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Summary

Meg Michaels, a bookstore owner, has already walked away from two cheating exes. She's learned her lesson and has her mind set on success - until she gets knocked up. Embarrassed and unwilling to discuss her situation with friends and family, she wears layers to hide the pregnancy.

When Meg gets sick at a party, she's mortified. Even worse, Theo Taylor, the guest of honor, discovers her secret. Theo, an Army medic wounded in the war, agrees not to reveal her condition, and the two forge a bond of friendship that blossoms into love.

Theo is soon filling all of Meg's late-night cravings - and not just the pregnancy-induced ones. But can their love overcome all the obstacles that stand between them and creating a happy family?

©2014 Claire Ashby (P)2015 Red Adept Publishing, LLC

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  • Lo
  • 31-01-17

A great listen and highly recommended

I really enjoyed this story.

This is Meg and Theo's story, they are both very determined, strong characters with painful pasts on a journey of love, forgiveness, and healing. This story was easy to relate to, the characters are deep and likable.

Claire Ashby is now on my must read list of authors!

Piper Brown did a great job narrating and really brought the book to life.

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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A delightful book and listening experience.

A delightful book. The Claire Ashby has elegantly balanced pure escapism with a few potentially difficult and heavy situations. The characters felt real with real issues. I especially enjoyed how the story sweetly concluded with all the challenges addresses without feeling overly idealistic. For a debut novel, very well done. Piper Brown narrates the story well, with a peaceful lyrical quality that makes the listening experience enjoyable.

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  • ReadMeAStory
  • 11-02-17

Theo saved this from being an "I threw my kindle"

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Another reviewer shared that although the story was interesting, it was frustrating at the same time because the heroine does STUPID, stupid things - again, and again, and AGAIN.

If it weren't for the hero, Theo? I would have probably ripped out my earbuds and chucked my kindle.

Which would be a travesty, because I love my kindle. I did NOT love Meg. I did not love Meg's brother. Or father. Or Jason. Or Hazel. Or... you know? Save for one character, I don't think I liked any of them. You can say this though: a book that inspires this much irritation withOUT you wanting to quit it has a special quality. I wanted this book because there were so many high ratings. I was provided a copy for free. I was deeply grateful to Theo for saving the day, because he was AWESOME. I felt he needed a better heroine, but he makes it work, and in the end, he is an even better man than when you met him at the beginning and THAT was worth listening for.

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  • DK
  • 04-12-15

Friends With Benefits - Love This Book 5 Stars*


Meg Michaels is the owner of a bookstore, pregnant and has two exes that are not worth considering – but for the fact that she is pregnant by one of them. She hides her pregnancy for as long as she can.

At a welcome home party, put on by her best friend, she meets a former Army medic who discovers her secret. Theo (the medic) takes her on as a project. They become friends and before either of them know what they have become intimate – intimate friends.

They push each other away because of their perceived end real fears.

How will they contribute to one another in their journey? Or will they push themselves away from one another?

To me this was a very gentle plot and exploration of returning, injured veterans. Their pride versus the actual physical and mental needs they must let others to help them heal. The compassion without pity that those of us who know nothing about what they have been through. We must include them in order to hear their needs and do our best to help when asked, give time alone when asked, and understand and recognize the differences

Claire Ashby has written a wonderful book and while *I was given this book to listen to in exchange for my review in an unbiased manner. I can say with certainty that I will look for more written by this author and immediately add them to my Wish List.

Piper Brown is an excellent performer. I believe that I have listen to another one of her performances and she is better with each performance. Brown has a way of pulling the emotion out of your heart, feeling and identifying with this spectacularly written book.

Claire Ashby and Piper Brown are a match made in heaven – audio heaven, anyway!

Notes Mature themes, strong language and some descriptions of violence

Overall rating: Five stars for the story, the performance & overall. .


