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Decadent Dreams

Narrated by: Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)
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Summary

Nico

My dreams haunt me. I feel as if I am falling into a pit of impending doom, but even that has not prepared me for the roller-coaster of emotions that flood over me when I'm near Phoenix. I have to keep my distance from her. I need to. It's the only thing I can do to keep from getting hurt again. Staying away from her proves to be a much harder task than I could have ever imagined. She's not only my assistant, but she's half my age. She gets under my skin and irritates the shit out of me, yet one smile, one laugh, and I'm melting into a puddle at her feet. Falling in love with her is a bad idea, a very bad idea, because she just may be the one person who breaks my heart for good this time.

Phoenix

Nico is my boss. He's demanding, bitter, brooding, and a downright bully at times. But, all that doesn't deter me from him at all. I can see the kindness and compassion in his eyes. I know the secret he's keeping from everyone and why he's so guarded with his heart. I don't care about his secret, nor do I care that he's twice my age. What matters is the undeniable attraction we feel for each other. If only he can just let go of the past and see what's right in front of him.

Author's note: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for listeners under the age of 18.

©2017 Nicole Garcia (P)2017 Nicole Garcia

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Decadent dreams

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I completely enjoyed listening this audio book, every little detail, every little movement described in the book greatly adds to the impact of reading this, making it hard to put the book down. When you read this plan on having the time, because you won't be able to put it down once you start.

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Hard headed boss/ and the assistant who challenges him

Decadent Dreams what can I say but I loved this story.
Nicole Garcia, you picked two superb narrators in Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott, they nailed these characters. The try as she might assistant Phoenix, who no matter how hard she tried couldn’t please her hard headed boss Nico. Nico who kept trying to find fault with Phoenix and was constantly having to apologize for his own shortcomings, and then we have Nico’s growing attraction for Phoenix along with hers for him. Most of all I enjoyed Geo, he was the one who kept Nico in check, Phoenix sane, and was a laugh a minute with his wit and devil may care attitude.
Put them all together and Decadent Dream was decadent.
This was a fair and honest review for Audiobook Obsession.h

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Wouldn't have give Nico the same number of chances

Nico has lost his wife and has felt emotionally drained. He feels fate has cursed him to live a life as a solitary single person. This makes Nico not only extremely envious of others that have what he wants, but severely grumpy. As the boss he is having a difficult time delegating work or even trusting others to do even the simplest of tasks. His best friend hires him an assistant to help him to alleviate some stress. Enter Phoenix. A petite sassy, tell it like it is, take no prisoners in a verbal sparing match...that is half his age....and Nico wants her. The problem is, he has too much emotional baggage and yet he doesn't want anyone else to have her either.
Nico's blunt, demanding, bitter, and brooding, attitude pushes Phoenix away and she calls him on his behavior. Even though he acts like a bullly at times she can't get past her empathy for him.
Phoenix is definitely a better person than me for all the crap she puts up with and the number of chances she gives Nico.

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Awful book - ignore all those 5 star reviews

I thought I’d give this book a go because although it doesn’t have many ratings on Audible or Goodreads, the ones it has are mostly 5 stars so it must be good, right? Wrong.

So I was going to rate this 2 stars because:
-The narration style doesn’t work and it distracts from the story and means you can’t get into it. You never believe in or feel for the characters because of this.
-I kept getting bored and wanting to stop listening or do something else.
-The characters kept being a bit annoying.
-Way too much detail about really unimportant activities included which makes the book drag and slows the pace.

But then the book went on...
-Bad sex scenes that just weren’t sexy.
-Man child having tantrums. Repeatedly.
-Weepy woman who acts like a teenager.
-Predictable plot.
-Pantomime characters.
-The relationship never seemed to grow so I reckon they will need a counsellor.
-My feeling of annoyance and frustration about so many issues grew and grew as the story went on and I was begging for it to finish.

...so it has to be lower than two stars because it got even worse. So I’ve given it 1 star. Ouch! Returning this book and hoping to never think about it again. It’s pretty forgettable so that should be doable.

