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Smitten

A Stand-Alone Friends to Lovers Romance
Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Tim Paige
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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I met Alessandra at a party. Tried to impress her. Was almost positive I was going to fail.  

I think I said something along the lines of, “I’m a Goat called Fish who’s hung like a bull - but not really. I’m actually pretty average.” Smooth. I know. Try not to be jealous.  

When she laughed - and I mean, really laughed - I knew she wasn’t like the other girls I’d been meeting on tour. Hell, she wasn’t even in the same stratosphere as those fangirls and gold-diggers.  

At one point during the party, Alessandra said, “There’s nothing like a girl’s first love.” I knew she was talking about the first smash hit by my band, 22 Goats. Alessandra said it was the first song she’d heard by us and it “hit her like a ton of bricks”. Ironic, seeing as how I was having the same reaction from being in her presence.  

I made it my mission to impress her. Give her the kiss of a lifetime that night. But since I’ve always been the dude with zero game, nothing went according to plan.  

I’m not giving up, though. I’m going to win this girl over. I’m done sitting on the sidelines, watching the bad boy getting the girl. This time, the nice guy will finish first. Even if it’s the last thing he’ll do.

©2020 Lauren Rowe (P)2020 Lauren Rowe

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My first Lauren Rowe book and I’m hooked.

This book came up in a recommendation list and I took a chance and listened to it on Audible. I think it was a soft sweet kind of romance and so easy to listen to. I was so excited to actually hear singing and songs on the audio book. It said it was a stand alone but I’ve discovered previous books with all the characters from this book and a website with songs and video clips. I was so excited 😆 I’ve just downloaded all the other books and I’m in for a marathon. I really enjoyed this book.

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Beautiful 💜💜💜

Omg so Devine 💜💜💜I truly love these two . You can’t help but fall in love with them and of course the whole cast . I so hope we get more of these awesome characters . Loved it 💞❤️💜❤️💞

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Loved Getting Smitten

What a great journey this book was. I enjoyed every minute of Fish & Alessandra's story. It was funny, romantic, low on drama,and I loved the addition of the live music. I listened in one setting I could not put it down!

I know this book is marketed as a standalone but I can honestly say I feel I got a much richer experience because I knew the many secondary characters, and was familiar with the meaning and lyrics behind the bands earlier songs. I would suggest pairing this read with at the least 'Rockstar' and then the 'Liar' series if you can but I can equally see that you could still enjoy the book without them.

Jeepers Lauren Rowe can write! I found the pace of this book perfect, it never felt rushed or drawn out. There were some larger than I'm used to time jumps and who know's maybe these gaps will be filled with 'Colin's' story (fingers crossed).

One of my biggest Lauren Rowe loves from her last few books has been not rushing the ending. The last 1 1/2 hours was dedicated to the HEA, I really appreciated it...nothing worse then a heap of drama and build up and then 10 minutes of HEA.

I can't wait for her next book!

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totally smitten with this book

This is one of the sweetest, loveliest, romantic, swoon-worthy,and charming love story I have read. I loved that there was no drama in the storyline, just two wonderful people falling in love and finding themselves and what's important to them in the process. Loved that the audio version included some songs. Truly excellent. Loved loved loved it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-07-2020

Sweet

Andi Arndt is always the best and never disappoints, but I really missed Jacob Morgans Voice. overall the story was sweet. Maybe too sugary sweet for my taste. I loved Georgina and Reeds story, and this could not top that.

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  • Susan H. Willis
  • 15-08-2020

Sweetest story ever!

I read and listen to romance novels all the time,but this book was special.Fish and Ally were just so sweet to each other and so enthusiastic about life.I just couldn’t stop smiling through this whole book.It is a feel good treat with great narration and even music that further enhances the story.I highly recommend this to anyone who needs a little joy in their life!

