to the audiobook was even better. The two narrators Michael Ferraiuolo and Greg Boudreaux who are some of my favourite narrators brought to book to life and complimented each other excellently.