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Millions of women all over the world would drop their knickers for British movie star Evan Hunter. Now he’s falling for the one American woman who won’t...yet. 

Everyone on Main Street has been talking about Evan Hunter, the British movie star who’ll be filming on location in our small Pacific Northwest town for a couple of months, and all I have to say about that is: “Who?” 

When he shows up two weeks early to escape the London paparazzi after breaking up with some starlet, all I want to know is: “So?” 

When he walks into the gym that I manage for my dad and brothers, to start training for the action scenes in his movie, I’ll admit I do say to myself: “Hmmm...” 

But he’s not my type. I’ll take a fireman or a lumberjack over a pretty actor any day - I don’t care how blue his eyes are, how chiseled his features or how crackling our chemistry has been from the first “hello.” 

Okay, so it turns out Mr. Charming and Sophisticated isn’t quite the polite English gentleman when we’re alone together in private. He may, in fact, be a filthy-mouthed sex god. He may, impossibly, have his sights set on me. 

Obviously, there’s only one way for me to prove to him that I’m immune to this British actor nonsense. I’m going to prove it to him so hard. 

But I have rules for flings with out-of-towners and I will continue to enforce them, even with ridiculously beautiful international film stars. Even though he gets along so well with my family. Even though we somehow seem to understand each other in ways that no one else ever could. Even if he makes me wonder what it’s like out there in the world outside of this coastal paradise I’ve always called home. 

I’m staying right where I am, no matter where he claims to want to take me with him when he leaves. 

Every time he says “Hello Darling,” all I hear is: “goodbye heart.” 

©2018 Kayley Loring (P)2020 Kayley Loring

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I loved this book but admittedly, Kayley Loring's ebooks are now a one-click for me. This was written before I totally discovered her through her Brooklyn Book Boyfriends stories (which are amazing) but the audiobook features Shane East playing a British actor. So I had to listen. First the story- Evan Hunter, a Hollywood star who manifests Hugh Grant's voice in his head as his little conscience, is filming his latest moving in a small town. He meets Stella, who manages the gym that he decided to join. They start by being friends but soon, they realize they can't overcome their chemistry. But can a small town girl and a Hollywood star really make it work? This book reminds me of the movies I loved- Nottinghill and Love, Actually. (and yes, they were actually mentioned) and the couple, as well as their friends, were so charming that I loved watching Stella and Evan finally get their HEA. I felt like Stella held on a bit too long to her concerns but generally, the book is low angst and really sweet. Now, for the narration. Shane East brought this book to a totally different level. I think I just want to listen to the book again, just to hear him playing this role. Mackenzie Cartwright is also excellent in this story, affecting the accent pretty well but switching between characters so well. But there's something about listening to the authenticity nd the beautiful cadence of Shane East's voice that totally elevate this story. 🎧AudiobookObsessionReviewer, AudiobookObsession

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Gorgeous!!

I absolutely loved every well uttered word of this funny, warm story. It was beautifully performed by both Mackenzie Cartwright and Shane East. All the characters are sympathetic and endearing, but, without a doubt, Stella and Evan steel the show, though Billy makes a very creditable claim! As for Hugh! He's always welcome🤣😍. Treat yourself! This audio will never disappoint, but will leave you with a whole stack of smiles and warm hugs 💖💖💖💖💖

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I love this author!!!!

Another great story from Kayley Loring! I’m loving this new to me author! Her writing is so fun and sexy! I love the characters In this book and their chemistry together is great! Smart writing and fabulous narrators! Shane East is one of the best and has a real accent that you will love! McKenzie CartWright is really good at telling the story and doing voices that fit the characters! Great audiobook!

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Fabulous Story & Narration🎧 An Enjoyable Delight!

