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One More Round

Gamer Boy, Volume 2
Narrated by: Amanda Stribling
Series: Gamer Boy, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
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Summary

Simon has doubts, and Gia has secrets - will they be able to let go of the past that hurt them both or will history repeat itself?

Gia is living the dream with an amazing career and wonderful friends. Her life is on the right track, until a tall, broody blast from the past breezes back into her life, sending her into a tailspin. She never forgot about Simon - her first love - or the way she cut him from her life all those years ago. Now, she doesn’t know what to do.

Simon never forgot the girl next door, or how she broke his heart when she left without even a goodbye. Thankfully, life as a professional gamer keeps his mind off his broken heart. That is until he suddenly finds himself back in her path. Now he’s pushing her boundaries and testing her limits. Simon and Gia have to find a way to coexist.

They started as friends, and maybe it’s time to go back to the beginning. Only, this time around, being ‘just friends’ doesn’t seem to be enough. Simon has doubts, and Gia has secrets. Will they be able to let go of the past that hurt them both or will history repeat itself?

©2018 Lauren Helms (P)2019 Lauren Helms

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Stand alone story

One More Round is a stand alone novel. This is the first book I've read/listened to by Lauren Helms. The characters from what I assume are the first book feature prominently in this one, and I got the impression that Gia and Simon were significant characters in the first book, however I didn't feel like it was a problem to start with the second book. There was animosity between the main characters that seemed unwarranted, especially after the past events are revealed, so maybe it would have seemed more reasonable if I had read the first book.

In addition to the second chance theme, this book also raises the question of career vs. relationship. Most of the book was very typical contemporary romance, though the way this question was handled was different than I expected. Without getting into any spoilers, I'll just say I had trouble understanding the characters' actions towards the end of the book considering everything that had already happened to them. Overall it was okay, but I didn't really connect with the characters. I'd recommend this book to people who like a lot of relationship drama and second chance romances.

Amanda Stribling does a fantastic job with her performance.

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Sweet second chance romance

Gia and Simon were best friends and right before she had to move, he confessed that he loved her romantically. In her despair, she broke off all contact with him. They meet years later and at first, the relationship is contentious, but is that just evidence that their love is still there? This is a sweet story about staying strong in the face of adversity (Gia had some personal family issues) and reestablishing young love. I wish Gia was a little more forthcoming overall and that Simon acted a little more maturely towards the end (but hey, that's young love) but really enjoyed the story; the characters and supporting cast were great and I want to read the first story in the series now (totally not necessary but it builds a knowledge of another couple in the story).

I received this book from #AudiobookObsession, #AudiobookObsessionReviewers. In terms of the narration, I liked how Amanda Stribling narrated the story. She had the perfect voice to play Gia but also, she did a good job playing all the characters, even the men. It was always easy to tell who was whom during the conversations.

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what a fabulous series!!!

I loved, loved this book. wow... I am going to go buy the first one now :) This book had me ignoring the kids, chores, bedtime... etc. I fell asleep at about 4:30 am to get up at 6. But I had to finish it. I couldn't stop. Lauren Helms knocked it out of the park with this book. Gia and Simon seem so normal, their friends are great and you just feel like you're part of it. Amanda Stribling brought the story to life. What a great ride!!


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Absolutely loved.

I loved this books. The story line was amazing. It dragged you in. And the narrator helped make you feel like you are there with both lead characters. Would highly recommend this book to everyone I know.

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Just okay for me.

I finally finish reading this book. It's just okay for me. I didn't really connect with the main characters.

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Love knows no bounds

The saying if you love something, set it free, if it was meant to be it will come back. That is the case of this story of Simon and Gia. The story overall was good. Gia and her Twin had issues and not sure how much this really played into the story other than Simon was the only person in the group of friends that knew. I thought the story was good. It told of how Gia and Simon were best of friends at 16. Then it shows how they find each out again 10 years later. It was packed full of emotions. It ranged from wanting to smack Simon and to crying for Gia. The secondary characters were just as great. I want to know what happens with Linc and Ruby!
The narrator was good. At times, it was hard to tell the difference between the voices in the beginning. It took a bit to like her as she was new to me. Overall, this was a great book and narration. I highly recommend it. I am definitely going to check out the other books in this series.

