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At 15 years old, Valerie Darsin was loved and cherished by her brothers and boyfriend. Her small town world was happy and secure, until a sudden betrayal forced her to flee.

Returning home, Valerie found support in Flynn Docherty - a guy who left her with unfamiliar feelings when he disappeared from her life. Valerie learned to move on, until a life-changing event brought Flynn back, but was she ready? Has she ever been Ready for Flynn?

A contemporary rock star romance.

©2016 K. L. Shandwick (P)2019 K. L. Shandwick

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Ready for Flynn

This book is emotional, and sweet and all the things a good romance book should be. I really enjoyed it!

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I've been waiting for Flynn

love it, narrative was great .... was certainly worth the wait one of my favourites

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  • Trisha C.
  • 29-11-2020

emotional rollercoaster

Valerie had a crush on her brothers college roommate ever since he brought him home for Thanksgiving. There is an unwritten rule in the house of 3 brothers, No one messes with their sister. Flynn was smitten with this gorgeous 15 year old. he wanted her but out of respect for his friend and because of her age, he didnt act on his desires.
There was an instant connection between the two. Flynn left college to become s rock star.
Her mom and dad had to leave town when tragedy devastated the family, leaving Valerie with her aunt. Flynn came to help her thru her grief. He was the big rock star that took time out of his life for her many times. I loved the slow burn, romance between the two. It started as forbidden lust to a love, romance. Valerie experienced many heartbreaks, and Flynn was always there for her to help pick up the pieces. this is an emotional rollercoaster that had me sobbing, a story with many tears .Great character development as we see how the characters grew into maturity.
Anne Marie Damman narration was superb. Every emotion, every voice , every character was perfection! She flawlessly transitioned from one character to another. Thank you for the great listen!
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  • Amanda
  • 18-04-2021

Are you Ready for Flynn?

This was an emotional book, full of the realities of life and the unfamiliarities of growing up. Ready for Flynn tells the story of Valerie Darsin, your typical teen with a large and loving family who lived in a simplistic and small town. Her picturesque life is suddenly thrown upside down in a series of events, starting with the introduction of a guy named Flynn. The illusive Flynn and small-town Valerie have obvious chemistry and attraction, throughout the emotional rollercoaster that is this story. It’ll leave you wondering if Valerie really is Ready for Flynn.

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  • Heidi Schoolman
  • 17-04-2021

Terrific Story!

This is the first book in The Ready for Flynn series. This is a Contemporary Romance novel (Audio) and is around 11 hours. This story follows Valerie. Young Valerie lives with her brothers and parents. She is attracted to her older brother’s college friend. Flynn feels the sparks too, but she is 15 – 6 years younger than he is and he cannot break the bro code. Tragedy strikes and Flynn tries to be there for her. A few years later, Flynn is back to rescue her again and now that she is of legal age, they can reconnect in a different way. Word of warning, make sure you have some tissues ready.

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  • Miss Blush
  • 19-12-2020

🤘Rock Bottom to Rock God🎸

First of all, this is such a lovely cover! More importantly, the story holds its own merit. I was enthralled from the get-go. I went in blind and wasn't sure how this would work as a trilogy. This reads like a diary for Valerie Darsin, a sheltered, young girl of 15 and the young man whose world stopped when he first saw her.

There was an undeniable attraction, but the timing couldn't be more wrong. Flynn Docherty was still trying to find his place in the world and Valerie hadn't even graduated high school yet. But as life would have it, certain "situations" can irreversibly alter a person's life. I couldn't believe K.L. went there! I was bawling like a baby. Midway, I was impressed with Valerie's transformation into a self-sufficient, assertive, young business woman. I wish I had that much talent and drive at her age!

Now how does this fit in with the title? Valerie needed more life experience before she could keep up with Flynn's crazy rock star lifestyle. Then it was his time to need her; she was the life-raft he clung to, in an ocean of blood-thirsty sharks. Both were kindred spirits in that way. I liked how the ending was open-ended: I could be satisfied as is, but I would love to continue with Valerie & Flynn's story in the next book. #AudiobookObsessionReviewer

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  • Julie D (Audio and Book Jewels)
  • 04-08-2020

This is an excellent listen with a bad ass narrator!

I couldn’t stop listening to this! It is an excellent story of the live between two people that spans from the time Valerie is only 15... Flynn falls for her the first time they meet.. but he’s too old and has played the field for so long that her brother warns him off..

When tragedy strikes, Flynn, who left college and became a rising rock star.. comes to her family’s side to help. Valerie is heartbroken when he leaves.

Valerie calls for his help again, two years later when she is 18. Flynn decides to come clean with her about everything and tell her he’s been in love with her since they first met, but she was too young and needed to do things for herself then.. now, however, he wants her with him.

You’ll want to hear this one! KL Shandwick wrote a wonderful world and strong, loving characters. It’s excellent!

