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The Challenge, Book 1
Narrated by: Rebecca McKernan
Series: The Challenge, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins

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Olivia Bailey is up for The Challenge. Why the heck wouldn't she be? With mariner qualifications piled high and engineering experience to rival someone twice her age, she's ready to take on the mighty Pacific Ocean and win.

But what about her fellow crew? Five guys, four nationalities. A billionaire's heir who likes to take charge in every aspect of life, an outback expert with a heart-stopping smile, a Spanish chef with mouthwatering moves, and sexy twins who reveal themselves slowly, until it matters, then they act fast.

An adventure was what Olivia wanted, and it's certainly what she gets. Because things at sea happen in a heartbeat, friendships grow, tempers heat, and desire flares. But what about when it all upends? When the unexpected happens? Will they pull together, or will fear drag the crew of The Temptress apart?

Castaways is a reverse harem romance novel intended for mature listeners.

©2017 Lily Harlem (P)2018 Lily Harlem

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  • Jonella A. Moore
  • 11-02-18

Promising start to series...

While I enjoyed the story in this book, I found the accents to be a little hard to understand at times. This audiobook really needed a male narrator as well as female. The story was entertaining and imaginative and the characters were memorable. Be aware that this book ends on a cliffhanger- a big one! Overall, this was rather a unique story and an enjoyable audiobook to listen to.

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  • Gstar
  • 16-07-18


WHile I enjoyed this, it was kind of irritating. Olivia was annoying; who has sex just after being cast away and while on the hunt for water? I mean, everyone was desperate for water, and they have sex? I mean, wtf? Ach, being picky, I guess. I'd listen to book 2 when it comes out. Also, the narrator was okay. But there was a fuzzy sound in the background that was annoying, and she ran on sometimes, like she was breathless? Some of the things came out corny--and I'm English! SO God knows what an AMerican would think of it. LOL

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  • Megan Riverina Romantics
  • 12-07-18

Awesome Narrator

Rating: 3/5
Heat Rating: 3.5/5
Narrator Performance: 5/5

I found the story enjoyable but not too special. There were some parts of the plot that felt a bit incomplete to me. Plus it was quite predictable in my opinion.

This is considered a Reverse Harem book but the sex scenes are one on one with only two of the five guys. I'm sure that will change in future instalments though. Unfortunately the aforementioned scenes didn't feel too erotic to me.

The narrator was amazing. I really enjoyed hearing the different accents of the characters. I'm definitely eager to listen to more of her performances.