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Banging the Enemy

Narrated by: Jason Clarke, Lili Valente
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Pop quiz: You just banged a rock star you vowed to loathe until the end of time. What’s next? 

Hint: You don’t agree to be his fake girlfriend. And you certainly don’t fall in love…

Once upon a time, Cutter Comstock was the hot older boy who tormented me in high school. Fast forward 13 years and I find myself in his bed, riding him like the last stud at the sex rodeo.

Needless to say, mistakes have been made.

But as a chef, I turn food flops around all the time. I can turn this around, too. All I have to do is ignore the insufferably gorgeous (and generally insufferable) Cutter until he goes on tour.

Too bad my nemesis has other plans.

Cutter wants my help winning back the one who got away and he knows just the bait to dangle - the chance to open my own restaurant in a dream location.

I can pull off pretending to be the devil’s devoted girlfriend in order to make my dreams come true. Right??

But what happens when my dreams start to include the clever, funny, unexpectedly sweet man Cutter has become?

©2020 Lili Valente (P)2020 Lili Valente

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  • Theresa Martin
  • 03-02-20

Cutter Comstock was a total surprise!

Cutter Comstock has a filthy mouth, and I’m absolutely in love with him. I wondered how Cutter’s story was going to unfold, and I didn’t see this one. Cutter is the most layered guy of his band mates. Not that the other guys are boring, because they certainly aren’t. They’re just more in touch with their feelings than Cutter. No spoilers, but he’s got a complicated backstory.

Theo is her usual workaholic self. Being the chef extraordinaire, Theo thinks of nothing else but her job, and making all her friends with her gastric delights. When she takes Cutter up on his offer for a fake relationship to help woo an ex-girlfriend, they’re both in for a few shocking revelations.

As their story unfolds, they both discover so much about each other and themselves. Cutter has the dirtiest mouth of the guys in Lips on Fire, and I’m grateful for Jason Clarke and Lili Valente for doing an amazing job narrating.

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  • coffeegoddesstk
  • 04-02-20

A Real Treat

I adore Lili Valente and all of her books, and the Bangover series has been a true delight. Lili's great at writing characters that are more than meets the eye, and the boys of Lips On Fire are no exception. Take Cutter Comstock, for instance. He's living the rockstar life, with his dirty mouth, his devil may care approach to love, and his fear of all things commitment. But, wait, could there be some romance under that bad boy exterior? Yep, and who'd have thought that this love 'em and leave 'em heartbreaker would want to ever settle down? Enter Theo Devi, Cutter's longtime nemesis. She wants something, and so does he, so why not scratch each other's backs to get it? Oh, when will they ever learn...

I was already way in love with Cutter Comstock when I started this book. He's stood disdainfully by while his bandmates have found true love, but, him, well, he's the holdout. Or is he? When the one that got away suddenly becomes available, Cutter's going to have to prove that he's the keeping kind. And who better to help him out than Theo. She can help give him the image that he needs to win another lady's heart, and, in return, Cutter will help her achieve her dream of owning her own restaurant. What could possibly go wrong?

This story, like the others in the series, had my heart from the get-go. Cutter and Theo are hardly a match made in heaven, at least until they open their eyes and see what they have in each other. Lili's sure to deliver a HEA, and these two surely deserve it. With all the stock Lili sass, sizzle, and snark, BANG ON LOOSELY hit all the marks for me. Jason Clarke and Lili Valente herself did a, um, bang-up job with the narration, making a fun, sexy, and sweet story even better. This and all the other books in the Bangover series are pure entertainment, and must-listens (and reads!), so make room on your TBH (to be heard) and enjoy. ❤️

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  • Della M. Deventuri
  • 25-02-20

Happy ever after

Excellent listening. Did the whole thing in two days. Needed a story with a happy ending and the author delivered it.

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  • Tammy L Clevenger
  • 22-02-20

Lili Valente 💋

Cutter and Theo's story is amazingly hot❣ It has all the feels that will make your heart swoon ❣

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  • jacki
  • 18-02-20

Amazing

Excellent story.
Excellent soothing voices.
Swoon worthy epilogue.

The dynamic between these characters was breathtaking. They were perfect together before they ever even knew it

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  • Jen Valencia
  • 10-02-20

As amazing I expected it to be! 5+ stars!

