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  • The Lonely Kings, #1
  • By: Ava Lore
  • Narrated by: Crystal Sershen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Hard Rock Arrangement

By: Ava Lore
Narrated by: Crystal Sershen
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Summary

Contains mature content. 17+ only!

Please note! Portions of this audiobook have previously appeared in the serial novel Rock Arrangement.

Chronic loser Rebecca Alton is penniless, homeless, and sleeping on her sister’s couch. She needs a job, fast, but in this economy finding one is easier said than done. When she accidentally walks into the wrong office and finds herself auditioning for the role of fake girlfriend and very real babysitter to Carter Hudson, the out-of-control lead guitarist of an up and coming rock band, can she pull it off? And considering who her boss would be - Carter's brother and the band’s bassist, manager, and undisputed king of bad attitudes Kent Hudson - would she even want the job?

Rebecca isn’t sure. In fact, she’s not sure of much in her life, except three things: Kent wants her, she wants him back, and the underlying animal attraction between them may be too white-hot to keep under wraps.

©2013 Ava Lore (P)2014 Ava Lore

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What made the experience of listening to Hard Rock Arrangement the most enjoyable?

The story was amazing and a little unbelievable , but in a good way.
The characters are lovable, hot, tortured, fantastic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Rock Arrangement?

Just one!
Ok the flight to Las Vegas.
The 'morning ritual'.
I really could go on.....

What about Crystal Sershen’s performance did you like?

The narrator - fantastic, sometimes you could forget it was the same person.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Lonely Kings - royalty like you've never known before.
That is the tame version. You could go raunchy but well it may get x rated .

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  • 21-02-14

I JUST DIDN'T WANT IT TO END

I hadn't heard of this Author before but I liked the Summary (and the hot picture too!!) so took a chance.... and boy did it pay off. It captured me from the 1st paragraph, consumed me as it took me on Rebecca's riveting journey and then left me craving more more more.

Rebecca's been through Hell, her ex sucked the life out of her and gave her a bad reputation too, she's broke and had to move in with her Sister and all she can do now is obsessively clean clean clean but her Sister's had enough and sends her on interviews... for a Cleaner's job. It's at one such interview that she meets Kent, a handsome, hot, charismatic Alpha who's bossy, hard, ruthless and tattooed and when their eyes meet time stands still and she's about to have her world rocked (lucky lucky girl).

This isn't a 'sex, drugs and rock n roll' type of book, although there was a scene describing the aftermath of one such party mentioned early on in the book, nor is it just about two people's instant attraction, their sizzling chemistry and the building passions that had to be denied but, like a volcano it eventually erupts, resulting in some hot, frantic sex scenes and a tender sweet love story. No, this listen has soooo much more, it's a great story about interesting characters with witty inner dialogue, humor, friendship, support and love because, when the chips are down and blackmail looms, Rebecca finally has someone to trust and people who care.

Worth a credit? It was so well-written and described that I felt I was there witnessing each scene as it happened and I was eager for the HEA but very reluctant to get there because then their emotional touching story, and the book, would be over. YES worth the credit and the dishevelled tired reflection looking back from my mirror who's shaking her head saying "another 3 am finish - will you ever learn?" Well my answer is "with books like this then nope never!"

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  • Avid listener
  • 08-04-14

Shocking narration!

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I should have paid heed to the reviewers who warned about the bad performance of this book, instead, I was swayed by the reviews which were complimentary of the performance and the positive reviews of the story. I am normally quite a tolerant listener and accepting of various performance styles but this performance had no redeeming features. Listening to this performance was like listening to nails being continuously scraped along a blackboard. I only persevered after I found that increasing the speed made listening tolerable; that's the only way that I could finish the story. Otherwise the story and characters were quite entertaining once you found a way around their mangled voices. The performer manages to sound both monotonic and overly expressive by spitting out and gargling words without respect to proper phrasing, timing or expression. The inventive or unorthodox stress on the wrong syllables in the words in the text is astounding.
Sorry if that sounds harsh but such is the frustration that this performance evoked in me.

