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He's only a friend.

Those words had haunted him from the moment Jessie James had heard them muttered from the girl who held his heart, and whom he thought had his back.

Fourteen years later, he still feels those words like a brand on his soul. Lucky for him he has a son to focus on, a full-time job that demands his attention the rest of the day, and not a single moment to spare for a woman who won't stand up for him when he needs her the most.

He's only a friend.

The words had slipped out of Ellen's mouth, and before she could recall them, or better yet, explain them, Jesse is gone from her life for good, taking her heart with him.

She tries to move on, to climb her way out of the pit of despair, but not one single person - regardless of how badly she wants to make it work - can fill the void that was left in his wake.

Time heals all wounds.

Or at least that is how the saying goes. It's a crock of crap, though.

Fourteen years pass when Jessie and Ellen see each other again without the influence of the town and bad memories surrounding them, and it's as if not a single day has passed.

Ellen knows the instant that her eyes see her old love that she's still just as in love with him today as she was all those years ago.

The problem is that Jesse wants nothing to do with her. Or at least that's what he keeps telling himself.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Lani Lynn Vale (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Fay
  • 02-03-2018

Amazing

this book was freaking awesome. I loved Jesse and they way he loved and gave up everything up for his son. But when he got his women back he did everything in his power to hold onto her. Awesome performance by these two narrators

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  • Debbie
  • 01-03-2018

Love this series she always comes through!

Lani Lynn Vale nails it every time! She makes you laugh, cry, get excited all in a matter of minutes. Love all these Alpha heroes and their women. Keep them coming Ms Vale. I find myself on Audible daily hoping for another coming soon book from you. Thanks again for another great listen.

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  • Yola ✨
  • 01-10-2020

loved it loved it loved it!!!

personally, I love our books but this one just talked at my heart. I love the whole story and everything that took place in this book one of my favorites. Period.

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  • Elizabeth Swain ~ Carolina Chic's Read
  • 06-05-2020

This Series is Everything!

This Series is Everything! Elizabeth @ Carolina Chic’s Read Jessie and Ellen have a unique past and this second chance romance for these two makes your heart melt into a million pieces. Ellen is just a beautiful person she fell in love a long time ago, and no one else measures up. This is why she could not make it work with Sean... he was not the one. Upon seeing Jessie for the first time in fourteen years her heart is all in... she needs him. Jessie tries his hardest to keep her away but really... he can’t. Ellen has always owned his heart. Let me tell you... Jessie and Ellen were made to be parents... Jessie makes me swoon so hard with his protectiveness over his children. 5 Swooning Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-2020

wonderful storytelling strong love

good story, love respect father herohcfggk kb and fbhkklbjvfgyu ifififofifif8ddty0 huh hi ivjhuo7 huh nhbh

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  • A.Fernandez
  • 13-04-2020

Jesse & Ellen

An entertaining, intriguing, and beautiful second chance romance. This was a fantastic ride to go on with Ellen and Jesse. Lani Lynn Vale never ceases to amaze me. I am enjoying this series for the around the 10th time. Narration is amazing!

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  • 🌟MollyAnn🌟
  • 10-02-2020

Jessie and Ellen💗💗💗

so happy they finally got their HEA!! was so looking forward to their story and it did not disappoint!! 5⭐

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  • Christy Holley-Barnes
  • 17-10-2019

inspirational!!

I loved the storyline!! it was very engaging! A story to never give up! Awesome

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  • Ajoi
  • 15-10-2019

A hilarious and enjoyable story!

I was looking for a new audiobook that would be light but keep my interest. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book when i chose it but this was truly an amazing find!! I recognized the female narrator from a supernatural/paranormal series i read years ago but the male narrator was new to me. The narrators were both great, a rare but important find for me, and the story was laugh out loud funny. Definitely recommend.

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  • Heidianne
  • 19-09-2019

Jesse James

Jesse James is the quintessential badass single dad. Ellen is the strong willed woman who tests his love for her when they were teens and as adults.

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