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The Assist

Smart Jocks, Book 1
Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Jason Clarke
Series: Smart Jocks, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
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A jock tutor and a determined sorority girl in this fun and sexy college sports romance.

Blair

What's the probability of insulting the one guy on campus I need to help me pass statistics? If I knew, I wouldn't be standing in front of Wes Reynolds begging him to tutor me.

Basketball player, sexy, arrogant, always sleeping through class...these are the things I knew about him. What I didn't know is that he is a seriously smart jock.

Wes

What's the best way to get rid of the peppy and unrelenting girl that keeps asking me to tutor her? If I knew, I wouldn't be staring at her tan legs and attempting to teach her statistics.

Sorority girl who's fine as hell, determined, and a ball buster...these are the things I knew about her. What I didn't know is that she is all the things I didn't realize I wanted or needed.

Or that one semester with her would change everything.

©2018 Rebecca Jenshak (P)2019 Rebecca Jenshak

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NA college romance

I Just had to purchase the audible version of The Assist when I saw that Jason Clarke and Erin Mallon were the narrators. All of the 4 currently available books in the series have great narrators, so I've gone back to the start to listen to them in order (already read the first 2).

The Assist is a NA college romance, with a hot AND smart jock as one of the main characters. I liked Wes right from the start - Blair makes some incorrect assumptions about him based purely on her beliefs that he's a hot jock and to get good grades surely he has had help. Nope - he's just super smart!

The second half of the storyline was fairly predictable, but I liked all the characters enough that overall that wasn't an issue. Jason Clarke is a favourite narrator to listen to, and my appreciation of Erin Mallon's performances have increased the more I listen to her. I'm looking forward to listening to The Fadeaway (Teddy Hamilton!), the next book in the series.

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love love

This story is quirky from Blair's side of things and like Wes says, she's got guts. not one misunderstanding but 2 more and the girl doesn't lose heart.
Smart jock and figuring ways to get him to tutor you while also dealing with a side sadness of missing a best friend who fears venturing out after an accident makes for a well balanced read.
plus Jason's voice is, oh my goooood

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  • bookbruin
  • 11-04-2019

Fantastic Twist on the Typical Sports Romance!

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This book surprised me in the best way! I loved the author's twist on the typical sports romance/tutor trope! It was so refreshing to have the hero be the tutor and not just this over the top, big man on campus jock. I really enjoyed the gradual build up between Wes and Blair. There's definitely an attraction from the start, but they develop a true connection and really get to know each other through the course of the book. They had such great banter and back and forth. Wes is this ornery and grumpy guy, while Blair is a burst of sunshine. Their personalities were such a complement to the other and I loved how they were the light to the others dark.

There are some bumps along the way as they struggle with the depth of their feelings, as well as trouble with a horrible ex and changes in their future game plans, but overall the angst level was pretty low. I did want to throat punch Wes a time or two towards the end, but he did do some pretty good groveling to make up for it. ;) The secondary characters were just as fun, especially Vanessa and Joel. I'm a little wary since Joel is quite the manwhore, but I'm excited that his book is next.

Erin Mallon and Jason Clarke were AMAZING! I loved their narration and both were able to do male and female voices so convincingly. I've listened to quite a few audiobooks with Erin Mallon, but this was the first time listening to Jason Clarke in more than a small supporting role. I have to say, that I was totally blown away by Jason Clarke's performance. He voiced each character so amazingly and uniquely, that I had zero problems figuring out who was speaking. I am so impressed at his range and ability to voice so many characters without them all blending together. Truly a fantastic performance! It doesn't hurt that his voice is damn sexy too! ;) This is my first book by the author, but it definitely won't be my last!

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  • kgagnon
  • 27-04-2019

4.5 Fun & Steamy Stars!

I fell so hard for this hilarious, sweet and steamy romance! I wasn't sure what to expect but this story was so refreshing, moving and funny. Blair and Wes had the most awkward beginning scenes. I just wanted to save poor Blair from putting her foot in her mouth! But it was the perfect start to the romance between the overworked Blair and the popular basketball nerd. I loved how Jenshak took her time building their relationship. Bringing in their friends who made this story even more fun but heartrending at times as well. Blair and Wes are so perfect together, balancing their strengths and vulnerabilities. I totally swooned over Wes and all his alpha protectiveness! This story was multifaceted and made my heart hurt at times. Narrators, Erin Mallon, and Jason Clarke were amazing as Blair and Wes. I easily felt all the fun, passion, heartbreak, and love these characters felt. I loved the chemistry between Clarke and Mallon and think they compliment each other so perfectly and I was easily lost to their storytelling.

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  • NovelMomma
  • 15-04-2019

Love it!

I absolutely love everything about this! The story and narration were both great! Blair and Wes were both fantastic characters, the side characters left me wanting more from this series, and the writing had me engaged from beginning to end!

I loved watching Blair and Wes fall. There was just something fantastic about watching them transition from strangers to friends to so much more. The conflict was believable, and the chemistry was perfect! Both of these characters were so well developed. I felt like I knew them and understood where they were coming from. I also liked that they had their own struggles outside of their relationship.

