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After Charlotte’s father died, her mother changed. She became cold and distant, and Charlotte slowly withdrew into herself.

She spent years feeling lonely and insignificant, and rarely spoke more than a few words to anyone. One night, after a traumatic incident instigated by her mother, Charlotte is arrested and taken to juvie.

A year later, Charlotte’s being released from juvie for the second time. Instead of an awful group home, her social worker brings a welcome surprise: Charlotte’s long-forgotten uncle, Arthur, who is all too eager to help her after everything she's been through. When Charlotte learns that Arthur has a stepson her age, she’s even more apprehensive. How could he not resent having a stranger thrust into his home and family?

To her surprise and relief, Sebastian is kind and friendly. He and his four best friends—Grayson, Remy, Liam, and Elliot—make Charlotte feel welcome. They never make Charlotte feel badly about her past or her anxiety. They make her feel seen. As she gets to know the boys, she realizes they each have their own issues and demons they’re fighting, and she forms a unique bond with their group.

It doesn’t help that they’re ridiculously attractive. How could Charlotte not fall in love with all five of them?

©2022 Willow Hadley (P)2022 Podium Audio

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A favourite feel-good series

This is one of my favourite feel-good series, and I absolutely loved listening to the audiobook version. The performance was so well done, and I’m looking forward to listening to the next one!

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  • 17-08-22

Wonderful 😊

This audiobook was wonderful. I enjoyed every moment of it. The whole thing was just pure sweetness. The narrators also did a great job of bringing the characters to life.

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  • George Villegas
  • 15-07-22

The Perfect Remedy To Warm Your Heart.

I love how this book didn't fall into the cliche bully romance. all the guys were so sweet and caring to her. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a smile in their life, it definitely made me smile a lot! ty Willow Hadley 💓

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  • Leya
  • 16-06-22

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Sad girl, new town, adopted by a group of boys is my favorite theme. This story is exactly that with a sprinkling of internal teen angst and a heavy dose of sugary sweetness. I've read the physical books and did not hesitate to purchase the audible version. The male narrator does a good job portraying the characters as young men, not gruffing it up to make them seem older than written.