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Ryan

O'Connor Brothers, Book 2
Series: The O'Connor Brothers, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
4 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Summary

I’ve gone back: back to the place where it all started, where somebody else had the final say.
I did it out of love for my family.
I’m trying to rebuild my life, to stay standing, even though my legs hurt like hell.
I’m concentrating on myself, on my career.
I’m ready to tear everything apart to try and keep it all together. To hate without feeling guilty for it, because hating others is the only way I know how to keep myself - the person I am - going; and I was doing it.
I was strong. I was untouchable. I was invincible.
Actually, I was deluded.
I didn’t consider everything. I didn’t consider her: the only woman I really want to hate, but who gives me hope. A woman who turns your world upside-down, who entwines herself into your life even if she can only stay until tomorrow.
I’m not looking for tomorrow: I want a future. But I don’t believe in that anymore.
And I can’t turn back, not even for her. 

My name is Ryan O’Connor, and I’m about to make a huge mistake. I’m about to let her believe in me, to take a chance. But she’d be betting on the wrong man. I’ve never been the right one. And she’ll be left accepting her bitter defeat.

©2019 A. S. Kelly (P)2019 A. S. Kelly

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Interesting story

Ashley Taylor and Daniel Knight did a decent job with the narration, a complete cast of Irish accents is never easy! I did find it a little difficult to differentiate between the brothers when they were all in conversation together.

This story confused me a little in that I enjoyed it, but I felt it took quite a long time to get where it needed to. That threw me out quite a bit. I generally like this set of characters but I'm not sure I like Ryan. He kind of rubbed me up the wrong way with his behaviour. I did feel for what the characters are going through.

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Good story.

While I liked the story and the dynamic between the characters and their painful pasts, I found it hard to listen at times.
The narrators voices were quite monotone, no inflection, which made it hard to believe the emotions and feelings of the characters.
There were often times when I didn’t know which male character was speaking.
Overall, though, I enjoyed the story. I know I would’ve enjoyed it more if I’d read the book, as the author wrote a great story.

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Ryan and Chris

This was definitely a few steps up from the first book. The premise of the storyline is enemies to lovers. The main characters are better developed and engaging. Ryan and Chris's relationship is complicated with emotional wounds that they need to work through. The narration by Ashley Taylor and Daniel Knight is good, their performance is more better than the first book. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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Ryan and Christine!

After Ryan was deceived by those he should have been able to trust he left town determined to never feel that pain again. The only reason he has returned is because his family needs him, but nothing could have prepared him for Christine.

Christine is a single mother to her 16 year old son Evan and is friends with Ryan’s family. She doesn’t have the time or energy for Ryan’s surly attitude but there is no denying the chemistry between them.

This is a story about two people who are both afraid of being hurt so their relationship exists of one step forward and then two steps back. Filled with heat and heat and emotion there is no doubting that they belong together but first they just need to get out of their own way.

I received a complimentary copy of the audiobook and enjoyed the dual narration however at times it seemed to lack feeling. 🎧 Audiobook Obsession

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A little too long as enemies but good in the end

This is an enemies to lover book and the enemies part came out really clearly. Expect a lot of vitriol, insults and anger banter between Ryan and Chris in in the first half or so. I admit to thinking it was a little immature on behalf of both characters but especially Ryan. I also had a difficulty reconciling their eventual love because their vitriol was so pronounced and kept up for a good part of the book.

However, the characters each had difficult pasts and Ryan especially has family issues so I guess the idea is that stress can elevate these negative emotions. And Once they stopped being so angry, I liked to see their relationship build. The supportive cast was good too; though this is book 2 in the series it is standalone.

I also listened to the audiobook and I thought they did a good job. Daniel Knight's set up is a little odd and poor quality, perhaps because it was a bit staticky and sometimes a bit unclear. While Ashley Taylor's voice sounded clear, Danie sounded a little muffled, which is especially highlighted because this is a duet narration (which I loved). So I definitely think this should be checked out for future recordings.

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Ryan & Christina!

So, another O'Connor brother comes to light and now I have to decide if I like Ian or Ryan better! This story is more my speed, with the broody, hard to reach Ryan. He is attracted to Chris, but keeps getting in his own way when around her. The things that come out of his mouth both make me laugh and cringe! He definitely has some things from his past that are keeping him at arm's length. Chris has her own obstacles to overcome, and this man both is her main attraction and yet frustrates her to no end! Will these enemies find their way to being lovers? This was a fun listen, a little angsty, a lot of passion and I love the interaction with the family. The brothers are so typical, their banter is just like I know our house is, and the competitiveness between them is highly combustible. Chris is an interesting woman. A wonderful mother, it does seem like she is afraid to move forward, even 16 years later. These two broken characters find their way together, we can only hope they can put each other back again.

The narration team of Ashley Taylor and Daniel Knight bring it all to life. Taylor is a master at her craft, loving her transitions to accents, she easily finds her way around the characters. Knight has an amazing voice, and I found that he seemed more comfortable as the narration continued. He has a little problem with the changes between characters, but I find both their voices fit well with the duet narration. I enjoyed this story.

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Great story!

