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"Rewrite gripped me from the start and never let me go." (Award-winning and best-selling author K.K. Allen)

Rewrite is a standalone novel.

Once upon a time, a girl loved a boy and he loved her back. They lived happily ever after. But our story was never that simple. I loved Josh with all I had, right until the day he left. Now, all these years later, he was back - and wanting me the way I'd always longed for him. Except now, I belonged to someone else. Someone who never left me the way Josh had. I figured that was the end of our story. I couldn't alter the past. I didn't want to rewrite my future.

Brianna was always more than my best friend. She was the shining light in my black hole of an existence, and I loved her with every cell and bone in my body. I wasn't good enough for her, though - more the villain than the hero in our fairy tale. When I had to leave, I vowed to come back a better man - for her. But when I finally did return, she wasn't waiting for me anymore. She had someone new, her very own Prince Charming. Did that mean our story was over? I couldn't change our past.

It was time to rewrite our ending.

©2017 Stephanie Rose (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • bookbruin
  • 25-04-18

First Love and Second Chances

If you could sum up Rewrite in three words, what would they be?

Second Chance Romance

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Josh and Brianna, but it's Reid who really stood out. He brought some much needed levity to the more emotional scenes and was the best friend we all hope for, providing clarity and support in the most critical of times. He was loyal, honest, and a wonderful addition to the story.

What about Tristan Wright and Devra Woodward ’s performance did you like?

Both Devra and Tristan gave such amazing performances! Some of the scenes were so emotional and heartbreaking, but the narration really took it to the next level. Every feeling - joy, anger, frustration, elation, etc - was so much more profound. This is my first time listening to Tristan Wright, but I was really impressed by his heartfelt and charismatic narration. My heart nearly exploded hearing him say "cupcake" for the first time! I've listened to Devra Woodward one time previously and have loved her both times. Her voice actually reminds me a lot of Julia Roberts! Both narrators did fantastic with male and female voices as well.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It's Never Too Late to Rewrite Your Story

Any additional comments?

I initially read Rewrite and enjoyed it immensely, but listening to the audiobook really threw my emotions into overdrive. Everything about the story was magnified and more intense. This childhood friends to lovers second chance romance hooked me from the start. The connection between Josh and Brianna is undeniable and you will mourn right alongside them for the well intentioned, but heartbreaking decisions that kept them apart.Told in dual point of view, in both the past and present, listeners are slowly able to piece together Josh and Brianna's painful history. There will be times that you laugh at their easy going and playful banter, but also times when your heart will ache for all the missed moments and what ifs. The longing and yearning is palpable and you won't be able to stop yourself from rooting for these two to find their way back to each other. Even if you've read the book, you need to experience the audiobook!

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  • kgagnon
  • 23-04-18

I absolutely loved this friends to lovers romance!

I absolutely loved this friends to lovers romance! It begins with Brianna's best friend Josh leaving for boot camp because of some trouble. She was heartbroken when he told her to forget him and move on. Josh was her protector and best friend since kindergarten. How could she move on from the love of her life? They did keep in touch by writing letters and she was always so excited on the day a letter would arrive. Brianna continued living her life believing she would never see Josh again. Brianna met Scott in college and they have been dating for years. Now after ten long years, Josh is back to start a new life and to claim what should have always been his. I loved Brianna so much, she was strong, loyal and caring. She could see past the beautiful troubled boy to see who Josh truly was. Josh is so sexy, witty and determined. They were great together and their chemistry was so electric. But with so much wasted time, it wasn't an easy reunion. I am a huge fan of flashback storytelling and Ms Rose sinuously took us from past to present unraveling Josh and Bri's epic love story. I loved everything about this sweet, passionate, sexy romance.

Tristan Wright, and Devra Woodward were outstanding. Devra expertly brought out all the turmoil Bri felt over her happiness for Josh's return and the guilt over hurting either Scott or Josh. Her portrayal of young Josh and Bri were wonderful along with her male voices. Tristan's inflections, emotion, and his youthful voices were all spot on. I loved the chemistry between narrators as they brought this beautiful story to life.

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  • Jojo
  • 10-12-19

DNF

The narrators were fantastic, they’re the reason i did not quit earlier. Started this story after a very engrossing book last week and maybe that played a part in me finding this second chance story trite and one-note. The prose is good.

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  • Jill Miller
  • 29-10-19

Second Chances Happen

This was a great listen and I loved the narrators a lot. Both Tristan Wright and Devra Woodward were excellent and were perfect for Josh and Brianna. I could feel the emotion they put into their voices conveying all the feels Stephanie wrote in this story. I felt like they were these characters through and through.

This was my first book from Stephanie Rose and I really enjoyed it. Stephanie wrote a beautiful second chance romance. She put lots of heart and emotion in the pages and brought the feels. I’m not a big fan of triangles but this wasn’t that bad as it wasn’t really a full triangle but still had the agony of thinking she loves two men.

