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Bagging Alice (Standalone)

Babes of Brighton, Book 3
Narrated by: Victoria Riley
Series: Babes of Brighton Series, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Romance, Romantic Comedy
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Summary

Alice is used to taking photographs for a living – not having intimate pictures of herself posted for all the world to see, thanks to a disgruntled ex-boyfriend. Now her clients are cancelling appointments, and she’s almost out of cash. What else could go wrong? Oh yeah, her roommate has scarpered, leaving Alice completely out of luck.  

Enter Tom "man whore" Maddens. Having disappointed his father one time too many, he moves to Brighton, ready for a new start. And where better to begin it than in Alice’s newly-vacant spare room? And if he tries to seduce her at the same time? Well, he’s just living up to his reputation isn’t he?  

But then he didn’t bank on actually falling for her. Will his reputation as a commitment phobe put a stop to any sparks between the pair? Or can Alice put aside her trust issues and take a leap of faith for Tom?

©2018 Laura Barnard (P)2020 Laura Barnard

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A Fab Listen!!

The Brighton Babes are back and I have to give this story five stars as I found myself laughing from the moment the audiobook started. It was just what I needed to lift my mood.

I've listened to all three books in the series and all of them were brilliant. This is Alice and, man whore. Tom Maddens story and it is not to be missed. The narrator Victoria Riley was great as Alice, it was like listening to a friend.

Alice and Tom are not without their ups and downs and are a very unlikely pair to be coupled you'd have thought. It takes them both a while to realise that they're actually made for each other. Of course, they are joined by the whole gang from the previous stories and I just loved it. The friendship they all have with each other is just great.

If you've read or listened to the other two books in the series then you wouldn't want to miss this one.

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Worth a listen

This is worth a listen and at times had me laughing out loud, not only due to the story but also due to the superb narration.

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Very funny with great narration

A really fun, light-hearted romp. Bought to life splendidly by the narrator. (More from her please).

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Hilarious RomCom

Alice Watts is flipping hilarious, her words (she has such a potty mouth), her outlook on life, and her friends. I was outwardly laughing throughout. Then there’s arrogant, smug and annoyingly cute Tom ‘man whore’ Maddens. Gross, obnoxious, yet vulnerable at the same time, he made many decisions that to me were unacceptable, yet true to life. Some you may say are unforgivable, a lot of the things he did were all to forget Alice and his wayward thoughts of her. At the same time he could be so sweet, thoughtful and caring. I spent half my time hating his life choices and the other half loving him. I understand why Alice didn’t stand a chance against him. They both appeared to have got themselves in pickles one way or another, it was certainly entertaining discovering how they were going to fix their messes. Oh, and can I just say the scene with Pickles in the park was hilarious. Great writing, a totally addictive story, and true to life characters. Narrated by new to me Victoria Riley, who did a bang up job of narrating both Alice and Tom.

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loved every minute

Really funny writing. Great narration. Highly recommend. Loved ever minute of it. A top read.

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  • Daisy
  • 05-08-20

Funny

The narrator did an amazing job. I enjoyed listening to the story and Alice made me laugh through out the story. The only issue I have is that I really couldn't connect with the Tom's character. At the beginning I understood he was meant to be unlikable, but it didn't change for me as the book ended. If not for that issue it would have been a 5 star rating for romance comedy.

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  • Erin Lewis
  • 27-07-20

Enjoyed the story

Although I have read a few books by Laura Barnard, the narrator Victoria Riley is relatively new to me . This is an enemies to lovers story and since I was in Brighton last year, I could easily visualize the scenery ans the places that were talked about.

When Alice life begins to implode thanks to a vindictive ex, she has no alternative but to look for someone to share her flat. Tom “Man Whore” Maddens need a fresh start and when he is looking for a place to stay, some mutual friends suggest he shares with Alice. Alice is initially against the idea but once reality sets in, she realises she has no choice and this is when the fun really begins.

Despite themselves the chemistry and attraction between Alice and Tom is intense. Add in an adopted puppy called Pickles and there were some humorous situations occurring. I really enjoyed the camaraderie with the secondary characters who were entertaining.

Can Tom convince Alice that he is a changed man and that there is more to him than his previously wild ways? As their relationship develops Can Alice and Tom, get through the emotional baggage from their past as well as deal with the issues they are currently facing professionally? Or will Alice’s continued judgement of Tom’s behaviour push him back to his man about town ways?

I enjoyed the story line however I could not relate to the narrator at all. I felt that her male voices in particular did not do justice to the story and it distracted me. However, that is just my opinion.

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  • Drifter
  • 20-07-20

A challenging love story!

I asked to receive this free review audible book and wrote this unbiased review. Laura Bernard has written such a realistic love story that covers many of today's issues. Some of the issues addressed are workplace sexual harassment by a female boss, sexual pictures posted on the internet without consent, death and the "what ifs" that follow it, discontent in families, revenge, and building relationships. Tom and Alice did not plan on falling in love but as their relationship develops they find that there will be many pitfalls along the way. The big question they have to answer is whether these challenges will tear them apart or bring them together.

Victoria Riley did a brilliant job of portraying the emotions and personalities of these characters. When I get so involved with the story that lack of dual narration isn't an issue, I know that the narrator has done an excellent job. I highly recommend this Audible book.