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Publisher's Summary

From USA Today best-selling author Kilby Blades, the next installment in the Gilded Love series....

Jasmine isn't supposed to be in Pahrump. She’s not supposed to be posing as an exotic dancer. And she’s sure as hell not supposed to be solo on an undercover job. She’d have paid any price to avoid the emergency call to her ex-fiancé, Avi. But she’s in so far over her head, it’s come to that.

The last place Avi saw Jasmine was at the altar six months ago, right before she walked out of his life. Well...almost. They still work on opposite ends of the same vigilante crime-fighting organization. She’s the last person he expects to hear from while half a world away on a pleasure trip to Sydney. Can he get to Nevada in time to save her from a human-trafficking bust gone wrong?

©2019 Kilby Blades (P)2021 Kilby Blades

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Story with a lot of potential

Vertical is a second-chance suspense romance told in dual, alternating first-person POV. It is the third book in the Gilded Love series, but could be enjoyed without reading the previous two installments.

I definitely enjoyed this audiobook, but it left me feeling unfulfilled. I loved the characters, and I had been looking forward to exploring Avi's life and history with Jasmine after becoming acquainted in Snapdragon and Chrysalis. Jasmine was the epitome of a badass heroine and a survivor; she was my favorite part about this book! The plot was also very interesting and exactly the kind of high-intensity, adrenaline-fueled story that I love in romantic suspense. Unfortunately, it felt this exciting story was not utilized to its full potential. It started off strong, and I liked the concept; I think it may have been better suited for a full-length novel rather than the novella it is. It almost felt like this began with the intention of being a full length novel and then was be rushed to finish before it was ready. There are many aspects of the story and world-building that I would have loved to see explored in more depth (including the steam which consisted of only one scene at the very end).

Ultimately, this was a very interesting concept that just didn't get developed to its full potential. I firmly believe that this would have been a five-star read if only there was more of it.

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Yes!!!

I love a hot steamy suspenseful romance. This book is truly fantastic and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I cannot wait for the next book!

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Few hours of bliss!!!

This was my first time introduction of Kilby Blades’s audiobooks and this a short listen, a novella, 3rd book of Glided series. It was quite fulfilling to me. I haven’t listen to book 1 or 2 but I truly enjoyed it considering it was well-packed of adventure and thrills. I truly love the undercover operation plot- Avi and Jasmine’s story. Jacob Morgan and Nicole Small’s narrating performance brought it truly to life. They truly made me believe the characters’s journey having a history together and the chemistry they have with one another. What I love about this story is Jasmine is very clever, sassy, & a badazz kind of heroine and that keeps me wanting to keep listening, what will happen next. It’s more of a suspenseful than romance, FYI. Overall, yes, it’s only a few hours of pure bliss but it’s that good!

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Suspense novella

This is a quick book that shows us Jasmine and her determination to save girls that are being trafficked for sale to rich bad men. When she gets in trouble her savior is none other than Avi who she abandoned before. This is full of danger and just a quick story that shows the love that Jasmine and Avi have but it is not a romance. The story is about the situation Jasmine gets herself into.

I enjoyed this Novella. Jacob Morgan and Nicole Small did a great job narrating this book.

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Good Novella

I enjoyed listening to Vertical but would have liked a longer story as there is a glimpse of a back story provided. The story has more suspense and action than romance and has the makings of an excellent military/espionage-type storyline. I loved the narration by Jacob Morgan and Nicole Small.

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More of a suspense than a romance…

This Kilby Blade novella was pretty good, but I would have preferred there to be more interaction between the h/H, rather than a focus on the undercover operation driving the plot. Both Nicole Small and Jacob Morgan are excellent performers, but because the focus is so much on building the case rather than on the characters and their relationship, there isn’t much they can do in terms of adding depth or nuance to the characters. They do fine with what is here, but as mentioned before, I was just left wishing that the focus had been on their relationship and second chance rather than infiltrating a shady organization. Romantic suspense is fine, but there was not really any romance here to balance the suspense. Even if this book is a piece in a larger mystery or long game on Blades’s part, she could have spent more time building the central couple; as it is they are more of an afterthought than anything else.

