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Summary

1/12/2020 - this is the revised edition 

For Howie, the lonely barista, he longed for the dream life. Husband, house with a white picket fence, 2.5 kids, and a dog. Sadly, all he could get were meaningless one-night stands leaving him feeling…empty. 

Jackson Milsap, the introverted writer, quietly pined for Howie from the corner of the café. Stepping outside of his comfort zone and asking him out on a date sent his social anxiety into overdrive. That was until the day he came to Howie’s rescue, forever changing both their lives.  

This story was part of the Between the Covers limited edition anthology.

©2019, 2020 TL Travis/Tammy Stephens (P)2020 TL Travis/Tammy Stephens

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Short and Sweet

I really enjoyed this story! The characters were raw and endearing, so believable in their quirks, interests, and sensitivities! The plot was shot, sweet, spicy and didn't leave anything t be desired. The narration was spot on! I enjoyed every bit of it! The narrator obviously enjoyed all the characters. I look forward to more from both author and narrator!

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Short but sweet

Loved it. narration hit the spot. If the author had expanded into a full novel, I am sure I would have loved too.

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Sweet but I wanted more 😐

Like my coffee, I don’t like my romances too sweet - this was a little too sugary for my taste, but I’m sure others will love it. Lonely barista, Howie, doesn’t know how to attract the attention of introverted writer and daily customer, Jackson, until an abusive customer helps. I guess there are plenty of people out there like Howie - immature, needy, uncertain, and with low self-esteem, who catastrophise everything. In contrast, Jackson was patient, loving and steady. Despite the short length of the story, this was an interesting character study, contrasting the solid Jackson with the emotional Howie. The only real hurdles the couple face are Howie’s emotional hang ups. I always cut find backstories important - they anchor the characters and give us useful context about current behaviours. Furthermore, they flesh out the characters and make them more substantial. Here they would have added some welcome bitterness to balance out the sugar. Howie’s backstory was painted in quick but deft strokes, while Jackson’s was threadbare. The characters were interesting and I would have avidly spent time with their pasts. 🎧 I enjoyed Charles Armstrong’s narration - he provided good emotional depth and pacing. He was a new narrator for me and I’d be keen to hear more.

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Good short story.

I enjoyed this story. Possibly more enjoyed by guys, but it was well written and narrated.

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good short listen

if you are looking for a quick read for a commute this works. The story is cute and the narration was good

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Howie and Jackson

Short sweet read about Howie, who hasn't had the best of life and is wanting Jackson the writer who comes into the Cafe/bookstore, aptly named Caffeinated Books. Shows their first date and then that Jackson doesn't want to leave, but stay with Howie

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Just right

I enjoyed the narrator This is a perfect short and sweet book. A story about a Barista's secret crush on a frequent customer, who in turn was secretly crushing on the Barista. , funny, loving romance

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Great short read

If you haven't got time for a long book or traveling for only an hour and want a hot short book this is it. Hot barrista and a hot customer. Use your imagination for the rest and you won't be far wrong. Hot 😊

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  • Jewels Hannah
  • 01-12-20

Cute and Sweet

This book is short and sweet. The narration is well done and the two main characters are great. Both of the main characters are pretty insecure but they work well together. The book is wonderful as is but personally I would love if it had been a little more flushed out as I love longer books that I can really sink in to. But, as I said it is a great short listen.

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  • PurpleK
  • 21-11-20

Not my jam

I get that this story is intended to be short and sweet but it wasn't my jam at all. The characters and dialogue seemed too simple to me. I wonder if I'd have felt the same if I 'd simply read it and not listened to the audio. The narration was flat to me. The pacing was off and the narrator's voice did not draw me in at all.

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  • Susana
  • 09-10-20

Coffee, tea or Me?

This story was very sweet, I like both Howie and Jackson they were adorable! .... Charles Armstrong did a great job narrating this book! overall this is a great short and cute listening.

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  • hussfan
  • 02-10-20

Sweet Little Story

This was very sweet story, I enjoyed it. Both characters are likable and their romance development is cute and touching. Narrator did a good job, and over all this was a good hour long listen.

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  • Dee S.
  • 30-09-20

sweet and spicy quick listen

I was already a fan of the book. I think the audio version did the book justice!

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  • Little Georgie 🐈
  • 29-09-20

Short and Sweet

Coffee, Tea or Me? Was a sweet and entertaining romance between two characters who each come with their own set of hang ups. I thought they were both very likeable, and was happy to see them get their HEA. I was a little disappointed in the narrator, and it bothered me to hear him mispronounce a few words. Overall though, this was an enjoyable listen.

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  • Denice
  • 28-09-20

LOVE CAN OVERCOME SHYNESS

I received this audio book for free and am giving my honest and voluntary review A sweet novel on how it’s so hard to get the communication to make a meaningful relation as portrayed by Howie and Jackson. Their interactions were amusing along with poignant parts that would make the reader fall in love with the characters more on a human to human level. I was really impressed with the characters wanting to be more than just hookups. The narration is pleasant but could use more emotion.

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  • Vania
  • 27-09-20

Deliciously cute short story!

Howie the rambly barista and Jackson the socially awkward writer. They’ve been pining after each other from afar for months, but when a rude customer makes nasty comments to Howie, Jackson stands up for him and gathers the courage to ask him out. The short story is super sweet and quite adorable, low in angst and the perfect bite size for an enjoyable hour-long escape.

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  • Romance Lover
  • 26-09-20

overall story was pretty good but

moves pretty fast but it was a short story I feel like maybe it was a little bit longer it could have been a little better. Overall its well written as far as writing style. I did not mind Jackson but Howie was kind of annoying. This character did not love themselves at all. So insecure that it's hard to see why Jackson could even be into someone that insecure. I wasn't even dating him and I felt like being with him is walking on eggshells. Any little thing every little thing makes him cry or assume nobody wants him. So emotional that it feels very unhealthy and I wasn't rooting for their love I was rooting for him to see a therapist. I mean I guess the author was trying to go for dramatics but it was so melodramatic that it was overdone and it made me not care for this character and kind of question what anybody was seeing in this character.. Again definitely wasn't horrible. the pacing moved a little too fast and being a tiny bit too short made me deduct a star. So that take the five star down to the four star. And then because how he was so melodramatic that he came off as extremely insecure to the point of needing a therapist, not a boyfriend. And the relationship is not kind of unhealthy to me is why it went from a four star to three star. Because if it's a romance I should be rooting for their love. I should be rooting for the relationship and it was the opposite of rooting for it. Not that I didn't want them to be together... I just feel like Howie needed to learn to love himself and work on himself before he could give anything meaningful to Jackson. Instead all I saw was an emotionally draining toxic relationship. and I dont like that Jackson has to always reassure Howie when that's Howie's job. That's why it's called self-esteem because it's something that only you can give yourself but in this case he needs therapy to help him love himself.

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  • JKS
  • 10-08-20

Short and Sweet

This is a short sweet story as Howie, a barista, and Jackson, a writer, discover the courage to explore their feelings for each other after meeting in a Seattle coffee house. Narrator Charles Armstrong does a fabulous job.