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Some scars go further than skin deep....

1988 doesn’t end well for Jessica Abraham. In just one week, she turns 30, loses her day job, and loses the role of Ophelia to a younger actress. Rallying, she goes after a part at a theater outside of the city, but the director’s plan to hide her beauty behind hair, makeup, and wardrobe from Cosmo’s “Don't'' column shakes her confidence to the core.

For the first time in her acting career, she won’t be able to rely on her carefully managed physical charms. Only her craft will count. 

On a snowy night early in January 1989, a woman calls into DJ Callihan Alonso’s alt-rock radio show at the end of her commute. He asks her to call back the next night, and the next, just so he'll know she’s home safe. There's something about her voice that has him wanting more, but the longer they talk, the closer she gets. Compromising each and every wall he's built around his heart. 

If two lonely people fall in love over late-night phone calls, will meeting face-to-face make them, or break them?

In this heartfelt, slow burn retro romcom, it may be the end of a decade, but it’s the beginning of a love story.

©2021 Karen Grey (P)2021 Jasper Productions LLC

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  • J. Allen
  • 08-09-2021

Book 3 - Boston Classics

I love these retro romance reads / listens! Brings me back to the good ol days of awesome music and a more innocent time (for me at least) This is book 3 in Grey's Boston Classics series and tells the story of Jessica and Cal. Both have so much character growth and have been thru so much. Scars run deep - both seen and unseen but as they get to know each other in the most perfect way, a deep and meaningful bond is formed that allows an openness for healing. Well written, beautiful storyline that flows smoothly and perfect narration. I loved everything about this listen!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Johanna
  • 19-08-2021

LOVED THIS STORY!!

This book was so much fun! I loved that it was so REAL as if you were really there with Cal and Jess in the year 1989.

Yet there was a touch of fantasy about them falling head over heels also.

I loved how the heat level was like a flickering candle that was lit and distinguished as the characters found their rhythm with each other.

They each had their own mental challenges that they had to overcome and yet they didn’t let it break them up it allowed them to step away to heal themselves while still desperately wanting to be together.

This was a BEAUTIFUL story of love joining two souls together who needed each other to break the brick wall down to the path of healing but they didn’t “magically heal” each other they just opened each other’s eyes to what they hadn’t been able to put a finger on for quite some time.

The disabled animals were a nice touch also.

Swoon to the narrators too! They were so perfect for this story. Eric Michael Summerer has a nice strong flow but can be so soft in his delivery.

Vanessa Edwin has this soft breathy voice that goes from strong and confident to superbly quiet when needed.

Highly recommend!

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  • Heabooknurse
  • 17-08-2021

Sweet and fun!

I was so excited to go back to the 80s with this one. I’m all about this semi historical genre. The music the radio the phones with cords. Every bit of it.

Eric Michael Summerer and Vanessa Edwin killed it in this book. Their narrations were so incredible. Especially doing their radio deejay parts. I love the intro to the chapters where you get like you were in the radio station. Just truly loved it.

This was a sweet story about two people who have a lot of deep rooted insecurities who find love over the phone and eventually together. They both came out of their shells more and got more personal strength from their bond. It was so well done telling their stories. The part near the end where the hero goes to the burn ward and talks to the nurses about how they do what they do, was so truly powerful. As nurse we take an oath to save lives, but also to do no harm. There is a thin line sometimes in keeping both those paths intact.

I gave this 4 because some stories I don’t miss the sex. I did miss the sex. I wanted to feel more of that yearning and sexual tension between them. I just missed that. But I really did enjoy this story.

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  • Kelly
  • 11-08-2021

A Spin in the Right Direction

Plot - You Spin Me tells the story of two characters struggling with physical and mental health conditions that affect their daily lives and hinder their ability to develop trusting romantic relationships. Jess struggles with a variety of conditions and Cal is a burn survivor after a childhood accident. The development of their friendship and romance is organic and we witness them overcome some of their insecurities along the way.

Narration - Vanessa Edwin’s gentle yet expressive tone conveys Jess’s emotions effortlessly and we share her anxiety, pain and joy. This is my first title with Eric Michael Summerer and I was impressed. He has a smooth tone and, like Vanessa, shows feeling with just the right amount of drama. At just over nine hours, their thoughtful pacing made the time pass quickly.

