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Hitting rock bottom is just the beginning....

At 24, Finnegan Hart has already achieved what most people do in a lifetime. He’s a best-selling author who lives in the heart of London, drives his dream sports car and attends the most exclusive parties. But appearances are deceiving. 

Once the spotlight fades, Finn is left alone with his overactive mind, alcohol and drugs the only way to quiet the noise.

Until an overdose nearly kills him and drags everyone he loves down with him. 

Desperate to escape London’s toxic influence, Finn moves to Ten Mile Bottom - a small town in the outskirts of Cambridge - to try and put his life back together. 

The last thing he expects is to fall in love. 

Ben Goodwin is everything Finn isn’t - kind, empathetic and drop-dead gorgeous. He’s everything Finn needs. 

Afraid to drag Ben into his messy life, Finn tries to resist their attraction. But when Finn finally shows Ben the darkest corners of his soul, will love be enough to make Ben stay?

©2018 Teodora Kostova (P)2020 Teodora Kostova

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Fantastic book

Loved the story. You felt you knew the characters all the way through the book. Please do a sequel. It would be great to see them get married.

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A well-crafted listen

I own the majority of this author's work, but not this one. Being somewhat hard of hearing, I usually read and listen to books. I was delighted, therefore, to find that the narration by Christopher Weeks is so crisp and clear that I didn't need the ebook in my hand too. I love the contrast in voices between Finn and Ben. In fact, all of the different voices are very good and bring the characters delightfully to life. The majority of the angst is at the start of the story. Thereafter follows the growth of the relationship between Finn and Ben, and the slow start to healing processes. The secondary characters are all well-crafted and never superfluous. Of course, I particularly loved Aiden and I am sad that his book has not yet been written. Maybe one day? I found this book to be just as amazing as all the others that I have read by this author and I loved that it is based around personal experiences.

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A very personal story

I didn’t realise till the end how personal this was but it certainly carried that style from the beginning. The hopelessness of its early chapters don’t make for easy listening but happily it doesn’t stay there. I resisted buying when I read the summary and things but glad I did listen to it

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Lovely book

I loved everything about this book, the characters, the setting, the writing, and the narration. Teodora Kostova made Finn likeable from the start, though he could so easily not have been, and Finn and Ben were golden together, I strongly believed in them as a couple. The scondary characters were nuanced and interesting, fitting the story. I loved Christopher Weeks' narration, his voices for everyone in the book ware spot on and it's easy to listen to his voice. All in all a great listing experience.

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Marvelous

This book was absolutely marvelous. I loved this book. I found Finn’s character to be very relatable. You can’t help but fall in love with Ben. He was super sweet and caring towards Finn. This is a must listen. The narrator Christopher Weeks did such an amazing job. I want to hear so much more from him.

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Great book.

I really enjoyed Ten Mile Bottom. It was an interesting story and I truly enjoyed the characters. I definitely loved Christopher Weeks narration. I love a book setting to match the accent and I enjoyed listening to Christopher's accent. The narration was well-placed and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book and would recommend it.

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as good as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me. The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, I’m over the half, but I listen enough to give a review. PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!! To my ratings: 5* - very very good it's like an A+ 4* - very good and will be often re-listening it's like an A 3* - it's more then a one-time-listening. it's like a B

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Personal and open!

When I listen to Ten Mile Bottom it feels like Finn is sitting in my livingroom telling me his story. It is vulnerable, open and very personal. Christopher does a beatyful work voicing this! ❤️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-20

I didn’t really connect with this

I really did want to like this book because I don’t want to invalidate any of the author’s feeling or experiences on which she based parts of this book. However, as sorry as I am to say this, I just didn’t feel a connection to the characters of this book. I think it may be because I’ve never really struggled with much of what our main characters have: addiction, toxic family relationships, coming out, telling my parents I want to go to college instead of working for a family business, etc. I have a wonderful family and it was just expected I would go to college (and I did). I suppose I feel the pressure of expectations like Finn does with the recent lull in his writing, although for different reasons. I can definitely relate with the struggles of having a touchy little jerk of a German car, though! I also didn’t like how Finn seemed oblivious about the fact that his best friend was in love with him for so long and then I feel like he was a bit callous about it. I know that making a choice to stay sober and move away from toxic influences is big, but other than that, not much happens. It was an insta-love romance with no real conflicts, which made it a bit boring. The narration was good, though! Note: I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Readers 4Life
  • 12-06-20

Somber story

This is a difficult story to rate. On one hand, it's written well and has characters you feel like you can understand even if you haven't experienced their troubles. On the other, it's entirely somber and cheerless. That grey cloud stays over your head the entire time, and at the end you only get a tiny peek at sunlight. No rainbows for this couple. The author includes a note about it being somewhat autobiographical, so it's clearly written as a catharsis, but not one I'm sure I'd want to read without knowing the author on a personal level (which I don't.) I have other stories by the author which I will try, but if they are in the same tone I would say this is not the author for me. This was my first time listening to Christopher Weeks as narrator, and I thought he did fantastic! I'll definitely be looking for more of his work. I received a free audio copy of the book in exchange for this unbiased review.

