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How to Catch a Rival

Chester Falls, Book 2
Narrated by: Nick Hudson
Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: LGBT, Literature & Fiction
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Summary

When you’re competing, the last thing you should do is fall in love...especially with your rival.

Wren turned up out of nowhere and now he’s my boss...kind of. He’s also a straight, closed-off, emotionless icicle. Who cares if he’s also drop dead gorgeous, with eyes you could get lost in?

Tom is beautiful, colorful, strong, creative, and my eyes can’t stop following him everywhere he goes. He also works for my parents, which means he’s off limits. That, and I haven’t told them that I’m bi yet.

A baking competition with high stakes. Two men who both need that prize money.

When the heat moves from the kitchen to the bedroom, will Tom and Wren put their rivalry aside? Or is what they stand to lose more important than their growing feelings?

Welcome to Chester Falls, where you can expect to meet sweet men, sexy situations, interfering friends, lots of feels, and a happy ever after.

Book two in the Chester Falls series. How To Catch a Rival is a standalone sweet and steamy MM romance novel with no cliffhanger, and a guaranteed HEA.

©2020 Ana Ashley (P)2020 Ana Ashley

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as good as the ebook

The story is always 4-5 stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me. The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, I’m over the half, but I listen enough to give a review. PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!! To my ratings: 5* - very very good it's like an A+ 4* - very good and will be often re-listening it's like an A 3* - it's more then a one-time-listening. it's like a B

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Sweet and entertaining

I enjoyed this sweet, entertaining, pretty low-angst listen. Tom is loud and colorful, while Wren is more quiet and reserved, but boy are they hot together. Their are a few twists and turns, including one surprise villain at the end that didn't really seem necessary or to really add anything to the story, but that's a minor quibble. The main and secondary characters are all great and very relatable. This is the second book in the series, and while it could be stand alone, you will get a better knowledge of who some of the supporting characters are if you have already read or listened to the first book. The narration is excellent. Nick Hudson does a fantastic job separating the characters and giving them all distinct voices. He really brings Tom to life! I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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Amusing and sweet

I loved every bit of this one, the characters were fun and interesting! You fall in love with them listening to this story. The connection between these two is palpable, you can't get enough. I listened to it in one go, not putting it down for a break. Nathan Hudson is a new to me voice actor and I absolutely enjoy his way of narrating. He brought a special something to everything he read, and especially the spicier and heated moments. I never felt like I didn't know who was talking or missed anything. I loved the story and the narration!

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sugary sweet and deliciously steamy

I loved Tom and Wren! Oh my goodness Tom is a bubble of sunshine and fabulousness. I loved meeting him in How to Catch a Prince and loved his own HEA! Wren was so caring and sweet right from the start and I'm so glad there wasn't any silly back and forth and miscommunication. These two are perfect together and I look forward to seeing them cameo in more stories from Chester Falls! Nick has done a fantastic job narrating this one and his various dialects and accents between characters are flawless! I look forward to hearing more if Nick too!!!!

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  • 14-08-20

WOW!

After the wonderful book 1, this second book followed another couple of Chester Falls finding love. The story of Wren and Tom is funny and interesting. I enjoyed a lot the banter between the main characters in the middle of all the romance and hot scenes. Also, seeing characters from book 1 appear in this one created the ambience in the world of Chester Falls. The cherry on top is the amazing performance of Mr Hudson who made this story even more enjoyable. Loved It!

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Even better than book 1

Loved this audio book. Tom is Charlie's (book 1) best friend. And he's Fabulous. Wren is closeted (in Chester Falls) but the attraction between him and Tom is instantaneous. Combined with the baking show aspect of the story and a great narrator I found this an easy and (mostly) stress free listen.

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Really enjoyed listening

I loved it. This series it amazing and I've loved them all. Tom and Wren are fantastic together I love reading characters who are confident been who they are. I listened to book 3 before I listened to this book and I was intrigued about Tom and Wrens story. Tom is sassy and adorable and Wren is guarded, he is not out to his family and he's just had to give up his career as a football player. The rivalry between them made for an enjoyable read. I can't wait to see what more this series offers.

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Back in Chester Falls

I enjoyed book 1 in the Chester Falls series, How to Catch a Royal, and was thrilled when I was able to pick up this book. These books are simple and pure romance and I’m a huge fan of those types of stories. I devoured this one in a day. Characters are always so important in this type of book and I wasn’t disappointed. Tom was absolutely adorable. He’s a sparkling shining star who adores his idol Coco Chanel. He is a glass half-full kind of guy who loves his job at a family-owned department store but aspires to have his own clothing store. The way to get it? Win the bake-off for Pride Month in Chester Falls and get enough money to open the store. Wren is also sweet. He’s in the closet when it comes to his family and only comes home when his father falls ill. Dedicated to his family, he helps out in the store and soon discovers the finances aren’t great. To provide a cushion for his family, he needs to win the bake-off. Okay, so you can see where this is going. Both men have really good reasons for wanting to win and there was no way I could choose who I wanted to bring home the prize. Maybe they can split it? There is a solution that leaves everyone happy and that just made the book all the better. Nick Hudson does a great job of narrating these books – his voice just suits the easy-going nature of Chester Falls and he differentiates the voices well. He brought that extra sparkle to Tom that made me love him even more. Off to the next book!

