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Who'd Have Thought

By: G. Benson
Narrated by: Tanya Eby
Length: 12 hrs
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Publisher's Summary

Top neurosurgeon Samantha Thomson needs to get married fast and is tightlipped as to why. And with over $200,000 on offer to tie the knot, no questions asked, cash-strapped ER nurse Hayden Perez isn't about to demand answers.

The deal is only for a year of marriage, but Hayden's going into it knowing it will be a nightmare. Sam is complicated, rude, kind of cold, and someone Hayden barely tolerates at work, let alone wants to marry. The hardest part is that Hayden has to convince everyone around them that they're madly in love and that racing down the aisle together is all they've ever wanted.

What could possibly go wrong?

Contains mature themes.

©2017 G Benson (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Cam
  • 09-06-2018

Fabulous

Great book and excellent narration. Laugh out loud funny in sections with warm and engaging characters. G Benson doesn't disappoint.

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great book

loved it . fantastic book . definitely one of the best you will find !!

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Recommended

As per previous reviews, it’s a slow burn with a few teases along the way until they finally give in but written really well so that it keeps you completely hooked.

Strong character development and easy to listen to narration and characters voices.

Other recommendations (in order):
- irregular heartbeat
- perfect rhythm
- the neighbor

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  • Amy
  • 13-03-2019

I quite enjoyed the journey.

the story was well written, the characters charming and the journey to romance never felt forced. the narrator's voice was a delight and I found myself smiling and laughing and hurting along with the characters. it might be one story I return to again later.

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EXCELLENT! BOOK AND NARRATION

New author that i wasn't sure of but good reviews ... and they didn't lie. Funny, entertaining and well written book and this author will be one i look for in the future. The narration is good (not great) and didn't bother me as the story line was so engaging and i thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book. Cant wait to see more from G. Benson in the future.

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Easy listening... Good amount of tension....

The characters were relatable and you felt for them...

Great story telling voice. Always nice to have a voice you Want to listen to as it paint the words

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  • Heather Dodge
  • 01-04-2018

Love this book

I am a new fan of G Benson. The two people from different worlds find common ground. The humor that pops up throughout the book made me laugh out loud. Give us more audio books. I definitely recommend this one.

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  • Sondra A., Cobb
  • 05-04-2018

sweet!

I liked the storyline for this book and I know it's been done sort of in movies before but still I liked how the story unfolded and I was definitely happy with the ending. I was a little sad that it ended. Audible needs more books by this author.

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  • Carroll A. Reynolds
  • 16-06-2018

Don’t judge a book by its cover

After completing this, I quickly realized The English idiom “don’t judge a book by its cover” would have been equally suitable. G. Benson brought her characters to life and familiarity. How often have you been treated in a hospital and the more personable people are not the doctors with alphabet soup after their names but the nurses? As I traveled through the journey of the characters I learned more about LGBT people, the differences, terminology, reference preferences, etc. After listening to a chapter or two I thought of situations I was in and how the author hit the nail on the head. It is truly a must read/listen for all romantics and others.

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  • Mrs. NY
  • 20-04-2018

Great Listen!

The book was excellent, having a combination of pleasant angst and heat. I was surprised at some of the turning points but they made the book that much more enjoyable. The characters not only had chemistry but they were well developed and had back stories that were real and emotional. Overall excellent book!

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  • DB
  • 16-07-2018

Soooo good

When I reflect on this book I realize and truly appreciate all it has to offer. Multicultural, multiage, non-binary...the book has it all without feeling preachy or pretentious. These pieces are backdrop to the great story. Curmudgeonly surgeon Samantha Thomson needs a wife and needs one now. Fiery nurse Hayden Perez, stretched to her financial limit, needs a break. On a whim Hayden answers a Craig's List ad that brings the two acquaintances together and on an adventure that helps heal wounds both harbor. With a great supporting cast and a solid story line it's a fun, rewarding read/listen. Go for it. You'll love it.

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  • Vowels
  • 29-09-2018

Nice flow, interesting chars, solid ending!

I like the books of Robin Alexander a lot, and the characters of this novel had a similar depth and complexity, as well as not living in a familial vacuum like those of so many other novels in this category.

The story flow was interesting from the beginning, and kept me wanting to keep going...and going...and.. okay, it was a bit addictive. The author was able to pull off a sort of tease-and-yank atmosphere all through the novel, without it being so abrupt I felt robbed. The tension had a nice rise and settle flow to it that kept me fairly comfortable through the novel, despite the appearance of certain personality types that generally put me on edge in real life.

The concept was really nifty and portrayed in such a way that made complete sense, as ridiculous as it sounded at first blush. Every decision by the characters appeared to be based on real background and personal behavioral patterns.

