Working Stiff

Runaway Billionaires, Book 1
Narrated by: Joe Arden
Series: Runaway Billionaires, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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Here’s the problem: When Rox was hired, she told her smoking-hot boss Cash that she was married, but she’s not. Now, three years later, she’s kind of accidentally living with him, and he’s being a perfect gentleman, dang it.

Everybody in the office said that Cash was a heartbreaker and that he’d bump her and dump her, so Rox decided not to become a statistic. She went out and bought herself some rings of the finest cubic zirconia so that she could work with Cash, who was several inches over six feet tall, emerald-eyed, ripped, gorgeous, his tailored suit clinging to his athletic body, sporting a British accent, and loaded.

It had seemed like such a good idea at the time.

But now, three years later, she and Cash have become friends. They travel together for work often, and they’re the best of buddies. When Rox gets thrown out of her apartment, Cash insists that she come live with him until they can find her a place because that’s what friends do.

Now, even though everyone insists that Cash never goes after married women, something about him has changed. There are little touches, little slips, and Rox is more and more tempted to tell hunky, gorgeous Cash that she never was married.

And then, he’ll take her and break her, and then he’ll walk away, and then she’ll lose her job, and she still hasn’t found a place to live.

And yet, every time he looks at her with mischief in his dark green eyes, every time they’re teasing and it somehow turns into tickling, every time she swats at him and somehow ends up in his arms, she wants so much to risk everything.

What’s a working stiff to do when she falls in love with her friend, the boss?

Includes special sneak peek of Stiff Drink, the second book in this series.

©2016 Terri Kay Kenyon (P)2019 Terri Kay Kenyon

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Loved it as an ebook and now as an audiobook!

I read and reviewed the ebook of Working Stiff when it was first released back in 2016. That's over 3 years, and about 800 books, ago. So, while I still remembered bits of it, I was very excited to listen to the just-released audiobook performed by Joe Arden.

This is a long audiobook, coming in at over 12 hours, and I devoured it in one day! I managed to get a bit of laundry done while I was listening to it but otherwise, I was focused totally on the wonderful sounds coming through my headphones. It's the first audiobook I've listened to by Joe Arden and now I know why he's so popular. A quick search of Audible show he has over 340 titles there!

I read over my original review and there isn't anything I'd change. I sill continue to love the books she's written and look forward to listening to more of them as audiobooks.

Below is a copy of my original review written back in May of 2016:
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Blair Babylon has done it again! I love this book!

I’ve been in love with Blair Babylon’s books for quite a while now. Each time I read a new one, her stories continue to captivate me.

Working Stiff is the latest addition to her Billionaires in Disguise (BID) world but it’s also the start of a new series she’s titled Runaway Billionaires. This book is a standalone – no cliffhanger. Yay!! You don’t need to have read any of her other BID books to enjoy this one but you really should because they are great.

Rox doesn’t want to become another notch on her boss’s infamous belt so she tells him she’s married when he hires her.

Cash doesn’t mess with married women – ever – but being around Rox is sorely testing his resolve.

Fate throws the two of them together in more than just a day-to-day business way and the sparks fly (in more ways than one).

Blair has penned a captivating story filled with romance, mystery, intrigue and no small amount of humor. You will be more than satisfied with the conclusion of this story (there truly is no cliffhanger) but I think you will also be curious to read the upcoming stories for Cash’s friends Arthur and Maxence.

P.S. Don’t let anyone tell you romance novels are a bunch of crap written at grade school reading levels. Here are a few of the words I had to look up as I read this book:
teester
aesthete
musth


A copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

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Great story!

This was a great story that is beautifully written and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I enjoyed the characters as they seemed real despite the secrets that they held. It was action packed with a plot that moved along with a few surprises. The characters were funny, strong, believable as well as loveable throughout the story. Rox had real relationship concerns when it came to Cash and Cash had a heartbreaking past that was not the sole focus of the story. I rooted for them to be together from the beginning and was hooked from the first chapter.
In the audio version of this book, the narration by Joe Arden was performed well and made Cash and Rox's story that much more enjoyable.
I have enjoyed all of Blair's books and can not wait to see what the next book has in store for her readers. I look forward to possible short updates on Rox and Cash as well.

