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Caught Up in Us

Caught Up in Love, Book 1
Narrated by: Emily Durante
Series: Caught Up in Love, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Five years ago, Kat Harper fell into a dizzying summer romance with her brother's best friend, Bryan. It was a mad, crazy love full of kisses all through the night, but he broke her heart and she had to move on. Five years later, Kat is finishing her graduate degree and building her business as a jewelry designer, when Bryan, head of his own successful company, walks back into her life. Bryan has been assigned to Kat as her new business mentor and the rules are clear. No hanky-panky permitted. Kat can handle that because she's totally over him…right? Except, he still makes her laugh, and he remembers all the things she likes. Not to mention that he's even more handsome now than he was then. Then there's the spark between them-the simply undeniable chemistry and the tender ways he shows he still cares for her. Can they resist each other the second time around or will first love trump all?

©2013 Lauren Blakely (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A good fairy tale love story that will have you escaping from real life for a few hours." ( LoveNBooks)

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liked it

I got used to the humour that comes with Lauren Blakely but this book felt different and like early on work, its great to see progress in an author and she's got so good. But I stll loved this story, the heroine and her career was so different and interesting as was the hero.

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  • RexyRomance
  • 24-08-2014

Fun, light, happy, fabulous!!

What did you love best about Caught Up in Us?

I love the magic of the story - how it truly captured the feeling of falling in love with your soulmate

What did you like best about this story?

The way Kat and Bryan were meant to be together

What about Emily Durante’s performance did you like?

She sounded like Kat to me!!!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A fairytale romance!!

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  • RoC
  • 28-10-2018

This narrator is so boring

The narrator reads boringly. The story may be good, just can't get past the narrator

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  • ❤️ Cyndi Marie ❤️
  • 12-11-2016

Fun & Sweet

I enjoyed this book but I wouldn't say its my favorite Lauren Blakely series. This book was sweet & sexy as always with her stories and the actual drama is light which I love too. I enjoy a second chance romance so I was excited when this story turned out to be just that. I can't say I blame Kat when she can't resist Bryan for long, He is a sweet talker and knows what he wants. This was a little fluffy and predictable but still enjoyable story.

The narration is not a favorite for me, I actually like Emily Durante but just not for this story. The voices just didn't fit the characters for me, especially Bryan, I'm not a big fan of her male voice.

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  • Kristina Koroluk
  • 25-06-2019

Basic

This was a very run of the mill light read romance novel. Everything fit the outline of what you would expect. Rich guy, obligatory sex scenes, no character development, and a happy conclusion tying all the loose ends. It was very average. The narrator definitely needs to work on her transitions as she often times slips into the wrong voice for the character, reverting back the the female lead. I didn’t hate it, it was perfect for what I was looking for but not a 5 star book.

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  • Blondie Buena Vista
  • 03-03-2019

Couldn’t get past the narrator

I have read other Lauren Blakely books and really liked them but I just couldn’t get through the narration on this one.

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  • Rowena1999
  • 17-10-2018

Meh...

2/5 rating: It’s okay... I normally like this author but I couldn’t get into this story. My interest went up and down, but I gave up with about 1.5 hours left.

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  • Sarah S.
  • 02-09-2018

Hilarious.

But not in a good way. The phone sex scenes are read so so badly, and they are like a quarter of the book. They are mind-bogglingly not sexy. Its like quarterly reports are being read. The dude voice is especially dreadful. Both characters are TSTL. You have been warned.

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  • NiceGirlsBkBlog
  • 24-01-2016

Sweet, sexy, and well narrated!

Sometimes good can come from the broken heart of a first love. Kat Harper's first love, Bryan, actually inspired her jewelry line called, My Favorite Mistakes. This love for the fashion and jewelry business led her to a college mentoring course. Each student is paired with an alumni business mentor in their field. Unfortunately, Kat is paired up with her ex-Bryan who runs a men's cuff link company. Of course he's just as hot and charming as he used to be, and he still seems to have a thing for her. Her prof has a very strict no romance policy in his courses. So how is Kat to going to survive the semester? And you know Bryan isn't going to go easy on her.

I really enjoyed Kat's story. She is smart, caring, and sweet. I enjoyed getting to know her as an adult, and also as a teen via flashbacks. I love that she took something that hurt her so much, and turned it into something positive. Her ultimate goal was to make enough money to help her parents failing business, and that really touched me. She was also willing to try to put the love of her life on hold, to make her dreams come true. I adminred that she wasn't willing to take no for an answer, and in the end she got everything she needed.

I pretty much fell in love with Bryan the moment he first stepped into the book. He was young and immature when he first met Kat. And like most guys his age, he messed up his first love. Fast-forward to the present, here we have a intelligent, witty, and sexy business men. He does and says all the right things. He's just so charming, you can't help but fall for him. I mean the guy still remembers her coffee order. Also, he's smart and didn't push Kat into a relationship she clearly wasn't ready for yet.

I really enjoyed Emily Durante's narration of CAUGHT UP IN US! Her light, sweet tone lent well to this story, especially when it came to voicing Kat. Her character voices were distinct, and she did an amazing job voicing both the male and female parts. Emily brought real emotions to this audiobook, from it's heart wrenching lows to it's light-hearted humor. She really brought this story to life for me!

CAUGHT UP IN US is a sweet and sexy story about second chances. Though this book had plenty of heat, I really enjoyed how the author made us wait for the really thing. It made this book stand out so much more in a sea of instant gratification romance books. I had a lot of fun getting "caught up" in this in this audiobook! I really couldn't put it down, and finished the audiobook in two days. I was happy to see that it's only the first in the Caught Up in Love series, so I can run right out and order the next audiobook in this series.




***Audiobook was provided by the author in trade for a fair review***

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  • Jeeps
  • 21-01-2019

Too simple for me

I struggled to get through this one. The female lead was too immature for my taste. Come to think of it, the male lead was too. I found myself rolling my eyes as I listened and just couldn't buy in. I've read other books by Blakeley that were better written. For me, this one was just off

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  • sabrina
  • 06-11-2018

Good book

The book was pretty good. It got a bit too cheesy for me. The narrator was okay. Overall this book was good. It does have some spicy scenes, which caught me off guard a bit.

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  • Helen Williams (All Booked Out)
  • 09-05-2017

Perfect combination of steamy and story

This was the first book I have read of Laurens and what a book!
A few tears courtesy of some great emotional scenes and really great characters who you connect with, great story as well as the sexy scenes to make us blush and get those butterflies going wild!!

What I loved about this book, was the added wit and lol moments, the ease of reading so refreshing, like a chat with a friend. The real life references to movies I loved ie: " it was the hero holding the boom box in the rain" I could hear the song, see the part, feel the butterflies......... Damn!!!!

Perfect combination of steamy and story.

I enjoyed Emily's narration, she did the male and female voices well. A narrator I would look forward to listening to again. Not too accented, too high or low.. just perfect for my tastes!

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  • Penny Ward
  • 07-10-2016

Caught up in us.

I have been so entertained by Lauren Blakely's sassy, laugh out loud novels.
This one unfortunately I found to be very bland.
Not helped by the overly sweet narration. Not a book I will return to.

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  • Cazzi-Jane
  • 24-10-2014

3.5 Sweet and Fluffy Stars!

Where does Caught Up in Us rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Around the half way or just below.

If you’ve listened to books by Lauren Blakely before, how does this one compare?

Not that I remember.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It was just a nice steady read.

Any additional comments?

If you like the tropes, in love with your brothers best friend, and reunited lovers, then this is a tame and pretty much angst free story that you may well love.