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  • Cyn
  • 04-03-17

What a great read that is full of twists and turns

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This was one of the most emotional read I have ever listened to from an unexpected pregnant women to her many different men. One man is from her past, another is one she saw no future with and broke it off, the last is a soldier of war. One has no time for her, one never said good-bye just never came back, the other has so many issues your heart just breaks for him and all he goes through. One of these men is the father of her baby, one hopes he is, one wants no part of it and the last wishes he was but will gladly take her and the baby any way he can get them.

For me this started out very slow and at times picked up and slowed down again as you close in on the middle of the book you are very hooked and need to know just how this plays out. Meg is just an emotional mess in more ways than one. She doesn’t want anyone to know she is expecting just yet with one wicked step mother who sees no good in her, a father she adores and doesn’t want to let down to her brother who has always been her anchor what will he think, let’s not forget the women who gave birth to her and left them at a very young age. She knows she is expecting but as long as a doctor doesn’t say so than she can almost make herself believe she is not. Her secret won’t be a secret for long as fast as she is growing she won’t have to tell anyone they will know for their selves real soon. She will do this, she can do this alone, she just needs more time and to be able to work out all the issues over the baby’s father, her birth mother who never wanted her, what if she can’t be a mother and turns out like her mother. So many issues and question that needs to be worked out before she can be the person and mother she wants to be.

Theo he is an emotional mess his self he just got home and is badly wounded with his emotions all over the place. He doesn’t want anyone to feel sorry for him he is doing a wonderful job of that his self. When he and Meg cross swords as they have a self pity party they meet head on as words fly they soon find together they make a great team and a relationship is born. That is until ex’s walk back into their lives along with issues they each have that may tear them apart.

I really loved Ms. Brown’s narration with only a few things that makes this a 4 star and not a 5 star listen. There is one place where she over talks herself, I even went back to make sure I heard what I did. The story is going well and then there is a place where she is speaking twice in one place. It is almost like it was rewind and talked over but it has two different sentences spoken at once. There is also a few chapters where her volume changes when she said each chapter, such as Chapter 5, Chapter 7, Chapter 10. (I do not remember which one they were but there were a few where the volume changed.) Not a major big deal just enough that you notice. Beside the above the volume never changes and is even throughout. Her character voices were outstanding, her characters tones were filled with emotion hitting everyone right on the money. You always knew who was talking and just what they were feeling. Her male voices were just as great as her female ones, I really thought each voice fit the character making me really understand each one better. There is no background noise just a smooth clean listen but for the one issue I already stated. I have not listened to any of her work but really look forward to listening to more of it. For me she really pulled me in making me believe all she was staying. I had no trouble picturing in vivid detail of each scene as it unfolds. I believe I would not have gotten the same effect had I read and not listened. She really brought this story alive for me.

The characters of this story are normal people with normal issues, there is a lot of drama so most of our lives are filled with it. Just when you think you know where the author is going she changes it and throws a twist in it. Some of them I saw coming and others I was very shocked but it didn’t turn out as I thought they would. The author takes the bad and turns it into good as she twists your emotions all over the place. There is a little mystery between these pages as well as lots of secret that could tear a family apart as well as some that will draw people closer together. Theo just about had me in tears at the emotional psychical and mental issues he went through. I doubt you can read this and not be touched by his story. Meg there were times I really liked her and others where I would loved to have slapped her. I do have to admit when it came to the part about her mother it really tore me up there is one place maybe two when I really just wanted to cry with her. Her father has his own issues with his marriage and life. Her brother has a secret he is hiding as well as dealing with Meg issues trying so much to help her but at times can be a pain. Her step mother wow what can one say about her, she is something else but does learn what is important. Jason now he is someone who really needs to grow up. Her ex I never really got a handle on him he is in and out but seems to be controlling. There are the friends who you will just love and some others that will surprise you along the way.