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  • DNA Diva
  • 27-04-2020

Great performance and story telling

I have mixed feelings about this book. Strong pluses are that it is really well written, and beautifully performed. It was a very slow burn with great momentum to the story throughout the novel. The only downside was this...In romance I usually don't have ANY triggers because I love the fantasy. However, this was so well written and realistic that I ended up felling a little bit of ick about the age difference as there felt like there was some "grooming" happening.

Gotta say, that when the worst thing I'm saying is "it's too well written" I can guarantee that I'll be looking for more from this author and eagerly looking for the end of this series.

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  • Kimberly Williams
  • 11-12-2019

OMG Just wow!

Yalllllll I do not think I was ready for Flynn, this book broke me. Seriously cried real life ugly tears. My husband laughed at me. It was the absolute best emotional roller coaster I have EVER been on.
Now I will say, in the beginning the book is a little slow, but then you get into it and it is all so VERY worth every minute of it.
But real life, I cried, I laughed, and I was legitimately heartbroken. This is an absolute must read.

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  • Karen Hrdlicka
  • 06-11-2019

Definitely Ready for Flynn

I listened to this book and if you've delayed reading this series I heartily encourage you to listen to the trilogy. Ann Damman does an excellent job narrating this emotion-filled story. She has a masterful command of various voices so the listener knows exactly who is talking. She definitely has a handle on the emotions of the characters and conveys them much to the listener's delight. I'll be looking for other books narrated by this narrator.
This book has been sitting on my TBR and my paperback shelf for all too long. Due limited reading time, I'm always reluctant to start a trilogy, but now that I have started this one, it's full speed ahead.
The new adult trope is one I sometimes feel like I've grown out of, but this book proved me wrong because it is a damn good story and beautifully written. KL Shandwick's story is full of family, heartache, and raw emotion. I laughed, I sighed, and I outright cried because of this story.
Valerie is an almost sixteen-year-old girl when this book starts. Betrayed by her longtime boyfriend and best friend, she returns after spending time with her recently widowed aunt. Valerie has a very close family and three older brothers who she adores, particularly Martin who is in college. He returns home for Thanksgiving with a college friend in tow, Flynn Docherty. The attraction between them is instantaneous and palpable—though forbidden—due to their age difference. While Flynn has a reputation as a ladies' man, he is respectful of Valerie's age despite his lust.
When tragedy befalls the family, it is Flynn, now an up and coming rock star, who helps Valerie through the aftermath. Having lived through his own tragedy and loss allows him to help her come to terms with hers, but again he does the right thing, despite his longing for Valerie.
Life goes on, but two years later she calls on Flynn to help her out and all bets are off. At eighteen, she realizes that love at first sight can and does exist, a fact Flynn already knew. She is finally ready for Flynn. Valerie's life experiences forced her to mature and grow up and Ms. Shandwick does an excellent job showcasing her growth and emotions.
Flynn is a swoon worthy leading man. He always knew in his heart Valerie was the one for him, but despite his deep feelings for her, he felt he wasn't good enough for her. Though he's a rock star he's respectful of her family, as well as being passionate, loving, protective, and sexy as hell. Their journey is full of pitfalls and people trying to stand in their way. I can hardly wait to start the next book. I have loved each book I have read by KL Shandwick. Her books are emotional and passion-filled and her characters are so well developed they pull the reader/listener into her well-crafted world.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 15-10-2019

Fantastic

This book is truly fantastic. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions that had me crying like a baby. My throat is so sore but I would listen to it again! The emotion captured by this author is absolutely brilliant. It’s a great storyline and strong characters. Amazing narration from Anne, very emotional. Highly recommended.
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  • Wendy Wilwert
  • 13-09-2019

Heartwarming and heartbreaking

I have never had to fight back tears while listening to an audiobook as many times as I did during Ready for Flynn. But what a beautiful love story.

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  • Julia S
  • 18-12-2019

beautiful, emotional story - excellent narration

I knew before I started listening to this that is was probably going to be a tear jerker......understatement!!  This book was an incredible rollercoaster of emotion.  Did I need tissues?  Absolutely, a whole ton of them. There were times of utter heart-break where I had tears streaming down my face, but it was equally balanced with humour, family banter, drama and an off the charts chemistry between two people who met just a little bit too soon before they were able to really act on it. 

I didn’t know very much about the story (other than the blurb) before I started and I’m glad, so I don’t want to give anything away here.  I will say that the story built from the start.  Valerie is very young for a lot of the book - 15/16. Her character really grows and develops throughout even though she only reaches 18 by the end.  She has moments of immaturity in her actions and reactions, but they were totally in context.  She acted her age and I’m pleased the author didn’t try to make her too mature. She felt real and I loved that, even if I didn’t always like what she did and said!  There was so much depth to Flynn, I loved him more and more as the book went along.  He really tried to do the right thing, even though it hurt. With all he went through, he was a beautiful man.

