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Starfish

A Rock Star Romance
Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Sebastian York
Series: Starfish, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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Summary

2019 Winner American Fiction Award for Romantic Comedy 

“I found the story to be sweet and entertaining as well as funny and suspenseful at times. And when you learn why it's called Starfish you will be smiling with me" (I Scream Books Blog)
 

Ambitious graduate Marin Collins accepts a four-month internship at a prestigious public relations firm to work on a tech account, but her plans are derailed when she’s assigned to go on the road with touring rock band Kings Quarters, hailed by Rolling Stone as the next big thing.
 

Enter Brad Osterhauser, the reluctant rock star who would rather be coding computer games than penning Grammy-nominated songs.
 

Traveling by bus, city to city with a group of practical joking bandmates and a greedy manager, Marin and Brad forge a friendship and forbidden romance over a shared love of Seinfeld episodes, stolen moments, and Red Vines.
 

But when Marin’s accused of betraying her company and the band, will Brad come to her defense or believe she was disloyal to him for the sake of her career?
 

Told in alternating perspectives of Marin and Brad, Starfish is a contemporary romance of unexpected love, the redemptive power of music, and hogging the bed

©2019 Lisa Becker (P)2019 Lisa Becker

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loved!

I really enjoyed this one! Not your typical rock star romance--it was a delicious slow burn with fantastic narration.

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Perfect balance of sweet and steam

This book charmed me with its perfect balance of sweet and steam. Brad and Marin share tender friendly moments, while desire burns in their blood until they can’t deny it anymore. And when they finally do the deed, it’s passionate and hot. Perfect balance. And there’s a lot of fun too! Hilarious situations, playful conversations, some stupid games, crazy side characters… there’s a good laugh here. I didn’t buy the reason why Marin refuses a relationship with Brad though, nor the way they end it–don’t worry, there IS a HEA. They both look more like excuses than good reasons. But hey, even in real life, people make stupid decisions. Two talented narrators perform the audiobook, giving life to the main couple, but also to an array of fun characters–you’ll love Grace, and Oliver. Sweet, steamy, fun, and with a beautiful HEA. Why haven’t you read it already?

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  • 03-09-20

Slow Burn

Cute rock-star romance. I liked that not all of the band members were cliches. It's unusual for a rock-star romance to also be a slow burn. That made for a nice twist on the trope. Brad and Marin had chemistry right away and had so much in common despite their differences. This was a very entertaining listen made even better by two rock-star narrators.

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So wonderful

I missed doing a review and thought hey this one deserves another listen! Yes it’s that good! I mean with Erin Mallon (who just may have the best male voice for a female narrator) and that most sexy voice of the unicorn SebYo as the amazing narrators call me baked because I am done and may need a while for reminiscing over this wonderful story. Marion and Brad are such a sweet couple and the laughs and oh my you didn’t moments made for such an amazing time with this book. No wonder it was an award winning book Lisa Becker! And I became a new fan! Audiobook Obsession Reviewer 🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧

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A perfect slow burn romance...

I felt part of this story from the beginning. Perfect description and character build gave my imagination all I needed to be there! A perfect HEA with a few ooo's and arh's along the way... I loved the meaning of the book's title... Narration.... No words really required... 5* PERFECTION!

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A Stellar Read & Listen

My very first book from Ms. Becker and definitely not my last. I chose this book when I listened to Viviana’s Audio Lovin Podcast and she was the guest author. I did not know what to expect in terms of writing style but the story had me hooked and I could not put it down. A slow burn love story that was done perfectly. Brad and Marin’s relationship were the sweetest #relationshipgoal. And to be narrated by two of my favourite narrators Sebastian York and Erin Mallon were just perfection. They brought this story to life. Brad is a new favourite #bookboyfriend. Some of the things he did and said to Marin was so swoony, it gave me all the feels. I highly recommend this book. One of the best romantic comedy I read and listened to this year.

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Gorgeous!!

A funny, charming story beautifully performed by two talented narrators .Fall in love with a dreamy,big hearted hero and a wonderful, independent, equally big hearted heroine . What more can you ask for?

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I really liked this story!

Lisa Becker has written an excellent story in Starfish. I lived Marin from the beginning! And Brad as well! Marin has been given an assignment as an intern with a PR company... one she definitely didn’t ask for or expect. She will be going on tour with a band... Brad, one of the band members, takes notice of her from the beginning. He does everything in his power to get to know her. This story was an excellent listen. The story was interesting, and very good! And the narration by Erin Mallon and Sebastian York.. was perfect!!!

