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Number-One New Release in Romance 

The number-one New York Times best-selling author of Verity and It Ends With Us delivers another breathtaking novel with a magnetic suspense that will keep you glued to your device. 

"This book deserves a whole galaxy of stars, but alas, five is all I can give." (Shades of Rebecca) 

Life and a dismal last name are the only two things Beyah's parents ever gave her. After carving her path all on her own, Beyah is well on her way to bigger and better things, thanks to no one but herself. With only two short months separating her from the future she's built and the past she desperately wants to leave behind, an unexpected death leaves Beyah with no place to go during the interim. 

Forced to reach out to her last resort, Beyah has to spend the remainder of her summer on a peninsula in Texas with a father she barely knows. Beyah's plan is to keep her head down and let the summer slip by seamlessly, but her new neighbor Samson throws a wrench in that plan. 

Samson and Beyah have nothing in common on the surface. 

She comes from a life of poverty and neglect; he comes from a family of wealth and privilege. But one thing they do have in common is that they're both drawn to sad things. Which means they're drawn to each other.

Beyah and Samson agree to stay in the shallow end of a summer fling. What Beyah doesn't realize is that a rip current is coming, and it's about to drag her heart out to sea.

©2020 Colleen Hoover (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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🎧 Samson and Beyah 🎧

A meandering story that seems to just end it up alright in the end. Underwhelming compared to any other Colleen Hoover story I've read/listened to.
The narration dragged a little, which added to the feeling of ennui the story evoked. Nothing actually wrong with the narration, but the tone of delivery had my mouth turning down, so it gave the whole story a sad air, even in the rare good times.

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Beautiful listen

I loved the book. Beautiful tender love story beautifully written. I enjoyed listening and even got used to the narrator’s over dramatic reading style that people complained about in other reviews. At first it annoyed me a bit and then I got used to it and thought she wasn’t bad and delivered the story very well. Will definitely recommended!

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 12-11-20

✫✫4.5 Stars ✫✫

Another Colleen Hoover that brings out all the emotions. This story was heartbreaking and difficult but also a sweet romance all in one. I loved that this felt like two kindred spirits finding each other. Beyah was understandably guarded because of her up bringing and the way everyone treated her throughout her life. Even if it didn't seem like it in the beginning, the best thing she could have done for herself was move to Texas and find her place with her father and his family. I loved the relationship between her and her father, even when they weren't close and she was so angry, you can still feel that he loved her even if he was clueless about her life and let his guilt take over.

I felt Beyah's connection to Samson from their first real discussion. She was more open with him than anyone and he even though he was secretive and guarded, I knew he was that was for a good mostly unselfish reason. I have a huge weakness for the good guy with a hard life so Samson was my favorite kind of character. This book had me rooting for these two right all the way through. My only complaint is that the ending felt a little underwhelming. Yes I love a HEA but this just felt like after all that it should have been more than just a "and they lived happily ever after" type of ending. Maybe an epilogue would have changed my thoughts on this.

The narrator was great, I don't think I have ever heard of her but I really enjoyed her work and hope to see more of her work in my future :)

I also have to mention that since I am 100 % audio, waiting 3 months for an audiobook after it released because the audiobook is always an after thought really hurts my feel for the book because I see so much hype and comments from readers about a book before I get it listen to it that my expectations are usually higher than most authors could actually deliver. This has been my issue twice now with a Colleen Hoover book because she is so popular. (many other self published authors do simultaneous releases without an issue)

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  • MammaYumYum
  • 16-11-20

I can’t with the narrator

I was excited for something new from CH because she’s one of my favorite authors but this is one of my least favorite narrators so it ruined it for me. Everything she says is breathy and dramatic....(in her breathy and overly dramatic voice).....”I said No Pepper Jack Cheese.... you cannot have another treat...(dramatic pause and sigh)....as he looks back at me with pure doggy despair in his eyes....”
Nope. Sorry. Can’t.

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  • Erica Gill
  • 27-12-20

Colleen Hoover does not disappoint!

Beautiful story of beautifully broken people brought back to life by love, understanding and time. I loved this book! Absolutely precious!

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  • Mezzanine Daze
  • 30-12-20

Another Colleen Hoover Hit

I love that you never know what to expect from a Colleen Hoover storyline but the love connection is just as deep in all of her books. There are so many layers to this story and my heart felt like it was in a vice grip most of the time from pain, sadness, hope, love and pride. Assume your favorite reading position, avoid any distractions and sink into this book.

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  • Admirer of great books; critic of bad books.
  • 10-02-21

A beautiful story unfolds perfectly...

What I enjoy most about Colleen Hoover books is that she doesn't need to waste time on incorporating erotica into the material. Her characters are well-developed. The relationships she builds don't need to rely on explicit sex for the story to unfold beautifully. There is depth in her storylines, depth in her characters. She slowly unfolds a beautiful story. After reading a Colleen Hoover title, it's so hard to go back to reading a subpar books that contains more explicit sex than it does story. Kudos to Colleen for finding that perfect balance and masterfully weaving a wonderful tale that stays in the readers' mind for quite a spell.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-12-20

Comments from a reader

This is a good romance novel. I liked how the characters overcame their difficult pasts. There is a snag in the storyline, but still worth reading.

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  • JLH
  • 28-12-20

Loved it!

Another great read by the amazing Colleen Hoover. Once again she left me with so many feels. I do feel this book may be geared to more of a teen crowd but I still loved it nonetheless and felt the writing was fantastic and told a great story. I felt so much while reading this book. Beyah and Samson were created so well that I could vividly see them and feel everything they went through. My heart broke but it also exploded with joy. Beyah goes through so much in the pages of this book and does so much growing up while simultaneously getting to act like the teenager she is.

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  • Alek Gutierrez
  • 26-12-20

such a great book

i definitely didnt expect the book to take the turns it did.. i listened to quickly because i couldn't dare stop.. great book!

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  • The Nerdy Gourmet
  • 22-02-21

A Slow Romance

Beyah has survived her her whole life but this summer, she’s going to start living.

It’s just so easy to read a Colleen Hoover novel. The writing is always free flowing and simple to understand. The characters have such depth! It’s easy to connect with Beyah and sympathize with her- though I highly doubt she would appreciate that. There are a few subplots and I never guessed how the summer would wrap up. But. It took way too long to get to the point. I just wanted to scream out The Thing she wouldn’t tell anyone from the very start of the book. I’m a horrible secret keeper. And I have no patience with drawn out storylines. So take that as you will- a reflection on me or the book. Overall, I would definitely recommend reading this one and forming your own opinion!

Audiobook Review Goethals had great defining aspects to each character’s voice. I could easily define who was speaking. I felt that her voice complimented Beyah. I just felt the whole book was slow and had to push the speed to 1.7, and I never listen faster than 1.4

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-02-21

Beautiful, broken, complete, hopeful...

So many words to describe the way this book gave me feels. Beyah is one of my most favorite characters ever. A real life super hero who overcomes the evil in her world and came out victorious as a good human. Heartwarming, heart wrenching, beautifully tragic with a happily ever after...my favorite kind of story! I hope they make this a movie🤞🏼🎥