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One deep breath. Two slow blinks. Three hollow beats. I’m still here. After three years, that reminder isn’t as necessary. But everyone has their bad days. This is definitely one of them. Until an adorable little boy dashes into my store. His zest for life makes me smile in a way that’s been long lost. Then I meet his father. Well, confront is more like it.

Brance Stone is volatile. Offensive. Harsh. And can’t be bothered to care. Not that I want him to. I get frostbite just looking into Brance’s glacial stare. But there’s something undeniable about him. 

My misery suddenly craves company. The suffocating numbness lifts whenever Brance is near. That alone should have me running in the opposite direction. Try as I might, there’s no avoiding him. If only I could understand why. As if he’d let me.

I don’t ask. He doesn’t tell. A silent, bitter truce settles between us. That was our first mistake. It’s certainly not the last.

An Amazon top 10 best seller.

©2019 Harloe Rae (P)2020 Harloe Rae

Critic Reviews

"Ask Me Why is a gorgeously-written, angsty book that packs a great punch to your gut. If you like a jerk with a heart of gold, this is the book for you. Oh, and I dare you not to fall in love with little Ollie!" (LJ Shen, USA Today best-selling author)

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  • Kristie galindo
  • 29-12-2020

Angsty enemies to lovers

Oh my goodness..Brance is such a jerk!!! I listened to the audiobook and it was fabulous! Brance and Braelyn first did not go very well. Brance is a damaged and man. Braelyn is suffering from a broken heart and isn’t looking for a relationship...panic attacks have a run of her life right now.

Brance’s son Ollie loves visiting Thicket - Braelyn’s shop and Braelyn cares for the little boy. As the visits increase so does the angst between B & B. As they work their their communication issues...in a variety of ways..their live begins to blossom.

Such a great read...love, angst, forgiveness, heat and a great story.

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  • GSKM in sc
  • 04-12-2020

Unrealistic

This book is has an interesting plot. The little boy is the most fascinating character of all. I just simply could not connect with either the male or the female main characters. I read and listened to the audible....neither helped the storyline which although it sounded interesting, it lacked execution. The story may be something that you may enjoy but it was not for me. The male was a offensive and boorish. The female was not ready for any relationship except with the child. No cliffhanger, HEA (as unrealistic as it seems). Narration was not notable.

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  • Tracy Gonzalez
  • 16-11-2020

Such a wonderful story and narration!

This is one of my favorite books of Harloe Rae's !! The narrators brought it to life so beautifully. With a spectacular story and amazing narration I enjoyed every moment immensely!!

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  • Kara K
  • 06-11-2020

Great enemies to lovers

Harloe Rae is a new to me author and this was a very enjoyable book. Braelyn has been struggling to cope from an accident 3 years ago. When a cute little boy runs into her store bring a ray of sunshine, it makes her day. Too bad, his dad, Brance doesn’t have the same sunny disposition. All of the females in Brance’s life have added to is intolerance for any type of relationship and Braelyn adds to this she she gets under his skin. Many stories are enemies to lovers, but the friction between Brance and Braelyn is another level. I enjoyed watching them evolve and grow, but Olie stole the show with is high energy and matchmaking.

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  • Drifter
  • 12-10-2020

You need to read this emotional story

Harloe Rae writes a powerful story of lose, healing but not living, new beginnings, lose again, and finally loving. Braelyn has suffered a tragic loss that haunts her still after several years. Brance doesn't trust women due to past relationships. He comes across as a condescending jerk but don't give up on him too soon. He dearly loves his 5 year old son, Ollie. When they meet it's a friends to lovers romance. It's Ollie's wisdom of a child and their friends that conspire to make them see the light.

The narrators become the characters and bring them to life. Their voices portray the emotions of these characters and create a wonderful listening experience that you won't forget. I love it when I can just sit back a let a book take me to my happy place.

I highly recommend this Audible book. It deserves more than five stars.

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  • Crystal G
  • 12-10-2020

wow

What a book! It is a well written second chance, enemies to lovers novel. It is also narrated wonderfully.

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  • Lisa Helmick
  • 08-10-2020

Adorable! Is the word of the day for this story!

This is just an adorable story! I just love enemies to lovers and These two main Characters fit that bill to a T. He is all gruff and rude at the first meeting because he thinks all women want him. So conceited! She is just trying to be nice and is astonished at his actions. Of course these two eventually come together but it’s after some tough crossroads. Lucky for them there is an adorable little boy that helps them along.

Of course I loved the two main characters (well sometimes Brance was iffy) but the secondary characters really added so much to this book they are high favorites. Of course I have to mention Ollie (even his name is adorable). Did I say he was adorable? Oh yeah I did! But he really really is!

Overall I really enjoyed this story. It has ups and downs. Watching these characters grow is amazing ( I almost didn’t recognize Brance at the end). I did listen to this on audio. Jeffrey Kafer and Heather Costa do a great job. I’m just gonna say Jeffrey Kafers voice is sexy, growly and enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 19-10-2020

What a fantastic listen

This was a really interesting book and I really enjoyed the characters that were created. Definitely my favourite was Ollie but all were characters that I loved. I’ve always loved Harloe’s books and this one is definitely one of her best.

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  • Nina B.
  • 12-10-2020

I loved this!!

Wow I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. I loved the characters even though Brance was a Jackwagon. I wish Bralyn would not have let Brance take control as much as she did at first. Ollie was awesome! The narration was awesome!! I will be putting this on my re-listen list. I definitely recommend this book.

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