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A star of a listen

If you like Rock stories then this one is fantastic. The author wrote a real detailed story full of frustration , attraction and love . It’s about learning to not let situations bring you down . Life has a way of guiding you to where your suppose to be . Love will always win Heroine is Marin. Hero is Brad. Brad is hating where life is taking him. He’s ready to leave the life that the band is taking him . The band is Kings Quarters . Brad would rather use his talents to develop Video Games .Marin is a PR lady she’s really happy about the opening she got until she finds out she needs to tour with the rock band , Kings Quarters. Once Marin and Brad meet the love slowly develops . Grab this and see does Brad give up on leaving the band . Sebastian York and Erin Mallon were great together. They brought this great story to life Thank you Audiobook obsession for a great listen

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Starfish

I liked a lot of things about this book. The characters for example, they were well crafted and lifelike. I liked their chemistry, their connection. The romance wasn't a whirlwind but was more on the slow burn side which was also great. I very much liked the lyrics of the songs Brad wrote. I loved the oh so cute story behind the title, which I might add seemed odd at first. I liked the short chapters it worked well with the story. I also liked the writing style. There was just one thing I didn't like but it kind of ruined the whole experience a bit for me. The buildup to the fallout between Marin and Brad was allright. Brad having a longtime inner conflict as being a rock star is not living his own dream but his brother's, and every little detail about the tour and whatnot brought us to that peak step-by-step. But right after the conflict everything seemed too rushed, like wrapped up and finished in a few sentences. That made the story quite imbalanced. I'd have liked to read at least a short chapter about how the confrontation between Brad and his brother and all other band members went down as this was the focal point of the evolution of his character. On a side note I also found it quite unusual for any musician to maintain work relationship with a manager, who proved to be undeserving and most of all unethical, as if nothing happened. Both Erin Mallon and Sebastian York did a superb narration. I liked their voices and speech. It was very entertaining with good quality recording. 🎧AudiobookObsessionReviewer

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 16-12-19

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

This is a sweet and fun love story. While it was a little light on Rock Star behavior, I think that is what I liked about it most. Brad was more of a closet nerd than a Rock Star and I love me a sexy smart guy. Marin is the PR Rep that was sent on tour with the band to help with their online presence. I enjoyed her character because she wasn't in awe of the fame, just there to do her job and she did give a good effort at not falling for Brad. These two made sense, they had the chemistry and they also had heat! I giggled a bunch at the jokes and antics the band members played on each other. Great romantic comedy, can't wait to see more from this author. Erin Mallon & Sebastian York.... You can't go wrong with these narrators! They are both fantastic and let me tell you, Erin did an AMAZING job with all the jokes, for example I cracked up hearing her talk like her mouth was completely numb LOL

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  • Book Bruin
  • 19-03-20

My Only Starfish

Overall 4 stars Performance 4.5 stars Story 4 stars What a cute twist on the rock star romance! There's a bit of forbidden (boss/employee), forced proximity, and a delicious slow burn in Starfish, as well as lots of laughs thanks to some very inventive pranks. The behind the scenes and the details of the what goes on during a band tour were really interesting. I enjoyed the build up between Marin and Brad (though there's quite a bit of instalust at the start), and how their relationship went from friendship to more. The adorkable moments were the best (Harry Potter! Star Wars!) and I loved that they had so much more than just a physical connection. There was some drama late in the book that felt a bit over the top, but given the situation, it was easy to understand how assumptions and emotions could get out of hand quickly. I really loved the epilogue though and the peek into the future for the band was just right. There's also a novella available called Dear Future Self, which is about the former front man for Kings Quarter, Jase Connors. Erin Mallon and Sebastian York were fantastic as usual and I am always impressed with their range and ability to voice male and female characters so well. York's voice was a smidge too deep for me since Brad was described as more lean and not quite as over the top alpha as some other romance heroes, but I still loved his performance. 🎧AudiobookObsession

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  • Ap2514
  • 03-01-20

Absolutely loved it

This book was so much fun to listen to and I absolutely loved the characters. I usually don’t gravitate towards the rockstar romance genre but I had seen such good reviews for this one so I thought I would give it a try. If you’re on the fence about it I highly recommend it.

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  • J and M
  • 23-12-19

Fun!