Just like with writing duos, I have certain narrator pairings that I've come to consider as personal favorites. Ever since I started to listening to Lili Valente's Bangover series, I've added a new pair to that list of favorites of mine: Lili Valente and Jason Clarke. I can't get enough of these two, and now they've taken things up a notch with the third book in the series, Bang On Loosely. This is Cutter and Theo's story, and it brings together the enemies-to-lovers trope with the fake relationship story angle. There are times when combined tropes don't work out too well--i.e. too many things going on all at once--but Valente has struck a balance of sorts, in turn creating a story line that had me eager to find out how these two were going to not only get over their mutual dislike for each other but also try to keep under wraps the pesky attraction they've always felt towards their frenemy. I already loved reading the eBook, but with Valente and Clarke bringing Cutter and Theo to life, and making an already wonderful story even better. Five-plus stars for Bang On Loosely!

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  • LAS
  • 04-02-20

Brilliant narration and a great romcom!

Cutter and Theo are both such funny characters. They are well-written, no-holds-barred and totally unapologetic in their beliefs. What's amazing is how quickly Cutter goes from thinking he wants his old love to realizing that he's put her on a pedestal and he really, really wants the sassy, chatty, challenging lady that accepts him for who he is even though she pretends she doesn't like him. Their enemies-to-lovers/fake romance story is fun and fast-paced.

As for narration, Lili Valente and Jason Clarke are amazing! I always love their narration, and they do not disappoint. You can hear the humor in Jason Clarke's delivery, so he drops every snarky line from Cutter just as you expect. Phenomenal.

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  • Ap2514
  • 03-02-20

Reformed Bad Boy:)

I’m a big fan of Lili Valente’s writing style should it should come as no surprise that I loved this book!
While Cutter Comstock comes across as a bad boy rocker looking to reform his image, there’s so much more to him than that. It just takes awhile for him to realize it. Enter Theodora, the one woman who is immune to his charm and good looks and is ready to put him in his place, but what will happen if she loses her heart to him in the process?
Both of these narrators did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life, I look forward to listening to many more books by them.

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  • Lisa Hines
  • 03-02-20

Review: Bang On Loosely

Bang on Loosely by Lili Valente is another stand alone in her Inter-connected standalone "Bang" series. We got a taste of Theo and Cutter's history and relationship (or lack thereof) in Enemies with Bang-ifits, a free prequel story to Bang on Loosely but you just don't know and understand until you live through it with them within these pages. God Lord! The angst, the sarcasm, the sheer unadulterated swagger that Cutter possesses matched with Theo's honest to God cannot deal with Cutter's crap attitude!

Theo is a workaholic. A successful head chef at a nice restaurant but after attaining her dream job and position and title she finds herself still restless. When Cutter comes back off tour with the rest of the band she plans to ignore him but he has different plans. And bless his heart - his actions are saying one thing while his inner monologue is utterly oblivious to the fact that he is falling for Theo. Hard! With Cutter's help Theo realizes how stagnant and unfulfilling her current job is and they make plans for more. Only problem is, Cutter still thinks he needs Theo's help winning back his "One That Got Away" without realizing that she is right under his nose all while Theo is trying desperately to not fall further for Cutter.

The audio narration is phenomenal. Jason Clarke is dreamy in his portrayal of Cutter. Swagger and sex drenching all the words and Lili not only write bomb-tatsic amazing quirky sexy romances, she narrates the crap out of them too! Well Done!

These books have all the fun and quirkiness for a light read with just enough angst, drama and feels to make them a truly worthwhile read! Enjoy!

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  • KindleKat64
  • 03-02-20

Chock full of all the good stuff!!

This book is fantastic! Funny, charming and full of shenanigans, of course, Theo & Cutter's journey will entertain you from the get-go. Incredible and dynamic chemistry will keep these frenemies from staying that way for too long. I love their relationship and watching it develop into the greatest love is so very special. And yes, as Cutter realizes his true feelings for Theo, he will make you swoon! Lili's brand of humor is always right up my alley. I just adore the internal dialogue the characters have with themselves! I laughed out loud so often! Jason Clarke as Cutter (sigh-what a voice he has) and Lili herself as Theo (love her voice too), were absolutely AMAZING!!!! They really brought Theo and Cutter to life in the best of ways!! Great story, great characters! Another winner for Lili Valente!

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