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From best-selling author Kandi Steiner comes a fresh and captivating billionaire romance about a reserved photographer and the powerful CEO who has to have her....

My boyfriend’s billionaire boss always gets what he wants. 

Menacingly handsome and unquestionably powerful, Theo Whitman need only snap his fingers to have a flock of supermodels fall at his feet. So when his steel gray eyes first meet mine, I expect him to pass right over me, to not give so much as a second thought to my presence.

Instead, he sees me. 

Truly sees me. 

And for a girl who prefers to hide behind her camera lens, it’s the most unnerving experience of my life. 

Until he asks me to stay on his yacht for the summer. 

All I have to do to earn my keep is be Theo’s on-call photographer when he has guests, and I’ll get a free ride through the Mediterranean with my boyfriend. Easy peasy. 

Still, my skin prickles in warning when I say yes. 

As the humid days fade into balmy nights, I can’t seem to avoid Theo. And when he finds me, it’s like a rabbit running into a wolf.

His intense gaze immobilizes me. The way he speaks strips me bare. Every brush of his skin sears me like a violent flame. 

My boyfriend’s billionaire boss always gets what he wants. 

And this time, I think he wants me.

©2021 Kandi Steiner (P)2021 Kandi Steiner

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  • C. Y.
  • 31-03-2021

I Want a Theo!

To say that I loved this book would be an understatement. I loved everything about this book. I loved the writing and I loved the narration. It’s the first time that I have ever heard Hannah perform. I am used to listening to audiobooks with duel performances. This girl has so much talent that it didn’t matter to me that there wasn’t a male voice in the audiobook. She made everything sound like perfection. The only negative that I would say is that she did pronounce a few words incorrectly. That doesn’t take away the fact that she did such a beautiful job. She boosted what was already a wonderful story.

This is the first novel that I have read/listened to of Kandi’s. I did listen to the Christmas Blanket, which I loved, but that was more like a novella. I didn’t even realize how talented she is until I listened to this story. It drew me in from the prologue. I read a lot of these types of books, and I will say that Theo is now one of my top 10 favorite book boyfriends. (It might also have something to do with the fact that I love Theo James. 🤣) Aspen is also easy to like because she’s so kind and so willing to sit back and let others get the glory. I’m so glad that she gets her happy ending because she so deserves it. I can’t say more about this book without giving away the story so I’ll just say.... Use a credit and listen to this audiobook! You will not be sorry! I don’t usually listen to my audiobooks again, but I will definitely listen to this one more than once.

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  • Ashley
  • 03-05-2021

A Great Age-Gap with a Swoony Billionaire!

“I’m growing tired of this game, Aspen.”
“What game?”
“The one where you pretend like you don’t want me...And I pretend like you’re not already mine.”
Review: I have been wanting to read this book ever since it came out. I am always drawn to pretty covers. The blurb sounded good, but I was a little weary of possible cheating as I'm not a fan of it. This book turned out just fine and I really enjoyed it! It is single POV, which I generally struggle with, but Kandi does really well with single POV. Aspen is a photographer planning to travel around Europe and take photos for her portfolio while her boyfriend works on a yacht for the next few months. Theo is a Billionaire and is getting ready to set off on his yacht for business meetings along the Mediterranean. Aspen meets Theo on his yacht where she is leaving her boyfriend for the summer. Theo is instantly intrigued by Aspen and offers her the opportunity of lifetime on his yacht. As they work together and continue to get to know each other, they both feel the undeniable pull between them. I loved these two. Theo could truly see Aspen and not the front she put on for others. I love that he cared, wanted to get to know her better and help her. I could relate so much to Aspen, as a photographer and as someone who struggles like she does, it pulled on my heartstrings. So much wisdom, which I am finding in Kandi's books, and truly loving. I feel like I am learning how to improve my life through her words. Kandi does such a beautiful job explaining the scene that you feel like you are there. I shed a few tears and swooned so hard. Theo is an absolute dream and is respectful. I worried he was going to be going after Aspen dead set to steal her away, but that was not the case. I definitely fell for Theo and want to steal him. I listened to the Audiobook by Hannah Chiclana. This was my first by her and after the first chapter I was completely sucked in. I really enjoyed this one.

