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Too Distracting

The Lewis Cousins, Book 3
Narrated by: Lacy Laurel
Series: The Lewis Cousins, Book 3
Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
4 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)
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As the successful and driven CEO of Lewis Sporting Goods, Dillon rarely has time to eat a home cooked meal, let alone put any time or effort into maintaining an actual relationship. He's been living on fumes and casual encounters for so long that finding love and starting a family never even crossed his mind, until his cousins Gabe and Reardon found women who gave them both.  

Laurel has been in love with Dillon since she was nine years old. Unfortunately, he's always seen her as his little sister's pesky best friend. She can't stop her heart from beating frantically whenever he's near, but she's become an expert at keeping her feelings from everyone, especially Dillon. Her secret has been safe, until now....

When Laurel needs help with her business plan, her best friend urges her to seek help from Dillon. Determined to push her feelings aside and focus on her fledgling business, Laurel knows she needs to do whatever it takes to succeed, even if it means being treated to indifference and big-brother teasing from the man she loves.  

Can Laurel work with Dillon and still keep her heart intact, or will things get too distracting when Dillon realizes what a beautiful, kind, and generous woman she has become?  

Too Distracting is the third in an all-new small-town romance series by Bethany Lopez. Follow the Lewis cousins as they learn about love and loss in Cherry Springs, the kind of place where there are festivals for every occasion and everyone knows your business.

©2017 Bethany Lopez (P)2018 Bethany Lopez
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Short enjoyable listen

Audio-book: Narrator – Lacy Laurel

Great narration with so many characters! This narrator did an excellent job of bringing the story of Dillon and Laurel to life. I never had a moment where I wasn’t pulled completely into the story as her voice adapted to each character and each situation.

This was an enjoyable story of two people who had grown up together. Laurel had tormented Dillon and as a result he’s a bit gun shy around her now. However, when they spend the weekend together during an out of town conference, Dillon’s seeing her in a whole new way.

While I liked this couple, I’m not a huge fan of the heroine chasing the hero which is a large portion of this book. That aside, I did enjoy Dillon and Laurel and the steps that occurred to bring them together. Secondary characters were amazing and this is a very fast paced story. The steam is about mid-level and it had a very nice ending.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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Didn't do it for me

AUDIO- Unfortunately the narrator helped ruin an okay story. Since there were so many characters, there should've either been a second narrator or one with better range. SHE WAS TOO DISTRACTING!!

WRITING- The writing style was good, some parts were funny but couldn't be appreciated because of the narrator. I thought it developed appropriately, though I wish it was a full length book.

LOVE INTERESTS- Dillion, the good guy main character used Karen (and other women) as a distraction from lonileness and (IMO) from who/what he ultimately wanted. Guess it's a trend in romance books. Laurel was a little juvenile with low self-esteem but I guess it's to be expected given her history. Either way, it should have been a greater turn off for Dillion, especially since she was his sisters friend. Eh..

OVERALL- It was just okay. Worth a credit? No...read it yourself.

Note: I received a credit for an honest review.

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Great read

Too Distracting: The Lewis Cousins, Book Three was another great read by Bethany Lopez. Dillon is the CEO of Lewis Sporting Goods and doesn't have much spare time on his hands. Laurel has loved Dillion since she was nine years old, but all he ever saw her as was his little sisters best friend. She seeks help from Dillon with her business plan and tries to fight off her attraction to him. I loved reading Laurel and Dillon's story and can't wait to read more by Bethany Lopez.

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DNF

Narrator was horrible.
First couple of books in series was okay. This book however was bad. I couldn't stand the sound of her voice.

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Great series!

I am loving this series, so was excited to read about Dillon's story. I actually enjoyed the storyline just as I did the other 4 books I've listened to (one was out of order), but the narration kind of ruined it for me. She did a great job for the female voice, but the male voice drove me crazy. Even just saying his name at the beginning of his chapters, uhDillon. There was this strange thing she did with her voice, in addition to sounding more like the story was being read, as opposed to when you listen to the female you feel like you're actually listening to Laurel talk. Great story still though and I'm looking forward to reading about Jasmine next!! I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Recommended

Another excellent story. Dillion & Laurel are a great couple. The fact they grew up together with all the teasing & pranks siblings do was not in their favor because they weren't siblings. I really liked Laurel's determination and spunk. Dillion supporting her was such a bonus. I think this story is my favorite thus far.

I wasn't sure I liked Lacy Laurel's more brash voice for this story but soon became accustom to it. She did an excellent job narrating and portraying the characters.

This is the first series that I remember where each story has a different narrator. In some ways I like it. The characters don't sound all alike when different couples are highlighted. In other ways it is disconcerting. I'll reserve final judgment.

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Loving the Lewis Family

I thought this was a great story for Dillon and Laurel. They are a friends to lovers, unrequited love story. We get to see them realize that they aren't kids anymore and develop real feelings for each other. But with family involved things are not always as easy as you want them to be. This book is another great addition to the Lewis Cousins series.
I thought the narrator did a great job narrating this fun story.

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Good story

I really enjoy this group of cousins. Dillon and Laurel grew up together, but Laurel always harbored feelings for Dillon, but never wanted to mess up her relationship with Dillon's twin sister. When Laurel returns to town, Dillon sees her in a new light. These two had great chemistry and I enjoyed watching them fall in love. This is a well written small town romance. Good listen.

The narrator did a good job with this book. At times though the characters were hard to distinguish. It didn't detract from the story though.

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not to the standards of the first two

Reviewing this book is hard. For the first part, I couldn't get over the narrator's voice. I just wasn't a fan, especially compared to the narration of the first two. Then, I couldn't like either character. Laurel was meh and Dillon needed to get over himself.

And then they went to Chicago and the story really picked up and I got into it. Laurel got better and Dillon started redeeming himself.

Ok, so their story started working, BUT the continuity between the 2nd and 3rd just wasn't there. In the second book, Chloe was adamant about not getting married until after the baby, but in this one she was planning the wedding before and was disappointed it wouldn't be until after. Also, in the beginning of the book, Dillon's dogs were Penny and Copper, but at the end of the book they were Penny and Cooper.

The book ended ok, but it just wasn't as good as the first two.

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Sweet Unrequited Love

Unrequited love is quite possibly my favorite and this book did not disappoint. Dillon has always viewed Laurel as his twin sister's annoying friend. Laurel's been in love with Dillon for as long as she can remember. Moving back home without her parents support after a bad relationship Laurel is looking for a fresh start and wants to change Dillon's perception of her. I really enjoyed this story, and the emotions that came with it. I wanted so badly for Dillon to love Laurel, and my heart broke for her when he took someone else home from the bar in the beginning of the book. I appreciated how he helped her stand up to her parents to make her dreams come true. When the light bulb came on and he FINALLY realized that he loved her too, I was happy for them, Laurel definitely deserves her HEA. I listened to the audio of this one as well, the narrator did a really good job. My only complaint, and it's not even that big of a deal, is that her "Dillon" voice was quieter than her "Laurel" voice so I found myself having to adjust the volume frequently. On the plus side, there was no confusion as to who's dialogue it was.