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Within These Walls: Book 1

By: J.L. Berg
Series: Within These Walls, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (234 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

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.

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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.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Erin
  • Millers Creek, NC, United States
  • 10-23-15

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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loved it

loved it from start to finish great narration great story will listen to more by author !!

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great read/listen

loved the story and the message. enough twists, though often predictable to keep you engaged. definitely recommended.

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Second chances

Jude meets Lailah when he is working as an orderly on the cardiac floor of a hospital in California. She was born with a heart defect and has spent more time in a hospital than out, yet despite all her disappointments she has looked at life with a positive attitude. She even composed a "bucket "list" of things she would like to do.
Jude sees Lailah eating chocolate pudding out of a cup using her finger, giggling as she scoops up the contents and licks her finger (no spoon was left with the pudding cup).
Jude has been in a grieving tomb since the death of Megan, his finance, three years ago. He blames himself because he asked her to drive home after they both had been out drinking . Megan's parents wanted to donate her organs but Jude begged them not to as he was sure she was going to wake up. As one would expect in a romance novel, the heart recipient would have been Lailah. But, seeing Lailah giggling at something as simple as a pudding cup starts the healing process that Jude had yet to begin.
Unknown to all the staff Jude works with, is that he is a multi millionaire, one of two sons of the Cavenaugh family from New York City. Something broke inside Jude after the death of his fiancé to the point that he walked away from the money, power, large apartment, suits, and luxury cars. Since then he lives in a small apartment, drives a used car and has traded suits and ties for tees and jeans.
One of his favorite doctors, Dr. Marcus, happens to be Lailah's cardiologist. The two men have a unique relationship given the difference in their income level and Marcus sees Jude coming out of his "fog" the more Jude spends time with Lailah.
The story is told from Lailah and Jude's POV and the supporting characters, Lailah's mother, Dr. Marcus, her friend Grace and in a very minor appearance, Jude's brother, Roman, all add to the story.
The narrators do an excellent job of bringing Jude and Lailah to life for the listener.
This is the first of three books for this series. Interestingly, you don't need to read the second or third book as there is no cliffhanger (YEAH!) Book 2 continues Jude and Lailah's relationship with their wedding, stresses on the couple from outside sources, Jude at the helm of the Cavanaugh company and his relationship with a seemingly difficult Roman. Book 3 is devoted to Roman for the most part.
I liked the first book so much that I did listen to books 2 and 3. You won't be disappointed in either of them.
All in all, this was a very good story, deserving of 4.5 stars.
Oh, and enjoy Lailah's bucket list. It is awesome at how many simple things she wants to experience, many that most people take for granted.

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Emotional story

The narrators did a great job telling this emotional story of second chances with life and love.

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WOW!

All I can say is just WOW! Jude had been dealt a tough hand and so did Lala. I won’t give anything else away, but if you miss this one it will be your own fault! Wonderful story and narrator.

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loved it!

loved it! sweet story, likeable Characters, story line flowed.

awesome narration, loved both the male and female narrators.

love scenes were sweet, fun, and sexy. not overdone or too crazy detailed.

one of my fav recent reads, and I've been busting out a new romance novel every other day with my audible.... give me my earbuds and I'm a happy woman!

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Warm and sweet

This audiobook about a girl with a congenital heart problem causing her heart to fail and a man who lost his love in a car accident was so sweet and emotional. The characters were very likable and the story inventive. Narration was also well done.