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It started with one night out with the boys. She was the hot diner waitress putting herself through school. I was the rich, arrogant player everyone misjudges. On paper, we didn’t match. Yet all it took was one day. One single day to change her mind.

She wasn’t planning to spend her day off with me. She wasn’t supposed to fall for my charm. But one day, one smile, turned into several nights of her calling out my name.

I’m not the guy she should end up with. I’m jealous, possessive. Not here for a long time - just a good time. She’s changed me. But, for some reason, I feel her slipping through my fingers, and no matter what I do, I fear I’m going to strike out with the one and only girl I’ve ever fallen for.

©2021 Meghan Quinn (P)2021 Meghan Quinn
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Another great book in the Brentwood Boys Series! I am loving this series and this book was a little deeper than the rest for me so far. I enjoyed the almost love at first sight feel this story had. Harmony and Holt had chemistry and I thought this book was hotter than the others in the series. I will admit the jealousy thing is never something I like in romance and this book had a few scenes of very overdone and uncalled for jealousy drama but even with that I still really enjoyed this romance. I loved how things worked out in the end and when it was over my heart was happy!

The narration was great, both narrators were perfectly cast for these characters.

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Brentwood Boys are back!

Quinn knocks it out of the park with Holt & Harmony's story! Connor Crais and Mackenzie Cartwright were perfectly cast for this audio! You will laugh, you'll swoon, you'll smile, and you'll feel all the things through the journey these two take to find their HEA! Im not a huge fan of the cocky jock types (much like Harmony at the beginning of this book!) but Holt soon won me over and this story was so much fun! It has heart, heat, and humor! Can be read as a standalone! Excellent narration!!!

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An adorable feel good college baseball romance!!

Omg, everyone needs a Holt in their life!!!! I’m in love! Funny, smart, hot, caring…the list goes on and on! This book is a incredibly satisfying and feel good book! Very very little angst/drama and just lots of humor with an adorable storyline!

“You know what they say . . . hate often turns into love.” Harmony snorts. “Ha, okay. Yup. That’s what this is, the start of the greatest love story of all time.”
The beginning of Holt and Harmony’s story is my absolute favorite!! The enemies to lovers vibe ignites the BEST back and banter that had me smiling constantly! It made me quickly fall in love with both of these characters from the start!

This book goes back to the college days at Brentwood when Knox, Carson, Jason and Holt are about to enter their junior year at Brentwood. You hear a lot about Knox and Emery as they were also getting together at this time. I feel like this book is out of order if you are following the reading order of this series. This one should have been book 2 after Knox. It is my FAVORITE of the series but just like I was going back in time when the previous ones were already years in the future.

A fantastic narration by Connor Crais and Mackenzie Cartwright!! Their voices were perfect for these characters as they portrayed their personalities magnificently! It gave me all the feels through the narration!

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Disappointing storyline.

There are things I liked about Holt and Harmony’s story because it’s a microcosm of young adult experiences and emotions that are quite revealing. I liked their first snarky encounter which revealed his overconfident jock attitude and her sarcastic underdog personality and the addition of Harmony’s best friend and roommate added much needed comic relief to the story. I liked both characters because Holt is a really sweet guy and Harmony finally finds her soft place to fall but when reality intrudes and the sensual bubble they live in pops sh*t gets real. It’s sad that the author chose to have Holt and Harmony’s love devolve into a dark and dysfunctional relationship when there were many other directions this story could have gone and the plot twist was way over the top. I listened to the audiobook and though the storyline was not my favorite I thought both Connor Crais and Mackenzie Cartwright did a fabulous job portraying the confusing and conflicting emotions of their young adult characters. If not for their insightful performances I wouldn’t have been able to finish this convoluted story.

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Absolute Must Read!!

This Book Was Absolutely Amazing!! I Loved This Series! The Brentwood Boys Are Laugh Out Loud Hysterical Swoon Worthy And Will Hook You On Page #1!!!