This one was a really fun slow burn. I really enjoyed how Marin was so about her job and not starry eyed over the musicians. Enter Brad. Still, he got her attention. It was a fun ride. It got slightly strange for a bit at the end. But, it was cleared up quick and didn’t really detract. Overall, it had a satisfying finish. Erin Mallon did an amazing job, as. Always. I’m a fan of these 2 narrators and them together was great. This is my first book by this author and I can’t wait for more.

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  • Amanda C
  • 16-12-19

So Good!

I really enjoyed this. It's sweet, sexy, and surprisingly realistic. It's well written with a fast moving plot. I love the dual POV, I get a good feel for, and connection with, both characters. Marin and Brad were so cute and had strong chemistry. I love how they encouraged each other to go for their goals. All of the characters felt real and I liked the growth we saw. I enjoyed the pranks that went on amongst the bandmates. The narration by Erin Mallon and Sebastian York was absolutely fantastic. You couldn't ask for better performances, they perfectly delivered the humour and sweetness. I highly recommend this, especially the audio version.

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  • Diana in SC @AudiobookObsession
  • 27-03-20

Vivacious, Charming, Sexy, and Funny

This slow-burn romantic comedy is wonderfully entertaining. I think that Mariana Zapata, Helen Hoang, and Sylvie Stewart have some fierce new competition for writing the best slow-burns and funny contemporary romances. This is the first book by Lisa Becker that I have experienced, and her writing was so good. The entire situation and the characters seem so real and yet so captivating. The dialogue sparkles with something special. It is such a feel-good story that I will definitely listen to again. I totally recommend this audiobook to anyone who likes romantic comedies, slow-burn romances, rock star romances, and/or contemporary romances. Finally, a rock star who is a good guy! Of course, Brad has a dirty mind, but that is great in a book boyfriend. Brad is the lead guitarist, sometimes songwriter, and backup singer for his older brother's band, but Brad would rather be creating his own video game. I loved how this audiobook has first person perspective that alternates between the two main characters, Marin Collins and Brad Osterhauser. It is great to be able to get into Brad's head in addition to the lovable heroine. Marin and Brad are so sweet together, and their attraction sizzles. The secondary characters are memorable, too, especially Marin's best friend. The narration is absolutely perfect. Erin Mallon and Sebastian York are fantastic as they alternate chapters: Erin for Marin's chapters and Sebastian for Brad's chapters. The narrators perform with enthusiasm, nuance, humor, and gorgeous voices. Erin Mallon's voice is melodic and wonderful. Sebastian York's voice is sexy and perfect for a rock star with a nerdy side. They both infuse so much life into their performances, and they are excellent at love scenes. I requested and received a free audiobook copy via #AudiobookObsession, and I voluntarily wrote this honest review. #AudiobookObsession Reviewer

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  • Jenn Bonfadini
  • 17-01-20

Absolutely AMAZING

This book from start to finish had it all: Humor, great characters, hot scenes, great chemistry and fantastic narrators. I hung on every word as the story of Brad and Marin unfolded. It isn't your typical Rockstar romance, that is for sure, but it is so much more. The character development is amazing. Both MC's are complex and evolved and I adored Brad and his love for Marin. Marin is so skittish and hesitant for so many reasons. Erin Mallon always brings an A+ performance to any book and this was no exception. Sebastian York is not your typical Rockstar, but he works for Brad in this book. I loved it so much. It will be a definite re-listen in the future because it was such a beautiful story. Oh, and the songs that Brad wrote for Marin: They were absolute perfection and had me in tears. I would be that mans Starfish anytime. #AudiobookObsessionReviewer

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  • FS Meurinne - Book Enticer
  • 15-01-20

Beautiful rockstar romance

What an amazing surprise, I got this audiobook as I love rockstar romance and I truly enjoyed it, Marin and Brad's story was such a great one to read, the narrators of course where phenomenal as always, bringing their characters to live and nailing all their emotions. I am looking forward for the next audiobook.

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  • Mendee Sumner
  • 01-01-20

GREAT LOVE STORY!

Definitely a 5 star rating! Sebastian York did an awesome job narrating as did Erin Mallon. This was my first book by Lisa Becker. She did not disappoint.

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  • Diane's Kindle
  • 29-12-19

definitely worth it

so I picked this up because it was actually being given away in one of my audiogroups that I follow and I didn't win it but I saw who the narrator's were and I absolutely adore both these narrators and I don't think I've ever heard them together before but I like them both and I was so glad I did the story was great it had me laughing and crying it was so worth the listen and I highly recommend it.

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