Style - The ‘80s references are smile-inducing for anyone familiar with the decade. Karen Grey’s choice to begin chapters with radio deejay intros made every transition feel fresh and exciting. The plot moves smoothly with a focus on character development. It’s certainly a proverbial page-turner. By the end of the story, conflicts are resolved and the couple earns their HEA.

The Heat - This one is a slow burn. Although I prefer romance titles show more intimacy, I didn't feel like it was lacking. The intimacy they developed was necessarily emotional. When the physical moments arrive, they will be worth the wait.

Overall - You Spin Me is definitely worth a credit or cash. Be sure to check out other titles in the Boston Classics series for more decade-specific nostalgia.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 10-08-2021

Sweet, emotional, and funny!

This is the third book in the Boston Classics Series. I love the cover. What an amazing and refreshing story! Cal and Jess are wonderful characters. Their slow burn romance is beautifully written, sweet, emotional, and funny. The story has drama, angst, and romance. Hard to stop listening! Vanessa Edwin, and Eric Michael Summerer did a fantastic job with the narration! They are perfect as Jess and Cal, and their voices are very pleasant to listen to. This is a great team author/narrators. The quality audio is great, and the sound effects well done! This is a beautiful and entertaining story, and I enjoyed it! I need more! This series is amazing!

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  • Jennie @lostinbooklandia
  • 10-08-2021

Emotional and Beautiful Love Story ❤️

What a beautiful, emotional story about two damaged souls making a connection over late night phone calls. This book was wonderful! I loved the chemistry between Cal & Jess. From the first moment they talk on the phone, you can feel the spark. It was sweet and funny with some angst thrown in to take you on an emotional rollercoaster. Cal & Jess both have their own physical, mental & emotional insecurities and scars from past trauma that keep them from accepting themselves or letting others in. Slowly through the late night calls, they learn to be vulnerable with each other. To me, this story had a beauty and the beast type of feel. Cal hiding in the shadows because he’s afraid people will reject him of how he looks and Jess’ beauty is all ever people saw.

The narration and radio sound effects made this an entertaining listen from beginning to end. I loved all the music references, some bands /songs sounded made up, and some I’ve heard of. And the fake commercials were so silly! I loved it all! I’ve never listened to Eric Michael Summerer and was surprised I enjoyed his voice so much! He was perfect match for Cal. Summerer did a wonderful job turning on and off Cal’s radio DJ voice. And Vanessa Edwin as Jess was a delight! I love how she made Jess feel real and definitely believable as an actress. They beautifully brought Cal & Jess story to life.

Overall, this story was phenomenal and the storytelling was incredible. It was nice revisiting old friends from previous books. It talked about various issues, that I’m glad Cal & Jess were able to receive the help they needed to heal, so they could be together. This book will make you want to laugh, cry and fall in love with Cal & Jess.

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  • Janine Birt
  • 09-08-2021

Beautifully Damaged Souls

Book 3 of the Boston Classics series. Totally stands alone, but you get depth and texture from reading/listening the other 2 books.

Cal and Jessica are two beautifully damaged souls. Each has their own issues, scars (physical and emotional) and past trauma that they bring as baggage to the life they lead now. The way these two move around each other in consideration of these issues (once they get together, this is a slow burn after all) you can see that there are many ways to view another person's actions. Communication is the only way to truly know what is happening inside another person's head.

This is a book that I will read multiple times. Knowing at the end where the story went, I can see different moments with new light and just thinking about it makes me ache for these two characters who are so deserving of happiness and love.

The audio version of this story was incredible. Karen Grey has such a unique take on audiobooks and this series has been a delight for my ears. Each one has a little something special that hits perfectly with the theme of the story and the life of the characters. For Cal & Jess each chapter starts with a short radio spot. It just pulls you into the world that these two characters are living in and I loved it!

Eric Michael Summerer and Vanessa Edwin were beautifully cast as Cal & Jess.

Eric has a very versatile yet soothing voice. He was amazing as Cal the radio broadcaster but he was also able to bring to life all the other side characters and crazy personalities that live at the radio stations. The depth of his emotions in Cal's fears, joys and anguish were perfection.

