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Publisher's Summary

From USA Today best-selling author J.L. Berg, comes a breathtaking story that shows us how love truly can conquer all... even the most damaged of hearts.

Within these walls, he became my solace, my sanctuary, and my strength. I am not strong. I am just a survivor of circumstance. Isn't that what we all do? Survive? Each of us has our own set of circumstances to muddle through. Mine are just more.... complicated.

Born with a severe heart defect, I've seen the inside of a hospital room more than my own bedroom. I was drowning, a prisoner to the illness that owned me, until he appeared. He thinks he's blocked out the world with his tattoos and hard exterior, but I see the real Jude, the one he so desperately wants to forget. But is he the answer to my prayers or will he break my already damaged heart forever?

My name is Lailah Buchanan, and this is our story of hope, redemption, and sacrificing it all for the one you love.

©2014 J.L. Berg (P)2014 Audible Inc.

What listeners say about Within These Walls: Book 1

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Felicity MUNROE talks LIKE Willam SHATNER. She stresses almost every other word. IF I can make IT through THE book I may CHANGE rating.

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I enjoyed this series a lot. The storyline wasn't very original but the way it all ends makes this story stand out. Lailah has lived such a sheltered life that she has a lot of dreams for her future. Jude is hiding from his past and is pretty much knocked off his feet when he meet Lailah! This is a beautiful love story even if it feels a bit quick. Jude will do anything for her and that just melted my heart!

I loved how Jude's personality did a 180 with her and he started trying to find ways to check off some of her wishlist items. It was sweet and changed my thoughts about his character!

The narration grew on me, in the very beginning I wasn't crazy about with voice but it didn't take to long for me to forget about that completely.

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crying in public

damn you audio book for making me cry in public again.
what a Nice surprice this book was. New auther for me, new narrators. But really good and different then the rest of the books out there.

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Puple Unicorn!

I cannot give this duet enough stars. Let me preface this by saying there are two books, in the romance genre, that never had me yelling out loud, at least once, to one or both of the main characters, to get their heads out of various holes. No matter how much I love a novel, there is always a point, for me, where I am rolling my eyes and begging the author to move it along. It's a good book if that feeling lasts for less than a chapter.

Within These Walls and Beyond These Walls are the two books. Yes, you'll cry, but you will also laugh, a whole lot, and most importantly, you will still love Lailah and Jude and remember them long after the books end.

If you are like me, and always have an audiobook queued for shopping, skip these two in public. I traumatized a couple of Trader Joe's employees who were quite concerned over my tears in the wine section. I never considered myself a person who "bursts" into tears, but it happened.

It goes to show that listeners all have their own views on what makes a powerful narrator, I thought both were perfection.

Thank you, J.L. Berg!

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Very Nice Surprise

This was a free Kindle book with the Whispersynch Audible version available for $1.99 which allowed me to try out a new-to-me author without risking a credit or much hard-earned cash. As such, I wasn't expecting too much, maybe a little fluff to pass the time. Within These Walls was definitely more. I was pulled in rather quickly by the circumstances of the H and h who are good people in difficult situations and are easy to like. Lailah and Jude have been dealt some pretty crappy hands in their game of life and are in kind of a life limbo because they believe that the "something missing" that would give them back their lives has been lost forever and that's just the way it is....until they meet and start to hope again.

I was impressed with the story as a whole. It moved at a good pace without "instalove" and remained interesting throughout. It managed to be romantic without being too cheesy and sexy without too much, over-the-top, graphic sex. Oh, there was sex, but it was a necessary progression of the story, was well-written and wasn't the main focus of the book or even the token, gratuitous porn of the formulaic romance book. (For the record, I am totally fine with a little gratuitous porn, though I have to admit that I'm a little burned out on it seeming to be a requirement and do find my mind wandering during what have become the "obligatory dirty parts.") On the hot-o-meter, if Jane Austen is 1 and Lora Leigh is 9, this is about a 3.

Both narrators did a great job with the dual POV. I base that on the fact that I was not distracted by myriad mispronounced words, glaring errors in inflection or ridiculous voices. There are some better performers out there, but there are significantly worse ones who I've suffered through, so overall, I think they made a good team. 1-10, I'd say they were a 7.5.

Bottom line: I will be getting more books by this author and more audiobooks read by these narrators. I noticed that this story appears to continue as a series, but it could be a standalone and has no cliffhanger--another plus. Thank you, J.L. Berg. This listen is absolutely worth a credit or cash, but if you can still get it for less than a drink at a restaurant, don't hesitate.

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Sweet story

Beautiful story, and eloquently written. While the story was sad at times, it really managed to capture love in its purest form….looking forward to book 2. The female narrators voice was a tad annoying but easily overlooked because of the strong storyline.

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Great Story!!

I love romance stories but this one was even deeper with an underlying message. As much as I enjoy the romance- and the sexy scenes - this story really has a deeper message. 5 stars all the way around. Will check out more of this author.🔥🔥heat

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Too much

To much of here playing more me, he left me. What about her selfishness. She decided to give up. I would have left also. I hate it when books make a women a victim when it really is the man. He would have been there through the sickness and tough times if she would have been willing also.

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Good

This was the first book in "The Walls Duet" . This was a really good read Lailah Buchanan has spent her life in and out of hospitals she was born with congenital heart disease. Jude is a CNA, he took the job at the hospital after a tragic accident three years ago in which his fiance was killed. When Jude is switched to the cardiac wing he meets Lailah and they become friends. The longer they spend time together they begin having feelings for one another. After learning it's his fault that Lailah didn't get the heart that was designated for her for a transplant, he has extreme guilt and makes him more determined to make her happy any way he can. After they fall in love, Lailah finds out that her insurance has denied her request for a transplant. Tired of the things she's had to go through she decides to stop trying, which means she will die. Jude who is a billionaire is hiding from his life while Lailah is just wanted to have a normal life and do normal things. Jude he makes a deal with his brother that he will return to his family's company and run it and get it out of financial disaster if they will give him access to his trust fund immediately which he uses to secretly pay for Lailah's heart transplant although it means he has to leave her. This was a good read that I also listened to on audio. This book was well written with no errors in grammar or spelling. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

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Great book

This is not the typical book that I would read or listen to. I normally listen to the hot romance novels. In this book you get to hear the characters progress and grow. Someone that is completely broken finds loves again and sacrifices what makes him happy to allow someone to live. Very well written. The 2 narrators were very good as well. The story is somewhat slow. But very good all in all.