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Heart warming

Lovely small town romance that would make a perfect Hallmark movie. I adored Tom, our and proud leaving glitter trails wherever he went. Wren is closeted to him family so was definitely a more guarded character. The push and pull between these two was electric.

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A recipe for rivals and love.

I enjoyed this second full foray into Chester Falls. Tom and Wren are rivals in a baking contest - both have entered as they need the prize money. However there’s also a huge attraction between them. I liked the will they won’t they/rivals to lovers storyline. I really liked returning to Chester Falls and catching up with some of the characters we met before. The end of the story sets up nicely for others and I’m looking forward to them. Nick Hudson’s narration is spot on - I really enjoyed listening to his voices for the characters.

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  • Sue C
  • 06-06-20

delightful

Would I listen to it again: yes Did the story keep me engaged: yes Was I invested in the characters: yes Story comment: Delightfully entertaining story with good pace and likeable characters. Tom is such a quirky and fun character and Wren finds the courage to be true to himself. This is a low drama, feel good story with some good humor that just left me smiling. A perfect listen for a lazy weekend. 😊 Narrator comment: I enjoyed Nick Hudson's narration and think he's done a great job narrating How to Catch a Rival. I had no problem distinguishing characters and the rhythm, inflections and intonations all worked to bring the book to life.

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  • Lisa K
  • 04-06-20

Excellent!

This was an amazing audiobook. The story was incredibly well written, with a lot of laughter out loud parts, and the narration was extremely well done. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for book 3!

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 19-09-20

A lovely narration

This book captivated me right from the start! Nick Hudson's narration was perfect for this. Can't wait for more in this series 👍

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  • Keith b miller
  • 16-09-20

love this story

you will love all of these stories so far I love the first one and I love the second one but I think you will even love this one it's filled with hopes dreams and so much wonder and I can't wait for the third book and I hope that you give this cereal to try cuz you will be hooked just like I am

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  • kp
  • 11-08-20

Enjoyed!

I really enjoyed the latest addition to the Chester Falls series. Tim is full if life, live and happiness. Wren not so much. When thrown together sparks fly! I loved the snark and humor in this story. Nick Hudson dies a great job narrating this gem!

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  • Susan R
  • 10-08-20

What a wonderful story!

I really enjoyed this audiobook. The charters were absolutely lovely. The storyline was great it had me chuckling thru out the whole book. These two just want whatever one else wants to be loved for themselves. This book was a great story that really kept me engaged and happy. The narrator Nick did a great job with this book.

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  • Dixiecowgirl060
  • 09-08-20

Feel good story to listen to all afternoon!

Feel good story that you can listen to all afternoon!  I enjoyed the narration and the story had a nice easy pacing.  Fun listen.   Tom and Wren are such a cute couple.  They both really want the same thing, to be loved and accepted for themselves.  Together they find that they both have really good reasons for each of them to win the competition.  I liked that there was very little angst and that they really talked with each other and resolved their misunderstandings.   This is the second book of Chester Falls series and it can be read as a stand-alone.  You will see previous characters as friends of our current MC's and we do meet the MC's of the next book.  I am excited to keep listening and see how James and Connor do in the next story. 

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  • Breanna Kay
  • 05-08-20

How to Catch a Rival Review

Love listening to this book, the story was really intriguing I was pulled in from the very beginning. With a low angst book and the narration was amazing to listen to. I had to check to make sure it was the same person. I would listen to this author again!

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  • Amy21
  • 04-08-20

Sweet, low angst with heat between opposites

This is a very sweet story between opposites. There is low angst and lots of feel-good moments. Tom is all kinds of sunshine and provides comical moments out loud .... and in his head. The POV is dual between Tom and Wren and the narrator does such an excellent job that when the POV first changed, I double-checked to see that it was single narration as I had thought; because the voice change was enough that I wasn't sure. This is my first book by both the author, and the narrator, and I enjoyed it a lot. I would recommend How To Catch a Rival if you are looking for something funny and sweet, with some heat and heart-melting moments in a bake-off contest setting. And listening in the audio form could even make it more enjoyable because the narrator nails the voices.

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  • Love222
  • 31-07-20

Fun Listen

This is a sweet and fun continuation of the series, there are some plot points that don't make much sense or add to the story in my opinion but it's a small point otherwise it's a nice romance, with fun characters, good banter and a great narrator.