This book is such a wonderful delight, it is enjoyable and entertaining, most of all it is the type of book you can not put down or stop listening too. And there is Shane East saying “Hello Darling”—> oh yes, Swoon-Worthy with a capital “S”. Kayley Loring is a gifted author and that gift shines more that ever in this book with the clever and witty dialogue and the fabulous storylines. The characters are realistic, easy to relate and connect with. I adored both lead characters, Evan Hunter, British movie star extraordinaire and Stella Starkey, manager of family owned gym, yoga instructor and lover of small town living. There were great secondary and support cast of characters too. Evan is set to film on location in Port Gladstone, he will be staying awhile so he joined the local gym, which he found while researching online. Stella’s raw beauty caught his attention right from the start and after meeting her in person he wanted to know her even more. Evan is not Stella’s type but she finds herself drawn to him, she even convinces herself to have a fling with him for the time he was staying in town. I thought those two were great together, the chemistry between them is off the charts. But has some issues, can she get past them to find the happiness she deserves. Evan is a complete sweetheart, fame did not get to his head, he remained grounded with a good head on his shoulders and best of all he knows what he wants. but how much pushing away can he take? I loved how everything plays out in this book, the story is beautifully plotted and has a natural flow to it. There is never a dull moment with plenty drama, very low angst, great humor, lots of heartfelt and emotional moments and some hot romance. This romcom is a great pick me up and will put a smile on anyone’s face and keep it there for the entire book. Kayley Loring, thank you for this wonderful story. Shane East and Mackenzie Cartwright were perfectly casted to bring this story and it’s characters to life. They did a great job portraying the characters, humanizing them, giving each their own voice and personality. You could hear how much heart they put into their work as they project their characters emotions into their performance. They both handled the witty dialogue with ease, landing the humor with out missing a beat. They are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another awesome listen. Thank you 🎧@AudiobookObsession #AudiobookObsession #AudiobookObsessionReviewer🎧

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Perfect in every way!

I absolutely loved this sweet, sexy, hilarious romantic comedy. Being a Brit I'm not always a fan of English hero's, give me a rugged American any day but Evan is officially my first British book boyfriend. Plus I loved that not once did I have to cringe at an English narrator saying an Americanism, Kayley Loring has written a real gem here and Shane East and Mackenzie Cartwright brought the whole thing to life.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 07-07-20

A TRUE GEM OF A STORY

Oh Kayley Kayley Kayley.. you’ve done it again!.. you’ve created two loveable characters, made them from very different worlds stirred the pot with sizzling chemistry, free-flowing banter, animal attraction, sex, sass, family, end dates, conflicts of the heart vs the head.. and love love love. It’s a wonderful swoony and sweet romance. It’s an adorable, charismatic, charming, handsome English actor romancing a down-to-earth ‘girl next door’ type Yoga Instructor/Gym Manager who just sees the man behind his famous face.. but feels unworthy of the Mega Movie Star. It’s family roots and small town comforts.. it’s private bubbles, laughs and no strings flings.. its a Thanksgiving Day welcome to the family. It’s saucy and sexy.. with passions and pleasures.. being brave, achieving balance and happy ever afters. And it’s a beautiful blossoming of love.. with a side-order of heartache when someone acts on their doubts. WORTH A CREDIT? OMG YES - this dual POV love story was so damn entertaining with its laughs and feel-good appeal.. and Shane and Mackenzie were the perfect fit for this couple because they brought the skill and magic that made this story into a compelling audiobook. Swoon-worthy, drool-worthy, sweet, heartfelt, highly-charged chemistry, delicious and with a lickable leading man ;)

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  • Jen Valencia
  • 20-07-20

Well hello, darling, indeed!

