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Dear Heart, I Hate You

Narrated by: Jason Clarke, Erin Mallon
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
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Summary

I didn't plan on him...or for him.

I didn't plan on anything that had to do with Cal Donovan from Boston.

Meeting him was a complete and utter surprise, taking me completely off guard. I met new people every single day in my line of work, and none of them affected me. Isn't that just the way of things? You could meet a thousand people, and they'd all mean nothing to you, but then you'd meet that one and they suddenly meant everything.

I was a self-professed workaholic. When did making yourself your number-one priority become such a horrible thing? I wasn't entirely sure, but I learned fairly quickly after my last breakup that men don't like being second on a woman's priority list. And they seemed to be intimidated by a motivated female, calling me things like hard to handle, challenging, and difficult.

Being single seemed to work best for me, and I didn't plan on changing my relationship status anytime soon.

But then I met Cal.

And he f***ing ruined everything.

©2016 J. Sterling (P)2016 Inspire Magic, Inc.

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  • ShannonR
  • 20-03-17

Couldn't wait to hear the next chapter!

I listened during my 70 minute commute to & from work and when I would arrive and had to shut it off, I already couldn't wait to hear what would happen next. I struggled to keep myself from listening to it on my break, that is how much I loved it! I just wish there was more!!!!!

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  • Danielle A
  • 10-08-16

Really enjoyed this book

I was kind of skeptical about this book because another book by the author that people loved I kind of hated. I didn't even finish that series, but I this for a deal so it was a win win. I really liked this book. It was a bit of insta-love but they didn't immediately jump and bed so it was cool. And I can understand meeting someone and just really vibing with them from the start so it really wasn't love but more like insta-like. Plus they had a long distance relationship and got to really know each other from that so I had no issue with it. I like how both characters were not ready for love but it came to them when they least expected. The long distance thing worked for them since they both put work first and didn't really have time for a relationship. That's pretty much what brought them together. I also like how it was the mystery of will they or wont they since they lived on opposite sides of the country and neither were willing to move but they had such a strong pull to each other.

One thing I didn't like was after a certain thing happened the heroine had too much inner dialogue. She just kept rethinking the same thing over and over again for like 2-3 whole chapters. That got annoying especially in listening to the audio. I think the resolution to the conflict was kind of sudden but there was drastic measure taken to make amends so I was ok with the resolution. 3 stars for the story.

I really loved listening to the audio book of this story. Not saying that it would have been worse reading it but the audio book kept me really engaged and it usually takes me a while to listen to audio books but I listened to this straight through pretty much. I love Erin Mallon as a narrator and this was my first book with Jason Clarke but he did a really good job. 5 stars for narration.

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  • Diving Blue Bonnet
  • 10-06-19

Worth a credit? 👍🏻

What a roller coaster ride! “Dear Heart, I Hate You” by J. Sterling, starts out as a feel good book. You will love it as you listen to Jules and Cal meet and fall in love. I’m sure we’ve all been there. New love is so exciting and you can’t seem to get enough of the other person. Not even having a whole continent between them seems to be an obstacle. I found myself smiling so much that my cheeks began to hurt.

Then it all falls apart. Cal“ghosts” her. He basically gets cold feet and just cuts Jules out of his life. Without so much as a word, Jules is left clueless wondering what ever happened and questioning her very ability to read people. My heart was breaking for her! I found myself wanting to find Cal and throat-punch him! When an author can elicit this kind of reaction from a reader, I think they have done their job well! I think I connected so well with this story because my husband and I went through a very similar journey, except our time apart was more like two years. I made him work to win me back!

My only criticism of the story is that I would have wanted to hear more from Cal’s POV to hear what he was going through.

It goes without saying that the narrators, Erin Mallon and Jason Clarke did a wonderful job! They are both amazing at bringing the characters to life. Well done!

Is this audiobook worth a credit? 👍🏻Absolutely!

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  • Alisha
  • 23-02-19

wonderful read

This story crept into my heart. It shows the fears people have about relationships and makes you feel the question and the answers in your heart. The book drags you in!

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  • kate
  • 29-06-16

Couldn't stop listening

Loved the story! Couldn't stop listening! J sterling is defiantly one of my new fave authors. Best part of all, Jason Clarke's narration is so damn sexy! I could listen to him talk all damn day. *swoon*

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  • Kellee
  • 16-05-18

Very Vanilla

This was a cute story. The storyline was not as strong as it could’ve been.

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  • Nicol
  • 16-06-16

Loved it, Loved it, Loved it!!!

The story was great. The characters were awesome. one issue I did have was with the Erin Mallon, her voice has a tendency to be whiney or insecure sounding and it was off putting at times. Jason Clarke however, has a gorgeous and sexy voice. Overall I was very happy with this book.

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  • S. S.
  • 27-11-19

Good story

The story was sweet. Not enough depth to it though.
Narrator's did a good job but as always... Erin’is voice is hard to listen to. And not enough from Jason Clarke.

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  • Debbie Gardner
  • 23-11-19

Twenty-something

This book was not for me. Very cheesy and rolled my eyes multiple times. Might be good for early twenties but not much depth. Jules was so dramatic. Her “attorney” friend, Tammy, wasn’t much better. (I don’t know anyone named Tammy under the age of 50.)

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  • AVT17
  • 13-11-19

Sexy and sweet

I’m a huge fan of both narrators and seek out their work. I really likes the story as a strong woman didn’t have to bend to have it all. It was sweet and believable and heartwarming..... and sexy. All good things.