Vanessa brought all the levels to Jessica and everyone around her. From rushed, breathless Jess, to panicked fearful Jess, to fun drunk Jess and emotional resolved self aware Jess, Vanessa is a brilliant performer and I hung on her every word.

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  • kgagnon
  • 09-08-2021

Compelling, Fun and Emotional Romance!

This retro slow-burn romcom captured my heart and never let go. Jessica is an actress who is feeling her age when a younger actress wins the role she wanted. When she is cast in another play as a character who is frumpy and unattractive, it goes against all her hard work to be noticed in this industry. One night on her drive home, she calls into a radio show contest. Cal, the DJ, feels an instant connection to her voice, and asks her to call again. They really enjoy their talks and begin to have feelings for each other. Jessica wants to meet Cal to see if he is as alluring and sexy as her image of him from his voice, but is afraid of what he will see. Cal also has his own reasons for wanting to hide behind his microphone. They are falling hard for each other thru their calls, but will they be able to live up to their expectations in person? What happens when their hearts are so invested, but they aren't brave enough to show their true self? I love Cal and Jessica together. They are smart, and funny, and their strength to overcome their past trauma was extraordinary. This is a beautiful, emotional, and compelling story about two people who are both scarred and broken, but working hard to be whole, happy, and loved. Grey touched on some very sensitive topics with honesty and empathy, helping us to understand and care deeply for these characters.
Vanessa Edwin, and Eric Michael Summerer were so perfectly cast to narrate this fun and emotional romance. They completely captured these complex characters and made me feel all the hope, heartbreak, vulnerability, love, and passion they possessed. I was completely mesmerized by their storytelling making this romance even more captivating.

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  • Bette
  • 05-08-2021

Outstanding Nostalgic RomCom & Narration🎧📚🎧

Karen Grey wows me with another fabulous romantic comedy set in her “Boston Classics” series. I am loving this series, each book is entertaining and contains plenty of laugh out loud moments and heartfelt ones. I highly recommend them all. There is so much to love about this series, the author nails the nostalgia theme and brings you back to the 80’s, you do not have to know the decade to enjoy the books but it is an added bonus if you do. “You Spin Me”, yes, I had that song stuck in my head ever since I saw the title, check it out, a one hit wonder by “Dead or Alive”, the other book titles did the same, I am still partying like it is 1999 from the last book. This book is Jessica Abraham and DJ Callihan “Cal” Alonso’s story and it merged two of my favorite things, music and theater. Jessica always wanted to be a dancer but since her body betrayed her, she turned to acting. She also taught dancing until budget cuts happened. Adding insult to injury she finds out she the part she wanted went to a younger actress. She does land another part in a play outside the city. One night she calls into the radio station and winds up talking to DJ. Cal, there was something about her that made Cal want to hear more from her so he had here call back. The two hit it off and it was the start of an over the phone relationship but when Jessica wants to meet in person he hesitates. He has his reasons and thinks once she sees him she would not want anything to do with him. I loved how everything played out in this book, the story is beautifully plotted with the perfect balance of drama, humor, heartfelt emotions and romance, a wonderful, slow burn romance. Karen Grey, thank you for another awesome story, the laughs and the emotional rollercoaster ride. Also loving the originality of these stories and how you keep it all real.

🎧📚🎧 And for the wonderful narration, Vanessa Edwin and Eric Michael Summerer were the perfect cast to bring these characters to life. They have a complete understanding of the characters they are portraying, giving each a voice that is a perfect fit for that character’s persona and sounding believable that role and just as I picture the character to sound. You could hear how much heart they put into their work as they capture the character’s emotions and project them into their performance. They set the perfect tone for the story, handle the witty dialogue with ease and land the humor flawlessly. These two fabulously talented voice artists are entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for this awesome listen.

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  • MonicaB
  • 05-08-2021

Sleeping Beauty and The Beast

You Spin Me starts with a fairytale-ish prologue about a very beautiful little princess that has learned to get by by relying on her looks and a sad little prince that gets into an accident that leaves him heavily scarred. It’s a little Sleeping Beauty and The Beast, so to speak.he epilogue is also done in the same way, which is really cute and sweet.

The story is set in 1988/89 and it’s part of the Boston Classic series of books but that can definitely be enjoyed as a standalone.