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  • Lia
  • 03-09-14

Funny, Sexy With Lots LOL Moments

Rebecca is staying at her sister's house in L.A. after fleeing her controlling, abusive ex-boyfriend. Now broke, homeless and jobless, she accidentally walks into the wrong office looking for a job and meets Kent. Totally hot, he is actually the bass player/manager for an up-and-coming band, but he's hiring a "personal assistant" (read:babysitter) for Carter, Kent's little brother, who is also the band's guitarist and is well on his way to rock and roll self destruction.
Without many options and in need of the big salary, Rebecca takes the job but it's not as Carter's assistant. She has to pretend to be his girlfriend so she can watch him 24/7--something that becomes harder each day as her feelings for Kent grow stronger. Can Rebecca and Kent keep their hands off each other so no one guesses her relationship with Carter is a sham? When her ex resurfaces, all hell breaks loose and Rebecca sees a future with Kent, slipping away.

I really liked this book. GREAT characters--even Rebecca, who began as kind of a wuss/victim. She was pretty funny and even though she had a lot of issues, they didn't make her into a shut-in. She still managed to act on her conscience and show her true character. As Kent told her--she's a stronger person than she realizes. Kent was hot, though a self-professed "a**hole". But even from the beginning when he was a total jerk, he was still funny and charismatic without being a caveman toward Rebecca. The other characters were also fairly interesting--I wanted to learn more about what made them tick.

There were quite a few laugh out loud moments throughout the book. The dialogue managed to be funny without being snarky, rude, bitchy or mean--quite an accomplishment these days. The plot seemed believable and in keeping with the rock theme and the sex scenes were pretty hot without being too detailed or drawn out.

All in all, I really liked this book. I guess this is a short review because all I really wanted to say was, "great job!" to the author. I've read a lot of so-so books on this exact topic lately and it's nice to find an enjoyable one without a lot of missteps.

The ONLY NEGATIVE about the story I had was the ending--which didn't really have an epilogue. In lieu of an epilogue, another chapter would have been nice to see what happened after the concert. And Rebecca's sister Rose, an important character in the beginning, disappeared after Rebecca took the job. She definitely seemed like she would have had something to say about the events in San Diego. Also, even though Rebecca's family was supposed to be super close, we never saw their reaction to anything that happened.

I know there's a book 2 (which I am going to buy RIGHT NOW!!! LOL) so I am assuming we see more of these two in the sequel. Hopefully, more than just a background story with superficial involvement. This would have been five stars if the ending had been wrapped up better.

Still really liked it.

I have to agree with some other reviewers about the narration. Crystal Sershen was just bearly OK with the delivery of the story. I was hovering over a 2 rating because her male voices were so annoying. I am glad she is not narrating the other stories in the series.

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  • Cassandra
  • 26-02-14

Could have been better!

Would you try another book from Ava Lore and/or Crystal Sershen?

I would try another book from Ava Lore but not if it is narrated by Crystal Sershen.

What didn’t you like about Crystal Sershen’s performance?

Her voice was the same mono tone voice and when she read the man part she sounded like a witch. She is not very good with this type of book. Maybe an old world southern book.

Was Hard Rock Arrangement worth the listening time?

If it was read by a different narrated, I feel it would have been. Was not able to finish the book. Felt like I was listing to someone that I should feel sorry for.

Any additional comments?

Change narraters then put it back out there!

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  • Tara
  • 14-03-14

Hot Rockers that the Narrator Killed!

This book had so much potential. I really liked the storyline and the characters. I think it was well written and could have been up there with Olivia Cunning but the narrator Crystal Sershen killed it. She draws out all the endings in her words and her male voices sounded painful not sexy. If this book was narrated by another author, it would have been much better. I would listen to this author again as long as the narrator is changed. Rebecca was funny and quirky and I loved her cleaning OCD moments. Carter is funny and immature and Kent is stern and authoritative. I think the chemistry was great and the plot twists with ex-lovers was awesome. This was not just about a rocker on tour and that made for interesting reading. I don’t want to give any storyline away but the scene with Jason in the hotel was great and so deserved. LMAO. Please, Please, Please get another narrator. Happy I took the chance because the story was good.

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  • NEW NAME
  • 28-02-14

Decent story, HORRIBLE narrator!!!

I usually don't comment on narrators, rarely have I come across one that I bash, but I am totally up for a bashing right now! This book could have been 5 stars all around, singing its praises and so on...if the narrator didn't sound like a computer voice from a 1980's movie. Long pauses in the middle of words, going up and down on every syllable! And the men all sounded like growling scratchy things.

With a different narrator this book could have been really up there, it had all the makings. Good hearted girl who just got out of a looser relationship through a weird set of circumstances finds herself as a babysitter to a wayward rock star. But who she is fascinated with is his older brother, who is also in the band. The story is cute and the tension is built well, but there is no triangle drama, it's just a nice story with great sexual tension and some hot scenes towards the end. There were a couple of instances of unrealism where the author took creative license, but overall really great book...if I had READ it...did I mention the horrible narrator killed it?

