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Summary

Fall in love with this audio-first charmer from number-one New York Times best-selling author Susan Mallery!

When Nissa Lang’s house sitting job falls through, she’s left with no place to stay for the summer. While she’s figuring out what to do, her old family friend Desmond Stilling hears about her dilemma and invites her to stay on his palatial estate. Trouble is, Nissa’s always had a crush on Desmond, so she’ll have to keep her feelings under wraps....

Ever since Desmond was shipped off to boarding school as a child, Nissa’s tight-knit family was the closest thing he ever had to a real family of his own. Her brother invited him into their clan, and he’d never betray their trust by giving in to the hidden attraction he’s always harbored for Nissa. 

But as the season heats up, the two get to know each other in a whole new way. Will their summer together be fleeing - or will it lead to the love of a lifetime?

©2020 Susan Mallery (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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A beautiful story. Great narrators.

I love this story. It doesn't have the annoying cluelessness that's in so many love stories. The characters are relatable and likeable.

I don't understand why so many reviewers complain about the female narrator. I've listened to several books that are narrated by her and I find her to be a talented voice actor. The male narrator is a great voice actor.
All of the characters have their own voices. Their personalities and emotions are conveyed perfectly. Not an easy task when intense emotions need to be portrayed. They make the story real. What more can you ask for?
The story deals with terminal illness and organ donation amongst other things.
It takes a really good author to write an intense, detailed story with fully formed, believable characters. Ones that to anyone with a heartbeat are instantly real and lovable. It takes very talented voice actors to read it without it loosing something along the way. All but one very minor character become sweet, lovable people that you really care about.
The story flows beautifully from start to finish.

Desire is touched on several times and full physical intimacy is gently detailed once. This is done very tastefully. I find that Susan Mallery is always tasteful in describing love making but especially so in this book.

10/10 - Highly recommended!

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Narrator totally ruined the book for me!

The narrator (Tanya eBay) had as much get up and go as a bowl of dirty dish water. She didn't give you any reason to want to finish the book. I felt there was no emotion, no empathy and certainly no feeling when it came to "sexy" stuff. sorry to be harsh, but that is my opinion.

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Oh dear

I have no idea how Susan managed to get to bestseller level, if her stories are all like this. This story is so obvious and basic. Everything is stated bluntly. There is nothing hinted at. Nothing suggested. No clues to read into. No real emotion to become involved in. There of course is a story but we don't get to wrap ourselves in it, as it rushes through content and emotion. I'm left cold and detached and confused.
I don't enjoy writing such comments but this is how I feel. Tanya; a narrator, even sounded like a robot at times, so that really didn't help either. There is clearly a need to explain which category Susan is a bestseller of.

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I lovely story, Puzzled at previous bad reviews

I loved this story and the humor, and compassion which ran through it. It's a love story, so exactly what people expect is beyond me.

I found the narration, particularly the female narrator to be great and cannot understand why people have berated her as sounding like a computer voice. If anything the guy narrator sounded a bit stilted in the beginning, but got a whole lot better the further through the story.



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If you like cheesy, this one’s for you

I wish I could have liked it, but it was simply too cheesy and cliché for my taste. Unfortunately I also couldn’t get into the narrator’s voices and found myself cringing fairly often at the author’s writing. If you like soppy and happy ever after to dream about, this one’s for you.

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Story spoilt by narrator

While the story was good, the whole listening experience was marred by the reading!!
The female voice is particular occasionally put me in mind of a computer generated voice.

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the reading of this story was very off putting sounded like a computer input voice

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Cute story. Awful narration

Worst female narrator ever. Sounds like a computer generated voice. Almost gave up because of it and I certainly won’t listen to anything by her again. The story was ok. A bit Prince Charming but it past the time. Would have been really put out if it had been a paid for book

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Recommend

Absolutely loved this book. Everything was right about it. Couldn’t stop listening to it until the end. Just hope my next on is as good. The narrators are perfect for the story and the right accents.

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  • BB
  • 03-09-20

Slow burn romance

Slow burn romance that focuses on revealing long-simmering feelings between Nissa and Desmond and then building their connection.

