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Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
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All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad's ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don't want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that's exactly what they both get when they're forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is an arrogant jerk (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her (tight, round) bottom, they fight tooth and nail. That is, until they discover they write well together. They also might find each other really attractive, but that's neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it's not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality.

Contains mature themes.

©2016 Karina Halle (P)2016 Tantor

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  • Carrie
  • 08-12-2016

Male narrator butchers it

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, but not the audio version. Lidia Dornet was fabulous, as always, but Shaun Grindell ruined the entire listening experience for me. I looked up his bio and it says that he grew up in England, but he sounds Australian in this audio version. (The character he is portraying is supposed to be British.) More annoying, however, is the homogenous cadence he uses -- every sentence has the exact same inflection. If I could have reached through my headset and punched him in the throat I would have. Aaargh!!! SO distracting!

What did you like best about this story?

Great "Cheetos for your brain" listen.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lidia Dornet and Shaun Grindell ?

Lidia Dornet's performance of the male character was strong enough on it's own -- no need for a male narrator!

Any additional comments?

The tag line for the audio book should be "Death By Hemorrhaging Ear Drums".

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  • Danni
  • 17-08-2016

Satirically good!

What I loved about this story is that the characters are aware of how cheesy and predictable romance novels can be.I could easily see this being a situation that plays out in real life. I love that the author doesn't take herself or the genre too seriously; so much so that she openly some of the classic tropes in contemporary romance. There were so many funny parts and of course steamy love scenes. The characters were very lovable and realistic and I found myself routing for them. Would definitely recommend. Very lighthearted and enjoyable story

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  • CHRISTINA
  • 05-08-2016

Funny and sexy

the female narrator was great. totally felt emotions thru her words. male narrator, not so much. just didnt care for his style of narration.

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  • aakrt02
  • 11-01-2019

Funny And quirky

I absolutely loved this book. I love the humor and characters. First time reading of a nerdy girl and I must say “spoiler alert” I loved the puking at the beginning. I couldn’t stop laughing!! Binge worthy book for sure!!!

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  • Ande
  • 02-01-2019

Funny, Great Sex, Poor Male Narrator

This story checked all my boxes. Hero and Heroine hate each other at first leading to hot hot tension? Check. SUPER well written sex scenes that finally break that tension at the right time? Check. Story doesn't take itself too seriously? Check.

I absolutely loved the story line. Blake is not your typical hero. He's sassy, tongue in cheek, and not afraid to crack real jokes. He feels like a real college age dude, a total bro that I easily could have seen myself hating but secretly lusting after in college. I could relate a lot to Amanda in that aspect. Many romance novels err too much on the side of dark, broody, serious heroes with a damaged past, but he was snarky and real. It made the chemistry that much more electric.

And dear, sweet, tiny, baby Jesus... dat sex doh. Without getting too crude, Karina Halle does a fantastic job keeping true to the title of the book without actually being pure erotica.

Lastly, I have to give the author MAJOR props for being super tongue in cheek with the story. Clearly she was being super playful with writing a smutty novel... about characters who write smut. It was fantastically meta, and she pulled it off without it being too cheesy. I very much appreciated the writing, and the story.

My one criticism, as others have noted, is the male narrator. Blake is supposed to have a "sexy British accent", and I can tell you... there is a huge difference between Tom Hiddleston's accent, and a London cabby's accent. Nobody want's to hear Eliza Doolittle's Dad's POV as he's getting his nasty on with a girl. Seriously, I was waiting for Blake to break up his torrid scenes with the occasional "ello govna". Not attractive....

However, Lidia Dornet was a gem, and more than made up for her male counterpart in my opinion. I would highly recommend giving this book a read or a listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-2018

Fun characters!!

Well written and clever! Had me laughing.
So hot and sexy. Blake will have you drooling!

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  • Linda B.
  • 09-12-2018

Reread-able for sure

I don’t usually read a lot of books that I enjoy the characters so much that I want to read it over again. I love the variety of silly unique situations that these two get into. They aren’t common or ordinary, they are a bit quirky and unexpected but full of everything a good romance should have.

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  • ReadingMad100
  • 07-08-2018

Gorgeous!

This was GORGEOUS! A true romance. There is good character background, friendship build-up (in this case hate to love), and the chemistry rising and rising so that by the time of the first kiss you (the reader) are practically floating around happily clutching your heart. So it’s a slow-burn romance and when the physical relationship starts it is scorching, daring, enthusiastic, youthful. There is great emotion, love, storyline, character development including that of secondary characters, laugh out loud humour, and a secure feeling that the happy ever after will be brilliant long after you are finished with the book.

While listening, I spooked a few people with my spontaneous barks of laughter - because of the humour in the novel; and I was accidentally bumped into from behind when I unexpectedly stalled mid-step with hand to my heart and sighed - because of the beauty of the heartfelt scenes (especially the first kiss) and other romantic/sexy moments.

The narrators Lidia Dornet and Shaun Grindell did a marvellous job of bringing all the characters alive off the page. The protagonists, Blake and Amanda are in their early 20s. I felt that the narrators' voices resonated beautifully for the youthful characters, as well as the older secondary characters. I am so impressed with Lidia Dornet’s characterization of the heroine’s housemate Ana who is a 40 year old thickly accented Estonian woman with a hilarious personality and some of the best laugh out loud lines. What a challenge when English Blake, Canadian Amanda and Estonian Ana are in the same room! The transition between all the accents was wonderful. You should hear Shaun Grindell do a Chilean spider! Hilarious!

The audible version is a wonderful romantic experience. I recommend it.

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  • Michelle
  • 07-08-2018

Great Characters

I loved the premise of this book and fell in love with the characters. The opening scene not only hooked me, but cracked me up. Halle does a great job of threading this throughout the rest of the story. I loved and feared Fluffy - such a unique piece of the story and great comic relief. Good sex scenes, good character bonding, overall a fun read.

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  • Travis Ross
  • 17-07-2018

Funny, sweet, and fucking hot :))

I have no idea how this reads on the page, but it was a great story to listen to. I LOL’d quite a bit. I really liked the gimmick of an erotic romance about a young pair of erotic romance writers. Lidia and Shaun did a great job. Their typecasting was spot on.