This story has flashbacks to the past which really helped you know the full extent of the friendship and feelings of Josh and Brianna. I just couldn’t get enough of this story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-05-19

This book had me in tears of happiness and sorrow.

This is my first book from author Stephanie Rose and it won't be my last. Her writing was realistic, heart - swoony, with just the right amount of sex scenes included. I was an emotional rollercoaster throughout this book. But it was well worth the tears for the HEA ending.

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  • Jae Williams
  • 14-08-18

Really great realistic love story!

Great narration! Good Story! Not cheesy and dumbed down like many of the cookie cutter romances out there.

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  • Mandi
  • 19-07-18

Second Chance hit!

I loved this story! Stephanie really went all out for the heart strings on this one, the story is unique enough where it doesn't feel like I've heard this story 100 times. The narration was on point, definitely worth the credit.

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  • Tracy Gonzalez
  • 02-06-18

absolutely incredible!

Such an amazingly beautiful story . And a phenomenal narration! I absolutely love second chance romances and this was a perfect one. Both of these incredible talented narrators brought this story to life perfectly 😍

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  • Ana's Attic
  • 01-06-18

Such a Pleasant Surprise!

4.5 Stars
Rewrite is a perfect example of why I blog. Stephanie Rose is a completely new-to-me author, and I just want to help more people find this gem of a childhood friends to lovers/second chance romance. While Rewrite isn’t the most unique premise, Stephanie Rose’s writing made it a pretty epic read that I enjoyed every emotional moment of.
“I met the love of my life when I was five years old.”

Josh protected Brianna from some bullies in kindergarten, and from that day on, they were best friends. Due to problems at home, Josh started getting in trouble at a young age, and when he had to make money to eat, he found himself in a bad crowd, doing bad things for bad people. Brianna tried to help, tried to hold on, but he didn’t want to drag her into his world. When his only choice was military or jail, he left her and enlisted.
“Just move on. Go to prom, go to college, have a good life without me around to ruin it for you. Forget about me Cupcake."

10 years later, Josh finally has his life together, and he is back for his girl. The only thing is, she is in a committed relationship with someone else.
"He’d cleaned up his life but still looked every inch the bad boy. Tattoos covered his arms from his biceps to his wrists. His hair was buzzed short with a couple of days stubble covering his cheeks. But he had the same twinkling eyes and crooked smile as the five-year-old boy who stole my heart."

Josh isn’t going to let that stop him. If he could only have her friendship, he would take that, but he worked for 10 years to be worthy of her. He wasn’t giving up easily.
"She was my girl long before she was anyone else’s. Too bad I never told her."

The pace of the story was beautifully done, and I love that the reconnection wasn’t instant. But you know from page one, it has to happen. They belong together, no doubt about it.
"You can't run from your heart and soul - because it always comes with you.

There is a small mystery throughout the first part of the book. It’s just hinted at a few times, but you know it will come into play. When it does, holy moly, it was hard, but then OMG, another twist! Eek! Can they survive it? Should they?

Likes:

•Well written and well paced.
•Characters were real, everyday people that felt very relatable.
•She wasn’t afraid to write something a little controversial.
•Took place over years; we really went back and saw the friendship develop, not just heard about it.
•Some of the emotion was broken up by some giggles.
•Despite the angst, Rewrite is a feel-good story.
•So many meaningful quotes.
•Loved the epilogue.

Dislikes:

•One twist was enough, but the two was heartbreaking.

Note: There is a part that some may find unnecessary, and it’s not usually something I like in my books, but it worked here and made the characters even more real to me.

The Narration:
I loved both narrators. They both sounded very familiar, but in looking through their other books, it looks like I may have heard her once a few years ago, unless they both use other names. Either way, I think that the narration was excellent and may have even added to how good the story was.

The Down & Dirty:
Rewrite by Stephanie Rose was such a pleasant surprise for me! I wasn’t familiar with her books at all and had no idea what to expect, but I can tell you, I wasn’t expecting it to be this good, because why didn’t I see everyone recommending it? Well I am. This is one BIG FAT recommendation for a beautiful, life-long romance with so many feels, from laughter to heartbreak and everything in between. Go grab this one now, you won’t regret it.

"There was never a single second I didn’t belong to you. All I ever wanted was you."

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  • Christy D
  • 01-06-18

Rewrite

Brianna and Josh start the story when they are little kids meeting for the first time. To set the scene, she is bullied and he comes to her rescue, later at lunch she realizes he has no food so she shares her lunch. She has the cupcake and he the sandwich. From that day on they are best friends and he calls her cupcake (which is so sweet)! This couple of friends goes through the good and bad times. Including Josh’s rebellion in his teenage years, and getting himself sent to the military. Fast forward and it’s been 10 years since high school. And he’s finally back, and neither can forget how they once felt. Their is just one problem she has a boyfriend. Oh and a few other surprises pop up. Fun story great narration!