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Working Stiff

This is my first book by this author but definitely not the last. Casimir (Cash) is a LA lawyer who is really a Dutch prince but no one knows it and he is notoriously the man who sleeps with all the women and then ghosts them but there are no hurt feelings (go figure). Rox is his paralegal and she is warned on her first day about him and she immediately sets herself up as the "married" coworker so he will not hit on her and she will always be the one to be able to work with him. Little does she know but he has been crushing on her for three years even though she is "married" and when she unexpectedly becomes homeless due to her cats he insists she come stay with him. After a car accident, which she witnesses, she turns into his nurse and protector. Let me say, these two are special and working together and developing not only a friendship but solid feelings before moving on them worked for them. We are left with the mystery of who was trying to kill Casimir but no worries I thoroughly enjoyed this one and recommend it.

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Excellent listen.

If I own a hard copy of a book, I very seldom purchase the audio. My theory is, why own two of the same book? However, this is one of my favorite authors, so decided to take a chance and I now own both. There is a difference in reading and listening. When you read, sometimes you miss parts of the story, when you listen to a book, it is up close and personal. Blair Babylon writes hot, steamy books, with the addition of a storyline that grabs the reader and yanks them into the story. This is one hot, steamy, involved listen. Add this to your down load list.

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Working Stiff

Loved this book when it was first published. I loved it when I reread it Fall 2019. I just finished the audible, and I am blown away! The narrator performed it beautifully. I highly recommend this book. Can't wait to hear Arthur's story!

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Brilliant action story with a twist

I read Cash and Rox’s wild ride years ago, but with audiobook just coming out I had to listen to Joe Arden bring it to life!
Wow (fans self!)!
That was even more intense and steamy than I remember! I want to live in Blair’s world! The mind games, the running, the legalese.. I’m not telling you what to do but plan for the 12 hour commitment or people will ask where you have been!

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Working Stiff

This was a book you couldn’t put down, didn’t want to end, and want more of!!! It was a great story and I wish Blair had more of her books on Audiable. I so would love to devour them! It was sexy, funny, hot, suspenseful, and has a HEA.
Joe Arden love your Narrative as always.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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OMG!

This was an absolute fabulous read, so sorry it had to end. I can read this again and again and again!!

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Wonderful story!<br />

This is a well written story. The characters are very likeable . The narrator's has the right tone and pace to bring the characters to life. I love this story, it is a must have in your library. Congratulations Miss Babylon, this is a winner!

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This is awesome

What an engaging group of characters, and I enjoyed watching this trio of friends support each other. I was so happy Rox and Cash gave in to their hearts' desires. I enjoyed the intrigue, humor, heat, and mental stimuli within this story. This series is amazing already. The narrator's voices and expressions were great. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this story and am giving an honest review.

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  • serenechaosnyc
  • 03-26-20

Unexpected but so much fun

I requested and received this audiobook and this is the first book I've read/listened to by Blair Babylon and I loved it. It was unexpected- I don't actually know what I expected but it played like a rom-com with action and it was entertaining to the point that I didn't want to stop listening. Casimir was awesome- a playboy at first glance but sweet and wonderful (thought alpha) in reality. Rox has a heart of gold and a spine of steel and she's the perfect counter to Casimir. Their banter was amazing, I giggled so much. The action was fantastic, making this 12 hour book go really fast. The addition of Max and Arthur made me look forward to the next installments. And then, Joe Arden, with his different accents for Casimir, Arthur, Max, Rox and other characters was done wonderfully. I think the only thing that I found less than exceptional is that his Rox voice sounded a bit less energetic than other characters. However, his reading totally elevated the story and there were many times I forgot that this reading was just ONE person. I'm in awe of his skill.

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  • Voracious Book Addict
  • 02-01-20

Delightfully Unexpected

I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this book. I received a code for it and because I adore Joe Arden's narration i jumped at the chance to have him in my ears for 12 + Hours. Man oh Man I was not disappointed. Did you know Joe Arden could do European / British accents? I had no idea and it was a welcome surprise! Right out of the gate the narration was on point. Now a good narration in a book can only get you so far. You also need a good story and this one had so much drama I was on edge the whole time! Secrets and Mysteries, espionage and danger, there was about 2 hours towards the end where my heart was racing and I could not stop listening. This book is a hands down must listen, because it has a little something for everyone.

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  • Sara B
  • 01-19-20

Absolutely Brilliant This was a brilliantly compo

This was a brilliantly composed Billionaire contemporary romance, with phenomenal narration. The storyline is riveting, it sucks you in, immersing you from start to finish. The characters are absolutely intriguing, genuine with real depth to their personalities. I absolutely adore the main characters, Cash and Roz, their connection is tangible, and their chemistry is scorching hot.

Joe Arden is one of my favorite narrators, aside from having a fantastic voice, he is utterly talented. He captures the essence of the characters, the emotions found in the pages, bringing the entirety of the story to life.

Working Stiff is a perfect combination of exceptional storyline, fabulous characters, and outstanding narration; I highly recommend it.

