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Summary

Dakota Scott has spent her entire adult life trying to outrun her past, but even the privilege and reputation her family name affords her haven't helped her forget. Her mother's mental illness and the memory of the night that haunts her from so long ago won't release her. When the one woman with the power to set her free shows up, Dakota is drawn to her, but she is a painful reminder of everything Dakota has been trying desperately to escape. When Jessie Weldon returns to her hometown after thirty years of avoiding it, she knows she has demons to face and a conflicted past to resolve, but she has no idea love awaits her. Can she give her heart to Dakota with the tragic past that lies between them?

©2018 Jeannie Levig (P)2018 Bold Strokes Books, Inc

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Another cracking narration

Lori Prince is a fantastic narrator who brings the characters to life. The story was rich and full with many layers, to keep the interest throughout. Excellent book

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  • Emily
  • 27-03-18

Really nice job by author and narrator.

I really enjoyed this book. In fact I think it's one of the better ones I've listened to from this genre. Lori Prince, your narration in this book is my favorite of yours yet. It was an emotional page turner.

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  • Kris
  • 15-06-18

An amazing boom.. you can not pass up!!!!

This was a really good book I found the raw emotions from each character to be realistically sound. The story line was easy to follow. It kept me engaged and wanting...like any good read should. I was heartbroken for the MCs and hopeful to the end for their love. It was really heartwarming and I would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Tammi
  • 30-03-20

Good listen, a little sad

I enjoyed the pace of this book. It didn’t jump around too much and it was captivating enough that I wasn’t checking to see how much time was left. I always have the same likes and dislikes with Lori Prince. Her narration is great. Usually the main characters are good, but sometimes I feel like the tone switches or they start sounding the same. I felt that here and it gets confusing. Some of her voices are too whiny for my taste, as well. Over all I liked the book, but found it sad throughout.

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  • Emma
  • 03-02-22

Good story, good narration, overall mostly good

You know I’m a bit stumped over what my feelings are for this one. I think honestly this is rounded up to a 3.5 and maybe upon more reflection it might bump up to a 4, because it has a lot going for it that I did enjoy. But… I’m a lot more of an emotional rater than a “this is well done, objectively” one. And something here never quite clicked all the way for me. A lot of the pieces were great, though!

I listened to the audiobook version narrated by one of my favs, Lori Prince (that’s what I picked up the title, I’m not familiar with this author). I enjoyed her narration, as I pretty much always do, however this might be a case of sometimes a narrator makes a choice that just for whatever reason doesn’t quite vibe with you, and it colors how you view the characters and the story. I am particularly susceptible to this when it comes to character voices. There are certain voices that I love by narrators that I regularly listen to, AND there are ones that tend to put me off. Depending on which voice affectation a character is given, and my relationship to that character shifts. In this particular story, that happened. I loved the voice Lori Prince gave Jessie—it’s one of the ones in her repertoire that I adore. However, I didn’t like the one she gave Dakota, and it bummed me out the whole time. She gave Dakota this really deep voice (that I think is one she often uses for male characters) and I couldn’t figure out why, and (for me) it didn’t quite make sense and I also didn’t really love it. (I tend to not connect with deeper feminine voices, this happens to me with a lot of Abby Craden’s narration when she uses a particular deep affectation on some of her characters, too). It’s a personal thing, but there you go. It definitely played some part in me not quite connecting with Dakota, I think.

Regardless of that, there were some loose end things that also left me a little wanting. I thought the ending felt really rushed, and the about face from Jessie threw me a little. I would have liked a little more resolution with Dakota and her family, and maybe a little more with Jessie and her students, Mel and Ian. Overall, the romance was definitely different and ambitious in terms of plot stuff and I did enjoy it! It’s just not one that’s going to make it to my favs list, I don’t think, but maybe I’ll revisit it again sometime and see how that might change. I do rec it! A lot of my issues were pretty personal and mindset things, and I will look out for this author in the future

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  • 17-01-22

Well done, emotional and explicit

Couldn't stop listening... The start frustrated me, as the details came, I understood why... I laughed, smiled, cried and wanted love to win out. You'll need to listen to see if it does. Lori Prince does an amazing job as usual.

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  • Constance
  • 14-02-21

mature MCs & powerful story

loved this book. the story was so well written and then retold by sn amazing narration. emotional page turner..intense and there are two amazing teachers as MCs!!!

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  • Tami
  • 29-10-20

Whew that’s a lot of anxiety

Unique & interesting plot, sweet love story overall, & steamy romantic moments. Just a TON of angst. And I mean almost to the point of being absurd & kinda felt like it was thrown in just to serve as points of drama that was senseless & made the story feel a bit drawn out. Also, Lori Prince did great job with narration...I just wasn’t crazy about her voice for Dakota. At times she sounded more like a lofty teenage boy than a 50 y/o semi-butch woman...& it was kinda awkward. At times I laughed (not at anything funny, just the way she was portraying the character’s pitch & tone). It’s a decent book though & narration was perfect other than the Dakota thing. I enjoy the author’s writing style overall. But the angst & teen boy voice kept me from giving it 5 stars across the board & not sure this one will be permanent installment in my library.

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  • soar1024
  • 12-09-20

Lots of angst...

...heartbreak, trauma, drama and dithering. Some romance, sex intimacy and sweetness. Lori Prince’s narration is great.

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  • Ann Hartman
  • 18-09-19

Very nice story

I enjoyed this story. I thought the author did a really good job with the story for the characters to overcome the situations. It felt very believable. The supporting characters were also well done and were in it just the right amount and also meaningful, especially Drew & Curtis.

I admit I wasn't crazy about the narrator. Though I did like that she didn't do a femme/butch voice, I found the main characters voices too similar. Just not different enough,both very deep and husky. Sounded like two versions of Angie Harmon. I did think that the narrator did a very good job with the sex and crying scenes. Lastly, sometime it sounded like she confused her narrator voice with a character's voice.

I do wish there had been an epilogue.

Overall, I really enjoyed this audiobook.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-09-19

Absolutely in Love!

I adore this book! Such a sweet and heartwarming story of Jessica and Dakota. The character and relationship development was just right. It's one of those books that doesnt just tug on your heart strings, it yanks them at full force. As always, Lori Prince does an amazing job with the narration. I highly reccomend this amazing work by Jeannie Levig! Buy it, now!