I seriously can't wait for more of this series. The side characters not only added to this story, but they were developed and left me wanting each and every one of their stories!

Erin Mallon and Jason Clarke did a fantastic job narrating this! They brought the characters to life and had me hooked from the first word to the last. Seriously, these characters popped off the page. Every emotion came through in their performance!

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  • Terri D
  • 12-04-2019

Smart, Hot, Jock indeed

I loved everything about this book. The story is great and believable. It flows well and keeps your interest throughout the entire book. The characters are all well developed and likeable with the exception of the bad guy and he is true to form. You get a good picture of the surroundings so you can picture you are there with Blaire and Wes and all the other great characters we get to fall for in this series. Rebecca Jenshak was new to me on this one but I am hooked on her words.

Erin Mallon and Jason Clarke, just having those two listed is enough to know how good the audio is on this one but let me say they did an outstanding job. I was lost in their voices. Erin is fantastic and I love listening to her but I think I could listen to Jason Clarke read the phone book and be happy. They were both perfect with these characters. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I loved this and highly recommend it.

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  • Michella L. Patane
  • 21-01-2020

Hooked on this series!

My first listen by this author and now I’m hooked on this series. I loved the banter between Wes and Blair. Their slow burn/friendship to lovers storyline grabs you from the beginning and holds you until the end. I really enjoyed Erin Mallon and Jason Clarke’s narration. Can’t wait to listen to book 2 in this series.

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  • Rochelle
  • 17-01-2020

Love a hot nerd

This is the first book in the Smart Jocks series and I really enjoyed it. Blair and Wes are so good together. Loved the chemistry that they had between each other. They got off on the wrong foot but they were able to get past that once she got to know him. Blair is dealing with a real issue that unfortunately many women have had to deal with and it was done so good. Loved the narrators. Jason Clarke and Erin Mallon really brought the characters to life. Two of my favorite narrators. I know that when I listen to a book that they do, I will not be disappointed.

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  • Suzanne Talkington
  • 17-01-2020

LOVE!

I had read the book prior to listening to the audio book and omg, the depth that the audio adds to this story. I was blown away not just by the actual story but the narration. Both were easy to listen to, had an amazing range of voice change when it comes to different characters, I felt like there were multiple people reading this story. I felt the emotions in their voices. I absolutely adored it! Below you will find my review for the actual story!
This book was an unexpected joy! I am not a huge fan of sports books, but this author’s take on a basketball team was amazing. It was in depth with not just the basketball but with the unique relationship between Blair and Wes. While both of them try and fight it, there was no denying their chemistry right from the start. Their quick wit and banter made it so I could not put this book down! Their passion was stunning as well. Not just for each other but their aspects in life. Blair with her motivation and Wes with his basketball. Even when things take a nasty turn, they are both fighters. While I could have smacked Wes at one point, I got where he was coming from as well.
Overall, this was an amazing college romance that keeps you on your toes but makes you swoon as well. I loved the idea and concept behind it! I am honestly in love with this authors writing as well. She has amazing flow and character development!

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  • bluepits73
  • 12-01-2020

Nerdy Jocks!

I really love that this was a college sports romance instead of a YA or major/minor league. As a recent college graduate, I wholly understood Blair's desperation to do well in statistics. I love how the relationship between Blair and Wes started and continued to develop even though Wes resisted at first. I also enjoyed that the author gave us insight between Wes and the basketball team. This was such a fun, easy, and well written listen.

These two narrators give great performances independently and are a great combination on pieces they've collaborated on. In this audio, they bring us another fabulous performance that makes us that more connected to our characters.

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  • Annabelle Zamora
  • 09-01-2020

absolutely amazing

I've read the book before listening to the audiobook. Absolutely loved it. Was able to do all my errands without ever stopping. The narrators did an amazing job.

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  • Anelise Rux
  • 07-01-2020

College sports romance with a twist

I love the twist in this story of the sorority girl needing a tutor and the jock being the guy she needs to convince to tutor her. Blair is a strong character who even though is put in a tough situation figured out how to stand up for herself and Wes is a cocky jock who Blair eventually wears down to help her pass statistics. He has a rough basketball season and Blair is there with her optimism and support. They make such a great couple and I liked how seamlessly Blair fit with the dynamic of the roommates.

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  • Shy G.
  • 13-12-2019

My Thoughts on The Assist

This was my first Rebecca Jenshak book but boy do I want more after this. There was so much humor and heart in this book. I loved Wes and Blair. They were both such great characters. The kind you'd want to be friends with. I loved the development of their relationship from classmates who barely knew each other to so much more. They each brought their own something special to the relationship.

I loved the writing style, I loved the plot and characters, and I especially loved the narrators.

Jason Clarke is definitely going on my must listen to everything I can list. Erin Mallon is already there. They were a great choice for this story and I just loved their performance.

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  • RoniF
  • 09-11-2019

Jason Clarke & Erin Mallon fabulous duet narrators

I just love this book. The author Rebecca Jenshak made it not just about basketball the game, but basketball behind the scenes. How the players feels it in their heart, about what it really means to play the game to WIN!The story also had an opportunity to show that all jocks are not stupid, that they do have a brain. The author put some action into it, had a part where you wanted to punch someone, and I definitely don't want to leave out the HOT SEX between Blaire & West.