Susan Mallery is a talented writer with a knack for writing engaging stories with characters you root for. I particularly enjoyed Nissa and Desmond being open with each other and discussing things throughout the book. So many romances henge on mistaken perceptions, misunderstandings and unsaid feelings-- it is refreshing to read about adults acting like adults and actually communicating with each other.

The sexual tension in this story is mild; sex was no more than a paragraph or alluded to instead of described in detail. If you are a fan of "sweet romance" or romance with PG-13 sex scenes, this romance is for you.

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  • novemberCat
  • 07-09-20

Great story but

The female narrator was awful! Why use a great male narrator if you aren’t going to do the same for the female? I almost wish Jason Clarke had read the whole thing. I love his voice and at least i would have enjoyed it even more.
I did enjoy The story though I wish it had been longer. It was wrapped up to quickly and Susan Mallory can do better. It also annoyed me how the female kept saying “ I told you not to marry your ex wife”. It felt it was a bit immature.

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  • Diane S.
  • 15-09-20

Great story, Male narrator was amazing

I wish the female narrator had not been in it at all. The male was amazing, and she was a robot.

Anyway, the story was great. Really good story development. The characters were well thought out and grew. The romance was getting good, and then bam. The story just ended. Which surprised me. Susan Mallory normally does a much better job ending stories.

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  • Nola
  • 11-09-20

Enjoyed a change a pace for me!

Laid back and easy to follow, and again I need a change of pace from my Mysteries and Suspense novels.. This one was a good and easy listen for me. I really enjoyed getting to know them all! Maybe not Desmond's Mom... lol

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  • Grandma2twinsies
  • 09-09-20

Good story, Good male narration, female narration mediocre

The story itself was a good story and the male narration was spot on. However; the female narration was choppy and almost sounded computerized at times. When she would use an expression in her voice it added pleasantly to the story. Either way the book is worth the listen.

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  • LexiMuse
  • 07-09-20

PG Romance with simple plot between 2 old friends

A mild romance set in Seattle about a wealthy businessman and his best friend’s kind, pretty younger sister. They spend the summer sharing his house and dance around their feelings for each other while helping a sick friend. There is the usual uninspired, non-graphic, falling in bed eventually and the usual breakup before an abrupt Happy Ending & no epilogue.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-09-20

twists and turns


alot happens in this book and it happens very quick but as many turns as there are its a worth while read.

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  • Malachi's momma
  • 18-09-20

Love story years in the making, a but unrealistic

**May contain some spoilers or details of the story**
The part I found unrealistic for me was the fact that the male character kept calling himself heartless, unable to love and all around a bad guy when it came to relationships because there was no evidence in it through the whole story. No development on that part of his character. Yes he had a failed marriage but he ended it because he knew she didn't love him and only wanted his money. Other than that he was single because he worked a lot is all I could guess.

Also, too good to be true parts just kept happening. Her needing a place to stay and him being welcoming was easy to believe but then he was just so dang accommodating to everything and everyone else the whole story. Again, not heartless or bad guy at all. In fact there was so much about how generous he was, how he wanted to help Nissa and her friend and make her truly happy. It was mostly the part where her friend needed a transplant and then he was letting her recover there, provide all the nursing care AND physical therapy AND remodeled her ENTIRE house. I mean come on. It was like, "Oh, you need a million bucks? Sure! It's just money and I have tons of it!" The only thing that may have helped with why he did the home remodel for her friend whom he only met maybe twice was he explained that he normally does charity work every year and donates a lot of money. That helped this make sense.
It all just seemed to move too fast, everything was too perfect the whole time.

I did really enjoy this listen though. I think more development would have helped a lot.

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  • 💞 Rachel 💞
  • 15-09-20

Loved it..

This was a cute book. Again love to hear Jason narrate... Looking forward to my next book..

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  • Kati Gray
  • 13-09-20

Difficult listen.

Story overall was ok. Jason Clarke is one of my favorite narrators but female narrator was very hard to listen to.

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