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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
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

Publisher's Summary

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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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.

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Not Able to Finish

I was given an ARC of book number 5 in this series, but hadn't read the previous books. Luckily, books 1-4 are part of the Romance package so I immediately started to listen. While the narrators for the first two books weren't my favorite, they were okay. Unfortunately, the narration on this book just didn't work for me. I felt like the male and female voices sounded pretty much the same. Also, it really felt like the narrator was actually reading as opposed to other narrators that make you feel like you are listening to a conversation. The main thing that didn't work for me? At times it was like there was confusion if sentence ended with a period or a comma during the narration. I made it to chapter 20 but just couldn't go any further. Maybe after listening to and reading the last two books I'll try to complete this one, but for now....I just can't.

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Laurel fell in love with Dillon at age nine. Dillon only saw Laurel as his twin sisters best friend.

I think I like this couple the best in the series. Dillon is a down to earth man with a big heart. Laurel has issues with her confidence. Helping Laurel set up a business plan for her flower shop brought them closer together.

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Finally get Dillon's story!!!

Dillon is one of the Lewis cousins...he and his sister run the family's sports stores. His sister's bff, Lauren, is moving back to town after several years. Not only is Lauren recovering from a bad relationship, but she's his sister's friend and totally off limits...and he thinks of her as a sister...well, maybe not so much now that she's all grown up and smoking hot. Lauren has loved Dillon since they were kids, but she was always friend-zoned. Maybe now that she's back, she can finally get a shot at Mr. Hottie. Lauren is running her family's flower shop and wants to expand, but she keeps getting push back from her parents, who, btw, still think that she should return to her abusive ex. Lauren asks for Dillon's help to write a business plan for her bank loan. In exchange, she agrees to go with Dillon to an out-of-town conference. Things heat up while out of town, but will the pair make a relationship work when they return? Lauren is hesitant because of her insecurities...will Dillon be patient? We catch up with the other cousins as well...that's always fun. Sweet HEA.

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Enjoyable listen

I enjoyed listening to this story. This is one of my favorite romance tropes. It was pretty short for me, and I listened to it in one go. I enjoy Lacy Laurel's narrations on other stories, and she did not disappoint. Laurel and Dillon were cute. I sometimes wanted to be able to counsel them (ha,ha) but overall it was worth the time.

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Friends to lovers

Be careful of your sister's best friend! She is the one to steal your heart! Laurel has been Jasmine's best friend forever and has been in love with Jazz's twin brother Dillon for as long. Now adults, their paths cross when Laurel needs a business plan for her party planning ideas. I never get tired of this trope, the story is always heart warming and I love when couples have a long history. But in this case, it's even better. Dillon, a successful businessman does not have time for relationships, though envies his cousins who have found their soulmates. When Laurel finally does get his attention, there is nothing stopping him from going after her...or is there? Throw an obstacle or two in the way, this friends to lovers/sister's best friend story is sure to have you rooting for a happy ending. Being the third book of the series did concern me a little, but it is a standalone, and is easy to pick up without reading the previous books.

This book has a lot of characters, which for a narrator can be challenging, but Lacy Laurel rises to it and nails the performance. Each character has a distinctive voice, and with Laurel's emotional portrayal takes you through the many facets of the story. I also love the way she can switch from true emotion between Dillon and Laurel to teasing between the Dillon and his cousins. She made this book a joy to listen to.