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  • DMA
  • @AudiobookObsession
  • 09-12-18

brilliant!

this is a delightful story to listen to. Great characters and wonderful storyline. though at times harsh this is really about love and family, wither by blood or choice!
enchanting romance!

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  • Bette H
  • @ AudiobookObsession
  • 01-12-18

Great Read! Great Listen!🎧 4.5🌟Wonderful Stars🌟

Another well written, well told story by the talented author Nicole Garcia who knows how to capture the readers attention and hold it to the very end. Her stories entertain and have the reader think. The characters she creates are awesome, I loved Phoenix, she has great spirit & spunk, stands up to Nico who is filled with so much angst and can be a demanding brut at times. His partner Giovanni is great would love to see him get his own story, some of the other secondary characters are great as well. Decadent Dreams is a great mixed bag, you get some hot romance, some mystery & intense drama, some twists and some light hearted laughs. Nicole Garcia, thank you for another great read!!

I listened to the Audiobook, Kai Kennicott & Wen Ross are awesome narrators they bring the characters and the story to life from the pages to your ears. There is great chemistry between them. Each gives a great performance and are gifted storytellers. Thank you for another great listen!

Thank you 🎧AudiobookObsession

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Loved it

Loved this book it was sweet and loving and my 1st book from this author will be looking for more

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Loved it!

This was my first audio book so it took some getting used to but as soon as I got comfortable I was hooked. I loved the storyline and loved the voices! I need to know more about all of them 😍

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Excellent narration.

Great storyline, brilliant choice of narrators. They capture the essence and personalities of the characters so well. I was crying with laughter listening to the “Fluffy” scene. Highly recommended.

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you outdid yourself nicole

I have listened to alot of Nicoles books. And i must say that this one is her best book ever. The intrigue. the chemistry the longing. its all there in this book.
Kai and Wen is one of the most amazing narrator duo. they really make the book flow. and make it all come to life.
Niko is really all the Things i love in a book boyfriend. he is handsome big strong(abit of an ass) bitter and still trying to get over the loss of his wife Who turnes out to not be all that amazing. i love it when they come of as an ass to beginn with. That he is not showing of all these amazing talents from the beginning. That we get to know him with the story and get to discover all the parts that make us fall in love with yet another amazing bookboyfriend.
Phe is amazing. She is strong independent. stubbern. funny and really smart. She is not afraid to tell Nico off.And say when he is out of line. Nicole really made a fantastic main caracter in phoenix, and as much as i love to read about a amazing man and his struggle to find love. i have found that to find a female caracter that i wish was my friend is just as importent. nicole made that with this book. now i cant wait to get the nest book in this series. so Nicole will you hurry up and write the Next book for me please.. with suger on to write...

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  • Mandymay💄👠👛
  • 10-09-17

Everything I want in a romance book 💕💕

Nico lost his wife 3 year's ago and is still feeling the effects of the loss & confliction over choices she made during their marriage.As a result Nico is a insomniac workaholic with a short fuse. When Nicco's business partner and bestfriend of the last 30 year's Giovanni hires a new assist for him he meets his match in Phoenix.
Phoenix is a good hearted sassy little spitfire with sex appeal. Never afraid to throw out sarcastic witty banter. Phoenix is driving Nico crazy in more than one way lol. Nico's attraction to Phoenix in combination with her ability to put him in his place makes her like no other woman he's met before. When these two fall for each other, they fall hard. This doesn't mean they won't face obstacles that could destroy them though.

Filled with great supporting characters, humor, and plenty of heart this beautiful Italian family is hard not to fall in love with.
The drama, suspense, action, and sexy heated bedroom scenes made one very entertaining listen. I also loved the way Nicole wrapped everything up at the end.
Kai & Wenn did an amazing job!! These two definitely fall into my favorite narrators category. Both of them give such great performances you forget their reading a book. I was given this book by the author in exchange for my honest review. I'm glad I had the pleasure of listening. I highly recommend spending the credit. After listening to a few Nicole Garcia book's I think this is her best work yet.