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didn't live up to the previous books

first half (ish) was so incredibly crass that it was funny. he is juvenile and rude and very quick witted in a way that was hilarious. both narrators did a great job. MC just became one if my fav female narrators yet. did NOT like the female main character. she is bitter and hateful. unfortunately, by the last third I didn't like the male main character either - unstable, needy, puts the responsibility for the world on himself and doesn't give anyone else any credit, super unattractive traits

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The story was okay…

The story dragged out and then felt unfinished. Not my fave of the series. I really
like narrator Conor Crais, but his woman voice is kinda cringy/creepy.

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THE STRIKE OUT

This series is one heck of a rollercoaster ride with all the feels. I can't get enough of this series.

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I did not see Holt Green coming! I think I have a new favorite in the Towel Brigade!

Well, well, well. I did not see Holt Green coming. I thought he was going to be a shyer guy, a little more reserved given the limited details in the previous books in which he was a side character. Boy was I wrong. Man, the mouth on that guy. Phew. I loved it. He was also so honest, sometimes to his detriment, genuine, funny, and caring. I felt a little like Harmony in that I was gobsmacked by him. It was so believable that they fell so hard and fast for each other. They were such a perfect match, and balanced each other so ideally.

Meghan’s characters always have so much depth. You understand the bad decisions, the things that go wrong. It would be so easy to make the same choices in the same situation. With this, the growth is always so sincere and important to the story, to the couple’s future. Harmony changed the most in this story, but it was a shift in outlook, in perspective, and what’s important. Holt grew as a man. It was a growth of character, not a change in personality. They stayed fun, and playful, and adorable.

Holt and Harmony are the youngest couple in the Towel Brigade to get their HEA, but this couple’s communication, growth, willingness to be what the other needs may be the most mature of all the couples. You believe they will make it work despite the road ahead. I really loved this couple.

Connor Crais, oh my. He was the perfect Holt. He had the perfect fun loving, passion, intensity, and funny aspects to his voice and timing. Seriously, the narration made me love Holt even more. I love Mackenzie Cartwright in a strong female role. She has the perfect tone for Harmony’s personality. They were both so great at each other’s characters and the side chcartacters as well. Fantastic audio!

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First impressions are not always correct

We firstmett Holt in Knox's story where we found him being secretive and texting someone he wouldn't tell the other players about. The someone was Harmony. This is Holt and Harmony's story. The meet ugly sets the tone for their relationship as Harmony is constantly distrustful of Holt and consistently puts down his sport, the difficulty he faces in going pro, and how hard he works to maintain his position on the team. She seems to think that just because his family has money and hers does not, that he has everything handed to him on a silver platter. She is extremely closed-minded and looks for ulterior motives in every action Holt does even to the point of sabotaging her own future by refusing the offer of a paid internship from a company that Holt's father owns. I felt like Holt got the short end of this relationship stick. They did end up with a HEA.

This was my least favorite book in the "Towel Brigade".

The narrators, Connor Fraud and Mackenzie Cartwright, did a great job bringing these characters to life.

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  • FS Meurinne - Book Enticer
  • 06-10-21

I loved this story so much!

I absolutely loved this story, it's a sweet slow burn, hate to love romance. The story of Harmony and Holt, it's full of emotions, you will cry, laugh, and be torn for this couple. I'm more used to Meghan Quinn's full-on romcoms, however, I think I love the emotional side of this book and would love to read more in the future like this one, with special twists that have me invested in the story. The audiobook narrated by Connor Crais and Mackenzie Cartwright was simply fantastic, I enjoyed every minute of it as I usually do with all Meghan Quinn's audios.

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 06-02-21

Might be my favourite MQ book to date

I think Holt Green might be my favourite MQ hero yet. And he had mighty boots to fill. But the banter and the flirting between him and the sassy, closed off, independent Harmony Styles was OFF. THE. CHARTS. I couldn't wipe the smile off my face and I actually dragged this read out because I didn't want it to be over. I rarely do with rom-com's from one of the queens of the (sub)genre. This is definitely grumpy/sunshine but the girl is the grump this time and Holt...my darling Holt is the sweetest...well expect those times when he isn't, but I don't wanna talk about that..READ THIS. For fun times, for laughs, for brilliant writing and such great friend groups and a couple that I just want to have all the good things. I volunteered to read and review an early copy of this. All opinions are my own.

