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  • In the Heir

  • Westerly Billionaire Series, Book 1
  • By: Ruth Cardello
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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Summary

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ruth Cardello returns with an irresistible series about sexy billionaires and the strong-willed women who tame them.

Brett Westerly is his father's golden child, but it's come at a cost. As head of the family corporation, he throws himself into his work - hiding in his office is easier than confronting the reality of his broken family.

After a bitter divorce that split the family and divided loyalties, the wealthy Westerly matriarch offers an early inheritance to any grandchild who marries and invites the entire family to the wedding. Brett's brother Spencer rashly gets engaged, and Brett knows it's his duty to intervene. But he never imagined the unwelcome desire Spencer's fiery fiancée would spark in him. Now the man who's used to getting everything he could want has met the one woman he can't have.

Ever since she was a girl, Alisha Coventry considered Spencer and his sister Rachelle the family she didn't have. When Spencer asks for her help, Alisha has no problem becoming his fake fiancée - until she meets Spencer's sexy older brother Brett. The chemistry between them is undeniable - forbidden - but as their relationship deepens, Brett is determined to have her.

Alisha only wanted to help the family make amends. Now she's falling for the wrong Westerly.

©2017 RCardello LLC (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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The audio book was both enjoyable, exciting, entertaining and definitely wants me to read the rest of the series.

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  • 20 Paws Mom
  • 04-10-17

Predictable

Unimaginative story, that plods on. Too many pronouns make th characters confusing. And a marginal narrator.

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  • NisaWelton
  • 21-12-18

I’m dying!!!

I absolutely can’t stand this narrator! The story had such promise and it was totally ruined by Terri Clark. I can’t even continue with this series because she narrates them all. Maybe one day when I have time to actually read a book I can go back and finish the series but that probably won’t happen, this is so disappointing. I will be avoiding her from now on. I actually started making a list of horrible narrators now because of her.

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  • kyproff
  • 13-11-17

cute love story

loved the narrator she had a very smooth voice, it took forever for the story to get going but I enjoyed it

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  • Priss
  • 15-07-19

ok

The story was ok and I could have enjoyed it better, but the narrator was awful. I don't understand the four stars I've seen on the reviews. A narrator can make or break a story. I may have like it better had I been reading it myself. Glad the listen was free.

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  • 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿
  • 30-06-18

15 minutes

That was all it took for the very slow computerized sounding narration delivering stilted sentences and awkward speech to grate my last nerve and force me turn it off. The stuff between conversation was delivered very slowly or very fast, so adjusting the playback was not an option.

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  • Carolyn Alford
  • 18-01-18

very meh...

This was boring and formulaic. The narration was exceptionally bad. The reader did not make much of the story. I won't read another book read by her.

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  • Margarita
  • 14-12-17

Narrator needs to be changed

Good story but the narrator is so monotone that she makes the book boring. If you change her then you will have a good product.

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  • Brian & Alison
  • 28-08-17

Weak female, horrid voice.

This book contains every mind numbing cliche that you could drench a psuedoangst ridden internal narrative with; zero character development, contrived antagonist with lame conflict, cheesy soft porn at the end and ....wait for it...all told with the voice if an air brained bimbo.

I had this for free via Unlimited. I STILL wasted my money.

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  • Sara Eisenhower
  • 25-08-17

On the Next Episode of Days of Our Lives

The story itself was decent although the familial drama and secrets played out like a total soap opera. Cheating, secret affairs, misunderstandings, DNA surprises!! It was kind of a lot. My main issues with this was the narration though. The narrator spoke in this breathy wispy voice the entire story. It's kind of hard to take the story seriously when the main character is read in a baby voice.

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  • KC
  • 19-08-22

Why Does Ruth Hate Us?

In high school my freshman English teacher informed us that one of the best ways to tell if your writing is any good is to read it aloud. This book has failed the test.

The narrator chose a monotone, and subsequently sounded as bored as this listener. I wouldn't blame Teri Clark Linden for feeling unenthusiastic after giving the a boner status update every two to three chapters but I assume she was being compensated.

Then there's the story. An emotionally constipated man becomes intrigued with a kindergarten teacher who refuses him due to family conflict and general dislike of how he treats his family. Oh, and the scam she and his brother are going to run on his grandmother.

SPOILERS: He runs a background check on her and stalks her to her fortress of solitude. When she tries to escape the turmoil in her figuratively adopted family with a cruise, he uses his riches to get the cabin next to her and follow her on the cruise. His sister begs her to leave him alone, because it's the heroine who is responsible [sarcasm]. He continues to lavish attention and foist gifts she's refused upon her. He even jokes multiple times that she always says no before saying yes. After several boner status updates there's a boner in-date and they all live happily ever after, except her dad who he announced died from overdose at a romantic moment where they discuss having children. It's literally a week long cruise and they're discussing children and her dead father. Yup.

This book is shamefully bad. If you're looking for a warm sweet romance this isn't it. If you're looking for a cad turned good guy this isn't it. If you're looking for a strong female character who inspires her lover to be better look elsewhere. If you're just looking for some hot, thirsty writing any attempts in this book are just ham handed and off putting. I have suffered through just to warn you. Please don't let my sacrifice be in vain.