I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Fast and fun!

This is the third Kilby Blades book I’ve read, and I plan to read all her work! Vertical is a listen-in-one-sitting book, and I was hooked from the first chapter. The story contains just enough suspense, flirtations, and suspense. Jacob Morgan and Nicole Small read with passion and emotion, helping me understand their characters. I will look for more books narrated by these two!

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Short and not so sweet...

Having listened to books 1 and 2 in the Gilded Love Series, I expected book 3 to round out the storyline a bit more. I do know that Michael and Darby got their HEA at the end of book 2, so it was a given that book 3 would feature new characters. I don't know enough about the author or their books to know if this series is part of a bigger world/universe. However, all that aside, Avi and Jasmine obviously have a past. There was much suspense and intrigue. I caught on early in the book that Jasmine was undercover and that she somehow was still able to get Avi to come help her with the use of a code word even though she left him at the altar recently. The end of the book was a bit of a let down. I was expecting to story to be tied up in a neat little bow, which is the beauty of novellas.

Jacob Morgan and Nicole Small were aptly cast as narrators for this novella. Their talent in voicing characters is amazing.

I received a complimentary copy of the audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this review.

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Suspenseful novella

"Vertical" is a novella set in the Gilded Love world. It's different set up from the first two and I loved it. It was more on the suspenseful side and I could not stop listening to find out what happened.

I loved how passionate Jasmine was about her job. She was giving everything she had to save the girls that were endangered. And even calling in her ex, Avi, to help when things went sideways. The tension and attraction they felt was super hot. This was a great story and I hope we get more from them in her future books.

Jacob Morgan was amazing, per the norm. He was great as Avi. Nicole Small was the perfect choice for Jasmine. She brought Jasmine's personality and determination to life.

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Quick listen that is full of adventure!

I'm a fan of Kilby Blades. Each of her books is so different, but they are all fast-paced, full of character development, and feature characters that are so interesting that you don't want to stop listening.

Vertical may be short, clocking in at just over 3 hours, but there is so much action and intrigue in this book that really packs a punch. Jasmine finds herself in trouble when she goes undercover on her own, and the one person that she turns to save her is her ex-fiance, Avi. Avi leaps into action, but the two of them soon find themselves in some pretty hot water. Their chemistry is off the charts, and their love for each other is still there, despite parting awkwardly when Jasmine left Avi at the altar.

This was such a fun listen. Humor, action and heat all in a great mix. Narration by Jacob Morgan and Nicole Small was perfect for this book. Nicole had all the sass and determination that you expect in a character like Jasmine.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 01-07-22

Suspenseful and Fast-paced!

This is the third book in the amazing Gilded Love series. Wow! I loved Jasmine and Avi's story. The story is intense, fast-paced, and suspenseful! Avi is handsome, and caring! Jasmine is beautiful, smart, and strong. They share a sizzling hot chemistry. Jacob Morgan and Nicole Small did an excellent job with the narration. I love this series, and I highly recommend it!

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  • 01-03-22

Avi and Jasmine!

Due to her past Jasmine is determined to help vulnerable women who are being taken advantage of so she has decided to go undercover as an exotic dancer with no backup. When her plan goes sideways, she contacts the one person she trusts who also happens to be her ex-fiance.

Avi and Jasmine were partners on the job, and he wanted them to be partners in life until she ended her engagement with no explanation but when she reaches out he knows the situation must be dire and he isn’t about to let any harm come to the woman he still loves.

As soon as Jasmine and Avi reunite you realize that there is a lot more to their past than we know as their feelings and need to protect each other are stronger than ever as they take us on a suspenseful ride. The narrators did a great job with enhancing the personalities of the characters and the situation they found themselves in.