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Gia and Simon!

One More Round by Lauren Helms pulled me in immediately. I loved the characters of Gia and Simon in this book. I could understand why she didn't want her friends learning about her brother initially, and then it just seemed too late to bring him up. This story spans a long time, and is a second chance at first love. The concept of being paid to play games or watch television shows boggles my mind, maybe that is the difference between millennial and baby-boomer era people and jobs. Amanda Stribling performed this book flawlessly. She is wonderful at bringing the characters to life with her distinguishable voices for the various characters. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator!

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Great feel good read/listen

This book was so easy to listen to. Lovely characters with lots of fun and games included. I enjoyed the direction of the storyline. Amanda done a great job of narrating this book. Well written.

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Second chances!

I love a story when the characters have history. Gia and Simon were best friends. The day before she had to move, Simon declares his love for her and Gia just can't take the grief of leaving. She cuts all ties with him. Now 8 years later, their paths cross again. Are the feelings still there? Can Simon forgive Gia for her past action? And will history repeat itself? This is my first book by Lauren Helms, and I loved it. It's the second book in the series, but reads as a standalone. The ensemble cast is cohesive and their friendships are unbreakable. Who knew gaming teams could be so much fun? Helms also gives us a look at mental illness and how families deal with it. As part of Gia's back story, this is handled with compassion, yet shows the pain and struggle each member has with it. Well written, fun characters and serious topics, Helms has leveled up with this gaming story, and I will go back to listen to Morgan and Dex!

Amanda Stribling is the voice behind the story and she gives a great performance. I find her portrayal of the new adult sub-genre perfect. She adds a lot of emotional pull into the characters, not only with Simon and Gia, but with Gia and Todd. I loved her narration.

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2nd chance romance

Gia Newman and Simon Palmer were childhood sweethearts, Simon knew Gia’s home life was not the best, her brothers illness made stability precarious. So when she said they were moving and then she was gone without a goodbye he was devastated. So when she shows up in his life again several years later, he has doubts but decides to try again, but months later she is ready to move again her dream job is calling her. Sadly and reluctantly he lets her go, Gia not happy in her new life moves back again, the 3rd time however is a charm.

I received this audible book for a fair and honest review from Audiobook Obsession, the author Lauren Helms and narrator Amanda Stribling thank you.

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  • Just My Opinion
  • 14-09-19

Second Chance Romance

Second chance romances are always such fun listens and this one was no exception. Simon and Gia were friends then first loves when they were young then Gia moved away without even a goodbye. Now she’s back....will they get their second chance at love? They have their ups and downs and their relationship isn’t smooth however the story is enjoyable, and at times emotional. Amanda Stribling does a nice job with the narration.
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  • Kylie
  • 16-02-19

Does distance make the heart grow fonder?

I devoured this book in an afternoon. I really enjoyed the writing style and could easily picture myself in this group of friends. Their connections were so relatable and genuine. I loved that there were little things like a brand of headphones and a streaming site that I recognized instantly thanks to my own gamer boy. This is a really quick read that would be perfect for the beach.

This is the second book in the Gamer Boy series. The Story revolves around Gia and Simon. Growing up they were best friends and first loves. When a family tragedy tears them apart at 16, the need for a clean break prevents any closure for the pair.

Now nearly a decade later they find themselves in Chicago with the same group of friends; Awkwardly navigating their new relationship dynamic. While the spark of their childhood connection heats just below their icy exchanges.

Can they put aside old hurt or will a familiar set of obstacles keep them from finding their happily ever after?

