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Summary

Despite the Devil

To Stephanie, Andrew Simmons seemed like the perfect man. He was smart, handsome, tall, and athletic. And best of all, he was interested in her. As their romance begins to blossom, the truth about Andrew's past comes to light.  

A misguided choice made many years before hung over him. When they start a family together, Andrew tries to move on from the past and enjoy his family life, but the past still haunts him.

As Andrew and Stephanie build a stable and happy home life together, they long for the day they can stop looking over their shoulders. With their resilience and perseverance, they take faith-filled steps to overcome the past.

©2020 Shawna James (P)2021 Shawna James

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Good one

I choose this on a whim but I fell in love! I finished this in one day and I couldn't rip my eyes away! I'm the same age as the characters which may have fed my obsession but nevertheless one of my all time favorites.

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Shawna James does not disappoint!

Shawna James does not disappoint! I love the story and how it's written, this is an awesome listen. The writing is fluid and warm. The characters are caring, hesitant, and appealing. And the plot is a push-pull tale of relationship dynamics, familial expectations, parenthood, introspection, acceptance, forgiveness, friendship, love, romance, and new beginnings. Cannot wait for up-coming books in this series. Love the characters and the story behind each one.

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I finished it in one night

This book showed up on my feed as recommended for me, and I have to say, it was spot on. I could not put this book down. I was so engrossed with the characters and how the story would evolve, that I finished it in one night. Definitely going to listen the whole series.

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Turned out to be better than I expected

This audio book turned out to be better than I was expecting. The book is near six hours long, and never did I felt a need for skipping some parts. This book is well written, I book somehow manages to keeps listeners interested, maybe it is because of the writing style of author Shawna James, but yes five stars from me.

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5/5

I have always been into the romance books. I often pick books or kindle books from this genre. So, when I got a credit to spend on a book, I decided to go with this audio book, and this turned out to be an awesome pick. This was my first book from the author Shawna James, so, I was not sure how this book would be, but this was better than I was expected. The book had some suspense elements which were cool. Shawna James, knows how to mix many emotions together to create a good romance listen.

I would say that if you got a credit, and you are into romance books then this book might be able to impress you.

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Devil

Samantha Novak did a wonderful job, of narration.


A great listen. This book is full action.
Stephanie and Andrew were absolutely incredible together, liked the romance that blossomed between them.

A gentle romance with some gentle twists

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Gem of a story

You know that book that you can’t stop thinking about? The one you find yourself breathlessly recommending to anyone? The one you wish you could listen all over again for the very first time? This is that audio book for me. One of the most spellbinding, profound, beautifully told romances I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening, this is the kind of story that stays with you, and it has everything to do with Shawna James’s glorious writing. A breathlessly romantic tale of courage and growth, of patience and trust. I resented every moment I had to spend away from these characters, and fell every bit in love with them as they do with each other. Make room in your life to experience this gem of a story!

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THIS WAS TOO GOOD

I finished this book days ago, and I still can't deal with the fact that it's over. I both regret and don't regret the binge-reading (finished in less than 24 hours...mid-work week). I'm just glad I have this in both audio and Kindle format so that I can read/listen again and again whenever I want because THIS WAS TOO GOOD. Stephanie was a great character in general. The whole story is narrated from her point of view, and I really felt like she was real. She was hilarious, but also snarky and unsure and flawed. She knew and liked who she was, but she also struggled with self-doubt at times, sometimes the doubts drove her absolutely mad.

There's a reason I finished this within 24 hours, despite having to work/sleep/etc. It was just so damn good. I'm eager to see how the story continues.

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A fantastic storyline!

A fantastic storyline filled with mystery, romance, I am definitely hooked on this series and can't wait to find out what happens in the book! The characters in this audio book were well build up, the characters were fun to know, Shawna James knows how to play words to bring characters to life, for any romance book the writing skills of the author are important to keep the listeners or readers stay interested in the story, Shawna James seems to excel at that. At no point in the book did I felt the book to be slowing down, the author kept the book in a continuous flow which made this audio book pleasant to listen to. Also, I never felt as if the author has missed something, the story felt so complete.

Personally I liked both Stephanie and Andrew, both of them are strong characters, the way their romance blossomed it kept me on the edge, liked the chemistry between the two, they look so nice together. Once again, waiting for the next part of the story.

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Very interesting and well decorated!

Very interesting and well decorated! I had a hard time putting this one down. it is best in audio-books so far, can't wait to start the next book in the series.

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  • 18-10-21

Increadible!

