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  • My Enemy Needs Me

  • Dig Deep, Book 1
  • By: J. P. Oliver
  • Narrated by: Austin Jay
  • Series: Dig Deep, Book 1
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Summary

Keep your friends close...

Construction work isn't any sort of calling for Ethan Loeb. He gets the job done, cashes his check, and spends his free time volunteering at the retirement home his elderly mother lives in. He knows he comes across as big, gruff, and grumpy, but right now, he doesn't much care. 

Until him.

...but keep your enemies in your bedroom.

Mark Weaver knows that the construction crew in charge of building a new set of luxury townhouses is more than a bit ticked off that a potential dinosaur find has derailed their tight schedule. They make it very clear that the scientists excavating the site aren't welcome.

It doesn't much matter to Mark. Preserving the past trumps new construction any day.

But when Mark's car dies too far away from the work site for him to walk with his polio-damaged legs, can he accept help from a big, burly construction worker with a secret heart of gold?

If you're looking for a sweet, angsty, and steamy enemies-to-lovers audiobook featuring a disabled nerd and a tough guy with a gooey marshmallow center, check out My Enemy Needs Me, the first audiobook in the Dig Deep series. This title, and all titles in the series, can be listened to as a stand-alone.

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Really enjoyable

I really enjoyed listening to this book as Ethan and Mark meet at the dig site on opposing sides. When they get closer they have to deal with some bullying from work mates and potentially being fired while also dealing with family health problems.

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The construction worker with a big heart

Ethan has a tough life, with his mother in an hospice. When his construction job is put at risk, he can’t help but fall for the enemy. Mark is not really the enemy but he sure acts like one. He is a nerd with a mean streak when hurt. He and Ethan go through a hate you but love you phase and they can be hurtful but they can also be adorable.

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Excellent narration

I liked this story a lot, but I didn't quite love it. This is because I didn't believe in Ethan and Mark as a potential couple for the first few chapters. The way Ethan treats Mark isn't good (an understatement!) and the excuse of a former poor relationship is flimsy. Mark's one-time petty behaviour is more understandable. Still, things improve throughout their story as they start to stand up for each other, and their relationship solidifies.

The narration by Austin Jay is excellent. His voice is clear and steady, but he let's excitement creep in at the right moments.

I will continue to read or listen to further books in this series because I would like to know the stories of other characters that are mentioned.

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  • Julie
  • 07-09-19

Cute for the most part

Suspension of disbelief can only get me so far and since the main conflict made little sense to me (in real life, I believe they would have sent the crew to another site before paying them weeks of partial wages) I had trouble getting into it. I would have liked the narrator to have more variation between the two main characters in dialogue. He started with a distinct accent for one of the characters that came and went and I would lose track of who was speaking. Besides a lot of other little things that added up and bugged me, it was a cute story with a happy ending.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-02-20

Just couldn't finish it

I didn't find the story interesting enough to finish. Needs work. The start is slow the middle got a little better but not enough to actually finish listening.

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  • Cezanne
  • 01-12-19

Brilliant

I loved this story.

From the first characters I met I fell in love with this series. JP Oliver has an amazing way of pulling you into the story and keeping you engaged.

In this story he touches on varies medical difficulties but it doesn't make you uncomfortable hearing about it, or how the characters cope with it. It was quite refreshing and in some cases comical.

I've always been fascinated by Paleontology so this story touched my fancy quite something fierce.

I'd highly recommend this.

I was gifted a copy of this book by the author at my request and leave this review freely.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-11-19

meh

Not great, not terrible.... really drags in places and is equal parts predictable and far-fetched.

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  • Nicole Henderson
  • 19-11-19

Interesting turn of events

Dig crews against archeologists aren’t they just both dig crews. HaHaHa. If only that was the case one crew is there to be digging for a new construction the brawn team when one of their team finds bones. Along comes the next dig team the brains team to investigate the bones which needless to say puts a stop to the construction work team. But can people from opposing teams become lovers. Well that would be a yes. But it’s not all straight going even to the point that one of them risks losing their job for a relationship. Who well you’ll just have to listen to find out. This story was kind of sweet but overly and I did love the way it turned out.

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  • Sue 🎧
  • 19-11-19

enjoyed it

Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Were there any parts I found annoying: no
Did I feel an emotional connection to the characters: yes
Would I listen to it again: yes

Story comments: Nice easy Sunday listen, it requires the listener to overlook some technical inaccuracies, but overall an enjoyable story with good pace and some realistic challenges dealt with in an engaging way. Good start to the series and I look forward to more,.

Narrator comments: Austin Jay did a good job on the narration, I would have liked a little more emotion in some places, but it's only a minor critique and didn't pull me out of the story.

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  • W.
  • 30-09-19

Blue Collar Meets The Scientist

When I read the blurb of this book , I expected something else than what I got ....and I mean in the good way.

Story is about two men Ethan and Mark. Mark is a well respected and talented Archeologist , who has partial muscle atrophy of the legs, due to polio . Ethan is a construction worker who feels carries the world on his shoulders.

They are different as night and day. Their jobs make them rivals and at odd with each other . Yet , there is something between them that it can be denied.

This is a light-hearted audiobook but at the same time it is not, as it deals with very heavy subjects , not directly to the heroes but to people the heroes care about . Do not worry , it has a very swoony epilogue and a HEA.

I liked it yet it took me awhile to figure out where the story was going.

The story is a 3.5 stars but I think it deserves a half star to make it 4 ; because you don't see many heroes like Mark . His handicap did not stop him . He never felt sorry for himself or made excuses. Thank you J.P. Oliver for writing a book of two completely , everyday ordinary heroes, it was refreshing and different audiobook.

Narrator: Austin Jay reading was good and easy to follow. His Southern accent was spot on , I should know , I live in Atlanta, Georgia . I only wish his narration of the sexy times sounded more passionate and less monotonous.

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  • Annie13
  • 24-09-19

Nice sweet ending

Overall it was a nice story with nice narration but I had a hard time understanding the conflict between the construction team and the fossil team. I occasionally found the MCs a little frustrating but overall I enjoyed the story and it’s sweet conclusion.

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  • Esther A
  • 10-09-19

Sweet Enemies To Lovers

This is a sweet enemies to lovers story of Mark and Ethan. Well written and developed with some angst and twists to keep you entertained. The narrator did a good job with the differentiation of the characters and with the portrayal of the story. I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this audiobook.

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  • 06-09-19

Enjoyable

What a fun different read. It had an interesting story line and a few twists along the way. Love J P’s stories!