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  • LexiMuse
  • 13-08-2020

Super sweet romance that leave you happy & smiling

A romance that starts includes a scene from the Reed Rivers/Georgina /Liar trilogy that introduces the star struck couple. Matthew Fishbine or Fish is the shy, sometimes awkward, backup singer and Base guitar player for successful 22 Goats rock band when he meets aspiring singer-songwriter Alessandra, Georgina’s 19 year old stepsister at a party Reed is hosting. He is “ smitten” at first sight. She is a sweet, beautiful, nervous unsure virgin who is captivated by Matthew the sweet guy as well as attracted to Fish, the rock star. This is their love story, the story of her rise to fame, and how they learn to make music together on stage and through life. It is a feel good story with some hot scenes, a couple musical numbers, and characters from the Morgan Brother books (looking forward to reading those) as well as Reed and Georgina’s trilogy story.
The narration is excellent, and could only have been better had it been performed duet style. It would be a great candidate for a Lifetime movie or while it is too sexy for what Hallmark currently produces it could be a breakout for them with its happily ever after ending.
This is a stand alone with minor fretting but no drama Unlike Reed and Georgina’s previous trilogy. The characters are very refreshingly innocent and unbelievably nice; this story is like a bite of a favorite dessert, satisfying but leaving you wanting more!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-2020

Amazing, yet again!

Loved this story so so much! Fish was just what I needed in my life right now. Such a cinnamon roll and the music made it extra special

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  • Melissa Svendsen
  • 26-07-2020

song will be stuck in your head

lauren did amazing as always. its a wonderfully beautiful love story and just so sweet and real.

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  • Brittany
  • 14-09-2020

musical segues

I loved the segues into the musical performances. It was done with such is and felt great to hear the transition like I was listening to a real performance.

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  • FS Meurinne - Book Enticer
  • 03-09-2020

One of the best audiobooks

Brilliant 5 +++ stars, this book was fantastic. I adored Fish and Alessandra's story way too much, the original song, which you can download from Lauren Rowe's website is amazing. This book is one you need to read and experience it's sweet, romantic, steamy all in one. A book that got into the must-read list of 2020.

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  • Sajie
  • 28-08-2020

Love at the end

Interestingly I was thinking of returning this audio and am still conflicted. For the most part the story was just blah, which happens every now and then. Especially if you really love an author. Not every book can be a hit. But I cried from pure happiness at the end, it was so sweet.

I love how most of the books are interconnected and it’s like learning about a family and it’s extended friends, but you don’t have to read them all (although I have) just to love them all.

The first quarter of the book was a basic retelling of Reed’s second book in that trilogy, but from Fish and Alessandra’s POV, which wouldn’t be repetitive if you didn’t read it. But since I did, I just wanted to move on. It was a choice the author had to make though for the story to work and be completely, I just don’t know if it had to be so detailed.

Anyway still on the fence, but gave it so many stars for making me emotional in the end.

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  • Cami Cole
  • 27-08-2020

Not an Alpha Male Romance

If your thing is alpha males only, this one is not for you. That being said, this is a really sweet and romantic book with basically no angst. I’m an alpha male fan but still like the sugary sweet ones too. Most romance novels have a little cheese to them and that’s ok...I will say this was a little “over the top cheesy” at times. I could have done with a little less of some of the silly nicknames like “my lioness” and “lover” over and over but all in all it was a good read. Enjoyable and lighthearted. Good narration as well. I also liked getting little glimpses into the Morgan family from previous series.

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  • senyah
  • 27-08-2020

A sweet story with no angst

The story of Ally and Fish was slow, but extremely sweet with absolutely no angst, and a few hot sex scenes. The best part of the book, IMO, was Tim Paige singing a cappella in one of the chapters, and the bonus song at the end of the book.

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  • Gail
  • 12-08-2020

Not for me personally

I’m an older lady. This book may appeal to the younger readers as it’s about a 19 yr old girl still in school meeting the man of her dreams and, as far as I read, how he took her virginity, consensually of course. Almost like a ‘how to’. Didn’t appeal to me personally and if I had known I wouldn’t have bought it. It’s not a bad book just my type.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-08-2020

Smitten by Smitten

Love this story another great book by Lauren Rowe found her fist book by accident and I am now completely hooked can make me smile, laugh, and cry and of course swoon love all the characters and side characters

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  • Mrs D
  • 01-08-2020

🎧 Alessandra and Fish/Matthew 🎧

Sweeter than sweet, first-love/rockstar romance set in the Megan Family/Riiver Records world., with full production singing performances as an added bonus.
Tim Paige's style is reminiscent of John Lane's so he fits right in.

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  • Emma D
  • 27-07-2020

Amazing

Great especially chapter 23 what a fab surprise x Great narration too fabulous story great listen and read.