The narrator's Jason Clarke and Erin Mallon were more than sizzling through my ears because that is what they were giving us throughout the storyline. They had awesome chemistry, like they were meant to do this book together. They're in my "Top 10 List of Duet Narrators" that I would like to hear together in other books, cuz ya they were that sexy hot together. I do recommend this book for sure to others. You'll definitely understand why I gave them 5-🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
"BlairWest Out"

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  • A. J. Bergman
  • 02-11-2019

Suits a young person really interested in sport

Ok, so, I disliked the heroine right off the bat, she was pushy and judgemental and cringe worthy. To me, the ‘dark secret’ driving her behavior was a plot device that should have been dealt with by law enforcement. I liked Wes way more until he ghosted her and was all around sulking bc sport was life. Full disclosure, as a 50yo Australian I just thought he was immature but this could possibly appeal to readers who enjoy a ‘coming of age’ type plot. Both narrators suited the characters and I would certainly listen tothem again but not in this series. This title was accessed as a #Audiobookreviewobsession reviewer

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  • Julie D (Audio and Book Jewels)
  • 01-11-2019

This was an awesome listen!!!

Wes is a college basketball player. He has no time for a relationship, and isn’t looking for one.

Blaire is a college student. She has been burned by a boyfriend and is still being blackmailed by him for a mistake made. She doesn’t want a relationship, nor does she have time for one.

What happens when you’re living out the dream your best friend has had for both of you, and due to an accident, isn’t ready to live it out for herself??

What happens when you meet someone, when you’re not looking for a relationship of any kind, but it comes into your life and you don’t know how to handle it?

What happens when you lose what you believe you’re good at, maybe the only thing... and how do you deal with the relationship you didn’t want, but now have, through all of the disappointment and fear that you’ll never be enough?

The great part of this book is being able to read about this and find out the reasons for the questions and what the answers are. It’s a tremendous book! Rebecca Jenshak is a fantastic writer, and Erin Mallon and Jason Clarke... need I say more!! The narration is spot on!!!!

I loved this!!!

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  • Mickey
  • 11-10-2019

Sweet contemporary sport love story

The overall story was solid and kept me entertained, I really enjoyed the dynamics between all of the characters. The ending felt realistic and not rushed. I will definitely continue with the rest of the series. I absolutely loved the narration slightly more than the book itself. #Audiobookobsessionreviewer

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 08-10-2019

The Assist

A story of love that can happen even at the most unplanned times. I loved listening to this book. The college and basketball references were exactly how I would see things happening in real life. So realistic and the perfect getaway listening to this book.

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  • Mariya Naydenova
  • 06-10-2019

A cute, sweet, sexy story and a great audio

This was a cute college romance that was sweet and light. I can't say there was anything exceptional or too memorable about it storywise but the audio was amazing. Jason Clarke and Erin Mallon did an outstanding job reading this story. If you pick this book, definitely take the audio experience. It was a great pleasure listening to those two as usual. They put so much emotion in every story they perform and this was not an exception.

That was a nice and refreshing story. It had some intense parts, but it wasn’t overly dramatic and left me smiling at the end. I loved the idea of the sexy smart jock and the girl who needed help with her statistic class. It was kind of fun to read. I had some good laughs with this plot. It was a sexy read and definitely had enough to offer in the steam department. But the story was a bit slow in other terms, a bit uneventful and kind of predictable for the most part.

So all in all this was a nice, sweet story, perfect for in-between books maybe. It was somehow light and fluffy. But it managed to put a smile on my face and left me with a positive feeling altogether. But it was the audio experience that raised the rating of this one for me.

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  • dektolia
  • 25-09-2019

Audible performance makes the story more fun

I highly recommend the audible version of this story. The performers did a great job and I'm pretty sure I'd be content to listen to them read the phone book. I debating rating the story itself lower due to typical relationship drama, but decided the way that the story was written/performed made what could have been a very typical contemporary sports romance a lot more fun. Because of the humor, I can see myself listening to this one again and I almost never repeat the same story twice when there are so many new stories out there.

This was my first book by Rebecca Jenshak but I've already looked up the next in the series. I will also check out some other books performed by Jason Clarke and/or Erin Mallon.

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  • Amber N
  • 23-09-2019

Addicted

I want my own smart jock now! I think I am addicted to this series because I absolutely loved all the characters. They seemed so real with how they handled things and experiences. I loved how they were friends first. Really felt their relationship grow. The narrators were great! Really loved how well their voices went together and brought the characters to life.
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  • shedevilreads
  • 19-09-2019

Sports Romance

The Assist by Rebecca Jenshak is a college sports romance that I listened to on audio narrated by Erin Mallon and Jason Clarke.

This is the first book of Rebecca’s that I have read and it definitely won’t by last. I absolutely loved Wes and Blair’s love story. I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book The Fadeaway.

Erin and Jason did an amazing job on the narration. They brought the story to life and made it so easy to follow along.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Sports Romances.

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