The Way You Are

Carolina Connections, Book 5
Series: Carolina Connections, Book 5
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“They say nice guys always finish last. I say the only place that should apply is in the bedroom - it’s just good manners, after all.” (Brett MacKinnon, nice guy and frequent resident of the friend zone)

LIV: There are really only three things I need in life: sex, baseball, and winning. My hot boyfriend and season tickets take care of the first two, while I always do my best to cover the last. So developing an unexpected crush on a new friend is more than a little inconvenient. I don’t have anything but friendship to offer Brett, but with the way he looks at me, he has me wishing I did.

BRETT: I’ve been put in the friend zone so often, they’ve got a sandwich named after me. You’d think I’d be used to it by now. But when it comes to the delectable Liv, I’m determined to ditch the friend zone and show her I’m boyfriend material. Too bad the position’s already been filled by a ball-playing caveman who could flatten me with his pinky.

What will it take to show Liv that nice guys can be more than just friends, and that love is the one game truly worth winning?

©2018 Sylvie Stewart (P)2019 Sylvie Stewart

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another fun story

this was another fun story! I cracked up several times while listening. I enjoyed these two narrators quite a bit. this is only the second book I've listened to from them. I haven't listened in order, so I wasn't familiar with some of the supporting characters

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Hilarious, Sweet and Sizzling!

I am loving this series so much and this 5th book was just as fun, sweet and sizzling! I loved both Olivia and Brett. They start out as friends, having the most hilarious meet cute as they were each cheering for their home baseball team. Olivia is dating one of the players, Troy, but she loves hanging out with Brett because they have so much in common. Of course Troy isn't happy about their friendship, and then his real nature is revealed. Brett is so easy going, funny, and authentic. He cares and supports Olivia, and is so sweet as he waits for his chance with her. Olivia is smart and sassy, and so unapologetic. She and Brett are so perfect together in this slow burn rom com. It was also fun catching up with Brett's roommate Gavin and all the rest of their friends and family. Amanda Stribling, and David Black are back narrating this sweet, and engaging romance. They easily brought out all of the different emotions that Olivia and Brett felt, from sassy to vulnerable, heartbreak to passion, and everything in between. I really enjoyed both their performances and thought they made this hilarious, exciting, and steamy romance even better!

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Loved It!

I love Sylvie! She writes characters you can get involved with!! David and Amanda were great with the narration...of course!! You really need to listen to this series from the beginning so you can understand the characters and how they intertwine. Now I need to go find the next in the series. I love these "people"! I requested this free audiobook and am giving an honest review voluntarily!!!! Next!!!!!!

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Out of the park

I adore Sylvia Stewart books because she doesn’t write the typical alphahole books that are so popular right now (god knows why). She writes men that don’t make you want to kick them in the nuts.

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What a fun and unique take on a sports book. It was funny, sexy, and HEA. It’s a great light book! Narrative did great also- both!

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Love this book!!

I received this book as an audio arc for free for my review and I have to say this book and entire series really is fantastic! The writing is great and so is the reading of it!! Not boring I LOVE Brett and Liv since we met Brett in the fix I have wanted more of him he is quirky and adorable!! Liv makes me so happy lol she is strong and funny and the perfect mix of tomboy!! Love this book and love this series!!

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Witty banter, secret longings and sexy beards!

How enjoyable is this story!! I loved it! The witty banter, the secret longing and the sexy beard...all good reasons to devour this book! Olivia is a hoot! She sure has a mouth on her! She cracked me up at the games! Brett seems like not the type of guy she would go for. His outward appearance might have people shy away or look down on him. But I side he is a golden boy! He has this great big heart. We get to see and spend some time with Gavin and Emerson. They really help the story move forward as does Haley, who is Olivia’s best friend. This isn’t my first book by this author. I have read all of the others in this series. They all have a little fun, some sexy men and strong sassy women. I love reading this series and look forward to the next one!!

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So fun!

I feel like I write the same thing every time I review a Sylvie Stewart book. I loved it. It’s so much fun. Great story. All the feels. And the performances for audio are wonderful. Very smooth. Very in character. I’d like to change it up this time but I can’t. It’s all that. Read it. Listen to it. Enjoy it.

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Real people

I was so happy for Brett’s story. A dedicated friend throughout the series needed a story of his own. I love a story about your average person. Brett isn’t a rockstar, or star athletes, or physical perfection. He is a steady and relatable man. He and Liv are the perfect couple. I enjoyed their journey together.

