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Songs for Cricket

Series: Butterfly Duet, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
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Summary

She’s his best friend’s little sister and off limits.

College freshman, Finley Farrow, has two fairly ambitious goals this school year: make the football team and get over Shepard Connelly. The gorgeous football player with the magnificent voice would one day be a star on or off the field. But he’ll never see her as more than his best friend’s sister. Now her eye is on the end zone. Making the team could turn out to be the easy part. Practicing with Shepard every day while ignoring her feelings? The real challenge.

Shepard hasn’t had it easy like the Farrows. He won his ticket to the prestigious Layton University through football. Yet his passion lies in music. His killer smile can get him almost any girl he wants, except the one he can’t have. Everything he’s wanted to say to her is channeled into his soul wrenching lyrics. But he’s been sitting on the sideline far too long, and it’s time to make a move before the team’s starting quarterback wins her heart.

A life altering accusation could fumble everything for him. Most importantly, his big play for the only girl he’s ever wanted.

Family, friendship and love bind them together. Secrets, lies, and rules keep them apart.

©2019 Terri E. Laine (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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This book is wonderful!!

Terri E Laine has written an amazing story of love, yes.. but also one the tugs at our social consciousness. She not only wows with a college sports story where a female makes it as a college football player, but one in which a young woman makes it her mission to ruin more than one young mans lives because of a past of not being believed.

Shepherd lives Finley, but is he brothers best friend. He has moment where he realizes that he could lose her, and decides that he needs to make a choice. He chooses, and there are consequences he may have expected, but doesn’t like. In the meantime Shepherd is accused of something he did not do and finds himself being railroaded by a system that he doesn’t have the means to fight. He finds out just how strong he is, how strong Finley is, and how much she is on his ream.

I love this story, and I mean every part! As a young man who could have wanted his accuser to be punished, he showed compassion. As a young man in love, he showed it was real and that he was in it for the long haul. This made me very, very fond of Shepherd. I loved everything about this story and the characters.

Teri Schnaubelt and Zachary Webber were wonderful on this book! Teri Schnaubelt was new to me, and she is very good! Zachary Webber was not new to me and he also did a wonderful job, as always!

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Such a sweet , feelgood story

This story had me smiling throughout and rooting for love to win the day.
I randomly enjoy reading YA, college stories. It makes me feel good knowing that life
used to be easy , and all you had to worry about was boys and lessons.
I liked all the characters, the two sweet hearts Finley and Shephard, and the rest of the family.
Growing up with a crush on your brothers best friend/sister was not easy, keeping it quiet, yet
staying in their orbit even harder. With all of the college parties. teenage hormones and popularity
contests there is lots to keep you reading on. l loved that the family and friends were so tight and
looked out for each other so much.
Finley being passionate about football, and wanting a place in the team, is not gonna be easy.
Shephard, with a ton of baggage, and a problematic childhood has to work so much harder to fit in.
An accusation from a vulnerable girl, brings all of the events to a head .
Will Shephard get his girl?
Will Finley ever be happy chasing her dreams of football and the boy she loves?
Will pressure from the family, and keeping up with lessons be too much?

This is a very well written story, with enough character development to keep you smiling.
Both the narrators did a very good job bringing all the voices to life, there was enough emotions
to keep me wanting to listen.

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A Sweet Friends to Lovers Story

I really loved Songs for Cricket. It was such a sweet love story between Finley and Shepard. It was a coming of age friends to lovers football story. All of the characters (except for Lacey) were so likable. This is the beginning of a new spin-off series from the Chasing Butterflies series. Zachary Webber and Teri Schnaubelt did an amazing job bringing this story to life. I received this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review

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Good solid 4.5 star read.

Terri E Laine has produced a good story with characters you can identify with and want to get to know more about.
It is easy to listen to and follow with great narration from both Teri and Zachary Webber.
I am hoping we will be seeing more from the characters in this book.

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Cricket, what a story!

This is my second book by Terri E Laine, and I am just enamored with her writing. I was a little cautious thinking it may be too young for me, but this romance hits all the points I enjoy in a story. We have the Farlow triplets, and their friend, Shepard going off to start their first year of college. To stay with the boys, and be with Shep, her long time crush, Finley tries out for the football team and makes it. Socially unacceptable to be a girl playing football, Finley finds herself in for a long haul. But to her surprise, Shep is there to protect her. He too has had a crush, but being his best friend's sister has prevented these two from acting on their feelings. When they do, will he have to choose between his best friend and the love of his life? Not only do we have this story line, but the complex character of Shep gives us a whole other story, with accusations of misconduct, manipulation and sheer distress. It's a wonderfully written, compassionate and even a little steamy. Laine is master at his new adult genre.

Teri Schnaubelt and Zachary Webber hit all the emotions in this story. Schnaubelt is amazing. Her voicing of Finley made me remember being in college, feeling that incredible love as well as the hurt and frustration of situations. She made Finley credible and very real.Webber always delivers,and he gives Shep all the feels. He makes it so you know the characters, and feel their emotions. The two compliment each other well and made it a fantastic listen.

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  • Bette
  • 13-05-19

Great Story & Audible Listen🎧 4.5 Heartfelt🌟Stars🌟

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it is a great story that is not your usual college sports romance. The storylines are interesting and original, they grab you from the start and captivate your mind from start to end. I really liked the characters and how well the author developed them. Finley, August and Cooper are triplets are starting college, they chose to go to the same school and are living together in a town house along with Shepard, August and Cooper’s best friend. I admired Finley’s strength and determination going for what she wants. I appreciated the support she received from her brothers and Shepard, I loved the camaraderie between them. Shepard and Finley secretly crushed on each other but both are afraid to act on it afraid how her brothers & family will react. My one grievance in this story is how long it took for them to act on that crush, it got a bit frustrating. But all is redeemed when they finally do. I loved the chemistry between them from the start, loved how she was his biggest supporter throughout his ordeal. Also loved the camaraderie between the triplets and Shepard too. I highly recommend this story, it is enjoyable and entertaining, there is no shortage of drama, angst, twists, emotions and great romance. This is my first book written by Terri E. Laine and it will not be my last. Thank you for this great story.