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  • Jessica
  • 11-09-14

Narrator is awful

Would you try another book from Ava Lore and/or Crystal Sershen?

The writer yes the narrator no

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She was the worse I have heard and I read a book a day on average

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  • Jonna
  • 14-04-14

Lots of humor, Hot sex,and a touching story,

I was captivated right from the beginning with this heroine and her story. It starts with an interesting character and an energy that I have found missing from so many of these modern "bad boy" romances. There's plenty of the hot and graphic sex that one comes to expect from these modern stories, but Carter Husdon and Rebecca Alton are interesting individuals who who engage in humorous and witty dialogue. The story begins with a classic misunderstanding as Rebecca goes to the wrong room to apply for what she thinks is a maid's job but which really is the PA tor Carter, lead guitarist to an up and coming rock band. As Rebecca looks around the room and compares her tube top and shabby jacket with the dark suits of other candidates, she realizes she's in trouble, and thus the humor begins. Carter's interview with these candidates is a riot. The two are immediately drawn to each other, and Rebecca proves herself to be an important source of help and inspiration to the whole band. When trouble arises for Rebecca, she finds out how the band and Carter really feel about her. Look for the song that Carter writes for Rebecca...gorgeous.

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  • Yvette
  • 22-02-14

HOT ROCKER ROMANCE!!!

This is my first rocker romance and I was hooked!!!

With a rocker romance I expected womanizing, partying disasters, drugs, alcohol, destroyed hotel rooms, kinky sex, excessive living, and vomiting puddles….

And well, yes, even though there was a lot of that there was also…..

Sweetness, hot sex, solid friendship development, quiet home-life, meditative moments, music rehearsals, music videos and a climb to the top in the music charts, with an equal dose of faithful, enduring love.

At the beginning of this story, we find Rebecca Alton (heroine) at a bad time in her life. She's in her mid-20s and has made a series of bad decisions and wasted time and energy on a loser ex-boyfriend, and a hard life that left her out of luck, with no job, friends or worldly possessions. In fact, initially, it seemed like the only good thing college drop-out, previously-employed bartender, Rebecca has going for her is a compulsive cleaning habit. But this book capitalizes on being at the right place at the right time and when Rebecca mistakenly strolls into an interview with Sexy, hot, no-nonsense Kent Hudson….well, her luck is about to change….in the best of ways!!

OMG, this book was so fun, exciting and sexy!!! I loved Kent Hudson (hero) because yes, he was the hot, bad-boy, gorgeous bassist and tough manager for the band THE LONELY KINGS, yet he was definitely MORE than that!!! I loved that he was smitten from the moment he saw beautiful Rebecca (in this own "rocker" kind of way). I also LOVED that he was pretty set on her and there was no mention of other women from the time Rebecca walked into his life. Yes, he hired her to take on the role of baby-sitter, handler and pretend girlfriend to his brother Carter (the genius songwriter, singer and guitarist for the band). Yet, he didn't realize how impacting Rebecca's presence would have on the whole band, including Carter, who was on a dangerous substance abuse trend downward. The attraction between Kent and Rebecca was always ON FIRE, and even though Kent tried to be distant (epic fail) and was moody (as he fought in his internal cravings for Rebecca), when they finally give in to each other, it's a rock hard type of romance….lol. Kent always radiated this electric attraction for Rebecca and I loved that aspect of the romance.

In this book there are plenty of twists, sweet moments, unexpected revenge, standing up to a bully, finding an insatiable true love and much more…This read was enjoyable and relaxing. It was low on the angst and high on the steam---And, that is just the kind of book for me when I want to escape into a fab romance and relax.

Narrator: I really liked Crystal Sershen. I thought she was really good and did a great job with both the female and male voices.

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  • Frances Sarabia
  • 19-02-14

Funny! Charming!!

Where does Hard Rock Arrangement rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I like this book. The love story was charming and their were funny characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Rebecca, she was funny and cute. Sonia was great! She was so straight up!

What does Crystal Sershen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Crystal was great, it was how she was able to act out each character to bring them to life!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

When Rebecca and Carter on bonded and when Rebecca told her story. The funny part was when in the beginning when she was looking for the job interview. Also, when Rebecca got high in the van. The other scene when they were filming their music video Rebecca and Kent romantic scene.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for #2!!

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