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Jolie Louis is a smart girl. She knows that her best friend, Sage Poirier, is a bad idea. He's a walking, talking cliché. The Adonis quarterback with the bulging biceps and harem of fangirls trailing behind him on campus like a stench you can't get rid of. Sadly, that's also the reason she can't stay away from him. Well, that and the fact that they're roommates.

Jolie is already straddling the line between friendship and more when Sage comes to her with an offer she cannot refuse: Be his fake girlfriend and live for free for the rest of the semester. She tells herself that she can handle it. He's just the boy she saved 10 years ago, right? Wrong. So very wrong. He is a man now, and she is his captive, heart, body, and soul....

©2018 L. J. Shen (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • Cyndi
  • 16-06-2018

✫✫ 3 Stars ✫✫

This is a 50/50 book for me. I like 50% of the story! I love a friends to lovers story, I really enjoyed most of the sexy scenes and I have to say I love that the "pretend" didn't last long. On the other hand, I rolled my eyes A LOT during this short 3 hours book. It mostly felt a little hokey to me but really I should not expect more from a short story since there isn't much background build up to help feel the story.

The narration was good. Both narrators did a great job but I did notice that she sounds like a teenager and he sounds like a 30-40 year old man, that was a little off putting but that was casting and no reflection on either of their narration skills.

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  • Shannon Cole
  • 06-04-2018

A Quick Read that hits the Spot!!

I’m not much into Novellas but I honestly enjoyed this one.
In true LJ Shen fashion, she packs the heat and the passion in this enjoyable friends to Lovers romance.
I listened to this on audio and I honestly felt this was one of Joe Arden’s best performances. His voice was husky and deep and absolutely on point.
This was the first time I listened to Narrator, Tessa Ellory and I highly enjoyed her sweet southern accent and soft spoken voice.
Great narration and a Great Listen!!

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  • PATRICIA
  • 16-04-2018

Don't let the length fool you!

Just because this is a short one, it does not take away from the punch that LJ Shen is able to put into it. This gem is a fully, well developed story and does not give you that rushed feeling. Meet childhood friends Jolie and Sage. As they grow up, Sage becomes the football star he is always meant to be and Jolie remains his rock through his life. When his friend decides he would like to date Jolie, all things change, and we get the taste of the hotholes that LJ Shen is famous for. This short is full of sexual chemistry, a little angst and characters that you can't help but fall for. She even gives us a glimpse into the future with an unbelievable epilogue. Cannot wait to see where she goes with this!

I love that Shen brought this to audio with Joe Arden and Tessa Ellory. Joe is a wonderful narrator and he brought Sage's attitude and vulnerabilities to life with his voice. This is my first encounter with Tessa Ellory and she has that perfect new adult voice for Jolie, and she hyped up the angst in the right places making you feel each insecurity Jolie had. Loved this!

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  • Lori E.
  • 03-04-2018

OK novella

This was OK for a novella. I was hoping for something longer and more involved like Tyed, which I love.

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  • Alisha McCoy
  • 27-06-2018

WOW is it hot

Sage and Jolie will duck you in with their story. once you start you won't be able to stop and you won't want to either. Set in the South and with all the charm to go with it. A must on your list.

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  • Sweet Red Reader
  • 25-05-2018

Sugar Coated Confection

LJ Shen's The End Zone is nothing like her Sinners of Saint series, but it's just as delectable. Sage and Jolie have been best friends since they were ten and are now roommates as they finish their senior year of college. He's the star quarterback on the football team and primed for greatness - taking full advantage of the lifestyle afforded to him as an attractive, affluent athlete (do I sense a trend here?). All it takes is a scare, a naked collision, and some jealousy to prompt Sage into proposing they embark on a fake relationship, which swiftly leads to them fully realizing that there may be more than strictly platonic feelings between them. This was practically a sugar coated confection in comparison to LJ Shen's other tomes, and I'm all here for it! 5 out of 5 wine glasses.

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  • Fee96
  • 23-05-2018

These 2 Narrators bring this story to LIFE!

Click now - dive in - fantastic audio!

I adore L.J. Shen! I devour everything she writes and have collected almost all of the audios to go with. I first read The End Zone when it was part of a sports anthology. Re-read it right before it came out on it's own. Now listening to the audio - mind blown!

Tessa Ellory is the perfect JoJo. Her sweet voice and impeccable southern accent brought this character to life. Joe Arden and his deep, kinda gravely, sexy voice was magic as Sage. These two voice actors really did this story justice.

These fascinating characters became friends as kids and here we are 10 years later as college roommates. Still best friends but now with an underlying lust and sizzling sexual tension. Tessa the sweet best friend to Sage the man whore jock extraordinaire. A reality check has Sage changing his ways and now Tessa is in his line of sight. He'll do anything to keep her by his side.

This story is beautifully written, perfectly paced with all the back story and development of a full length novel. All fun size in this great novella and even better audio. This author really has a knack for not only creating these incredible stories and characters - but also for choosing the absolute perfect voice actors to bring her books to life in the most entertaining and fantastic way!

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  • Katharoo
  • 22-05-2018

Short but sweet

This was by far the shortest book by LJ Shen that I ever heard. I even went back thinking that I must have missed a few chapters, lol.

But alas, it was over but still a full story. Loved the narration from Tessa Elliot and Joe Arden, I could listen to Joe read the phone book and swoon❣️😍

Loved this best friends to forever love story too.

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  • Gizel Albarez
  • 18-05-2018

cute and short

I enjoyed it, cute story and performers painted the picture perfectly to the story I recommend it.

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  • bookcrazy_heather
  • 16-05-2018

Happy End, Zone

This was a cute short story between to life long friends. Loved the extended epilogue.