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  • Gillek2
  • 06-01-21

Holt and Harmony!

After a night out Holt and the boys decide to finish up their evening at the diner where he makes a less than favorable impression on their waitress. She believes that he is nothing but an entitled athlete who has never had to work for anything in his life but rather than it being a deterrent he is determined to prove her wrong.

Harmony is a woman who not only attends college but needs to work as well so having to serve a group of exuberant men who seem to think life is a party is not how she wanted to spend her evening. She never expected to see him again and she certainly never expected to develop feelings for him despite her determination not to.

Holt may be charming but it is the caring side of him that draws you in while Harmony has struggled for everything she has so she may be fiery but she is also cautious. Their interactions are humorous and hot but it is the emotional connection that they develop that makes their relationship so special. The narrators brought out all the chemistry and humor of the story and the characters.

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 05-24-21

The save of a great story

Meghan Quinn does it again. Book 7 in the series. The world-building was is very well done and the descriptions given make it easy to visualise everything. Both the characters are very different but they are also very well drawn which makes them totally believable. I really loved this new listen .
Hero is Holt. Heroine is Harmony.
This story is fantastic, you get to meet Knox , Jason and Colt in the story before they meet their other half’s . Well written and leaves you wanting more! Narration was very well done, the story line flows smoothly Both Holt and Harmony have trust issues, that they both don’t realize they need to get over

Mackenzie Cartwright and Connor Crais was fantastic. I couldn’t put it down. Both of the performance drew you in

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  • 05-23-21

Breathtaking Journey to Love!

This is the seventh book in The Brentwood Boys Series, a Sports Romance. Holt and Harmony's story is beautifully written, sweet, fun, emotional, and romantic. They are opposites attract. Holt is such a handsome character, caring, and supportive, but he is a little too controlling, overprotective, and possessive. Harmony is lovely, resilient, and independent, but she has insecurities, and she constantly overthinking all. Her push and pull attitude is exhausting. Their journey to love is breathtaking, filled with drama, and angst. The supporting characters are great. This is a great addition to The Brentwood Boys Series. I like the friendship in this story, and I loved to see again the characters from the previous books! Connor Crais and Mackenzie Cartwright did a fantastic job with the narration. They are perfect as Holt and Harmony, and I love their voices together. I enjoyed it.

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  • Bran.d (amour.Rebelle92)
  • 05-21-21

God, baseball is hot🔥

I loved so many things in the Strike Out...the Hallmark Architect, the texts with the guys, how swoon worthy Holt is:)

Seriously, Holt & Harmony are so ridiculously hot together...I mean holy hot BJ Harmony🔥 my girl made Holt forget his name!!

“Sometimes the right person comes out of nowhere. When you’re not looking for love is sometimes when you actually find it.”—they fell hard & fast for each other. As the saying goes ‘when you know you know’ and they knew. Life had different plans for them but they did what they needed to do and their relationship was better for it.

“God, baseball is hot.”—-no truer words! #towelbrigade

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  • Pollypc
  • 05-21-21

Another cracker!

Connor Crais and Mackenzie Cartwright team up to bring Holt and Harmony to life in this fabulous aural performance of The Strike Out by Meghan Quinn.

As always the words penned by this author are, at times, laugh out loud funny with moments of sentimentality, frustration and even some downright idiocy.

All this mixed together gives us a beautiful story of boy meets girl and eventually, they live happily ever after.

All in all a great addition to the audio library of this amazing author.

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 05-23-21

Brilliant 💖💖

Can I say again how much I love these guys and this series . I never want it to end . Thanks for sharing these beautiful characters with us . I especially loved Connor and Mackenzie who did a fabulous job bring this story to life . Perfect 💖🤎💜🤎💖