I listened to the audio version and loved it, I couldn’t wait to get in my car each day to drive to work so I could listen more. The narrator was excellent and had a lovely expressive voice (all from Valerie’s POV)

This was a fantastic start to the series.  It kind of ends on a cliff hanger, but not a huge one but I’m going straight on to part 2. Flynn and Valerie are intriguing, strong, sexy and have such a strong bond.  I can’t wait to find out what happens in their lives next.  Highly recommended!

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  • ronigirl
  • 08-09-2019

"Contagious & Addictive"

Valerie and Flynn were contagious & addictive. I was a big fan of Valerie and Flynn throughout the whole book.

Although in the beginning Valerie was only 15 and quite mature for her age, but she wasn't ready for Flynn.

Throughout the book you can understand why the book was titled; "Ready For Flynn," because that's all that Valerie kept hearing from family and even Flynn.

When Valerie was 16 she had tragedy strike that devastated her and put her in a very dark place. And the one person that she never thought she would see again, showed up to be her rock, her strength, to be that shoulder, it was Flynn.

He came back wanting to console her through this devastating time. Valerie wanted to hate him because he left her but at that moment she needed his strength.That's why I said that the storyline was so addictive because you find yourself fighting for these two characters to find their way to each other because it was obvious that the love was there.

I'm not a big fan of cliffhangers only because you may have to wait awhile to get the 2nd or 3rd book to learn how the story ends, and that's the case here. I'm dying to know how this love story will end. I have so many questions but I know I won't get my answers until Pts. 2 & 3.

The narrator Anne Marie Damman was out of this world wonderful world with all the characters!!!
She deserves her own 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I can't even think of all the words to cheer for the author
K. L. Shandwick and what she brought to the table with book 1.
It sounds like words from experience. I now wait for the other 2 books. I can't wait to find out what's happening with my favorite couple.

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  • AngelaHillier
  • 07-09-2019

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Really enjoyed the story to this book. I have enjoyed the narration I found her voice nice and she differences her voice between characters
This had some very sweet and some very steamy scenes. My favourite character was Flynn. I loved his flaws and his passion.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 06-09-2019

Absolutely amazing

This book is truly fantastic. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions that had me crying like a baby. My throat is so sore but I would listen to it again! The emotion captured by this author is absolutely brilliant. It’s a great storyline and strong characters. Amazing narration from Anne, very emotional. Highly recommended.

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  • Marcelle Ellis
  • 04-09-2019

Breath Taking

Valerie is a young beautiful country girl and Flynn is her older brother's sexy college friend. They met when comes to visit during the Thanksgiving holiday and it was love at first sight for the both of them. She just had her heart broken and he was there to pick up the pieces, but she was forbidden and he was to old. Flynn kept trying to do the right thing and stay away. But tragedy after tragedy keeps bring them back together. When she becomes of age he can no longer stay away. This was an amazing love story and can't wait for more. This is a must read.

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  • Sara
  • 01-09-2019

Wait... did you grab the tissues?

Oh… my… word! I seriously was not ready for this story! I didn’t know… I didn’t have any idea what I was getting myself into when I hit play on this audiobook. But there I was sniffling through a big chunk of it. So this here, this is your warning… bring tissues and walk gently because your heart is gonna go bye bye! I like Valerie. The girl has been sheltered her entire life. Sigh, the story is incredible. It’s so full of emotion. So full of heart. And Flynn, I mean, wow! He stole the show and everyone’s heart!

Anne Marie Damman was fabulous with this narration. Everything just flowed so well together… the story is a heart breaker and Miss Damman’s voice was a great addition to the story. I’m pretty antsy to listen to part 2!

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  • Ginger
  • 28-08-2019

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Was I ready for Flynn, I have to say no, I wasn’t!
This coming of age, age gap, rock star, progressive relationship story, at first perplexed me I kept wondering where is this author going with this story? Never in my wildest imagination did I expect the angst, devastation, overwhelming emotion, that she evoked. I have to say I’m in awe, watching this bratty teenager with a crush evolve into a headstrong woman kudos Ms. Shandwick.
I definitely want to see where this story leads.
Ann Marie Damman narrated this love conquers all story.

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  • Pollypc
  • 18-08-2019

Part 1 of 3

Ready for Flynn 1 introduces you to Valerie Darsin, her family and their friends. She meets Flynn Docherty, a college buddy of her eldest brother and best friend Martin.

Valerie is just weeks short of her 16th birthday when she first meets him but the feelings that being near Flynn produces, is anything but childlike.

Part 1 takes you through the years from their first meeting until the time Valerie turns 18.

Tragedies, successes and temptations form part of these early years both for Valerie and Flynn.

I wonder what the future holds...? Oh well, on to Part 2!

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  • Rebecca
  • 17-08-2019

Amazing...

I loved this book when I read it. I forgot how emotional the story is. The audio bought all the emotions flooding back tears and all. I can't wait to hear book 2.

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  • Janet
  • 13-08-2019

Brilliant

Loved this book and having Ann reading it was fantastic, she did great doing the different voices, looking forward to the next audio book in the series x

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