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If Ever

Narrated by: Nicci Hejnar
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From the glitz of Hollywood to the lights of Broadway, the best is yet to come...if you let it.

Fiercely independent, Chelsea Barnes has caught the opportunity of a lifetime in LA on a reality dance show where she meets a flirty British Broadway star, Thomas Evan Oliver.  

Tom is struck by this feisty girl who complicates his structured life. Despite their distance, he pursues Chelsea in a romantic cross-country courtship. Their sexy whirlwind love affair blossoms when she moves to New York and must learn to navigate the big city and his demanding life on the stage. Perhaps happily ever after is a possibility after all.  

Come along on this non-stop whirlwind romance filled with adventure, hilarity, and heart-warming moments that will change the way you look at love.  

National Readers' Choice Award Winner

“If LA were to have a love affair with New York, this would be it!”

©2017 Angie Stanton (P)2019 Angie Stanton

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touching story highlighting the struggles to fame

This is the first book I have read /listened to by Angie Stanton and to be honest I dodnt know anything about it when I started apart from the fact that the cover had me really intrigued. Throughout the book I found myself honestly rooting for Chelsea especially after hearing all the back story . I love broadway and west end and love how the author tied it into the search for fame. it is a wonderful romantic tale in the sense that the characters actually got to know each other on a meaningful basis At times the novel was deep and touching. I was given this book by the author/narrator in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Adorable romance for dancers and thespians!

Thank you to Angie Stanton for giving me a free audiobook in return for an honest review.

If Ever is a lovely, easy read that follows everyday girl Chelsea, who gains a part on a celebrity dance show after a drunken audition. Chelsea struggles with being 'the nobody' around high maintenance celebrities and trying to find her place in the show. Eventually, she meets Broadway actor, Tom, and sparks begin to fly. 

Characters are really likable and story flows well.

Narrator Nicci Hejnar was a good choice for the audiobook. She read the book perfectly with so many different voices to help differentiate characters. Her English accent for Tom seemed to waver between normal English and Dick Van Dkye English at times, but considering she possible held that accent for around half of the book, I think she did a great job. There were a couple of editing issues in the book; parts where Hejnar would obviously stop and restart but it wasn't cut out properly, so sentences would be repeated or mistakes wouldn't be cut. Don't let that stop you from listening to this audiobook however, I'd really recommend it.

This book is great for romance lovers who are interested in dance and performing arts. It really is a stage kid's fantasy and I really enjoyed it.

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  • sheryl beauchemin
  • 18-07-19

HIGHLY ENTERTAINING

Well written and interesting storyline, it takes a twist in the first part that surprised me. But in a good way. I fell in love with the characters and was completely into the ups and downs of their tenuous relationship. It has sweet and hot romance with a thankfully HEA.

First time I’ve listened to the audio performance of Nicci Hejnar. A job very well done.

I Was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. My review is HONEST.
👍🏻👍🏻 TWO THUMBS UP!

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  • L Harkcom
  • 29-06-19

What a Great Story!

This book is fantastic! Chelsea and Tom (and everyone else) are written so well that it feels like they are your friends. The narration is so good, that it feels like you're hanging with those friends and they're telling you all about their adventures. It's really great! I couldn't stop listening. I swear the description of the dance show seems like it's spot on. I can just see everything described taking place. You really need this book. This is the first by this author that I've read, but it certainly isn't going to be the last. I was given a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • Shoppermom
  • 15-06-19

A wild and passionate whirlwind

I do not watch reality tv shoes, but oddly enough, I've read or listened to several different novels using the platform as a backdrop (Curtis Sittenfeld's Eligible and J. Bengtsson's The Theory of Second Best spring most readily to mind). Ms. Stanton does a superb job conveying the intensity, chaos, and wild exuberance inherent to the experience. Heroine Chelsea spends the first half (third?) of the story dancing her feet and untrained limbs to near exhaustion in an unexpected appearance on a celebrity dancing contest after having accidentally ended up the series' first "unknown" contestant. There she eventually meets Tom, a singer, and from that point on, we're dealing with a will-they or won't-they end-up-together love story. The scene switches from sultry LA to winter-time New York City, where the author brings the sights and sounds of the theater district to vibrant life. On the east coast Tom's theatrical career is centerstage, and Chelsea must decide if she can tamp down her own insecurities and accept a starring role in his life. I wanted at times to shake some confidence into Chelsea, but the story held my complete attention right to the end, and I truly enjoyed it. That said, I felt the ending was just a bit too abrupt (an epilogue would have capped it off perfectly), and there were weirdly long pauses in the narration between chapters. All told, though, it was a great listen. I've read two other titles by Ms. Stanton (Waking in Time and Snowed Over), and her versatility in storytelling is truly admirable. I look forward to exploring more of the author's work.