Incredibly awesome story from Shawna James. Not sure, why I didn't get a recommendation of her book earlier, but I am glad that I finally got this recommendation, and choose to listen this incredible audiobook. I will not go much into the details, but I will just say that this one of the best audiobook I ever listened on audible.

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  • 10-10-21

This is unusual listen

I don't normally leave reviews due to having a hard time typing but this book I simply had to. This book kept me so captivated that I didn't want to put it down. I normally skip over where an author describes a place or person because I use my own imagination instead. Not with this one though. I had to feel the book from her perspective. I was so enthralled with this book and lost in the scenes that I had to make myself put it down to even go to release my bladder or make dinner for my family. I even had a hard time going to bed because I wanted to know what happened next even though I didn't want the book to end. I wish I could give more stars to this amazing author and look forward to many more books to come.

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  • Olivia Turner
  • 08-10-21

What a great start to a new series!

What a great start to a new series! I enjoyed listening this audio book. The characters are engaging and amazing the connection is undeniable throughout the book. The storyline flowed easily throughout the whole book.

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  • Nathan Waltz
  • 07-10-21

This is such an amazing story!

This is such an amazing story!!! I finished it in a day..I’m excited for part two 😩😍😍😍

This was an unusual story for me, and I liked that. Two people who truly love each who go through the ups and downs of life together and crazy exes. I am definitely a fan of Shawna James now.

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  • George Cestari
  • 17-09-21

Enjoyed this story!

It was a book that keeps listeners wondering what was going to happen next. It kept you in suspense in parts. I could not stop listening this audio book. This is a truly wonderfully woven tale. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to future books by Shawna James.

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  • Katherine Cloutier
  • 14-09-21

I really enjoyed listening this audio book

I really enjoyed listening this audio book. It had a great storyline; the characters in the story reeled me in, and kept me interested. I found myself completely intrigued and transfixed by it all. I can't wait for more of these books from the author Shawna James.

Easy listen, the anticipation that makes a romantic novel, liked the build of excitement between the two characters.

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  • Jenny Robinson
  • 11-09-21

One of the easiest 5/5 ratings I’ve ever given

This is one of the easiest 5/5 ratings I’ve ever given. I loved everything about this book. The story was wonderful, both of the main characters were amazing, even the side characters were all so well developed and such a joy to listen about.

I don’t know if I’ve ever related to a character in a book as much as I related to Stephanie. Everything she felt and what she went through all just felt so relatable, that I cried multiple times just because I felt understood, in such an incredible way. And Andrew was such a great character as well. The development they both go through in this book is exactly what I like to listen about. They grew so much individually, which made them stronger together.

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  • Nolan Turner
  • 07-09-21

5 Stars

The story starts with Stephanie, an elementary school teacher and her friend Maya gushing over handsome Andrew who is also a teacher in the same school, both of them are single, and do not miss a chance to admire Andrew. Soon, Stephanie and Andrew starts to talk, and Stephanie comes to know about Andrew's past, and how his past life haunts him.

This is a story of how Stephanie and Andrew manages their relationship despite all the ups and down, and stay strong.

The second part is available as kindle currently, waiting for it to come out as audio book as well.

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  • Ellie Jones
  • 19-08-21

Awesome!

Only sometimes is that we came across a book that keep us thinking what is going to happen next and how the story will progress further, this was one of those audio book. The story starts simple with Stephanie and Maya having conversations about Gym and Andrew, the knight in the shinning armor and soon goes into several directions which makes listeners get so much involved in the story. Listeners feel for both Andrew and Stephanie and want them to work out everything and vouch for them.

I am not sure if Shawna James have written any book prior to this one, I am not sure if this is her first book or not, but I will say that she has impressed me with her writing. If this is her first book then kudos to her for writing such an awesome book, and if this is not her first work then I would definitely like to see her previous works as well. This audio book was like a cool breeze after listening to several audiobooks that claim to be women's romance books but are something else entirely.

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  • Andreana Jackson
  • 15-08-21

Clean romance audio book

When I search for romance books on audible, I usually just come across erotica’s or dark romance books, which I tend to not like at all. I only like clean romance books which have some suspense and elements of friendship and feelings. This audiobook by Shawna James is just what I look for in a romance book.

Talking about the story, this is a story of Stephanie who works as a teacher in a school with Mr. Perfect Andrew and gushes over him whenever they interact. Her dreams come true when Andrew also falls for her, and everything starts to go well between them, but suddenly things start to change when they start to live together in Europe.

Those who like to listen or read clean romance audio books or series may find this audio book to be worth it listen for their monthly credit, and also the fans of the couple romance genre may find this book to be a good listen.

Also, I would like to see how the story progresses into the next part and how does Stephanie manages everything.