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  • OldLadyStauffer
  • 10-04-20

Good story

I’m a sucker for a story about human growth. I was hesitant to listen to this because of the angst involved with Finn being an addict, and I’m currently one month into the quarantine (COVID-19), but I don’t regret listening to it. I enjoyed the narrator’s accent, as well.

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  • Jesika
  • 02-04-20

love this book

I received this audiobook free and i honestly was hesitant to read. but the story line is amazing and the characters make this book a wonderful read

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  • L.D.
  • 27-03-20

Love Heals

This book made my heart ache. Finn is dealing with emotional demons which end up overwhelming him in one heart wrenching moment. Having to pick himself up from rock bottom, he finishes rehab and moves away from the temptation and turmoil of the city to work on renovating a cottage as well as calibrating himself. Finn is an addict, and this is not sugarcoated or wrapped up nicely. He has cravings and desires that he has to struggle to control. He has emotional issues he has to untangle and sort out. During all of this, he ends up meeting and falling in love with Ben, who has past mistakes of his own. Together, both men find love and the strength to heal, grow, and move on. I really enjoyed this book. There was a lot of angst, but it was cathartic angst, necessary for the characters to develop and grow into healthier and happier versions of themselves. The writing was well done and flowed smoothly. I was completely immersed in the story.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 26-03-20

Great listen.

Now this one is such a sweet and beautiful listen. I love Finn and Ben! Ben is so perfect for Finn. Then Christopher Weeks has done such a great job with this narration. He is a new narrator to me and I really like how he did the voices of these characters. He definitely brings this story to life.

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  • Vania
  • 24-03-20

The book is exceptionaly sweet for a story startin

My first Teodora Kostova book, and if that's what I have to expect, it surely will not be my last. Every character in this book has a ton of personal issues, not only the MCs Finn (whose POV we get the story from) and Ben, but each side characters have theirs. And the author does a really good job exploring them; even so the book has this sort of sweet, if a bit somber mood, that drew me in and complitely hooked me. Christopher Weeks is a new to me narrator, I think he really was the right fit for ben and for the tone of this story.

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  • Ana Nimity
  • 22-03-20

Loved the book and the audio is just as good!

This was my first time listening to Christopher Meeks, but I hope it won't be the last. He brought just the right tone to this emotional, heartfelt story.

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  • nolmstym
  • 20-03-20

Love in Ten Mile Bottom

Finn is falling apart. Drugs and alcohol are destroying him. After a close call he decides to get a fresh start in Ten Mile Bottom. Finn is grumpy and standoffish and I kind of loved him. Ben is a super sweet mechanic and perfect for Finn. I also really liked Finn's friend Aiden who I hope is getting his own story. Seems like he gives everything to Finn and I'd like to see him get a HEA of his own. This is a sweet story of Finn finding himself and falling for Ben. It is told entirely from Finns POV, sometimes I wanted to know what Ben was thinking, but it works well for this story. Narrator was new to me and I thought he did well.

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  • Clau
  • 19-03-20

Deeply moving

A wonderful, perfectly crafted story about a man who, after a very close call, must confront the darkness inside him that almost took his life. He decides to do so in a small town close to Cambridge without having a clue that that decision would change his whole life. This is, at its core, a very powerful, hopeful story. The way in which Finn finds himself embraced for the people in town bewilders him, but it's also strangely comforting. And we can see how, slowly, he begins to work his issues. He loves his friend Aiden, but he also uses him as a crutch: a safe relationship that doesn't require for him to change. Until it does. Letting Aiden go shows how far Finn has go. His relationship with his mother is toxic and the root of his addiction, and yes, his decision about her is also an adult, grown-up one, and another proof that he is doing a lot better. And Ben! Ben is sweet but not naive. He understands Finn, and it's at his side all the way. Their romance advance slowly, but in a steady way, and they support each other. Real and lovely ♥ An excellent story! Christopher Weeks does a truly great job with the narration.