Determined not to let anyone hurt him again, rugby player Ryan O’Connor has been keeping everyone at arm’s length since he was betrayed by his ex-fiancée; except there’s something about Christine that makes him want to tear down the walls he built around his heart. Will he let go of the pain caused by his past and let himself fall in love again?


This is the second book in the series. I haven’t listened to the first one (yet) and Ryan can be listened to as a standalone, but listening to this one made me curious about Ian and Riley’s story.

The characters are well-developed and have deep, complex relationships with each other. I especially liked Evan and his relationship with Christine.


Narrators Ashley Taylor and Daniel Knight did a great job, although Ryan’s character sounded robotic at times.


Ryan is a contemporary sports romance written in dual first-person POV and performed in duet-style narration. It’s a standalone that ends with a HEA. No cliffhanger, no cheating.

I received this audiobook from #AudiobookObsession at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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Ryan

Enemies to lovers is always a fun listen and this one did not disappoint! These two have a huge dislike for each other, or so they want you to believe. I loved watching this one unfold and getting a lot more background answers as to what happened in Ryan’s past with his brother. Another great listen with the O’Connor brothers.

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Emotional Roller Coaster

Ryan by A.S. Kelly is the second book in The O’Connor Brothers Series that I listened to on audio narrated by Ashley Taylor and Daniel Knight.

All I can say is Wow! A.S. Kelly takes you through an emotional roller coaster with Ryan and Christine. Ryan’s speech had me smiling and crying at the same time. I absolutely loved their story. I cannot wait for the next book in the series Nick to be released on audible.

Ashley and Daniel did an amazing job! This is the second time I have heard two narrators work together on one chapter and I absolutely love it.

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Really Good

I am falling for this brothers. I thought. Ian was great, but here comes Ryan and I changed my mind. He's better than Ian Lol.
This book was more enjoyable for me than Ian, I think I could relate more with Ryan and why was he the way he was.
Ryan and Christine were perfect for each other, they were able to overcome all the obstacles they have and help each other to heal.

The narration was good, both narrators did perfect.

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  • Mickey
  • 16-01-20

Rugby 🏉 4 1\2 stars

Ryan is a complex guy, with a past love that left him broken. Christine is a single mother whom wants to be independent and deal with life on her own. As Christine's son and the O'Connor brothers interfere, Ryan and Christine find their way to each otner. Of course it's a bumpy road and that's the fun of the story. Took me awhile to get into Ryan's story. Ashley and Daniel did an excellent job with the narrative..

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  • Jocelyne
  • 21-12-19

The O'Connor!

This is the second book in The O'Connor Brothers Series, a sports romance, with interconnected characters. Ryan and Chris's story is emotional, fun, and beautiful. Ryan is a angry man, since his ex-fiancé's betrayal. Chris is a lovely woman, strong, resourceful, and single Mom. Evan, Chris's son, is a smart/wise teenager. The secondary characters are great! The family spirit is wonderful. The O'Connor parents are great characters. I was sad about Mr. O'Connor disease. I loved to see again Ian and Riley, from the first book. There is a lot going in this emotional story. I love the ending. The narration was good. Ashley Taylor is a professional narrator/actor, and she has a beautiful voice, expressive, well paced, with a great range of voices. Daniel Knight is a new narrator. He has a good voice, but less expressive, and less nuanced. I would love to listen to the next book in the Series, Nick's story.

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  • sherry Christenson
  • 20-12-19

Enemies to Lovers

Chris is a strong single mother. Ryan is broken and betrayed. The road from enemies to lovers is long but worth it

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  • Jan M
  • 15-12-19

Ryan and Chris

Ryan by A.S. Kelly pulled me in with the characters of Ryan and Chris. Initially I didn't like Ryan O'Connor as he hid behind his betrayed feelings, while Chris really appealed to me with her determination to succeed. The two wounded characters had an attraction that was brought to life by the amazing Ashley Taylor and Daniel Knight. Both narrators have wonderful accents in this book, and one can hear exactly who is speaking.

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  • Sophie Koufes
  • 14-12-19

O'Connor Brothers!

Ryan (O'Connor Brothers, Book 2) is a contemporary romance with a splash of sports thrown in. As, this is a series that arch's over and tie's in with supporting character's I preferred listening to these in order. The best aspect is catching up with the entire O'Connor family. Betrayal leads to a rocky road of denial. Character's are realistic with flaws and differences that only bring them together. The O'Connor brothers kinetics bring hilarious moments and reflections of love in pure O'Connor style. A organic chrysalis of this romance succession.

Narators Ashley Taylor, Daniel Knight give you that depiction of the countryside of the UK. I can visualize the characters and settings with this naration.

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  • Nicki Holt - The Overflowing Bookcase
  • 14-12-19

Storyline was great

While I enjoyed the overall story and I am also looking forward to the other books in the series. The robotic narration left me wanting more. There was so much emotion to the story that I could not feel and left me wanting to read the ebook instead.

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  • Amanda S
  • 11-12-19

yes

excellent continuation in the series, looking forward to listening to all the guys stories! great narration.
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  • Lee Anne Martes
  • 07-12-19

It’s ok

I’m not sure what to say on this one. The sound quality on Daniels audio seemed off and made it hard to listen too. Overall they story was ok and easy to listen too. It didn’t really suck me in like I wanted but was good to listen to while I worked