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  • darlene palma
  • 02-05-2021

Delicious escape

This billionaire romance is a slow burn. It is great book and kept me consumed. The narrators did a fab job. The angst and the chemistry was hot and this book was a delicious escape.

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  • Jackie Wright
  • 30-04-2021

All the feels

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Hannah Chiclana did a great job bringing the characters and story to life. This is a book that has plenty going on and it needed a talented narrator to do it justice.
Aspen is saying goodbye to her boyfriend as he leaves to work on a billionaires yacht for the summer but when she and meets Theo the yacht owner there is an instant attraction and connection, so it is no surprise that he invites her to also work the summer on the yacht.
What follows is a captivating story that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you join the crew and owner on a summer sailing trip. This is a beautifully written story that had the perfect mix of love, emotion, drama and inspiration and it was a great book to listen too.

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  • ADuffie
  • 30-04-2021

Full of angst and feels

I could not put this book down. Close Quarters had me staying up later than normal. The narrator was perfect and pulled me into the story in no time. I had my air pods for a couple days listening to this book.

I love a good book with lots of angst. Kandi Steiner sure does deliver. I was on the edge of my seat reading this book. Perfect mixture of angst with a little bit of suspense. Must Read!

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  • rosegold_bibliophile
  • 26-04-2021

Hearts and boats and stuff.

Story: 4 ⭐️
Steam: 4/6 🔥
Audio: 4 🎧

I liked it this book. I loved that it was a bit forbidden and that there was so much fun travel. I loved Theo! I had two issues with this book.

1. I don’t like when the prologue spoils a big plot point. I wish I could have gone back in time and not listened to the prologue.

2. This book felt both a bit rushed but also starts slow. I’m not sure what exactly it is but there were parts that felt both slow and rushed 🤣 I don’t know.


Audiobook Performance: I liked the performance but some of the side character voices were annoying lol

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  • kgagnon
  • 25-04-2021

Emotional, Breathtaking, and Steamy Romance!

I really enjoyed this emotional, breathtaking, and steamy romance. It was absolutely impossible to put down. Aspen is saying goodbye to her boyfriend as he is leaving to work on a billionaires yacht for the summer. When she and the boats owner, Theo, lock eyes, they have an instant connection. Theo feels seen for the first time by the quiet, and unassuming young woman, and he needed to know more about her. Aspen was looking forward to traveling Europe, on her own, taking pictures, but Theo couldn't let her go, talking her into working on his boat as well. As they spend more time together, and Aspen's boyfriend grows further apart from her, Aspen's world gets turned upside down. I don't want to give too much away, but I loved the twists, and turns this story took. I loved the progression and growth of Aspen and Theo's relationship. They took time to really get to know each other, making me want to cheer for their HEA. This is a fast paced story, that had the perfect balance of emotion, suspence, and steamy.
Hannah Chiclana does a terrific job capturing each characters personality. Her voice changes were distinct and her intonations make you feel all the fun, angst, excitment and passion that Aspen and Theo felt. Chiclana kept me completely engaged, wondering how this story would all play out. This is my first listen to Chiclana's work, as well as author, Kandi Steiner, and I will definietly look for more from both of them.

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  • TINA WILLIAMS
  • 23-04-2021

Beautiful Story!!

I just finished listening to this beautifully written, emotional story that I adored. The narration and performance by Hannah Chiclana was fantastic. This story is emotional, full of angst and inspirational. I couldn’t wipe the tears fast enough as I got to the epilogue. This book is an epic love story! A true must read/listen!

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  • Brittany W
  • 23-04-2021

Absolutely the best!

I absolutely love this audible! The narration was perfect. The characters were perfect. The storyline was even more perfect. Absolutely fell in love with Aspen and Theo. They made my heart melt over and over. This book is a must-read.

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  • Erin Lewis
  • 19-04-2021

Entertaining

Kandi Steiner is a relatively new author to me but what I have read/listened to I have really enjoyed. Although the narrator Hannah Chiclana is new to me, I enjoyed her performance and found her pleasant to listen too.
I was drawn in to the story that Ms. Steiner wove although I was a tad concerned that this might end up being a love triangle, but I needn’t have worried.