I listened to the Audible edition, narrated by the talented Teri Schnaubelt and Zachary Webber who are amazing and entertaining storytellers and voice performers. They bring the characters to life, give each their own voice and personality. They project the emotions of the characters and the drama of the story in their performance. Thank you for another great listen🎧

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  • Dawn Fuhrman
  • 13-05-19

A great, realistic storyline

Finley makes the football team against her father's and brother's advice. She is determined to play with the guys as if nothing would be different. Sheperd has been the one that got away for Finley until now. I love the push and pull of these two as they struggled with being teammates and lusting after each other. Hazing the new teammate seems to be an issue for real at colleges and it is brought up in this story. Another issue that plagues colleges is rape, which is also touched upon in this story. I think both issues were handled with great care and true to life outcomes.

Terri Schnaubelt and Zachary Webber are a great narrating team. They both narrated the characters to bring them to life. It was as if the story was a movie playing in my mind instead of someone reading it. I completely got lost in the narration and loved it. Both Ms Schnaubelt and Mr Webber have voices that are easy to listen to and made the narration easy to follow. This narrating team enhanced the overall experience of this story.

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  • Terri
  • 28-04-19

Fantastic read

Great story from start to finish. Narration was spot on. Zackary and Teri nailed it. Loved every word.

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  • Blake Glover
  • 17-04-19

Not my favorite😕

The characters were a bit immature for me & the story felt unfinished. Great narration as always with Zach & Teri pretty good too!

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  • Rochelle
  • 13-06-19

Great story

This was the first book from Terri Laine that I have listened to and I really liked it. It was a friends to lovers/sports/brother's best friend story. Finley and Shepard grew up together and lived together due to his family issues. They ended up going to the same college and why they were there, some major things went down with Shepard and they had to fight to prove that he was innocent. Once you get started you won't want to put it down. You get sucked into the story and you want to see if they will be able to get their HEA. The narration was great, Zachary and Teri brought life to the characters.

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  • melmccally
  • 11-06-19

excellent story and narration!

I really enjoyed this one. It sucked me in from the first chapter. I love an unrequieted love story and a brother's best friend romance. This book was that and so much more!

Zachary Webber is a favorite of mine and was wonderful in this. Teri Schnaubelt was very very good. I believe this is my first audio listen of hers and I would recommend her narrations.

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  • Shannon Cole
  • 10-06-19

Friends to Lovers with a Twist!!!

This is another great release by Terri E. Laine. Friends to Lovers romance with my favorite Forbidden theme, brother’s Best Friend.
Finley has been secretly in love with Shepard Connelly for years and has given up hope that he will ever see her as anything more than his best friends little sister. But now that Finley has started showing interest in other guys, Shepard realizes he can’t keep his hidden feelings quiet any longer. Oh yes!! He feels the same way too!!
But when Finley joins the guys in College and makes it on the football team, things begin to change in her relationship with Shepard as well as the guys on the team.
People are determined to keep them apart and lies, deceit and false accusations will turn their worlds upside down.
But together these two have each other’s backs and show how deep their trust and friendship truly runs.
A great cast of characters and enough angst to keep you on the edge of your seat.
This was told in both Shepard and Finley’s POV and Zachary Webber was amazing as always!! This was the first time I’ve listened to Teri Schnaubelt narrate and I really liked her style and voice.

I would definitely recommend this book!

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  • Janeen Butcher
  • 01-06-19

I loved this story and the Narration

I loved the book first of all and then I listened to the audio - it was.awesome. It made it soooo much better!!! The narration was smooth by Zachary Webber and he did a wonderful job. I had never heard Teri Schnaubelt before and she did a pretty good job of keeping up with Zachary. There were times that I felt a little lulled to sleep but only during the female narration - it wasn't that she wasn't good...it was that her voices didn't blend as naturally as Zachary's did. He can do a womans voice like no other. I'm not really going to talk about the story because you can read my review for the actual book for that. I believe Audible is more narration-based anyway. For the most part, this was amazing!! The only reason for 4 stars is because the female narration wasn't that great at doing Male characters as well as the Male narrator, but THAT is the ONLY reason.

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  • Love2reaD
  • 28-05-19

3.5 stars

The writing was good but I never really fell in love with either main character. They both came off as weak especially when it came to advances from Lacey and the guy from the football team. Be prepared for a lot of misunderstandings between them.

What I did like was that you can tell that Cooper, August, Finley and Shephard really cared for each other. They had each others back at all times.

Overall I liked the story as a whole and the narration was amazing.

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  • Sara
  • 26-05-19

Sweet and swoonable!

Finn is such a great female lead. She's obviously a fierce competitor, on and off the field. She's loyal to those she loves and fights for what she deems right. Shep was where it was at for me!! He was one of the most swoonable men characters I've listened to in a while. I could not help but fall for him. Really, it's no wonder Finn fell so hard for him or him even fling for her. You put two amazing, unrelated people together for so long, well something is bound to happen!!

The narrators for Songs for Cricket are absolutely perfect. I could hear Zachary Webber singing some of Shep's songs. He really just seemed to fit for everything that is the amazing character of Shep. Teri Schnaubelt was a remarkable Finn. The narrator for her really needed to be a woman that wasn't too happy and girly sounding but still sounded like a woman. Terri was a perfect fit!