All in all this was a great story that I really liked. The author brings characters in a way that she might be thinking of giving them their own story. There are a few I would love to learn more about and I feel deserve to have their story told. If you are looking for an emotional audio or even book that really grabs you leaving you in an emotional mess but also makes you smile and laugh I recommend you pick this up it is well worth your time.

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  • KimR
  • 23-02-17

Loved It!!! 5 Stars*****

Loved this book! I'm not routinely a "romance" reader I lean towards mainstream; drama, suspense, and action genres, but I was looking for something different and this book seemed like a nice light reading break. Wow was I wrong! I could not put this book down!!! I was immediately caught up in the characters and plot. This book was filled with relatable characters, reading about the main character Meg, felt like reading about a friend. The only disappointment I felt was at the end...because it was over, and I would miss my friends!!! I'm excited to look for more from Claire Ashby!!! 5 STARS*****

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  • Amazon CustomerBeliever
  • 10-02-17

Unusual Love Story

I got this book via audiobook boom. I loved the way the author portrayed the wounded war vet. Although h has issues he is not portrayed as a guy who does not want help and refuses it. he is his own man in spite of the injuries and he decides that he can help Meg get through her issues. I love the interaction between the main characters and the secondary characters. The narrator was very good and moved the story forward at a good pace and kept my interest. It took me two days to get through the book because I do have a life but it was well worth the time spent listening to the story. The pace was just as the book should have been read and the pauses and stops were all in the right place. Overall this was a good read.

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  • sheryl beauchemin
  • 08-02-17

ADDICTIVE AND HEART-WARMING

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I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

Piper Brown shows her true professional colors here. A great narrative job.

I was very pleasantly surprised at how close I felt to the main characters. I wanted to hug Theo and bitch at Meg towards the end. The flow of the story made me predict a HEA but the journey provided a lot of unexpected twists and turns. I would have liked to see Meg's relationship more developed between her brother & girlfriend (she did sound like a riot). I get the feeling that maybe we'll see more of them in another book.

Two Thumb Up!

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  • Danielle A
  • 02-02-17

Recommended Listen

I read this book before so when the audio option came out I jumped on it. I really loved Meg and Theo. Both characters were broken for different reasons but found something in each other. Meg was annoying at times with her attitude but it was understanding because she had issues with feeling worthy of love. I never say this but Theo gave me all the feels. He was a great guy but had issues of his own. I really loved the resolution to this story and enjoyed listening as much as reading.

This was my first book from the narrator Piper Brown.I think she did a great job with the book and look forward to listening to more from her.

Copy provided by AudioBook Boom for review.

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  • Adriana B
  • 31-01-17

Unusual Love Story

The story was interesting and frustrating at the same time. The main character had a lot going on for her but made a series of bad decisions leading to major consequences.

Theo is an injured war veteran that is trying to cope with his own demons. He has a lot going on in his life but love still blossoms between him and Meg.

Meg and her brother were abandoned by their mom when they were little. She wants to find her and figured out why she left them.

The narrator did a great job bringing the story to life. There was quite a bit of drama, bad decisions and some twists. Overall a pretty good listen.

**This audiobook was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion **

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  • Misty
  • 31-01-17

Sweet & heart warming

I thoroughly enjoyed this audio by Claire Ashby.

The blurb is really true to story, so I won't focus my review on it but more how I felt about it.

I really loved Theo. Despite his battles and his war wounds, literally and figuratively, he was a man of honor and I was so in love with him. Meg and her choices had a tendency to make me shake my head but with the conclusion and the HEA... all was right in my world.

Piper Brown is a fantastic narrator and did right by this story. Her tone and timber were spot on but her male voices just slightly need work.

I requested to review this book from the narrator, publisher or author via Audiobook Boom.

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  • Jan M
  • 25-01-17

very good

this story was sweet, full of hope and love. I liked how the characters never gave up. They were an inspiration to overcome their problems and issues. I thought both the narrator and author are very talented. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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