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The End Zone

Narrated by: Tessa Ellory, Joe Arden
Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
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Jolie Louis is a smart girl. She knows that her best friend, Sage Poirier, is a bad idea. He's a walking, talking cliché. The Adonis quarterback with the bulging biceps and harem of fangirls trailing behind him on campus like a stench you can't get rid of. Sadly, that's also the reason she can't stay away from him. Well, that and the fact that they're roommates.

Jolie is already straddling the line between friendship and more when Sage comes to her with an offer she cannot refuse: Be his fake girlfriend and live for free for the rest of the semester. She tells herself that she can handle it. He's just the boy she saved 10 years ago, right? Wrong. So very wrong. He is a man now, and she is his captive, heart, body, and soul....

©2018 L. J. Shen (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • ❤️ Cyndi Marie ❤️
  • 16-06-18

✫✫ 3 Stars ✫✫

This is a 50/50 book for me. I like 50% of the story! I love a friends to lovers story, I really enjoyed most of the sexy scenes and I have to say I love that the "pretend" didn't last long. On the other hand, I rolled my eyes A LOT during this short 3 hours book. It mostly felt a little hokey to me but really I should not expect more from a short story since there isn't much background build up to help feel the story.

The narration was good. Both narrators did a great job but I did notice that she sounds like a teenager and he sounds like a 30-40 year old man, that was a little off putting but that was casting and no reflection on either of their narration skills.

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  • Shannon Cole
  • 06-04-18

A Quick Read that hits the Spot!!

I’m not much into Novellas but I honestly enjoyed this one.
In true LJ Shen fashion, she packs the heat and the passion in this enjoyable friends to Lovers romance.
I listened to this on audio and I honestly felt this was one of Joe Arden’s best performances. His voice was husky and deep and absolutely on point.
This was the first time I listened to Narrator, Tessa Ellory and I highly enjoyed her sweet southern accent and soft spoken voice.
Great narration and a Great Listen!!

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  • PATRICIA
  • 16-04-18

Don't let the length fool you!

Just because this is a short one, it does not take away from the punch that LJ Shen is able to put into it. This gem is a fully, well developed story and does not give you that rushed feeling. Meet childhood friends Jolie and Sage. As they grow up, Sage becomes the football star he is always meant to be and Jolie remains his rock through his life. When his friend decides he would like to date Jolie, all things change, and we get the taste of the hotholes that LJ Shen is famous for. This short is full of sexual chemistry, a little angst and characters that you can't help but fall for. She even gives us a glimpse into the future with an unbelievable epilogue. Cannot wait to see where she goes with this!

I love that Shen brought this to audio with Joe Arden and Tessa Ellory. Joe is a wonderful narrator and he brought Sage's attitude and vulnerabilities to life with his voice. This is my first encounter with Tessa Ellory and she has that perfect new adult voice for Jolie, and she hyped up the angst in the right places making you feel each insecurity Jolie had. Loved this!

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  • Lori E.
  • 03-04-18

OK novella

This was OK for a novella. I was hoping for something longer and more involved like Tyed, which I love. The narration was really good. Joe Arden is one of my favorite narrators.

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  • Lisa G B
  • 22-11-19

Friends to Lovers

This is a quick fun listen.
It has just the right amount of fun, heat and drama.
Standalone with no cliffhangers and 2 great epilogues.

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  • Beth A. Fryer
  • 22-10-19

Disappointed

I found it hard to get into this - The dialect was a little corny and while the story itself had potential, Shen has done MUCH better. I'm finding that I'm not a fan of many of the books out side of the Sinner of Saint series and it's spin off. There wasn't a lot of meat to this story and drug in places.

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  • Books and Prime
  • 30-09-19

Sweet and to the point

“The End Zone” by @authorljshen
While this isn’t my favorite book by this author it was still good. Short, sweet and to the point. I listened to it on audible. Check it out.
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  • Saphera
  • 27-09-19

Not as good as I hoped

After listening to broken knight, which I loved, I expected this one to be as tender and funny but it just wasn't that great. No background to lead into the story. I hope others like it but I'd being lying if I didn't say I'm disappointed.

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  • P1965
  • 21-09-19

Sweet short story

Another hit from LJShen. Nice sweet short story. I highly recommend! The narrators is a plus for bringing the characters to life.

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  • Laura
  • 18-09-19

Ok

I liked this book, but I have to say that I didn’t “feel” the romance between them like I do in other romance stories. I like them together, but feel like I missed the part where we see how they connect. It is like that is just assumed and the author didn’t spend any time showing us the spark.