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Summary

Noel Calabrese hates the holidays as much as she hates her life. Overweight, insecure and heartbroken, she retreats into a world of misery.

While in the Silicon Valley on a business trip, she meets Leon Hallas. Could he be her ticket to happiness? Can she learn to trust men again? Are second chances at happiness even remotely possible?

Unwrap this steamy little contemporary romance, complete with a palindrome about second chances, discovering self-worth and watch as the sexy silver fox falls for the full figured beauty just in time for the holidays. Is Leon Hallas Mr. Right and will he and Noel find their happy ever after?

This short story contains adult language and situations, and is intended for readers over the age of 18.

©2015 Jennifer Theriot (P)2016 Jennifer Theriot

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Feisty and sweet romance about new opportunities

This is definitely a story based on "when a door closes, somewhere else a window opens." Noel is a feisty, kind, sarcastic woman who has been divorced for a while but continues to be trapped in a relationship with her ex. Jumping on an opportunity to get away from him, she goes on a business trip and encounters the lovely and gorgeous Leon. This is the beginning of their relationship.

The plot is lacking in substance but the ending suggests that the story is meant to be continued in another book. The characters are believable with insecurities created by life experience. The book is also sexy as the two recapture their sexuality and rediscover their sensual side. I am curious to see what happens next.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Erin
  • 14-12-16

Sweet Holiday Romance


I really liked this short but sweet telling of how cynical smart-ass, Noel, finds love, hope and happiness after a lifetime of less-than-stellar experiences. I liked the h and H, in spite of her borderline OTT grumpiness and his knee-jerk reactions. I LOVED Tony, and I hope he has a story out there somewhere because he is awesome.

Sara Gordon did an excellent job with the voices and inflection and was engaging. She gave a great performance. I absolutely recommend this one.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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  • sheryl beauchemin
  • 27-12-16

WRAPPED UP ROMANCE JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Any additional comments?

I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

Jennifer Theriot did a great job of packing a big story in a short audiobook. I particularly enjoy romances that find room for humor and this one didn't disappoint. My only complaint, and it's a common one for me, is how quickly Noel and Leon fall for each other. But other than that, there was that good torture before the HEA.
Sara Gordon's performance was spot on for Noel. She has a real voice. I haven't heard her before and hope she goes on to narrate more in my genres.

Two Thumbs Up!

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  • Adriana B
  • 06-01-17

Good Holiday Romance

This is a short story with a pretty good story line. The narrator did a great job bringing the story to life.

Noel is a pretty angry woman that uses very "colorful" language to express her frustration. She is still living with her ex-husband. Although he cheated on her, he convinced her into taking care of him after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Leon comes along when she flies to help her friend Tony. Sparks fly and their romance happens quickly. There are some ups and downs . This book is for a mature audience with descriptive details and language.

**This audiobook was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion**

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  • Jroc123
  • 25-12-16

Very good

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
I really enjoyed this book I like the fact that it was written to show the full figured beauty of a woman is very attractive to men like myself, and I would read it again as well as share this title

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  • Amazon CustomerBeliever
  • 21-12-16

Funny Story

I got this book via audiobook boom. This was a funny story in that Noel divorced her husband then moved back in with him when he was discovered to have cancer. The divorce was because he cheated on her. Then he does it again and does not tell her that he is in remission. the story was twisted and several times things were said that just did not seem to be finished. I kept waiting for something else to happen and it didn't. The narrator was ok. The story needs polishing.

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  • DRS
  • 08-12-16

Noel Review...

Decent storyline, simple prose. Kind of an annoying, angry main character. Good narration.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

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  • Redrabbitt
  • 12-05-16

ME AND YOU, BACKWARDS AND FORWARD

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

I enjoyed this emotional story of two people in a second chance romance. Noel Calabrese was married to Dave for thirteen years but caught him cheating and divorced him. Then he finds out he has testicular cancer and who does he call to help him through it, yes, Noel. Dave is a user and player and some things in life never change. Noel is called to Silicon Valley by Tony, former Nascar driver, her friend, and client for a new project that will offer services for children with spinal injuries and soldiers who have been injured and suffer PTSD. Meeting Leon Hallas in the bar and having dinner and then dancing is the most carefree that Noel has been in years. What a shock to learn he is part of the fitness project with Tony. From passion to pain happens on a dime between Noel and Leon. How will these two people who have both suffered at the hands of former spouses be able to let go and trust again? This is a steamy erotic story, with detailed sex scenes. The lesson is to never assume, and always be open, honest and fair.

Disclosure: I received an audiobook of this story in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions, and rating are my own.

What does Sara Gordon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think Sara narrated the story where you could feel the passion and the emotions of the characters and the storyline.

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  • Brad&Britney
  • 26-11-17

Sexy Big Girl is Rocking it--Get it, girl!

Of course this wasn't my favorite book, it's not really my favorite genre--it's a sexcapade that made me cringe at the language at times. However, I found myself really invested in the story.

Noel is a big ole' girl who finds herself in this horrible relationship rut with her ex-husband who treats her like garbage.

She gets flown away for work and meets this hot silver fox, Leon.

Obviously, things get steamy and Noel gets to spend a glorious Christmas in the arms of a real man.

Yasssssss!!!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Get it!!!!

Honestly though, I could give this book a 2.5 overall and not lose sleep at night, but I'll keep it at a 3 just because I was rooting for Noel by the end of the book.

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  • Rubi's Bookshelf
  • 13-11-17

Merry Christmas!

This is a great little love story that shows just how much you should accept yourself for who you are. Don't like that it ends in a to be continued but I loved Leon's voice. Highly recommend this story!

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  • Jennifer
  • 07-11-17

free and honest review

I received this Audio book free for a free review. The story was Ok, I did enjoy some of the twists. The audio is not balanced well, when Leon spike the voice was very hard to hear, and then opposite for Noel.