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There are are three things you need to know about Sandra Fielding: 1) She makes all her first dates cry, 2) She hasn't been kissed in over two years, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Sandra has difficulty removing her psychotherapist hat. Of her last 30 dates, 29 have ended the same way: the man sobbing uncontrollably. After one such disaster, Sandra--near desperation and maybe a little tipsy--gives in to a seemingly harmless encounter with her hot waiter, Alex. Argumentative, secretive, and hostile Alex may be the opposite of everything Sandra knows is right for her. But now, the girl who has spent all her life helping others change for the better, must find a way to cope with falling for someone who refuses to change at all.

©2014 Cipher-Naught (P)2015 Cipher-Naught

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A fabulous listen!

I very rarely listen to romance in the audio format but Penny Reid’s books are perfect for it. She takes her time to tell a story but the characters are interesting, they have conversations about important things and there is always plenty of gentle humour. In this book the mysterious hero is gradually revealed to the heroine and to the reader, in a way that made the time fly by and compelled me to keep listening. Everything except the epilogue is read by the female narrator (not Joy Nash as the notes indicate but Devra Woodward) and she is wonderful. She infuses the first person reading of Sandra with emotion and humour and her voice for the hero Alex really worked for me as well. This is my third Penny Reid audiobook and they’ve all been entertaining and truly romantic.

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Overall OK

Not my favourite book in this series.

Particularly not a fan of the lead character constantly pressuring their younger, virgin partner to have sex. Apparently it’s ok because the lead is female with a male partner?

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Narrators!!!!

This narrator was the best. I forgot countless times that she was playing a part and got swept up in the story. She made no grammatical mistakes or accidental word or name swaps, and her tone was so beckoning to find out, that I finished the book in 2 days. DO IT !!!!

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okay, fun-ish but problematic

yes, many enjoyable moments, good chemistry,good build up in relationship as I have now come to expect from author. some good witty banter, but pretty lacking compared to other books, so disappointing in that regard. i think I would have preferred to have read another in the series. I do like some of her jabs at what is very questionable in society, particularly USA, culture and government. overall, a lot heavier and I think sadder than others I have read, and I do get really annoyed now when authors have male leads who are quite damaged due to abuse and neglect in childhood, haven't had any healthy close emotional relationships to help them through that nor professional help, and then expect them to have a healthy long term relationship?...and feeding that idea that all it takes is a good woman (or man), that's just wrong, misguided and I think a bit dangerous. yes, Alex seems sweet, and we're all routing for him and relationship, but his ability to have a relationship and connect with his feelings so apparently easily is just too far from reality.

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great storytelling!

Devra did a great job but I would have liked to hear a male character.

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so coooooolll 😘😘😘

love these two .. love Alex .. he definitely sounds so mysterious and yummmmmy .. just love how these two got pasted everything that was through at them . they are definitely worth a read .. love it ..😘😍😙😗

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one of my favourites

this has been the funniest and most enjoyable so far! this series is awesome! I am having a great time.

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Dramatic!

this book is full of all my favourite things... spies, hackers, billionaires, comedians and a stronger than ever girl group!!! :)

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  • Jennifer French
  • 12-02-2021

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Zachary is only on the epilogue. However, Joy Nash is amazing as Sandra throughout the rest of the audio.

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  • Lillian Martinez
  • 08-01-2020

Finally

Best book in this series so far! The plot was interesting and kept me wondering how it would end.

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  • Anna
  • 21-09-2019

SOOOOOOO SLOW

This book was so boring. I have read book 1, book 1.5, and 2 and this is by far the worst. Sandra is funny in the previous books but in her featured book she is completely dull.

I'm also not sure I can handle listening to any more of these books. The main characters are sooooooo whiny and I hate that so far the women end up with cold, controlling, manipulative men. I'm not trying to be that annoying feminist, but can we show that these women can choose a good man that doesn't play games with them or toss them around? It really annoys me that these women grow weak over these dull, lifeless, and not so nice men. These men are not sexy and mysterious, these men are annoying and controlling. Ok, rant over about that.

Also, omg that "zing!" will be the death of me. Around 1 hour if not more is just her describing her sexual encounters with him - it got annoying. I had to fast forward through it.

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  • LonMan
  • 10-01-2021

Love, Love Hacked

I almost passed this book up but decided to take a chance. This book hit all my buttons. The geek in me fell in love with both main characters. Quirkiness, role reversal, laugh out loud lines, and several Star Wars references. Do yourself a favor and give a listen.

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  • Amanda
  • 10-02-2017

Penny did it again

I wasn't fully sold on Sandra as a character in the first few books of this series. Penny opened Sandra up in Love Hacked. You see the vulnerability, flaws, strength, and love that makes up Sandra. She turned her into my 2nd favorite character so far (no one will ever replace Janie in my heart).

Also the narrator is perfect. I heard an interview of Penny recently that explains the process of choosing her narrators. Penny does a fantastic job of selecting the perfect narrator for her character.

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  • bbhkir
  • 05-11-2019

Another obnoxious, entitled man

how are these guys considered appealing? at one point one character is looking for a guy who will challenge her /not be a door mat. ok. but how is a lying, withholding, demanding, "I get to make all the rules and set all the terms" but you still must rescue me anyone's love interest?

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  • Lady Katie
  • 22-01-2017

Love the story but...