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  • jstep
  • 14-10-19

Fun, sweet romance with a reality show vibe...

If Ever by Angie Stanton is a fun, cute romance with a HEA, though there are a few hiccups that the characters have to get through before they find their HEA. This story reads like a movie-I could picture the characters perfectly. If Ever will remind you of what you imagine that Dancing with the Stars might be like, though by chance, Chelsea isn't a star, but ends up getting paired up with the favorite male dancer, Dominic. After a bumpy start, Chelsea and Dom end up finding their groove on the show, and Chelsea also meets Broadway star Thomas Oliver. Just when you think that Chelsea's story might be over, she and Tom build their relationship as a long distance thing and then eventually, she moves to New York to give their relationship a real chance. This is their story.

Nicci Hejnar did a good job narrating this tale. At first I wasn't really sure about it, but quickly fell into her narration, which I found to be the perfect speed at 1.5x. I thought she did a good job with the accents and both male and female characters in the story, and didn't think that a male narrator was necessary at all. I'd recommend this book for those looking for a bit of a Cinderella story. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • I. Ray
  • 08-10-19

An enjoyable read

I really enjoyed listening to this story. I liked the behind the scenes look at the reality dance show. I liked the main characters and their story. I like how they fell in love. There we parts of the story that were pretty heartbreaking too. This was a great read and will pull on your heart strings a time or two. I would highly recommend this book to others who enjoy romance and reality tv. I am not one that watches a lot of it but I do like dancing and singing shows. The narrator was wonderful and had a nice voice. I would listen to another book read by her.

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  • K
  • 27-08-19

Great story and narration!

I thought this book was all around excellent. I finally found a book that I was bummed to have it end. I loved the author's style, the storyline, the narrator's voice, everything! The narrator did an amazing job of changing her voice for all of the characters as well- male, female, accents... I wish this was a series! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Shauna Ambriz
  • 24-07-19

Loved this story!

If Ever has a great story line and likable characters. Overall I enjoyed this audio book.

Nicci did a good job for the most part with both Chelsea and Tom, she has a nice voice and I quickly became used to her tone for each character. She has energy and it is clear she identified with the characters, bringing them to life. The only change I would make would be to have a male narrator for Tom's POV, or at least notice of POV change. I felt lost in the beginning until I realized the book was written in duel POV.

The story line kept me listening and laughing out loud in parts. People thought I was crazy laughing in aisle 5 at the grocery story. I really enjoyed Angie's story and look forward to reading more of her work.

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 11-07-19

Great Read

If Ever was a great read by Angie Stanton. Chelsea is a very independent person who finds herself on a reality dance show. She meets British Broadway star, Thomas Evan Oliver. at the show. Tom and Chelsea have an intense chemistry and decide to pursue a romantic cross-country relationship. She then moves to New York to be with Tom. Unfortunately things don't always go as planned for them. I absolutely loved reading Chelsea and Tom's story and can't wait to read more by Angie Stanton.

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  • Pavlina
  • 07-07-19

Great

Actually I’ve started this audio without reading the blurb or any reviews. The idea of the book and the premise was great.I really liked how Chelsea fought for what was important for her.Tom was so cute and you can feel how deep he fell for Chelsea and that they have great chemistry right from the beginning.

“You realize, finding the perfect girl is like finding a Unicorn,” he says.” … “Finding a beautiful, smart, funny woman is the impossible trifecta. It’s extremely rare. So rare, it’s like finding a Unicorn.”

It was sweet, charming, and sexy.

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  • Jennifer
  • 02-07-19

Broadway meets reality

Angie Stanton never disappoints, this hook has wit and charm. The chemistry between the characters is fantastic. I loved how Tom handled Chelsea throughout the story, each have their own baggage but they just work.