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  • Trisha C.
  • 16-01-20

fun story

I love the emotions between Gia and Simon. They have a history, many ups and downs in their relationship. The secondary characters add fun and depth to this story. Lauren Helms story touches on the subject of mental illness and how it emotionally effects the family.
Amanda Stribling voices and personalities for each character were spot on, and ability to transition from one character to the other is flawless. 🎧#audiobookobsessionreviewer🎧

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  • Isha Coleman
  • 14-11-19

Heat with heart.

One More Round delves into the history of Simon and Gia. The friendship, heartache and secrets help to unite them, yet ultimately proved the catalyst that drove them apart. Helms has a talent for keeping readers guessing even as she leaves them craving more. Another example of prime reading.

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  • Shayay19
  • 06-11-19

Sweet moments, Fun setting, Good narration

Loved the gamer aspect; that's what mainly drew me to this book. I haven't read the first book; I think it would've added to the story if I had, but I still really enjoyed this book and didn't feel lost. I would like to definitely check out the first book after reading this one though; what I read in this book about the romance totally won me over.

This book tells the story of Gia and Simon and their second chance at love. Simon's a pro gamer and works with a team in competitions. I think he's a sweetie. Gia is friends and roommates with one of Simon's gamer pals' girlfriend. I wasn't completely sold on her. Simon and Gia have a past that their current group of friends don't know; both haven't been very forth coming to their friends about what happened, but something did go wrong between them because now they barely acknowledge each other. The connection and attraction between them can't be denied though, and they begin to grow closer.

There's lots of sweet moments and I did like the connection between Gia and Simon. Unfortunately, Gia is the main reason for the loss in the rating. She was just too prickly at times, I don't like that every chance she got she chose to withhold information and lie, and I just felt she was too self-involved. It's fine to look out for yourself, but I think it would've been good to see some selfless scenes with her. I never really felt connected to her character. I wanted her to be the one that took that leap to make amends more; more of an effort from her would've been good, so I felt that she truly cared/loved Simon. She's okay, I just didn't get enough of her character to know who she truly is. She has dealt with some difficult things in her past with her family, so I get a bit where she is coming from at times; she just needs to be more honest about her situation. Simon and Gia do have some good steam though and I loved how supportive Simon is of her. Overall, a good romance with interesting story scenarios.

I listened to the audio on Audible. The narrator did a good job. Her voice fit the story well. Good performance.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 19-10-19

Well written

This book was so easy to listen to. Lovely characters with lots of fun and games included. I enjoyed the direction of the storyline. Amanda done a great job of narrating this book. Well written.
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  • Jenn
  • 06-06-19

One More Round

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I loved Gia and Simon’s story of second chance at love. A must read and great listen.

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  • bluepits73
  • 08-05-19

Totally Adorable

I loved Gia and Simon so much! This was such a great second chance romance and a feel good story! Really enjoyed the writing. My biggest complaint is that I wish the author would have given us more time with them being together at the end.

Loved the narration! The acting was great, her voice showed the happiness and joy in the good times and the doom and gloom in the sadder times of the story. She really did an excellent job!

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Cindy Stone
  • 29-03-19

Good Read!

I really enjoyed this book. I received this audible for free and it was the first I have read from Lauren Helms. It was the second in the series but is a stand alone. It was funny and heartbreaking at times. I am looking forward to the next in the series. I will definitely read. Great job!

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  • txreadingnook
  • 26-02-19

You are stuck with me !

Gia and Si have a cute love story , It is about a 2nd chance romance and how fate brings them back together years later.
The friends keep the story entertaining you can say .We all need a these cast of characters in our lives . The book has it all . Romance , drama , comedy, and so much more . I need a tissue and a chocolate bar .
Need a fun book to listen to this is the one for you .
Author Lauren Helms did an amazing job !
The narrator Amanda Stribling kept the story very entertaining .Very talented ....... five stars ..
Let's play MASH

Cry , kiss him , and tell him I love him .. Gia .
Why are you always late and why are you always leaving . Gia and Si