Jessica Abraham is an actress that is getting to the end of 1988 in a hard place. She turning 30, she loses the part of Ophelia in the company, and the director of the play she got a part in (contemporary theater in a town near Boston, where she lives) wants to de-beautify her. She now will have to go about this part having to rely only on her craft, which has her shaking in her boots.

One night after the long commute home, she calls the radio station she always listens to on her drive and ends up talking to Calliham Alonso, the DJ of the alt-rock program. She thanks him for helping get home safe every night and he asks her to call back the next day to let her know she got home. They do that every night and the longer they talk the closer they get.

But Cal has a secret… and Jess has her own demons. These two have broken souls… and bodies. Will find their way to each other?

This audiobook is a gem. The 1988 setting is a gem to the people who lived through those years and to the younger generation to get a taste of what they were like. Every chapter starts with a little soundbites that introduce the shows or the ads in radio stations and its spot on! It’s fun walk down memory lane! The narration is done dual style. Vanessa Edwin is not a new narrator to me. She always does a great job. Eric Michael Summer is a great surprise for me! He gives Cal all the depth the character needs. It's a slow burn romance and the story takes its time, but it's a great listen!


Possible triggers (provided by author and by me):
mental illness (anxiety, depression, Body Dysmorphic Disorder), description of past trauma (eating disorder, treatment of severe burns, house fire), suicidal ideation (past), bullying (past), drinking (recreational), drug use (mentioned, recreational), smoking, suicidal thoughts (past), vomit, homophobia (against a secondary character)

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  • Dektolia
  • 18-08-2021

Stand alone in an awesome series

This series is so much fun! You Spin Me could be read as a stand alone since there's not a lot of interaction with the main characters of the previous books in the series, but if you remember the late 80s the whole audiobook series is worth your time. I love "visiting" the era before cell phones and music on demand (as long as I can just close the Audible app on my phone and return to current technology). You Spin me is relatively low angst but not superficial. It's my favorite book of the series.

I highly recommend listening to the audio version. Vanessa Edwin has an excellent range of character voices including men and children, and Eric Michael Summerer has a great DJ voice (actually several great DJ voices).

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request, and the opinions here are my own.

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  • Naty
  • 08-08-2021

true lovw

Sometimes the scars that you can't see are the deepest. Cal is been hiding from the world as a DJ in a radio station not letting anyone to close to see his ugly body. Can a brivant and beautiful woman make him take a leap of faith and uncover himself or will her scars be the ones to broke them? a beautiful story about trust, self conciouness, and true love. The narrators are spectaular and bring to life a really good story. You will cry and you laugh but you will sure enjoy it.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 04-08-2021

Fun! Fun! Fun!

So many good things in this series, I am totally hooked. This story had me from the first chapter. Yes, I am an 80's child and I am familiar with Boston, so listening to this made it all the more fun! Karen Grey masterfully hooks me into the story with a DJ clip at the beginning of each chapter. Playing on nostalgia, I get a warm feeling each time I hear one! We meet Jessica as she is turning thirty, losing her job and having difficulty finding acting jobs. That in between stage of being the catch of the day or playing the mom is niggling at her and she does not want to lose her youth. One night, she calls into the local radio station to answer a contest, and here her life is about to change. We meet Cal, the DJ and the two hit it off. Nightly phone calls for these two lonely people lead something of a relationship. But when they meet, will it all change? Both scarred in different ways will challenge their confidence, but we can only hope love will prevail. With loving family around both, and Cal's misfit pets, the story is full of love and humor with a thread of relevance that makes it very realistic. And I absolutely loved the Karen White reference in the one DJ clip! Karen Grey has another hit on her hands with this one!

Narration by Vanessa Edwin and Eric Michael Summerer is spot on! It could not have been cast better. Edwin plays Jessica with an emotional edge. She is true to the character and creates her so she is a person we can relate to. Summerer had me with his first clip. I was laughing and enjoying each one. Then he gives us Cal with the hurt and fear is laced in his voice. And the change as love took over with the two just emulates how good their performance is. This is a must listen!

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  • Rebecca
  • 01-08-2021

5 Stars

These narrators were both amazing! This book will forever be etched into my heart and mind. So beautiful, both in story and sound!

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