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Hardcore Vanilla

Stronghold Doms, Book 8
Narrated by: Victoria Mei
Series: Stronghold Doms Series, Book 8
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
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Summary

Sharon Bianchi knows just how lucky she is. Not everyone's grandmother leaves them a trust fund and virtually no worries. But money doesn't mean Sharon's life has been perfect, and after the childhood she had, she's more than grateful to have found friends who love and accept her for who she is and not what she can do for them. Even if she does have to put up with constant side-eye from Lexie's big brother, Jake. 

With a little help from his friends, Jake Standish has made a successful return to civilian life after serving in the Army. There's only one issue: his unfortunate attraction to the last single woman in his social circle. Sharon is loud, crass, and completely over-the-top. Everything about her grates on him - including the way he can't get her out of his head. 

One very explosive New Year's Eve will set these two frenemies on fire for each other. Is theirs a collision course with disaster or happily ever after?

This is the last audiobook in the Stronghold Doms series but can be listened to as a stand-alone. 

1. The Sassy Submissive

2. Taming the Tease

2.5 On His Knees

3. Mastering Lexie

3.5 Pieces of Stronghold

4. Breaking the Chain

5. Bound to the Past

6. Stripping the Sub

7. Tempting the Domme

8. Hardcore Vanilla

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Need a Dom

I loved this book and the narrator is brilliant

Hardcore Vanilla is the perfect ending to the series.


This is the story of Sharon and Jake. Who said that vanilla is boring and not sexy.

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loved it so much

This is the conclusion of the series this is Jake's and Sharon's story and I loved it so much it is definitely a hardcore vanilla I loved every tantalizing Put me in a dream state This story just flowedAnd had my toes curl holding my breath to see what would come next I loved every single word in this book it was fabulous and the Narrator brought this dream to life
The story did not disappoint it was a 5 star read all around loved it

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Awesome!

Love golden angel and and the audible version is just as great as the book who doesn’t love a kinky HEA xx

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Loved it!

Another steamy story from Golden Angel! I can't wait for this whole series to be on audio so I can listen to all the books again in order. Victoria did a great job narrating this book and bringing the characters to life. I was given this audiobook for free at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Virginia
  • 24-02-19

Hot!

What a great story. Sharon and Jake hooked up at a New Years Eve party. Jake was her best friends brother and he had treated her in the past like an obnoxious brat. He wasn’t a Dom, but he sure lit her up anyway. Victoria Mei needs a blue ribbon for narrating it. She would have won first prize. What a super job she did with the male and female voices!

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  • PATRICIA
  • 24-02-19

Perfect title!

Not sure how I have missed Golden Angel all this time, but I am certainly glad I gave this one a listen. It is book 8 in the series, and though I haven't listened to the others, it was perfect as a standalone. Sharon and Jake are the last of their friends who have not found their significant others. They have a bickering relationship, not really liking each other. Will "friends with benefits" work out for them? There is strong attraction and the chemistry off the charts! But this enemies to lovers story isn't your everyday trope follower. It has some meat to it. Sharon's background would give the impression that since she is from a wealthy family, she would have the happy life. She is loud and at times obnoxious. Jake comes from the family everyone wants to hang out with, and is a little more conservative. These opposites find out that not only do they attract, but there is a common thread that could hold them together. I loved the title, the ensemble of friends and the whole storyline of this book. It's hot, sexy and entertaining from start to finish. Can't wait for the others to be released!

Narrating a story like this needs someone that can bring emotional value to the story as well as perform a steamy scene. Victoria Mei is perfect for roles like this. She can bring out all the feelings, from frustration and turmoil to hope and love with the inflections in her voice. I loved her performance of Sharon and Jake!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-10-19

wonderful addition to the Stronghold series

I just love Golden Angel’s Stronghold world. I was great to finally see Sharon and Jake get their HEA and to see what was happening in their Stronghold friends’ lives.

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  • melody
  • 21-10-19

wow sizzling

this story is between Jake & Sharon
the 8th book in the series and one of the most favorite Charters Jake it was entertaining books he was sizzling and tantalizing and creative and so sexy I so thoroughly enjoy this book I enjoyed the charters the overall performance I loved every single word it was fascinating definitely a 5☆ read definitely a keeper

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 02-06-19

It’s not your vanilla of a listen

Hardcore Vanilla is the 8th and final installment in Golden Angel’s Stronghold Doms series but it’s my first in the series .
Love how Golden Angel took a couple added some spice and blended the couple together when the hero was denying a label but he sure acted like a DOM .
Hero is Jake. Heroine is Sharon
Sharon gets mixed messages from Jake . Sharon knows she’s into the DOM lifestyle, what she doesn’t understand is why Jake has to always throw Jabs at her , small little jabs like he's judging her .
Meanwhile Jake is denying he’s a DOM but put him and Sharon together and he acts like a big time Alpha make .
The scenes are spicy all around . The chemistry between the two are hot and off the charts

Victoria Mel was excellent. She has a deep $exy voice . It’s smooth and strong

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  • Jocelyne
  • 24-03-19

I liked it!

This is my first Golden Angel's book. This is the book 8, and the last book in the Stronghold Doms Series. Unfortunately, I haven't read the first book in the Series, and despite the fact this story can be listened as a standalone, reading the first books in the series should help to better understand the relationships between the other characters. I like this friends/enemis to lovers. Sharon and Jake (Captain Caveman!) share a hot and strong chemistry. The secondary characters are also very interesting, and I would love to know more about them. Victoria Mei did an amazing job with the narration. I enjoyed listening to this book.

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  • Drifter
  • 09-03-19

Hate to see this series end, but what a fantastic

I really did not want to read this book because it was the ending of the Stronghold series. This is a series that I dearly love, and it is so hard to see It end. It is not just a Bdsm series. It is about sexual encounters, crazy antics, drama, and most of all love for that one special person and a group of wonderful friends. These friends are always there for each other. These characters are part of my book family.

Angel did not fail when writing this final book in the series. Sharon and Jake captured my heart with their love story. Both learned to understand and love each other. Thank you Golden Angel for giving us such a heart grabbing book and series.
I can't wait for all of books to come out in audio. I will be having a Stronghold marathon.

I had already read the ebook, but Victoria really brought this story to life. I totally enjoyed listening to this book.

I received this Audible book in exchange for a review. I highly recommend this book and the entire series. I plan on listening to this entire series again!