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  • V S.
  • 01-10-20

Wow....

I loved this book. I had previously read some of the authors other books, and was keen to try this audio book.. It did not disappoint. I'm only upset that not all of the authors works are available on Audible yet..... Can't wait for that next one!!!

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  • Bookaholic
  • 01-05-20

Working Stiff

What a great story, sexy hunks, action, and drama what else is there

This is a wonderful story that pulls you in so that you get taken along for the ride with all the different characters

The Narration brings the characters to life

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  • Jan M
  • 12-29-19

Great Listen!

Working Stiff by Blair Babylon pulled me in immediately. I loved the story of Cash and Roz. Joe Arden was magical bringing the numerous characters to life with distinguishable voices. This is definitely a steamy listen, and not predictable.

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 12-26-19

This audio will work on your heart

Love this listen . It’s a slow burn love story . There are some funny moments that had me laughing my head off Especially with some cats screams . Both Characters are strong willed . The author wrote a strong story with many levels. The story will have you guessing till the very end . What is Casmir hiding . You will wonder when Casmir will tell Rox who he real is . What I love more is both Cash and Rox have a real relationship between both of them . Yes Rox is a paralegal for Cash but they never crossed the line until well into the story . I had to get the story once I saw Joe was the narrator.

Joe Arden performance was perfect . Love how he did the accents , British, and a Dutch . He’s female voice was great .

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 12-21-19

Fantastic can’t rate it high enough

Ok this book was one of those over the top books that you just crave more of. The characters were larger than life and so well developed they were intriguing and enjoyable.

The storyline was so exciting that I just kept listening even though I did not have time to be listening. The side characters are so entertaining and solid characters too. I can’t wait to see what they get up to

I Loved the narrators accents and the personality he added to the characters and as an interesting note only 1 out my of 8 kittens didn’t love his voice the others curl up on and around my phone whilst this book was playing so I think that speaks highly of his abilities.

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  • Debbie, 1970, UK
  • 12-11-19

An Exciting, Enjoyable, Sexy & Explosive Story!💥

An Exciting, Enjoyable, Sexy & Explosive Story!💘🔥💥🌟 A 4.5 Star Listen 🎧😍🌟
Audiobook by Audible 🎧
Working Stiff
Runaway Billionaires, Book 1
By: Blair Babylon
Narrated by: Joe Arden
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins

This is one of my most favourite books to read! 📚 The chance to listen it come to life in another's voice, other than the ones in my head, was too exciting to pass up!🎧

Cash & Rox have a fabulous working relationship, he's a hotshot L.A Lawyer & she's his Paralegal. In fact, due to his dating practices & her very 'fake marriage' she was the only Paralegal he'd work with & she was safe from his lady killer ways precisely because of her fake wedding rings - he NEVER touched married women!😉 So although Rox lusted after him privately it could never amount to anything even if his gaze ever happened to swing her way!🙈 They were the perfect Work Husband & Wife but that was all ..... Right??😳

One immediate eviction notice, one kindly offer from a dear friend and one car accident later things had become a LOT more complicated!!🔥😍💥Boy, does Cash/ Casimir/ Caz have some secrets!😲 His two bestfriends, Arthur & Maxence, really set the 'cat amongst the pigeons' for this couple too.😂 I loved those two guys!🔥🙏💙
Nefarious & deadly plots are in play, can our pair survive & become more?🙏💕

I thought, overall, the Narrator did a really good job. His 'Rox' & 'Maxence' voices were particularly good 👍 He mispronounced a number of words which dragged me out of the story, much like a bad spelling mistake or big grammatical error might in a written book!😟 However, they are fairly obscure-ish words & I'm English so we may just pronounce them differently?!🙈

One thing I noticed in the Audiobook, that I hadn't really noticed whilst I was reading it, was how many times Rox put herself down regarding her weight.😢 I knew it was an issue about herself that she was dealing with. It certainly didn't impact her professional standing in any way, but I suppose having the same problem myself, but it made me wince internally every time she called herself 'Chubby'!!🙈😕 I hasten to add, No one else ever mentioned it, it was definitely her own internal problem! This is just a personal observation!

I really enjoyed hearing this book!😍 I haven't re-read it in a while so it was perfect timing for me for this release!🙏 For anyone who hasn't read any books by this Author before, this is probably one of the best ones to start with. It's not quite as interlinked as the 'Billionaires in Disguise' & 'Rockstars in Disguise' books. It still does have interlinked characters though, for sure!!
I highly recommend this Audiobook.🎧🌹🎉

Debbie, 1970, UK