Theo Whitman is a billionaire who offers Aspen Dawn the opportunity to travel the Mediterranean with her boyfriend Joel while being on standby to take photos for him when required. Such was the descriptive writing I could easily imagine being in the Mediterranean seeing the sites through Aspen’s eyes.

I have to say I really disliked Joel, he was a jerk and it was like waiting for a car to crash as Aspen and Joel’s relationship started to unravel. However as one door closes, another opens and Aspen and Theo have undeniable chemistry. The chemistry that sizzles between them was intense as was the angst. I loved the friendship that grew between them, Theo really saw Aspen for who she really is and I loved that about him.

I loved how their relationship developed and I was really cheering for them to get their happily ever after.


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  • Jocelyne
  • 04-05-2021

Slow Burn Romance

Theo and Aspen’s story is sweet, slow paced, emotional, romantic, filled with drama, and a little suspense. They are both great characters. They share an instant attraction, and an undeniable chemistry. Theo is handsome, caring, supportive, and determined. Aspen is an intriguing character, shy, and naive. I loved to follow them in their slow burn romance. Hannah Chiclana did a great job with the narration.

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  • Michelle
  • 03-05-2021

You need this book

YES! 5 full stars!

This book has it all. Drama, romance, passion, vulnerability, tenderness and adventure. I loved everything about this book.
I listened to this audiobook and Hannah Chiclana brought this book to life! I felt Aspen's every emotion, her fears, her longing and her passion for adventure. I genuinely didn't want this book to end! Theo was a breath of fresh air, he wasn't your usual stuffy, self-absorbed billionaire, he was caring, sweet yet he knew what he wanted out of life.
It was a pleasure to read, it was gripping and I loved the characters. Kandi brought the characters to life, each having their own personalities that were surprising and some were heartwarming.

I can't praise this book enough. Everything you want in a contemporary romance is in this book! I finished this book two days ago, and it is still on my mind. I need to re-visit these characters very soon.

Thank you to Valentine_pr and Kandi Steiner for a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Triggers: Alcohol and drug abuse and violence

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  • Gillek2
  • 29-04-2021

Aspen and Theo!

Aspen’s plan for the summer are to travel and spend as much time enhancing her photography skills as possible even if it means being separated from her boyfriend as he will be part of the crew on a yacht. She never expected that meeting his boss would not only result in her being able to spend the summer on the yacht with her boyfriend and being able to do what she loved.

Theo was enchanted by her from their first meeting and it only became stronger when they find themselves spending time together. He helps her see not only the woman she is but the woman she is destined to be which causes her to reflect on not only what will fulfill her in the present but in the future as well.

Theo and Aspen have a connection that transcends far beyond the physical. Their journey is filled with romance, not only between the characters but with the setting as well, a little suspense and a whole lotta feels which will draw you in and captivate you from beginning to end. I enjoyed the pacing of the story from the narrator and thought she managed to bring out all the angst of the story and the characters.

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 27-04-2021

What a rollercoaster

4.5 Stars There's something about the kind of Angst that KS writes that pulls you in. And that same thing is present here. This is somehow the most heat filled slow burn I've read in some time and it has plenty of drama to keep you hooked. The connection between Aspen and Theo, the almost fairytale plot, the angst, the beautiful setting..it was intense and I had a blast with every second. I volunteered to listen and review a complimentary copy of this. All opinions are my own.

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  • FS Meurinne - Book Enticer
  • 16-04-2021

Billionaire insta-love story

This is a slow-burn billionaire romance with some suspense and steam. It took me a bit to get into it, the speed was slow for my liking and the insta-love is not my cup of tea most days. I liked Theo but Aspen felt a bit flat for my taste, she is shy but that's not it maybe it was me or the narration as I got the audiobook, I did enjoy Hannah Chiclana voice, the storyline was interesting and had me hearing it all in a day, not my favorite from Kandi Steiner but I did enjoy it for what it was a billionaire romance.

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