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  • mani
  • 29-07-17

Steamy !!!

What made the experience of listening to Decadent Dreams the most enjoyable?

The steamy scenes in this book are indescribable It kinda have you blushing and fanning yourself when listening to tis audiobook. It's a not stop ride of emotions from happy and laughing along with them, to sad and crying, and all tne emotions. Great audiobook.

Which character – as performed by Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross – was your favorite?

They did great with the narration.

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  • ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!)
  • 18-08-17

Second review becuase Audible removed the first.

I won this audiobook off of Nicole Garcia's Facebook page.

My favorite character has to be Giovanni. He is a type of character that gives comic relief however he is also the one that is the go-to person when an issue occurs. Gio understands both sides to what is happening between Phoenix and Domenico. He never flat-out took sides however he did try to be the peacemaker when it came to the fights that was going on between Phoenix and Domenico.

When I first received this book the title Decadent Dreams seemed a bit off to me. I thought it was going to be kind of kinky and also maybe a bit sci-fie or even paranormal. However I was pleasantly surprised by the story. I could not put it down.

This is the first book that I've ever listened to Nicole Garcia and I have to say that this will not be the last. The way that she writes is amazing. My interest was totally focused on trying to figure out what what happened with Nico and Phoenix next.

I have to say that Nico was going through a lot throughout this entire book. I understand that he has been lied to and hurt in the past but Nico seems to be the type of man who chooses to lash out verses two talk about what is going on. I did not like the way he treated Phoenix throughout the entire book. He ran hot and cold throughout the entire book. I just wanted him to make a decision and stick with it. I understand that his guard has always been up but Nana, Gio, and his father all seen in Phoenix what Nico could not, she is not his ex-wife Karen.

I also like the twist in the story. I did not see that coming at all and I really enjoy that. I will pick up another Nicole Garcia book and I cannot wait to see what she does with other characters. However I need more Gio in my life. Also I need to figure out what is going to happen with Josh and Derek.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 13-07-17

So incredibly good!

This book. That is all I have to say! To begin with, I really didn't know what to expect. Nicole Garcia always writes books that entertain me, so I went in and knew it was going to be fun. But to my surprise, it didn't only entertain me, but it included so many different feels and twists that I could not stop listening to it! To start with, forbidden love...Nico is Phoenix's boss, and if that isn't bad enough, he is significantly older than she is. I love this premise, you always end up routing for them. But that isn't all this book has to keep you enthralled! There is suspense, danger, murder, business deals, overcoming a past, sadness, dealing with dementia...I cannot tell you how good this book is. The character development, the attention to detail and the seamless intertwining of story plots is incredible. I don't want to get caught up in a summary of the book, but if you want to disappear into a book, this one is for you. Come and meet Nico and Phe, along with Gio, Josh, Derrick and Nico's family(love his dad and grandmother!) and you will no doubt fall in love like I did.

Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross give a stellar performance in the narration of this book. This team can provide every emotion and feel necessary to pull you into the story, and make you feel like you are actually watching it in your mind.

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  • Dominique
  • 13-09-17

Pleasantly surprised

First, I have to say that I'm brand new to this genre. I usually listen to mysteries, thrillers, horror and comedy. But I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And for the longest time while listening to it, I couldn't figure out if it was a romance novel with some awesome sex scenes, or an erotic novel with a really great plot.

Now I guess I see that "romance" novels have come a long way since when I was a young girl and there was a lot less graphic writing. Is this the new genre for romance novels? Or have erotic books just come a long way in terms of giving us story and characters we care about, but also a lot of hot, sexy stuff thrown in to keep things moving?

