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Summary

Meet Lauren Halsted.

It's all the little things - the action plans, the long-kept promises - that started falling apart when my life slipped into controlled chaos. After I fell ass over elbow into Matthew Walsh's arms, I couldn't decide whether I wanted to run screaming or rip his pants off, and most days I wanted a little of both. If I was being honest with myself, it was rip his pants off, ride him like a workhorse, and then run screaming.

Meet Matthew Walsh.

A rebellious streak ran through Lauren Halsted. It was fierce and unrelentingly beautiful, and she wasn't letting anyone tell her what to do - unless, of course, she was naked. She wasn't looking for me, and I sure as shit wasn't looking for her, but we found each other anyway, and now we were locked in a battle of wills, waiting for the other to blink.

©2015 Kate Canterbary (P)2015 Tantor

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Brilliant

I have loved this book for quite a long time and have reread countless times.
I decided to try the audiobook not really expecting much.
Wow, what a revelation! This adds a whole new dimension to my understanding of the book.
It truly brings the story to life.
Both Lucy Rivers and Christian Fox are perfect. Whatever they are being paid, it is not enough!!
I am a full convert to audiobooks. Fabulous💕

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

Hot, sweet, funny & angsty, this first instalment of the Walsh family series is 100% enjoyable, and delivered beautifully by the fantastic narrators.

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  • Danni
  • 30-08-16

Matthew and Lauren

Honestly, I have never been more annoyed with a main character than I was with Lauren. She spent 90% of the book pushing Matthew away and making him feel bad. For the first time in a long time, I kind of wished that they didn't end up together. He deserved someone that wouldn't run away every time things got a little difficult. However, I did enjoy the complicated family dynamic.

Christian Fox is one of my favorite narrators and Lucy Rivers did a wonderful job as well

A good listen, but be prepared to be frustrated.

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  • Catherine Shuler
  • 12-02-16

Coulda been awesome

I'm so angry with Lauren that I couldn't enjoy the ending. It took her way too long to stop hurting Matthew and it took him too long to stop letting her do it. Too bad. The writing style is superb, the narrator skilled. I just couldn't stop hating the idiotic female. CS

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  • Misty
  • 20-01-16

Unexpected!

I loved this book. I think the story was nice and easy and funny and sexy. It was a good break from the angsty books I usually pick, I feel emotionally charged and full of feel goods.

The narrators, especially Christian Fox, really made this book come to life. Thoroughly impressed all around.

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  • 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹
  • 13-12-15

SORRY.... BUT I HAVE TO TELL IT LIKE I FELT IT

There are some books where you just can't connect with one or both of the main characters..... and this listen, unfortunately, was one of them and the fault lies between Lauren and me. Lauren was driven to open up her own School and needed the help of an Architect..... in walks the gorgeous Matthew and the sparks (and clothes) flew right from the start along with their undeniable chemistry and lust. But there were problems because Matthew was 100% committed to their relationship but Lauren kept denying it by being aloof, non-committed, distant and blew hot and cold ALL the time..... and I think that's where our problems hung.

Matthew knew what he wanted and that was Lauren so he poured everything he could into their very sexual relationship but his repeated phone calls would go unanswered, his many caring text messages wouldn't get a reply and his concerned emails would be left unopened. Which distracted, confused and frustrated the shit out of him (and me) as he tried to function at his job. But it left me really pissed off with Lauren's continued hot and cold attitude towards his feelings because it was all centred around her School, her career and her wants.... which was to be his sexual toy and nothing more and she completely failed to ever think about Matthew's wants and feelings at all. So, by the end, when Lauren finally saw sense about the wonderful man she had coldly tossed away, it was too little too late for me to salvage any warm and fuzzy feelings for her.

Matthew was a very loving and thoughtful Hero and deserved a far better Heroine than Lauren, Lauren was (for the most part) a misguided, confused, ruthless and heartless Heroine, their romance started with lots of hot sweaty sex and was prefixed, accompanied of followed with lots of dirty talk too. Which was then followed by confusion, heartache, more hot and sweaty sex, unrequited love, rejection, realization and finally a HEA. There was lots of interesting secondary characters including Matthew's large variety of siblings whose bickerings and banter brought light and humor along with them. Drama came in the form of a drunken, abusive and hate-filled Father whose verbal insults were barbed with razors. Dual POV's and good narration.

Worth a credit? Who knows why some listeners will like this one sided love story while I, like Lauren, couldn't fully commit. It could develop into a really good series about the Walsh siblings and so I might give another book a try. But, hand on heart, when I compare this contemporary listen to so many worthy 5 star listens out there, I have to say that, for me, this was more of a $4.95 sale purchase than a creditworthy one.

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  • Edz
  • 02-06-17

Worst heroine

What about Christian Fox and Lucy Rivers ’s performance did you like?

All of it. Christian Fox and Lucy Rivers are superb.

Any additional comments?

I dislike the heroine very much. I understand there would be insecurities in the beginning of a relationship but Matthew has made his feelings and desire known to Lauren every time and Lauren just kept blowing him off. I wish they didnt end up together.

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  • 15-11-17

Story was good, transitions not so much

Transitions from scenes or chapters were much too sharp and I often had to scroll back to make sure it wasn’t a skip in the narration. Still worth the listen.

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  • michelle kettler
  • 22-03-16

Great series

Lauren and Matt have a beautiful relationship. Sweet and very HOT. I read this series out of order until I realized it then started over. Each book is amazing. It doesn't ruin the story of listened to out of order either. Great family series

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  • jojo beanz
  • 08-10-18

85% Love...15% Hate

I hate that u have a love/hate relationship with this book. It was darn near perfect for me with the exception of the heroine. I couldnt stand her. She took way too long to come to her senses and the way she did was weak at best. The plot, the setting, the narrators, the other characters, even the villian, I loved .

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  • Rowena1999
  • 17-08-18

Okay

3/5 rating: the characters were my favourite part - they were sweet. The plot was interesting but I didn't really connect with it. I didn't care what happened next. The couple was hot together, though.

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  • A. James
  • 06-08-18

Yay Matthew...Boo Lauren.

I liked how it started off. Lauren and Matthew had instant chemistry. I loved the witty banter and was looking forward to more. The story lost me after the first sexual encounter. She loved it but leaves before he wakes up. He sends her a bunch of text messages to check on her but she ignores him. First this just proves that she doesn't care about his feelings. Her inner dialog bugs me. I get the School she's trying to put together is important and she thinks she's a badass because of who her father is. But the way she treats Matthew I just didn't like. After reading other reviews she blows hot and cold throughout the book. I had enough after the first few chapters of her.

I liked Matthew. Stared off as a guy who's overworked and needed a lot of downtime. I did get tired of hearing how hot Lauren was. I wanted to continue listening because I wanted to find out more about his siblings and his abusive, alcoholic father but her behavior kept me from doing that.

The narrators were awesome. I hadno issue with them. Love the duel POV.

Going on to the next book. This story seem to have better reviews.