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The Start of Us

No Regrets Series, Book 0.5
Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Joe Arden
Series: No Regrets, Book 0.5
Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (281 ratings)
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This Story Is Sexy

Publisher's Summary

A new adult story of first times, last times, connections, and no regrets... 

I only wanted a tattoo. A mark on my body to remind me of who I used to be. Something to hold onto when I started my penance for all the things I'd done wrong, the bad choices I'd made by the time I turned 19. Instead, I found a night of possibility, of truth, of hope for the future. And the most intense physical connection I've ever had. The only one I've ever had, and one I will never forget. 

Trey... 

When she walked into my tattoo shop, I knew she was like me. Harley had secrets. She had a messed up past, and things she wanted to run from, or forget ever happened. I couldn't let her go. So we agreed on one night - to spend it together wandering around the city, getting to know each other, the clock ticking because we knew tomorrow would bring an end to the possibility of an us. Unless tonight was only the start. How can one night be the start of something when tomorrow it has to end?

©2014 Lauren Blakely (P)2018 Lauren Blakely Books

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  • DW
  • 07-03-18

Just the right amount of intrigue....

I have read (audibly) every single thing Lauren Blakely's written. If it's been published, I have read it. (heard it, actually) and I was lucky enough to stumble upon this gem of a novella to get me started on Trey and Harley to see what I thought. Normally, a romance with teens is something I might pass by with too much angst and drama and what I feel are silly problems teens and young adults face. Gang, don't pass this series by. Matter of fact, if you are currently reading something else, STOP and start this one. This prequel will set you up for the ride of a lifetime. This entire three book series, days later, is still with me. It's not the usual LB fun and games fluff fun read, trust me. It''s one of the most unique, riveting series I have yet to listen to in many years with Audible. The No Regrets series has this little short 1.5 hour prequel, and then two following books: The Thrill of it and Every Second with You.
We find Harley and Trey meeting, and experiencing a connection that's strange and unique and towards the end, you are made aware this is not the last time their paths will cross. And, you're glad for it.

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The Start of Us

I somehow didn't realize this was just an intro. That said, it was interesting and well written. Characters pull you in right from the beginning. And, Erin Mallon is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators. So, when I saw her name, it was an automatic yes. And, she doesn't disappoint. Joe Arden also does a great job.

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Fantastic!

Joe Arden and Erin Mallon did an amazing job narrating this book. It made the book really come to life. The Start of Us lets us see how Trey and Harley first met. Their chemistry was flying off the pages. You will definitely want more and will enjoy reading this book either before or after The Thrill of It.

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  • Jan M
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  • 07-01-18

The Start of Something New!

I love how Harley and Trey first meet at a tattoo parlor.. Lauren Blakely continues to amaze me with her vivid imagery and great writing style. The concept of escaping everything for one night sounds appealing. This book is a great prequel to the No Regret series and the perfect introduction. Erin Mallon and Joe Arden performed the story remarkably with their dual POV performance. I love how they each put so much emotion into the story, I could feel both the hope and the heartbreak. Without giving away spoilers, the ending is a bombshell. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrators. I can hardly wait for The Thrill of It and Every Second With You to come out on audio.

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Attention getter!

This series has been on my to be listened list for some time, but I am so glad I was able to listen to this novella first. It's a great appetite whetter for Trey and Harley's story. Harley decides to get a tattoo and Trey is the tattoo artist she chooses. Their instant chemistry has them staying together after closing hours and not wanting their night to end. The next day is set to bring them both life changes. Will this only be one night? This account is quick, full of possibility and longing. Setting the stage for No Regrets, it gives us a glimpse into Trey and Harley's past and helps to shed some light on their upcoming story.

Joe Arden and Erin Mallon narrate this short, charged with passion and emotion. A better team could not have brought this to life, making me look for more.

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Enticing introduction to the No Regrets series!

Wow, what an enticing introduction into the No Regrets series! Trey and Harley are so beautifully broken and intriguing. They have instant chemistry when they meet, and they don't want their night together to end. Tomorrow brings huge changes for them both and they never expect to see each other again. We get a peak into what their dark secrets could be and it only makes me want to know more!
Narrators, Erin Mallon, and Joe Arden deliver a flawless performance. They make Trey and Harley come alive and perfectly express all of their emotions.
I can't wait to listen to the rest to Trey and Harley's story!

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Prequel Novella to Trey and Harley's Story

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The Start of Us is a short prequel novella to the No Regrets series. It introduces us to Trey and Harley and gives us the details of their first chance meeting. Erin Mallon and Joe Arden were amazing and added the perfect amount of sexy and vulnerability to these two characters. It's clear that both have secrets and demons in their pasts, but for one night, they allow themselves to simply enjoy the moment. Told in dual POV, both Trey and Harley leave the reader/listener with an intriguing little bombshell at the end of this novella. Find out how their story continues in The Thrill of It. Also included with this audiobook is an excerpt from Lauren Blakely's upcoming book, Unbreak My Heart.

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WONDERFUL BEGINNING!!!

Very enjoyable! In all likelihood, I will get around to listening to at least the next installment. The only thing that gives me pause is that Erin Mallon is the sole narrator of the next two books. I really like Erin and the fact that she has the absolutely best male voice I have ever heard from a woman (I sometimes forget that it's just Erin)!! However, I do prefer a male AND a female narrator. Joe Arden is ALWAYS a great listen. I highly recommend this book and you should be prepared to get the next book.

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Short and steamy!

I'm glad I read this novella before the first full length book so I get the backstory of how Harley and Trey met. I'm happy there was an audio for it and we got both their points of view with a male and female narrator. Lauren Blakely still packed in some nice smut with lust at first sight. Harley and Trey have been through a lot of crap in their young lives and turned to sex to gain control. They meet the day before they're going into sex and love rehab, which isn't the best timing. But what they start can't just go away.
Good intro to the story and the narrators were great.

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Nice lead in -

The start of us, by lauren blakely isn't written like her non stop humors books. Its more real world issues with real people. It provides a good lead up to the first book so you know how Harley and Trey and how they build their foundation of love.