And these two narrators - Kai Kennicott , Wen Ross. Holy cow. What a sexy couple. When the book first started, I thought the man's voice was so sexy, I wanted to hear him talk dirty a little. Well hell if I didn't get my wish before very long! Prior to hearing this book, I thought that Scott Brick was the sexiest male narrator I'd ever heard. But look out, Scott Brick. Wen Ross is here, and he's bad ass. And sexy as a mother f^**er.

And the two of these narrators together can make the room so hot that your iced tea with start to boil. I'm thrilled to have discovered a writer an/or genre that got a great story and great sex scenes without being all one or all the other. I was bored with Sandra Brown books that were all romance, and bored with 100% erotica books that were just one f*** scene after another with no substance or plot.

Yeah, I'm hooked.

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  • Paula DeBoer
  • 21-08-17

Great hot romance story!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes it's very hot, intense and I loved all the tention between the characters

What other book might you compare Decadent Dreams to and why?

Hmmm not really sure I don't care Books I think every book is unique

What about Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross ’s performance did you like?

Amazing! They did the characters perfectly very sexy!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending.. don't want spoil anything but the whole book was angst and kept me wanting more. Loved Nico how Phe showed him life goes on and he deserves happiness

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  • Mandi
  • 09-10-18

LOVED

I loved this one so much!! Phoenix is (one of) my spirit animal! I love her personality and quick wit, she gives Nico a run for his money and I loved every second. Nico was a tough nut to crack and had some major trust issues to deal with and Phoenix never strayed and I really loved that. I love every single supporting character so it made it soooo much better!
The duet narration from Kai and Wen was perfection!

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  • Dawn Fuhrman
  • 16-09-18

Shocking, suspenseful, sexy and sweet

Decadent Dreams will take you, capture your mind and haunt you. Each turn brings new questions, or more suspense. Just as it seems all is well, the floor drops. This book is full of feelings that Nicole Garcia is a master at making so true to life. I lived the angst, the struggle, the suspense and twists.

Nicco and Phoenix have such amazing chemistry that even their arguments are capturing. Each emotional struggle they have, is felt as if I was a part of the story. I rode every emotion with Nicco and Phoenix as if it were my own.

Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott are a great narrating team. Ms. Kennicott narrates Phoenix with emphasis on her strong attitude and independence. Phoenix is brought to life and narrated exactly as I would have imagined. Her thoughts, her struggles and her emotions are brilliantly enhanced by Ms. Kennicott's narration. Wen Ross is a perfect compliment to Ms Kennicott. Mr. Ross narrates each character With a different tone. Each voice matches the male characters exactly as I imagined they would sound. Mr. Ross brings out the strong masculine side as well as the more sensitive and insecure side of Nicco. Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott enhanced the experience of this book.

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  • Krystyn - AudiobookObsession
  • 21-04-18

Simply Amazing!

There isn't a single thing about this book that I did not like. I LOVED everything! The characters were amazing, the story was great, and the twists had my head spinning. Like the headline states, this book is AMAZING!

The narration was yet again amazing. I am falling in love with books narrated by Wen and Kai!

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  • Maria Fernanda G.Lechuga
  • 21-10-17

Decadent perfection

I really really enjoy listening to this book.
Nico is a great man and I love how he starts as a "grizzly bear" and then turns into a "teddy bear" thanks to Phe, his character is great also there were some times that I wanted to shake him and make him see some reason.

Phoenix is awesome she is a strong women with a great personality and the way she copes with Nico is great.

The secondary characters are so great and make this book awesome the way they relate with each other just make the story better.

This book is also full of many emotions that will keep you laughing, frustrated, in awe, swooning and jumping with joy.

The narrators are AMAZING they deserve more than 5 stars because they make listening to this book a great experience they portrayed every character perfect, this was my first time listening to them and now I loved their natrations.

Wen Ross voice is so awesome and sexy and he was able to portray Nico so perfectly and the other male characters too making all of the voices different and I love that because you can distinguish from one character to an other.

Kai Kennicott voice is so great providing every feel and emotion and bringing Phe to life.

This is my first but not last book of Nicole Garcia for sure!

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