I love this story. I've read and enjoyed it before buying it in audiobook form. The story gets five stars.

The narration, however, gets two stars due to the annoying accent, which is unfortunately making what should be a fun, relaxing listen an exercise in surviving torture.

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  • Desertdiva19
  • 01-01-2017

great listen

I really enjoyed this story and the narrator did a fabulous job and really kept my interest it was a great escape

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  • Taylor
  • 01-06-2020

Run away from this book.

Alex is creepy, there are very many warning bells he gives off early on that if I was dating a man in real life, I'd run as fast as possible from (like taking my purse, stealing my phone, removing the battery, and not giving it back until the end of our date. Our FIRST date.) Then they are about to have sex after their second date and they've barely gotten into kissing before he's demanding she tell him she belongs to him.

I like the other stories in this series, but this one was too dark and the hero was too damaged and young for the story to feel redeemable to me. I stopped during the possessive "say you're mine" scene on their second date. If I didn't know this was supposed to be a romance book, this could have easily been the start of a murder mystery or suspense when you're screaming at the heroine RUN AWAY!!!

Run away from this book. pick a different one.

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  • Diane S.
  • 22-03-2017

Fun series! Quirky and really funny!

Fun series! Quirky and really funny!
Alex is a waiter and (former?) hacker dealing with some government agencies who are constantly watching him. He isn't looking for a relationship, just trying to get by.

“I’m jealous,” he finally said. “I want to find Devon and kill him.” “Kill him? Really?” “No.” Alex glanced at the ceiling. He leaned against the door behind him. His voice was still a growl, but the surge of testosterone had visibly deflated—just a smidge. “But I would like to beat him up a little. Or maybe ruin his credit score.”

Sandra is tired of her serial dating scene where she just ends up analyzing her date, making him cry, then becoming friends. But she doesn't think Alex who is too young and too mysterious is right for her either.

“Twenty-one? He was only twenty-one. Therefore, he had the stamina of a twenty-one year old. Yay me! and Holy sh*t"

Awesome audiobook!! A great listen!

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  • Ratgirl65
  • 10-04-2015

Lovely

This is the darkest of the series. Sandra throughout the other books is a bit loud and not as sweet as the other women. After this book she became one of my favourite of the knitters. What a story! Younger man (a virgin at that) with an older woman : a fantasy come true. Not as one sided as you would think & Alex is in many ways more mature than Sandra. A lovely story

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  • Susan
  • 16-11-2015

Couldn't be better

I love Penny Reid’s books but had avoided this one because the idea of a realistic romance between a 21 year old waiter (also a virgin!) and a 28 year old Psychiatrist did not ring true. How wrong I was!

It shows the immense skill of Penny Reid’s writing that she can start with two characters who are, on the surface, so mismatched, and yet at the end she has woven a deep and convincing connection between them. The book, and the characters, unfold in layer after layer so that the reader comes to the gradual realisation that these two are a perfect match for each other. The romance, at the start of the book, seems simplistic: A deeply damaged young man craves the love of a stable and well-adjusted woman, but as the story develops you come to realise that this woman has her own problems - in dealing with the problems of others, she has allowed her own happiness and well-being to be sacrificed. This damaged man is the only one who really sees this and understands, finally, that she needs him just as much as he needs her. His background and upbringing make him so much older than his years, so he is far from a typical 21 yr old, and although the story is told from the h’s point of view, in the epilogue we hear from the H and it beautifully explains the romance from his perspective, which adds a whole new facet to the story.

This is a touching and emotional love story, that is by no means simple to understand or easy to accept, both to the reader, and to the couple involved. It does involve a rather complicated sub-plot concerning computer hacking and various government agencies but this adds well to the plot, and to the understanding of the characters and issues involved.

A special mention must be made of the narrator who did not have an easy job. This book was truly a record of someone's thoughts and feelings, along with their internal dialogue, which was not always simple to recite! The narration was perfect, and added much to the quality of the listening.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-10-2020

Loved it!

Unexpected and beautiful. Great acting too. The tone of the voice and accents were spot on.

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 25-05-2020

Such a cute story

Alex might be my favourite hero of this series so far. *_* Penny Reid has quite a talent for writing quirky stories and this one is no different. This really gave me heart eyes for real.

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  • helen
  • 24-02-2020

Not bad

OK didn't like the voices. Liked the story., but not Pennyy Reids best. Not bad

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  • Sarenad
  • 09-05-2018

Joyful. Heart breaking, funny, beautiful

I think it’s impossible not to fall in love with Penny Reid’s characters. Each book of hers I’ve enjoyed, I’ve thought this is it, the pinnacle yet the next one superseded the previous one. I laughed , cried, swooned and shouted at my car stereo - frequently. It’s so moving it’s not possible not to get involved. Wonderful!

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  • NBJ
  • 01-10-2017

Must have for all Penny Reid lovers...

Loved it! It is a completely new experience than reading a book as it had all emotions and dialogs read to us. Zing...

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  • Elisabeth
  • 18-01-2015

Love hacked, Sandra and Alex's story

Love Hacked is my favourite book by Penny Reid, and when the audiobook was released I decided to give it a go, because why not find new ways to enjoy my favourite author? I really liked the narrator as well, it's a bit strange to hear well known characters in someone else's voice after having had them in your head, but I quickly got used to it and I think she did an excellent job!

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