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Ian

The O'Connor Brothers, Book 1
Series: The O'Connor Brothers, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
4 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Summary

A year ago, she begged me to stay.
A year later, it’s my turn to beg her not to go.
My obsession. My downfall.
I tried to resist, to keep her at a distance.
I tried to save myself.
But no one will be saved here, not even a selfish bastard like me.
My life has always been about sport and family, including my stupid brothers. Until that night, the night I made the worst decision of my life. And I’m still paying the price for it.
We both are.
But the time has come to take back control of the situation, to risk it all, to convince her to let me in, because she can’t be anything other than mine. 

I am Ian O’Connor, and I’m about to accept this challenge: to try and hold on to the only woman I’ll ever be able to love.
And even if I already know how this badly written romance is going to end, I won’t back away.
This time, I’m going all the way. Because I only want her. And I have no intention of losing her. 

I’m an O’Connor, and the O’Connors never lose.

©2019 A. S. Kelly (P)2019 A. S. Kelly

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Heartbreaking and passionate

Such a heartbreaking story with a more than deserved happy ending.
Love is life and life is so sweet if shared with someone who cares about you more than his own life.

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Ian: The O’Connor Brothers Series

Ian: The O’ConnI r Brothers, Book 1
By A.S. Kelly
Narrated by Ashley Taylor and Daniel Knight

This is the first book I have read/listened to by A.S. Kelly, but it definitely won’t be the last. I can’t wait to find out what the other O’Connor brothers stories are.
This story had me on an emotional roller coaster, reaching for my tissues one minute, then wanting to throw my iPad across the room and ultimately laughing and rooting for Ian and Riley to figure it all out.

This was also my first book with Ashley Taylor and Daniel Knight as narrators. I loved both of their voices and the accents were wonderful. They really brought the characters to life. I’m definitely putting them on my to be listened to narrators list.

This book was a joy to read/listen to and I look forward to the rest of the O’Connors stories.

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An interesting listen

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and got pulled into the story of Ian and Riley and all the angst and feelings the had towards each other. This story does jump about a bit but I found it easy to follow.

Daniel Knight OMG he was just amazing each character had a different voice and he never faltered even when having a conversation between characters that was intense he just did such a great job I could listen to hom talk all day. Ashley Taylor has a great voice and she brought Riley to life for me.

This is a great story and I loved every second of it.x

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  • Jan M
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  • 23-09-19

Ian and Riley!

Ian by A.S. Kelly is a great rugby book with a second chance at love between Ian and Riley. Ashley Taylor and Daniel Knight were delightful bringing the characters to life. One could feel the chemistry between them. I really enjoyed Daniel's Irish accent in the book and found it fitting for the character. Ashley was perfect for her emotions of Riley. The story bounced around from present to past back and forth that one needs to pay attention.
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As much as I liked this story, I did not love it. The story moved backwards and forwards (mainly over a 3 year timeline), and I started getting slightly confused as I was never certain where the main couple, Ian and Riley, were at, in their, on again off again relationship. There was so much potential with the storyline, but I felt as a couple I couldn’t relate to them, there was so much hate between them, and not enough love, and way too much pushing and pulling in their relationship, I wasn’t invested in them as characters . So, while the story intrigued me lots. I wasn’t hooked into the story or the characters enough to give them more than a three star review. I wasn’t sure if it was enemies to lovers or second chance romance. It did have a family of hot Irish rugby players, but sadly the brother concerned didn’t float my boat so to say. The story was narrated beautifully by Ashley Taylor. Daniel Knight had a fantastic voice, and a super sexy accent, however, he didn’t seem to put emotion into the character, and at times came across as a bit wooden.

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Angsty and time jumps a bit jarring

I received this book upon request. The narration is on point. Daniel Knight had an amazing voice and accent that really brought you to the scene of this story. I did think that sometimes he was a little low key but overall, I really loved listening to his narration. Ashley Taylor did a great job with her narration- good emotions, good accents. And the dual narration, that was fantastic.