Confession time: I'm a wee bit obsessed with Kayley Loring's audiobooks. To be fair, I've only listened to three titles including this newest one, but the combination of her writing and the fab narrators she seems to have a knack of choosing is like a siren song that I can never seem to resist. Then again, why would I want to, especially given that Loring's stories are my jam, and the minute her narrators begin to breathe life into them, it's like that perfect layer that butters me up. Does that make sense? Probably not, but bear with me. I'm basically saying that I've loved listening to Loring's audiobooks, and the newest one that my ears couldn't get enough of is Hello Darling, narrated by the awesome pair that is Shane East and Mackenzie Cartwright. Evan Hunter is a British actor who heads to his next film location earlier than planned in order to get away from the bombardment of paparazzi hoping he'll give them something to talk about when asked about his breakup with a starlet ex. Heading across the pond to Port Gladstone was part of his job. He certainly wasn't looking to be smitten by Stella Starkey, the no-nonsense yoga instructor who work at her family's gym. She's like no other woman he's ever met. She doesn't find his dashing good looks or British wit and charm swoon-worthy. You'd think she wasn't interested, but he's pretty sure she is. And even when she admits to herself she's drawn to him, Stella sees this as nothing more than a fling. After all, this wasn't like the movies. There's no way someone like her would ever have any sort of happy ending with someone like him. Right? Ummm... Where do I sign up to snag myself a real-life Evan Hunter, please and thank you? Hands down, he's one of the swooniest male main characters I've ever come across, and I've read and listened to more than my fair share of romances. It's not that Evan was perfect, but that he was indeed flawed yet had a good heart and a sincerity to him that's far more appealing than all the testosterone-y stuff in alpha- or bully-like heroes. The fact that Evan had friendships with Stella's brothers that were separate from his relationship with her called to me as well. These main characters challenged each other and almost everything they thought they had set in stone in terms of where they saw their lives as individuals--because after all, plans can change when you fall in love. Kayley Loring penned a lovely romance that brought a smile to my face and left my heart feeling full and happy, and she couldn't have picked a better narrating team than Shane East and Mackenzie Cartwright. Five stars for Hello Darling. ♥

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  • kgagnon
  • 14-07-20

You had me at 'Hello Darling'!

I absolutely loved this hilarious, sweet and steamy romance! Loring has once again written a story that guarantees that I will fall in love with her characters and her signature laugh-out-loud comedic style she has sprinkled throughout this book! This is an absolutely delightful story about a small town girl and her unlikely romance with a sexy British movie star. When Evan Hunter comes to Stella Starky's charming little town to shoot some movie scenes, she couldn't care less. He joins her gym and her conditions are that he is himself, not his public persona. That is her undoing, he not only charms her family but he also charms her and she can't help but fall for the sweet, dirty talking Brit. Evan likes that Stella is real and honest with him, and prefers who he really is. They soon give in to their fiery attraction, agreeing to have a short term, no strings affair. They are opposites in every way but their chemistry is explosive! But rules are meant to be broken when their hearts get involved. When Evan needs to travel for work, will he be able to convince Stella to leave her beloved small town and travel the world with him? There is so much to love about this story, from the quick wit and banter, to the lovable quirky characters, to the sizzling passion, and every hilarious, heartwarming moment in between. Oh and how great is the name Stella Starky?! It flowed so well off Evan's lips, along with 'Hello Darling', I absolutely loved it! Shane East, and Mackenzie Cartwright were so perfectly cast to narrate this hilarious and heartwarming romance. They nailed the chemistry between Evan and Stella, and their ability to deliver Loring's witty dialogue along with imparting the genuine emotion of all characters was exquisite. Both narrators have a wonderful range of voices and expressions that I love to get lost in and make this story pure pleasure!

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  • LAS
  • 13-07-20

Fun, funny, and thoroughly romantic rom com

I loved this listen! I'm a huge fan of Shane East, for sure, but he has to have the right words to deliver a performance this great, and Kayley Loring definitely put the right words in his mouth. and Mackenzie Cartwright was a great female lead. This story has so much heart and humor, and plenty of heat to leave a romance novel fan satisfied. The humor was off the charts! Highly recommended - scoop it up now if you're a fan of LOL rom-coms with heat.

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  • Robin Puckett
  • 11-07-20

WOW!

OMG! I loved it! The story! The characters! Kayley Loring did a fantastic job. I laughed and about cried. Mackenzie and Shane brought this story to life. Mackenzie does a great british accent!! And I would love to hear Shane say 'Hello Darling' to me....or at least on my phone!

