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"Fresh, fab, and funny. The characters leap off the page and swear at you until you love them while the sweet romance quietly captures your heart." (Clare Ashton) 

Roxanne Mackenzie is not exactly living her best life. After moving to London to follow her dream of becoming a writer, she thought things would be different - better. Instead, they’re a whole lot worse. 

Meeting Josie Calhoun - the woman who has everything together, including the top button of her shirt - makes Roxy question how she’s been living her life. 

Josie can’t bear lies and values trust above all else, so what will she make of Roxy’s scandalous truth? 

Crystal Chard’s debut romance takes us on a crazy ride of laughs and tears with many mojitos along the way.

©2020 Crystal Chard (P)2020 Crystal Chard

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Not rough at all!

Loads going on this book. The narrator does a good job of differing voices. This is an enjoyable book with loads of emotions and the audiobook is well read. There are meaty subject matters, loads of barriers and loads of humour despite the subject matters.

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Rough but also so sweet!

I loved both main characters from the start! An addictive story. It was funny and a bit sad at times.
The story has a big feel good factor for me!
Some drama, lots of great characters, so well written as a debut! I laughed at times really hard. But it also has intense moments.
I liked the narration very much but the quality of the sound wasn’t always the best. But the Narrator did a great job with the voices. I will listen to it again soon! Hopefully there will be more great books from the author.

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A debut novel and a new narrator, both excellent

A debut novel and a new narrator, both excellent surprises.

Roxanne is working at a strip club in order to afford the comfortable home where her mother is living her last days. Roxie’s plans to become a writer fell apart with her mom’s diagnosis and she let go of her university dreams, despite the scholarship she had secured. But she’s not complaining and takes life as it comes. Meeting Josie, a lecturer at London University, changes everything. The attraction is instantaneous and mutual but while Josie is pretty open from the start, including on her hatred of lies, Roxie struggles with the secrets she keeps.

I liked both MCs immediately. They have distinct voices and relatable personalities, they’re flawed and sweet at the same time. Roxie is brave yet somewhat broken and Josie’s love and the way she believes in her help her start to heal. Despite appearing much more together, Josie has also had to endure painful experiences (hence her unequivocal need for honesty) and I was dreading the moment she would find out Roxanne’s secrets.

The secondary characters are very good too, especially Roxie’s mother and her roommate/colleague/friend Clara. Katheryn Siggers’ narration is excellent, every character is easy to recognize, each voice unique. I love the different accents and everything.

Both the book and the narrator deserved a better recording though. The sound was a bit up and down and some sort of white noise could be heard here and there. It surprised me at first then I got too involved in the story to care anymore. Go in prepared to not always have the best sound quality but do not let it stop you from listening.

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Wonderful

This book hit home made me laugh so hard and cry Crystal Chard you rock,looking forward to reading more from you

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Absolute belter 👌

This book had me laughing out loud and crying out loud too. I read this book when it first came out and loved it . I love it even more now after listening to it. Tha narrator did a brilliant job. This book is so well written and for a debut novel is my favourite of this year.

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A truly addictive story

Oh my goodness from the minute I started listening to this story I was enthralled. I couldn’t wait to see where it was going.

I guarantee you’ll relate to one or more the characters and their life experiences. There were times I was thinking has this been written about my family 💁🏼‍♀️ How does she know all this.

It’s a fab balance of relatability with the feel good factor too. A huge bonus are the hysterical sayings peppered throughout but I’ll leave you to discover them for yourself. I was often chuckling out loud.

An honest and real book covering everything from family, loss, growth, purpose and ambition. A must read!

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Brilliant!!

Absolutely love this book, had me giggling and crying. Brilliant story and I loved the characters! Absolutely Recommend this to anyone.

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  • 16-10-20

Funny and sweet

This book was funny, sweet, easy to follow and most of all was authentic in the relationships between all of the characters. The roommate Clara had me laughing out loud multiple times. I enjoyed the British humor and I thought the narrator did a great job between all the different characters. For a first book, this book came out with a bang. Definitely would recommend.

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  • Margaret
  • 19-10-20

Great.

I really enjoyed Rough Around the Edges. I give Roxy credit for doing whatever she needed to do to pay the bills. Honesty pays off in the long run and getting drunk never solved anything.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-12-20

Wow!

Absolutely, AMAZING! Thought provoking, romantic and the play on words! I can't say enough. Part two, pleaseeeeeee!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-12-20

Great Listen

Great listen both the ups and downs were relatable and makes you root for the characters. So glad I found this book!

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  • Ms M
  • 10-04-21

What a great story!

l enjoyed every breathtaking moment. Definitely will be listening again soon! Never let go of your dreams!

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  • jenny
  • 21-11-20

wow

It was so good and enjoyed it sooo much. The narrator did a good job but there was some sound problem. Noisy background noise. Otherwise, it was great!