This was an angsty read. I found this a little difficult to read/listen to in the beginning because there was so much time jumping. It was a little better to read than to listen so I ended up borrowing the book from KU. But it was an emotional book, full of obstacles and emotional minefields that the Ian and Riley need to overcome in order to achieve their HEA. I liked both characters and felt bad for them, and I liked the supporting characters as well. Overall, a good book, especially when we weren't going back and forth in time.

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story and narration are on point!!

Wow.. this was such an awesome listening experience. Ashley Taylor and Daniel Knight were perfection to listen to. They really brought the characters to life for me. A.S. Kelly had me in my feelings almost from the beginning. I was all over the place. Ian and Riley's road was rough at times, but I completely enjoyed being on the journey with them. Great story.

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Riley & Ian

Honestly this story was kind of hard to follow for me. I wasn’t sure about their specific issues and they kept skipping back and forth in time. I did enjoy having both POV throughout the story and I also enjoyed the HEA. The narration was kind of the same for me. Part of the time it was good and other times it was kind of weak.

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A fight between two souls


I had a little bit of trouble getting into the book, for once it's a slow pace, and also the narration by Daniel Knight. He has a good voice and his accent was really great, but his narration was somewhat monotone which make it hard to listen, at least for me.

I really like the way Ashley Taylor narrates, she has a great voice, paced and her accents are great.

The chemistry between the main characters was so good and I was so cheering for them to finally give up and be together.

Overall it was a good book, and I can't wait to read what's next on this series.

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  • Sara
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  • 05-09-19

These two met in a bar...

I really enjoyed Ian and Riley's first meet up... they had this little flirty thing going on. I felt it, the chemistry, just in that brief snip of time. So this is an interesting story and was a bit slow during the first quarter of the story and I think that was due to hoping back and forth between past and present. Once I hit the half way mark, I was in it! Riley is seriously my favorite with her strong character. However, both Ian and Riley have some pain hiding beneath a thin layer. My only real problem with the storyline besides the slowness in the beginning is it seemed a bit repetitive and reasons behind some situations were lacking.

The narrators Ashley Taylor and Daniel Knight sound good together. Mr. Knight has a very strong voice and I did have to turn him down a bit when he was up to the mic. It would kind of scare me. Lol He did a decent accent and I can't wait to hear some more narrations when he gets some more books under his belt. After looking him up, this is his first audiobook so I'm taking that into consideration. I think we'll hear some good things! Ok, so Ashley Taylor, she didn't speak nearly as much as Mr. Knight but she has a soft and sweet voice and seemed a good fit for Riley.

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  • Sharon Jones
  • 14-09-19

Narrator not good. Could not complete listening. Tone indifferent.

I was not sure about story. Could be a good book to read but can’t listen to male narrator. I wasted my money.

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  • Mandy Smith @AudiobookObsessionReviewGroup
  • 27-08-19

Great story and narrators!

I really liked this one a lot. The story keep me invested and excited. It has all the elements of a great audiobook. The narrators are fantastic as well! They push the book into an even better experience with their performances!

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  • Bette
  • 25-08-19

Terrific Story & Narration🎧 Heartfelt & Emotional

This is my first book written by A.S. Kelly, she has an interesting writing style, she alternates time frames and gives bits and pieces of the characters past, never fully putting it all together until the end. The storylines and characters she created are interesting and draws you right in, compelling you to want to know more of what is going on and where is it leading. Each of the two leads, Ian and Riley, are harboring secrets and skeletons in their closets. They are broken in their own ways, yet they are drawn to each other, neither thinking they are good enough for the other. Their relationship is an angsty rollercoaster ride, when it progresses to the next level, it is like they take one step forward then two steps back. A lot goes on in this book, there is plenty of drama, angst, twists and turns and two broken souls trying to get past the barriers placed around their heart and allow themselves to love and be loved. I adored Ian’s family, his loving parents as well as brothers Nick and Ryan, glad to see they are getting their own books, also glad to see Riley’s brother Jaime is getting his own book too. A.S Kelly, thank you for this great story and the emotional rollercoaster ride.