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Sports Rom-com

Loved this book! I think the narrators were great! This audiobook had me laughing at times. And in deep thought at others. I almost thought it was going to become a mystery of sorts. Liv is an amazing character. She has the mouth to keep her short stature in trouble. And Brett is HOT! I like that this book included the characters from the previous books in the series. I listened to The nerd next door before any of Sylvie Stewart’s books. I was amazingly surprised that it fit in with this story too! Great job Sylvie!!!!

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  • Dektolia
  • 09-19-20

Excellent series with great narration

While The Way You Are is a stand alone story, it's better to listen the series in order because the characters from previous books feature prominently. Plus, it's a really fun series with characters that come to life in the audiobooks. The Way You Are is an entertaining friends to lovers story. I recommend it for listeners who like a slow build up into a relationship. The performances by Amanda Stribling and David Black really add to the story. They make a great narration team.

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  • joyly55
  • 07-28-20

Wonderful characters making you laugh out loud 😁

Continuation in the series bringing attention to Olivia and Brett's friends to lovers story. Olivia determined to keep him in the friend zone whilst Brett uses every trick in the book to break down her barriers. An excellent job by the narrators in bringing life to all the characters. Can't wait to finish the series.

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  • Whenwe
  • 07-19-20

Out of the friend zone.

While I loved this story, I'm not a great fan of the narrators. They just didn't do it for me, but the book was still still enjoyable just the same.

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  • Dawn Fuhrman
  • 05-20-20

friends to lovers

Brett is sitting, not so comfortably, in the friend zone. Liv knows Brett is always there for her. It was easy to see through out the story how much Liv relied on that friendship. Brett wants more than friends, but is respectful of Liv's choices. This makes Brett totally lovable. I fell hard for Brett and wanted Liv to see him more than just a friend. But sometimes the path to love is not always the straightest. That crooked path is within each word of this story. I could not get enough of these two. I found myself laughing so hard at times, I had to quiet myself from not waking anyone in the house. I cannot wait to read more of this series. Amanda Stribling and David Black really bring this story to life. They make the characters become like friends and bring the reader into the story. Amanda is a great Liv. She narrates Liv exactly as I imagined her. I love David's narration of Brett the most. He really brings Brett to life. Through the friend zone regrets, to the desire for dating Liv, David brings out each emotion and makes Brett relatable and loveable. I easily got lost in their narration and could not stop listening until the end.

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  • Nina B.
  • 05-09-20

Olivia (Liv) & Brett

I enjoyed this book and it’s characters. A lot of misunderstandings that makes it fun and interesting. Olivia cracks me up. These books are standalone but I think the characters show up in other books so I wish I would have started with one. The narration was great I recommend this book/series. 🎧Audiobook Obsession

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  • tenisha
  • 03-15-20

Good Listen

Liv is a baseball fanatic and Brett wants her. He is getting to know her and decides that she is the one but is taken. When she breaks up with the boyfriend she runs to him and discovers that she has feelings for him and is scared to act on them. This book is funny and drama filled.

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  • Lisa Hahn
  • 03-08-20

great listen

another great story I the caroline connections. I enjoyed the story of brett and liv.. friends to lovers. the narrators nailed it. 🎧audiobookobsessionreviewer

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  • serenechaosnyc
  • 02-23-20

Fun book for the series

Typically, I don’t like books where I perceive there is the potential for cheating. I was a little concerned based on the description. However, I really enjoyed the prior books and liked them so of course I was excited to receive the audiobook upon request to listen to. I really liked Brett and Liv. The times they spent together were fantastic- full of great conversation and banter. They are both smart and successful and sweet to each other. I didn’t like that Liv was so negative about her then boyfriend, Troy and then, all we hear about their relationship is when they are intimate. So, I kind of wish that she ended the relationship faster. (This is likely not a spoiler given that, well, we need an HEA between Brett and Liv, right?). In the end, i really liked the relationship as well as many of the supporting cast, many of whom we met in prior books. The author is doing such a good job building this world. The narration was good. I liked both Amanda Stribling and David Black-they were cast perfectly and did a good job playing their parts and the other characters in the story.

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  • chez
  • 02-15-20

Enjoyable book

I enjoyed this book, however didn't feel I enjoyed it as much as some of the previous ones. It was great seeing the interlinking characters from this series again, really like that group, plus characters from another previous book, but the actual storyline seemed lacking in something compared to some of the other Carolina connections book. I personally didn't find it quite as humorous as a couple of the others either, but this may be because of my British sense of humour. On its own without comparing it to others in this series it's still a great light and easy to listen to book that I still enjoyed. The narration was clear and easy to listen to. I do struggle with the accent, but this is the same with most audible books and isn't reflective of the narration, rather myself not being from the US.