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 12-29-21

A fantastic book 3

Book 3 in the series. It’s a short listen but a fantastic one Kirby the author Wrote a story that will grab your attention. It’s very well detailed that you think your part of the story.
Heroine is Jasmine. Hero is Avi

Jasmine needs Avi help with an issue. Last time Avi saw Jasmine was right before her wedding. Did she get married. Jasmine Is an undercover agent. To make it real she has no choice but to call on Avi . Grab it and see what her assignment is.


Jacob Morgan, and Nicole Small performance is great . You were able to tell who was who by the tone

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  • PATRICIA
  • 12-27-21

Loving this series!

Kilby Blades keeps the excitement coming with Vertical, a novella that kept me on the edge. This story is packed with suspense! Jasmine is posing as an exotic dancer as she works to take down a human trafficking ring. When she finds herself in trouble, she sends a message to her ex, Avi. The question is will he come to her rescue after she left him at the alter? A truly thrilling ride as Avi and Jasmine work through saving each other, getting the girls out safely and finding their way back to each other. This may be a slow burn, but the underlying passion these two have for each other resonates through the entire story right through the danger. I loved this romantic suspense story, and even got a chance to visit with Michael and Darby from the first two books in the series. Always fun to see characters we know.

Narration by Jacob Morgan and Nicole Small is fabulous. Morgan brings the alpha male with his broken heart, and he is amazing. He lets us feel everything Avi does. Small is new to me and I loved her voice. Rich, confident and bringing out all of the emotions Jasmine has, we are treated to a wonderful perception of her. The two meld together well and made for a fun afternoon.

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  • Kat Y
  • 12-26-21

A quick listen that's got great narration.

So this was my introduction to Kilby’s writing and I really enjoyed it. This story is low on the steam, there’s some suggestion and a smidgey bit but it’s more about the plot and the characters. It’s a short listen, only a few hours long and I enjoyed the change of pace from my usual audiobooks.

Jasmine is working as a pole dancer and as one myself I appreciated that Kilby did her homework and the references to what we wear, use and how demanding it is on your body are authentic. It’s a plot driven story, with lots of secrets. She’s undercover but has to call her ex-fiance Avi to come get her out of the mess she’s gotten herself into.

I enjoyed the pace of the story, it was quick but didn’t feel rushed. This is the third book in the Gilded Love Series and as always I’m listening out of turn. I haven’t listened to the first 2 in the series but this is a standalone so it didn’t matter.

Grab this story for a quick, action packed story that will hold your attention for sure.

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 12-25-21

Super quick undercover romantic drama

A second chance romance with a little bit of undercover drama as Jasmine goes solo to try and unravel a human trafficking ring. When she finds herself in a sticky situation as she poses as an exotic dancer, she calls on her ex, Avi, to come and save the day (or not). Narration by Jacob Morgan (swoon), and Nicole Small, who work beautifully in sync with each other as they try to escape the luxury mansion they’ve infiltrated. Quick thinking and some stealthy moves in this super quick, super enjoyable novella. Works well on audio thanks to some excellent narration.

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  • Bran.d (amour.Rebelle92)
  • 12-24-21

Intro to Hexagon🖤

Though I wish we could’ve gotten a bit more story I did enjoy this short audiobook. Jacob is perfect as Avi (totally why I listened😑). Nicole is a new to me narrator but I loved her performance. I can’t wait to listen to other books in this series.

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 12-23-21

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As much as I was hooked on the second chance romance between sassy survivor (in more ways than one) Jasmine and fixer Avi, I feel like this was way too short, especially because we didn't really get a proper conclusion. It was certainly eluded to, but I'd have loved to see a touch more of their reunion than what we got. But the plot and the suspense was more than enough to get me hooked with this. I volunteered to listen and review a complimentary copy of this. All opinions are my own.