Underneath It All

Walsh Series #1
Narrated by: Christian Fox, Lucy Rivers
Series: The Walsh Series, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (722 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Meet Lauren Halsted.

It's all the little things - the action plans, the long-kept promises - that started falling apart when my life slipped into controlled chaos. After I fell ass over elbow into Matthew Walsh's arms, I couldn't decide whether I wanted to run screaming or rip his pants off, and most days I wanted a little of both. If I was being honest with myself, it was rip his pants off, ride him like a workhorse, and then run screaming.

Meet Matthew Walsh.

A rebellious streak ran through Lauren Halsted. It was fierce and unrelentingly beautiful, and she wasn't letting anyone tell her what to do - unless, of course, she was naked. She wasn't looking for me, and I sure as shit wasn't looking for her, but we found each other anyway, and now we were locked in a battle of wills, waiting for the other to blink.

©2015 Kate Canterbary (P)2015 Tantor
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Unexpected!

I loved this book. I think the story was nice and easy and funny and sexy. It was a good break from the angsty books I usually pick, I feel emotionally charged and full of feel goods.

The narrators, especially Christian Fox, really made this book come to life. Thoroughly impressed all around.

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Matthew and Lauren

Honestly, I have never been more annoyed with a main character than I was with Lauren. She spent 90% of the book pushing Matthew away and making him feel bad. For the first time in a long time, I kind of wished that they didn't end up together. He deserved someone that wouldn't run away every time things got a little difficult. However, I did enjoy the complicated family dynamic.

Christian Fox is one of my favorite narrators and Lucy Rivers did a wonderful job as well

A good listen, but be prepared to be frustrated.

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Coulda been awesome

I'm so angry with Lauren that I couldn't enjoy the ending. It took her way too long to stop hurting Matthew and it took him too long to stop letting her do it. Too bad. The writing style is superb, the narrator skilled. I just couldn't stop hating the idiotic female. CS

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SORRY.... BUT I HAVE TO TELL IT LIKE I FELT IT

There are some books where you just can't connect with one or both of the main characters..... and this listen, unfortunately, was one of them and the fault lies between Lauren and me. Lauren was driven to open up her own School and needed the help of an Architect..... in walks the gorgeous Matthew and the sparks (and clothes) flew right from the start along with their undeniable chemistry and lust. But there were problems because Matthew was 100% committed to their relationship but Lauren kept denying it by being aloof, non-committed, distant and blew hot and cold ALL the time..... and I think that's where our problems hung.

Matthew knew what he wanted and that was Lauren so he poured everything he could into their very sexual relationship but his repeated phone calls would go unanswered, his many caring text messages wouldn't get a reply and his concerned emails would be left unopened. Which distracted, confused and frustrated the shit out of him (and me) as he tried to function at his job. But it left me really pissed off with Lauren's continued hot and cold attitude towards his feelings because it was all centred around her School, her career and her wants.... which was to be his sexual toy and nothing more and she completely failed to ever think about Matthew's wants and feelings at all. So, by the end, when Lauren finally saw sense about the wonderful man she had coldly tossed away, it was too little too late for me to salvage any warm and fuzzy feelings for her.

Matthew was a very loving and thoughtful Hero and deserved a far better Heroine than Lauren, Lauren was (for the most part) a misguided, confused, ruthless and heartless Heroine, their romance started with lots of hot sweaty sex and was prefixed, accompanied of followed with lots of dirty talk too. Which was then followed by confusion, heartache, more hot and sweaty sex, unrequited love, rejection, realization and finally a HEA. There was lots of interesting secondary characters including Matthew's large variety of siblings whose bickerings and banter brought light and humor along with them. Drama came in the form of a drunken, abusive and hate-filled Father whose verbal insults were barbed with razors. Dual POV's and good narration.

Worth a credit? Who knows why some listeners will like this one sided love story while I, like Lauren, couldn't fully commit. It could develop into a really good series about the Walsh siblings and so I might give another book a try. But, hand on heart, when I compare this contemporary listen to so many worthy 5 star listens out there, I have to say that, for me, this was more of a $4.95 sale purchase than a creditworthy one.

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an architect's dream

I enjoyed this book. it was a nice story without a lot of drama. i love the characters of the Walsh family. I'm looking forward to hearing all their stories. the narration is superb! Christian Fox is one of my favorite narrators as well as Lucy Rivers! Their voices are PERFECT for these characters and added so much to the story.

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Story was good, transitions not so much

Transitions from scenes or chapters were much too sharp and I often had to scroll back to make sure it wasn’t a skip in the narration. Still worth the listen.

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Worst heroine

What about Christian Fox and Lucy Rivers ’s performance did you like?

All of it. Christian Fox and Lucy Rivers are superb.

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I dislike the heroine very much. I understand there would be insecurities in the beginning of a relationship but Matthew has made his feelings and desire known to Lauren every time and Lauren just kept blowing him off. I wish they didnt end up together.

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Great series

Lauren and Matt have a beautiful relationship. Sweet and very HOT. I read this series out of order until I realized it then started over. Each book is amazing. It doesn't ruin the story of listened to out of order either. Great family series

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A heroine that’s hard to like

So Lauren was endlessly frustrating. Matthew deserves better. That’s not saying I didn’t really enjoy this book though. It’s very much worth a listen. But I spent 2/3 of the story wanting to punch Lauren. She treated Matthew so badly...and he had already had a lifetime of being abused by his father. But it’s very well written. And I love Matt’s family. I can’t wait to read their stories.

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fun listen - good start to the series

Strong H and h. I enjoyed this book, Good chemistry between the characters. Excellent narration. I will listen to the next in the series.

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  • 09-16-16

Brilliant

I have loved this book for quite a long time and have reread countless times.
I decided to try the audiobook not really expecting much.
Wow, what a revelation! This adds a whole new dimension to my understanding of the book.
It truly brings the story to life.
Both Lucy Rivers and Christian Fox are perfect. Whatever they are being paid, it is not enough!!
I am a full convert to audiobooks. Fabulous💕

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  • Mrs D
  • 01-04-18

Unmissable

My favourite family, created by a wonderful author and narrated by the best. The only series I re-listen to regularly.

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  • Kelly
  • 10-31-19

great audio to listen to


I adored Underneath it All, but occasionally Lauren really drove me nuts with the whole denial over what she felt for Matthew, and the MUST stick to her plan thought process. Fabulous audiobook to listen to though, the narrators really nailed it.

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  • MadHatter
  • 04-16-18

Nope - I hated him, instantly

Sorry, I didn’t even make it past chapter 2. His first thought when he saw her (a beautiful, successful and intellegent woman), was he that he wanted to... talk to her? Ha! Kiss her? Nope. Have sex with her? Nuh-uh. He fantasised about spanking her.
Just... NO. I am not a prude, but if a guy’s basic and primary response is to hurt/dominate a woman, that is NOT sexy or romantic.

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  • chaihime
  • 11-03-17

Smart, funny and steamy love story. Loved it!

Smart, funny and steamy love story. I love 2 narrators in a love story and know the different points of view of each main character.

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  • Maria
  • 07-04-17

Great Series

Loved reading this whole series, audiobook was enjoyable and I look forward to the next audiobook.