The narrator was awesome! Every character sounded distinct. Accents were authentic sounding. Her reading was flawless. One or two words were emphasized differently than I'm used to, but that may just be some regional thing I'm not familiar with. I honestly can't imagine anyone else doing this novel this well...I'll be watching for her other projects. :)

Really, the only off-note, I suppose, was that it appeared that the only real couples, of any quality, in this entire world, were gay or lesbian. The one thing I've noticed about Robin Alexander's novels (sorry, I probably shouldn't be comparing this way but she provides so many awesome examples. :) ), is that the straight-to-gay ratio appears to be relatively similar to reality, and there are plenty of examples of different couples, straight or gay. I do recognize that people will tend to be more tightly associated to their particular communities, though, so it's possible the author was simply simulating an environment where, for instance, a gay individual tends to recognize and notice gay individuals more than other people. Of course, it may simply be that the author is assuming a particular audience, perhaps justifiably, who may only wish to read about people like them.

This novel exceeded my expectations in a lot of ways, which I'm grateful for, since I primarily started reading lesbian romance for the awesome character work and stories about deep personal connections that I've come to expect from the genre. Enjoy this one!

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  • Wendy
  • 12-06-2018

Fabulous!!!

I ABSOLUTELY adored this listen. G. Benson wove an incredibly absorbing story that not only held my attention, but I found myself switching it on at 3am to get just a bit more. I loved G. Benson’s style of writing it from only one of the character’s perspective which left me (like Hayden), puzzled, inquisitive, and dying to understand Sam. Additionally, Tanya Eby’s reading enhanced my enjoyment even more. I highly recommend this audio book.

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  • Estrella
  • 07-09-2018

AMAZING

I loved this book from beginning to end. It had my laughing and giggling from chapter to chapter. The character development was amazing, especially with Sam’s. I recommend a read :) it had me satisfied and damm wishing a second book was made.

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  • suemel1
  • 10-06-2018

Top quality writing and narration

This book is exceptionally good! Great story and the inclusion is a bonus. Everyone deserves to see themselves in media. I am definitely going to be searching out more from this author.

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  • Kristy
  • 07-06-2018

Awesome book

This was a great story that hooks you right from the start, the characters are brilliantly written. The narrator was spot on with this one.

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  • Frances
  • 19-05-2018

QUEER LITERATURE DONE WELL!

THANK YOUUUU! Finally some non-binary and Pansexual representation!! and a story where their being queer isn't some big internal struggle. it's just a part of who they are. I loved it! couldn't put it down! highly recommend!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-05-2018

Brilliant

I have read all of G Benson's books but why is this the first available on audio,the storyline is good and Tanya Eby's narration is superb can we please have more,a perfect listen lounging in the garden on 3 day bank holiday weekend in the UK with 27°c
THANK YOU 😎

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  • ChrystalClear
  • 09-05-2018

Plan to listen because you’re not going to want to stop

I bought this because I’d read the review on ‘The Lesbian Review’ website and knew I wouldn’t have time to sit down and read it. Oh the irony.

I found myself riveted so much so that I actually found myself sitting down and listening. I spent an extra hour in bed just to finish the book. If that doesn’t tell you enough about the quality of writing and performance nothing I say will make you buy this slow burn, age gap, medical /family drama but you should anyway.

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  • J C
  • 04-04-2018

Very enjoyable!

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I enjoy G Benson's books. "Who'd Have Thought" is a great example of the author's easy to dip into, yet well-structured lesbian fiction page turners with a medical backdrop. Her characters are real, have their own strengths, weaknesses and the storylines she writes are engaging. And who doesn't enjoy some old-fashioned happy soppiness? The audio version of this popular novel, successfully narrated by Tanya Eby, simply adds an extra dimension of enjoyment. I hope G Benson's "Flinging It" gets the audio treatment and soon!

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  • h'gate-girl
  • 28-06-2018

love it

really enjoyed the banter and wit between the main characters and the story line.
Just shows love is where you least expect it

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  • Daisy Devonshire
  • 12-11-2019

Just Adorable

I was looking for a chill and cosy wlw story and this was by chance the first I came across. And boy am I glad! so cute, so well paced and entirely delightful! Who doesn't love fake marriage for great justice as a trope right?

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  • Chrissierose
  • 10-11-2019

Great story

Loved it, couldn't stop listening and enjoyed all the playful interactions between the characters. As a nurse the medical stuff was pretty good also. Cute, funny and would definitely recommend

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  • Kaz B
  • 10-10-2019

Super story

This is a great story and so well written. Love Hayden and Sam.
The narration is excellent.
Loved it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-09-2019

well worth the read

Found this a charming story, very well read. The character of Sam was beautifully understated but I loved her non-the less.

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  • Webster
  • 09-08-2019

Rich, Lol Fake to Real romance

Phenomenal characterisation as lovable klutz Hayden and precise neurosurgeon Samantha get together in opposites attract romance. The clever dialogue and internal meanderings of Hayden translate brilliantly to the Audible medium. Brought to life by Tanya Eby's talented narration. There is plenty of pathos and thought provoking content too, as the couples (Fake marriage to real romance and non-binary Luce With coffee girl Clemmie) negotiate the hazards of family, tragedy, gender and the true weirdness of hospital night/day swing shifts. Here is a powerful love story told with compassion and skill. If you're using headphones on public transport prepare for stares as there are laugh out loud moments as f/f romance crosses with Bridget Jones humour. Cat people will read this just to meet Frank who probably has his own fictional cat fan club. If you like this try Robin Alexander's comedic romances and Camryn Edes' The woman upstairs'. .😂 Enjoy!