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Summary

I guess you could say I was a damsel in distress, and he was my knight in shining armor. But more accurately, I was a girl with a lot of bad luck, and he was a guy with a lot of muscles and tattoos.

Jude "Lucky" Lucketti wasn't just a sexy, brooding construction worker. He was my own personal hero, showing up in all the right places at the right times. Like when my car broke down and I needed a ride home, and when I face-planted on the sidewalk right in front of him and had to be taken to the emergency room.  

We became friends, and it didn't matter that he was 16 years older than me. We had a lot in common - like our love of old rock music and vintage fast cars and our aversion to relationships.  

When he approached me with a crazy idea to help me out with my many problems, I couldn't say no.  

The arrangement was supposed to be temporary. A marriage on paper and nothing else. It should've been easy, but it wasn't. Because here I am, 18 years old, still in high school, and married to a man I was never supposed to fall in love with.  

We had just one rule - no kissing the bride. But we broke that rule, and it sealed our fate forever. 

Contains mature themes.

©2021 Carian Cole (P)2021 Tantor

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Great book and narration

my favourite part of this book has got to be the one liners Skyler gives back to those who bully her, I only wish I could have been that quick witted at high school. this is an age gap romance with all the feels. both jude and skyler have a lot of issues to deal with but are both lovely people despite what life has thrown their way. Jude struggles with the age gap and people's perception of it and him but his devotion to skyler is the stuff dreams are made of. skyler is equally protective of June and wise beyond her years due to her upbringing.
as expected from these two fabulous narrator's, Desiree Ketchum and Aiden Snow did a fantastic job, the passion and differentiation between characters in their performance was excellent.

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Decent story

easy listening, bit of unnecessary angst, i also feel uncomfortable with the age gap at 18,if she had been in her 20s possibly wouldn't have been,

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Brilliant!

Absolutely loved this book. Varian never fails to delivery an emotional read. If you haven't read her books before give them try you won't be disappointed!

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Superb!

Loved it! Carian Cole continues to bring all of her characters to life in another HEA. You truly are an amazing writer. I cannot wait for your next book.

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Enjoyable listen

This was a great book, and probably would have been a 5 star listen if I felt more emotionally connected by the end. Think the drama disconnected me more than it lured me in, unfortunately. Still more than worth a listen, though.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 25-08-21

⭐️ OH CARIAN, I “ONE MORE” CHAPTERED IT TIL DAWN ⭐️

To simply say this is an age-gap forbidden.. or an arranged marriage of convenience.. or even a friends-to-lovers romance would be selling it short. Because this gem of a slow-build has depth and layers.. emotional conflicts, fears and struggles.. angst and danger.. a social jury and judgements.. and so much more. Plus stellar narration by Desiree Ketchum and Aiden Snow.
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Skylar is eighteen, she’s a free-spirited, feisty heroine in High School with baggage and an eating disorder and Jude is 34, he’s tattooed, sexy, long haired, gorgeous and a construction owner.. strangers who are absolutely adamant they don’t do, or want, a relationship, commitment or love. But, when Jude steps in to help Skylar, they both feel the respect, trust, chemistry and toxic temptation when the ‘fake’ becomes real. It was a marriage innocently arranged to get Skylar’s medical bills paid and to get her away from a negative home life which has left her with a psychological eating disorder. There’s a push and a pull as Jude wrestles with the rights and wrongs of his growing attraction to Skylar.. and there’s torn decisions because he sees Skylar’s attraction to him. Which leads to a guilt-ridden rollercoaster of head vs heart.. desires vs denial.. rights vs wrongs.. crossing lines and mixed-messages.. and so so much more. However, they should’ve known.. you can’t choose love.. love chooses you.

Worth a credit? Oh yes I couldn’t stop listening, it’s a bitter-sweet, well-written and well-thought-out delicious slow-climb with angst, conflict, passion, romance, sex and a beautiful happy ever after between two lost souls destined to be together despite boundaries. Skylar had been looking after herself for years, she was sensible, sexually experienced and seemed all grown so I didn’t get that ’icky’ vibe to their relationship at all. Dual POV expertly brought to life.. and Aiden Snow ladies ♥️😘🤭🤫 whose sexy voice makes Jude a very very drool-worthy character indeed.

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  • Cami Cole
  • 14-09-21

Whiplash

This was all in all a beautiful love story. This couple had to battle a myriad of things from traumatic histories to commitments issues to mental health problems to overcoming a major age gap situation. Although the heroine was of age, I can see where this story could be a turn off or trigger for some as she was just 18 (hero in his thirties). Great storyline for me but some major whiplash with the main characters’ indecision. Still credit worthy imo. Excellent narration!

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  • Hilde Isaksen
  • 21-09-21

This is my favorite age gap book

So when carian makes a man bad she does it on a personal level. And when she makes them good you have a honest case of man envy. Siiigh if such men only existed, anyhow this is a great book, loved it down to the marrow of my bones.

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  • Dr. G
  • 13-09-21

I wish I could give 6 Stars

This book had everything I was looking for. It was long and I was able to emotionally connect to the characters. The heroine wasn't annoying and the narrator was amazing.

This is a great book.

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  • Heather
  • 22-01-22

Love!!!

Wow 😶 So. Good! Such a beautifully written age gap (16 years difference) hot romance. ❤ I love the exploration of right and wrong, stigmas and what's socially acceptable in these taboo pairings.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-21

long but great!!

takes a few chapters to get into... but so glad I kept listening!! loved the book!

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  • faith heidtman
  • 25-01-22

Don’t kiss the bride

I really loved this book. Great story and narrators did an amazing job. So glad to not be disappointed.

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  • chewy
  • 12-01-22

Such a sweet, love story. Loved it!

Jude and Sparkles were so sweet and adorable together. This book made me smile and cry and had all the feels. Well worth a credit.

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  • Railsmom
  • 03-01-22

Excellent story. My first with the age gap

Good story. Best one I’ve heard in a long time. Emotional roller coaster. Little bit frustrating that they kept fighting over the same thing- like a merry go round. Narrators were perfect.

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  • Scarlett James gillentine
  • 13-12-21

Overall great!

The story was great! I love how it had drama with both of their families. Plus told their own stories. I definitely recommend.

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