I listened to the Audible edition, narrated by the talented Ashely Taylor & Daniel Knight. They are terrific voice performers and storytellers, they brought these characters to life, gave each their own voice and personality. You could hear the characters emotions and the drama of the story projected in to their performance. They are a great duet team and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for this great listen🎧

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  • Shayay19
  • 12-12-19

Entertaining and sweet moments

Listened to the story on Audible. The accents were nice on both the male and female narrators; a little over the top, but a solid performance by both. There was a gay character that was voiced weird though. I wasn't totally a fan of the female narrator doing the dialogue in the male POV chapters and vice versa; took me out of the story a bit, still a decent audio.

There's some sweet moments between Ian and Riley, and I liked the whole second chance scenario. The story just didn't flow very well. There's flashback scenes; 3 years ago, 2 years ago, and 1 year ago, but they didn't really flow into the story well. I wanted more connection between Riley and Ian too. Riley is melancholy for most of the story; low self-esteem and depressing, so I wasn't a fan of that. She has her reasons, but we don't get any reasons why for a long time, so I wasn't sympathizing with her. Riley's brother plays on the same rugby team as Ian; Riley's brother sees the connection between Riley and Ian, so he plays a bit of matchmaker. Ian is dealing with some family issues, so he's a jerk to Riley and pushes her away. Riley and Ian both don't handle it well over the years they know each other, but they can't deny the pull between them. I liked the story dealing with Ian's family. There's also some good passion between Ian and Riley. Overall, there's some good elements to the story; I was entertained, but the writing just didn't grab me.

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  • Drifter
  • 11-12-19

Emotional twists and turns.

I asked to receive this Audible book and voluntarily wrote this unbiased review. The relationship between Ian and Riley was definitely one step forward and two steps back. These two both came from difficult backgrounds that influenced their adult lives. But their inability to share their feelings kept driving them apart. The author takes us on their difficult journeys of acceptance and sharing of their feelings and emotions. They also had family support. The narrators did a great job of bringing out the characters ' personalities and emotions. At first I thought the male narrator was a little monotone and maybe he was, but Ian's emotional and love life was monotonous and not moving forward at the time. I highly recommend this Audible book.

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  • Bookin it Hard
  • 25-11-19

Loved the dual POV

Loved the dual POV! Getting both sides of the story is a preferred read for me.
He was obsessed after their first meeting and the fact he was a rugby player was pretty great.
Riley worked in a theater and they didn’t seem like the perfect fit for me at first.
Turns out, I was wrong.
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  • Wendy Wilwert
  • 05-11-19

I wanted to like it

The summary sounded great, but I really had trouble getting into this book, I'm afraid. The story bounces around time periods and often left me somewhat confused, and the male narrator was rather monotone. I did finish the book, but I kind of had to force myself to get through it. #AudiobookObsession #AuralFixation

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  • Marcelle Ellis
  • 28-10-19

Love the accent

Ian and Riley's story is about tow people getting in their own way. They kept letting each other go when they should be drawing each other close. The love the story even if I wanted to yell at Riley a time or two. Ashley Taylor and Daniel Knight did a wonderful job narrating and I loved his accent!

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  • B.McGrath
  • 28-09-19

second, third. and fourth chances

Not a fan of flashbacks, as they are distracting and leave the story fragmented! I enjoyed the male narrator's accent voice and expressions , but the female narrator didn't seem to fit ,to me. Family and life pressures are weighty on Ian, and he had my empathy. I didn't like or connect with Riley's character b/c she blew hot and cold and acted bipolar unmedicated!! Not attractive at all!

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  • Keewatin
  • 28-09-19

Irish Rugby player swoon!!

I am a sucker for a sports romance and I've never came across one about a rugby player. Ian and Riley really needed each other, both had so much pressure to hold their families together. I did find some confusion with the story flipping between past and present. I also found the narration lacking, as it felt more like it was just being read.