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Vested Interest

A Reverse Harem Romance (The Code, Book 1)
Series: The Code Series, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
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A rebel artist, a tech genius, and three former Marines.

Multiple companies are vying for my new security software, but when the men of Pentabyte turn their attention on me, it seems they want more than just my code. They're at the top of their game - intelligent, driven, wealthy - and they have me thinking maybe I want more, too. But everything I've worked for is on the line. Do I dare to mix business with pleasure when the stakes are this high?

Vested Interest is audiobook one of the Code, a reverse harem continuation series of five full-length novels with heart, humor, heat, and an action suspense story line that gathers in intensity with each audiobook. You'll find a strong woman and five intriguing men, each with his own quirks, wounds, and desires - but their focus is all on her.

There's Jude, the quintessential alpha, always calmly in control. His twin brother, Jax, the mysterious one with a hungry gleam in his eyes. Trigg, the athlete and sweetheart who carries his battle scars quietly. The dashing gentleman, Daniel, with a brilliant mind and refined charm. And Gunner, the youngest of the group and the life of the party.

Audiobook one is a deliciously slow-burning novel full of tension and chemistry that will tease, tempt, and probably torment you, but buckle up, because things are about to get sizzling hot - and dangerous....

The Code series:

  1. Vested Interest
  2. Hidden Agenda
  3. Broken Process
  4. Risky Business
  5. Perfect Design

Each audiobook in the series picks up where the previous one left off, and they must be listened to in order for the story to make sense. There are a few cliff-hangers from story to story, but by the end of the series, everything comes to a very satisfying conclusion. 

Love without limits. #whychoose

©2018 Bethany Jadin (P)2018 Bethany Jadin

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the next 5 books in this series is not included on Audible? Only 1 book in a series?

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I hope the rest get made in audio

An engaging plot and a great range of voices. I am ready to get the rest in the series

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  • Kylie
  • 15-12-2019

Bethany is one lucky lady

Bethany is a brainy babe and up and coming wonder in tech. All the top companies are vying for her work. Enter 5 hunky alphas interested in her mind and body!

The narration is awesome.

This isn’t like your normal reverse harem while all the guys are interested the activities happen when they are more one on one.

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  • Krystyn - AudiobookObsession
  • 17-02-2019

Interesting listen

This story was great! The plot and characters were very interesting. My only complaint is that it is being considered a reverse harem but there is nothing sexual in this book except for tension. I will definitely continue the series because the story is great, I just hope things will heat up in the next book.

The narration was good. I wish there was a little more distinction between the voices for the male characters but that would be hard with there being so many.

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  • nchriso
  • 10-01-2019

Vested Interest

I have read these books when they were first released on Amazon and I have been waiting for them to become Audible books. These are awesome storylines and Bethany Jadin makes her characters come alive. Now I can't wait till the rest are released.

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  • Nina B.
  • 13-03-2020

Just the beginning

This is the first book in the series and there are great characters that we just get started to know. I really enjoyed this book! They take you back in time a couple of times and there are a lot of characters so you have to really pay attention. I wouldn’t say there is a cliffhanger but the story is definitely not finished. I want to get my hands on the next book soon. The narration is great. I definitely recommend this book.

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  • shedevilreads
  • 02-03-2020

Slow Burn Reverse Harem

Vested Interest by Bethany Jadin is a slow burn reverse harem romance that I listened to on audio narrated by Lisa Zimmerman and Kale Williams. This is book one in the Code Series and does end on a cliffhanger.

This is the first book of Bethany’s that I have read and it definitely won’t be my last. I cannot wait for the next book in the series Hidden Agenda to be released on audible.

Lisa and Kale did an amazing job on the narration. I look forward to listening to more of their projects in the future.


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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-02-2020

great narration

I loved both narrators. They brought the characters to life. The story was good. I like the fact the female lead was smart and not overly helpless. I was disappointed in the ending it felt like it stopped mid book. Overall it was a good listening experience. #AudiobookObsessionReviewer

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  • Delia Chavez
  • 06-01-2020

Slow Burn!

This was a little different from the other RH I've read but I still really enjoyed it! The dynamic between the characters was great and I enjoyed the banter as well. The narration was amazing. 🎧AudiobookObsession

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  • Leslie Twitchell
  • 26-12-2019

great read

I received this book for free for a honest review. I loved this story. i loved the confident, assured heroine. The story line was smooth and easy to follow. it was kept together very well. the narrator did not disappoint and brought the characters to life.

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  • HALIMA SALAMI
  • 06-12-2019

Ended in the middle of the plot

The book was going so well and was progressing so very nicely until the author ended the book right in the middle of a plot. It's really irritating to be getting into the book and enjoying it, just to have the author end it all of a sudden.

On the other hand, really nice narrators. They worked really well together and the book sounded nice.

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  • Trisha C.
  • 28-11-2019

5 Guys and one lucky Woman

Bethany Jadin has written a fun loving, reverse harem story. It's the introduction of the series. All 5 men are best buds and all have one thing in common to protect Emma and her interests. The electricity and sparks fly between with Emma the men. Lisa Zimmerman and Kale Williams bring this story to life and fun to listen to. They both give each character their own voices and personalities! 🎧audiobookobsessionreview🎧

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  • Amber N
  • 23-02-2019

Gimme more!