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  • Katherine
  • 09-07-20

Another home run

Wow! How does Kayley Loring do it? This book did not disappoint and actually blew me away! The story was great, low angst and low drama but just enough to keep the story moving forward! And the narrators- Mackenzie Cartwright had another stellar performance and Shane East is a comedic genius! Love this trio so hard!

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  • PATRICIA
  • 06-07-20

Hello, Darling!!!

In the mood for a good love story? How about a book about a famous British actor? If you love swoony, romantic leads, you are going to love Evan Hunter. A famous public figure, he is enamored with Stella. She is a hard working woman with a cat she adores, and after a few encounters is taken in by the charms of Evan. Keeping things light is the name of the game, quiet, out of the public eye and casual, this couple is enjoying each other. But can they continue on that way? Will they be seen by the paparazzi? Will feelings get in the way? And a bicoastal relationship is impossible, right? Kayley Loring keeps me so engaged when I am listening to her stories. Her characters become good friends of mine, and Evan and Stella were the best! Great banter, incredible chemistry and a little bit of angst make this couple one of my favorites. Evan is wonderful. Romantic, good reputation, monogamous and very up front, he is the man we all drool over on screen. Stella is all of us. Loves being with him, but will find every excuse not to invest that last bit of her heart. Loring melds these two together, with laughter, passion and love. It's a fantastic story, one you do not want to miss. Loring chose her narrators so perfectly, it was like she wrote the characters with these voices in mind. Shane East is Evan Hunter. His voice is smooth, and romantic, an incredible fit for his personality and had me falling in the first chapter. Stella needed a little coaxing, and her hesitation, and affection comes through with Mackenzie Cartwright's voice. These two give an incredible performance and kept me completely entertained.

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  • Brittney Cottingham
  • 21-11-20

Get ready to laugh A LOT

I’m all for a royal, dark, brooding, or billionaire Shane East performance, but it’s not said enough that he does comedic work is just as great. “Hello Darling” is a perfect representation of that. This is also only my second Mackenzie Cartwright experience and she lives up to the hype. Will definitely be adding her to my favorite female narrator list. This is also my second Kayley Loring book and her writing is sassy and superb. I rarely have laugh out loud moments when reading and this book got me several times. Now I’m going to spend my Sunday with a Hugh Grant marathon. 💗

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  • Shaka
  • 02-10-20

“Hmmm…” Well Done!

Kayley writes a heartwarmingly sweet story told in dual POV by two fabulous narrators. Hello Darling is a unique, fun, lighthearted, sweet, cute and sssssssexy story that is very enchanting and deliciously rich in content and drama. The character development, chemistry and banter between Evan and Stella is hilarious!!! Narrators Shane East and Mackenzie Cartwright put a lot of heart and steamy sexiness into their performance. Loved it!!! #AudiobookObsessionReviewer

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  • Amy F
  • 20-09-20

Hello Darling!

What an excellent introduction to Kayley Loring’s writing! "Hello Darling" was the perfect blend of romantic comedy and small town romance. It had me laughing-out-loud and simultaneously swooning over this unexpected attraction between a British celebrity and hometown gym manager. Evan had his eye on Stella, even before he set foot in Port Gladstone, and as fate would have it, the chemistry sparked between them. Evan finds himself falling for Stella, wanting her to become part of his life, but Stella’s past has her closed off to any long-term possibility. As Evan’s presence becomes more entwined with her family, her town and her heart, Stella finds herself torn between protecting herself and choosing love. I’m thrilled to have discovered this author, as her story-telling and sense of humor are truly brilliant, not to mention her choice of narrators! Mackenzie Cartwright and Shane East were the perfect pair to bring these characters to life. The personalities were spot on and the duo performance was amazing! Shane’s British accent is always sexy to my ears and I could have him saying “hello darling” on repeat all day long… I was, however, pleasantly surprised that Mackenzie pulled off an excellent British accent as well. Definitely a fun and enjoyable listening experience! #AudiobookObsession