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Inside Affair is book one of the Prime Time Series trilogy and must be listened to in order.

Xander

If I had to describe Sean Bailey, it would be: A surly, temperamental pain in my ass. Never in that equation would I ever include the word boyfriend - and not just because he’s straight.

The older brother of my life-long best friend, Sean is a detective for the Chicago PD, and is also known as Detective “Dick” for being...well, a surly, temperamental pain in everyone’s ass. He also happens to be the best they have, which is why I find myself on his doorstep the night my life is threatened by an anonymous stalker.

I only wanted the name of a bodyguard; I didn’t expect for Sean to volunteer for the job. Now, not only do I have a bodyguard, I also have a fake boyfriend.

Sean

It must be so hard to be Alexander Thorne, the number one prime-time news anchor in the country, with millions of dollars and a car that costs more than my house. I mean, I’m allowed to give him a hard time about it, but when some creep decides to cross the line and go after him, they’re gonna have to answer to me.

Going undercover has never been an issue in the past, so I don’t see why there’d be a problem now. Xander and I have known each other for years, so this should be a breeze. Except suddenly my stomach’s flipping when he looks my way, and my body comes alive whenever he brushes by me. I know I’m good at my job and playing a character and all, but this is getting out of hand.

I can’t be sure that either of us are playing anymore.

©2020 Ella Frank (P)2020 Ella Frank

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Probably a good story

A good narrator makes all the difference to an audiobook, plus good editing and spacing between paragraphs and chapters. It was difficult at times to know which character we were hearing, as there is no difference in the voice or intonation by the narrator. One clue was, the cop did all the swearing, and there's alot. Having only one narrator impeded the drama and tension in what otherwise could've been a good story.

This book definitely needed a 2nd narrator either Christian Fox if he read Anchorman or Teddy Hamilton for the cop. There are narrators I avoid regardless of what they are reading as they spoil an otherwise good story. Charlie David was OK, and thank god is was not Michael Pauley.

This narrator made the cop sound like an over excited oaf instead of a cool professional. Part 1 ends of course on a major cliffhanger.

NOTE: this is Part 1 of a 3 part story, parts 2 and 3 are not released yet on Kindle, let alone on Audible, so it may be better to wait all parts being available to even start.

IF ANYONE AT AUDIBLE READS THESE REVIEWS, I would strongly recommend withdrawing this book, re-recording one of the characters to vastly improve this offering, and having them continue in parts 2 and 3. As It stands I will not bother with part 2 and 3.

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Frenemy’s to lovers romance.

Holy Hell ELLA!!!! How could you end it like that??
I absolutely loved this slow burn frenemy to lovers story. I was rooting for Sean all the way through. I didn’t like Xander so much at the beginning but he grew me when he started to accept that his feelings for Sean was changing. Sean was super sweet with Xander and once he made his mind up about them he totally made me swoon. I loved Charlie David’s narration as always. I can’t wait for the second book to be released after leaving us on such a big cliffhanger, just hoping that Sean and Xander get the hea that they both deserve.

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beautiful and intense performance

charlie david narrating xander and seans journey brought out so many feels and emotions through me was just perfect

ella franks words and charlie David's performance was so beautiful i loved it so much

i was so hooked and did not want to stop listening to inside affair

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  • AmazonReviewer
  • 11-06-20

Shoddy narration

This narrator struggled to read fluently. He paused at random places in the middle of clauses and phrases as if he hadn’t realized that the thought continued on. He didn’t group words properly. This is typical of beginning readers and not what I would expect from a professional narrator. I also wasn’t a fan of the baritone quality of his voice. It sounded like the recording was done in a barrel which just emphasized the tone of his voice. It wasn’t pleasant to listen to. Sadly, this ruined the book for me. I couldn’t stand the weird narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-05-20

Oh my god!!

This was really good but it ends in a cliffhanger. Be prepared for big emotions.

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  • Courtney @ Audiobook Obsession
  • 29-05-20

Slow, slow burn

I am a huge fan of Ella Frank, but this book left me confused. I really like the premise, but the execution is unexpected. The MC’s did not have the chemistry I am used to from her. I was turned off by Xander’s constant berating of Shawn. The attraction did not culminate until the last hour.

Charlie David gave a stellar performance as always.

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  • Christina
  • 22-05-20

Great start to a new series!

Ella has done it again, I loved this book and I am hooked! I started reading and then listened to the audiobook. I have to say, Charlie David did a great job. He really made me hear the sophistication of Xander and made Sean sound like a regular blue collar guy. There is a great push pull between these guys and a lot of good banter. I can’t wait to get more and I’m excited for more interaction with Henri and Bailey.

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  • Latinatwix28
  • 22-05-20

Amazing!!

Omg!! Sean and Zander are so good together. This book is amazing and so snarky. I love it. Can’t wait for the rest of the series.

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  • April Reads and Listens
  • 28-05-20

Wow. Blinding! 🤩

Sweet mother mercy on air wearing a tutu!! Another new series from Ella Frank and it didn’t disappoint! She’s taking us into a glimpse of the world of live broadcasting. It’s fascinating the details she’s written into Xander’s world. A complete contrast of Sean’s.

This book got me on the feels. The tension between Sean and Xander has been there since the initial phone call. Just like both of them, I was really starting to think “how could these two get together??” But then again, there’s always a fine line between attraction and animosity, or so they say.

It was something to watch these two’a relationship switch gears, gradually but I gotta give it to Sean, when he’s in, he’s all in. It’s refreshing to meet a character who even if he’s unsure, he doesn’t push and pull. It’s what I love most about Xander and Sean’s budding relationship.. it’s the cautionary stop, but there’s no hot or cold. It’s smooth and no unnecessary angst inner monologue.

The sexual tension and attraction is so thick, you can cut it with a knife. The steamy scenes on this book isn’t as much (yet) compared to Ella’s previous books, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t one in this book.

I’m dying to see what’s in for us on the next book. The ending got me all teary and twisted because only Ella Frank would simultaneously make us swoon and weepy AND royally make us exercise patience because July isn’t here soon enough. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Charlie David’s narration is just awesome on this one. He’s one of my favorites and well, his performance on this book is another a reason for that. 👍🏼

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 25-05-20

Sean and Xander

Ella how dare you finish it there!!! My heart stopped. Brilliant book can't wait to continue the journey. Love the writing and perfect narration

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  • Grimm
  • 03-03-21

...that narrator, though!

Of course the book was good. It's Ella. But that narrator make this story come alive. I'm finishing this rewiew then immediately going to search for more of his reads.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-02-21

mesmerising!

I could not stop listening! perfect marriage of story and performance. both the characters were endearing and they both had wonderful development.
But that ending though, total heart wrencher.

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  • Jennifer Dyche
  • 01-06-20

Such a ride!!

This story reminds me of a Rollercoaster ride...slow on the build-up, then boom...everything happens! Then you realize the ride is over and all you wanna do is get right back on and ride again.

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