I absolutely loved getting to know the five guys. Each are so wonderful no wonder why you would never want to choose! Unfortunately, there were not sexy times in this first book but I loved the build up and seeing them establish themselves in her life. I was fascinated from the very beginning which just made the book fly by. I fell in love with all the characters including the BFF. This seems more like a natural reverse harem, loving the slow burn which is unusual for me. It was also really helpful to have the duel narrations by Lisa and Kale. They help bring the entire story to life before me. Can't get enough!
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  • Heather North @AudiobookObsession
  • 10-11-2019

Great listen!

I really enjoyed this slow burn RH and can’t wait for the next book. Great narrators, I enjoyed both of their performances and the unique voices they used for the characters. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.
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  • Brianna Belbin
  • 07-11-2019

Unique & Geeky

This was an intriguing start to a new series! Emma was the “geek” girl in high school and is extremely smart. She is in the process of writing and trying to sell her security software and has potential buyers. The owners of Pentabyte want to buy it, but there’s now a bidding war. Jude is the alpha, Jax is his twin a very rebellious, Daniel is a genius, Gunner is always hungry and full of humor, and Trigg is an absolute sweetheart. Her roommate was very likeable and I enjoyed her role within the book. I loved this book for many reasons- it had a heroine in a STEM field, she was valued for her smarts and not just wanted for her looks, not all of the men were straight, and there was no woman shaming for extra drama. Each character, their personality and backstory, was extremely developed and had an important role within the plot. I can honestly say that I’ve never read another book quite like this and I can’t wait to continue on Emma and her men’s journey!
Lisa and Kale did a really great narration duet! Their voices flowed so well together and they each managed to bring the characters and story to life. With Kale having to do five different voices (which is a challenge), some of them felt like they ran together at times and it was difficult to tell who was talking, but it didn’t take away from the overall experience.
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  • Krisz
  • 02-11-2019

First of a series full of anticipation

This first book of The Code series was everything the blurb promised it would be. Lovely and brilliant Emma struggles to make ends meet while working on her new code. Five stunning and talented CEOs are intrigued by her unique work and try everything in their power to get closer to her. The story is full of anticipation of what's coming, the tension of something bigger happening behind the scenes is palpable. There is a great deal of sexual tension but the connection between the characters are building up step-by-step which is fortunate as it leaves ample time the story to unfold and for the reader to get to know the characters better. I liked this book and am definitely interested in the next one.

I loved the narration by Lisa Zimmerman and Kale Williams. They both did an excellent work. I loved their pace, the voices they used. They both have a very pleasant tone which I enjoyed very much. The recording quality was excellent too.

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  • bluepits73
  • 09-10-2019

What A Tease!

This author really knows how to tease us! This is supposed to be a Reverse Harem and thus far, we have experienced a whole lot of chemistry and very well written attraction but our characters haven't experienced any fireworks. I am very intrigued to see where this author is going to take our characters romantically as well as in their professional lives. This is only the beginning and I am super excited for more!

Perfect narration from these two narrators, they seem to be well matched and a good fit for the story and characters. I would like to hear more voice differentiation for each of the guys when it is their point of view. I wasn't able to fully distinguish which of the guy's point of view we were in based on the voice alone, but I am willing to overlook it because I know it is a difficult feature to pull off in a reverse harem.

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  • Krystyn - AudiobookObsession
  • 26-08-2019

Interesting listen

This story was great! The plot and characters were very interesting. My only complaint is that it is being considered a reverse harem but there is nothing sexual in this book except for tension. I will definitely continue the series because the story is great, I just hope things will heat up in the next book.

The narration was good. I wish there was a little more distinction between the voices for the male characters but that would be hard with there being so many.

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  • Mary Grace Shelton
  • 13-06-2019

That was the ending?

I have been waiting for this book to come out on audible for a long time! I have heard so much good stuff. It was so worth the wait! Except, I was very disappointed in how the book ended. It was a very odd spot to end the book. So a little disappointed in that, but, nonetheless, I can’t wait for the second to be out!

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  • tenisha
  • 30-03-2019

Good Narration

This is not a cliffhanger, it is an incomplete book broken down to several books. The story is interesting and the main character is nerve wracking. The development of this none relationship takes to long and then you are left hanging. The story just ends.
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  • 10-02-2019

Excellent start

Great way to start this series, the chemistry between the characters is great. I love how the men are all Alpha’s but not too dominant in the day to day life. I really can’t wait for book 2! Great performance from both Lisa and Kale. Well written by Bethany.

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  • JuttaS
  • 09-02-2019

Fabulous story, excellent narrators

I really loved listening to this book. I have read it before but listening to it just added extra dimensions I didn't realise I needed. Daniel's southern accent is one of them! The narrators are excellent and I felt myself sink in to listen as soon as they started. I have to hold my hands up and admit I melted every time the male narrator went down into his lower range. As for the story I love it! The characters are brilliant and it's great to have a story set in the tech world. It's not overwhelmingly techy either. I'm just sorry that it ended.