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Summary

After the painful divorce from her husband, Reina Amari, wealthy mother of two, has lost her sense of self. No longer wife and homemaker, she feels low, lonely, and purposeless in her huge mansion in the Hamptons.

Her life suddenly changes when she meets Belle, her new pool technician, who brings back feelings long forgotten. Her emotions conflicted, Belle roars into Reina’s life like a storm; the calm waters now a thing of the past, and Reina has no idea how to deal with the situation. 

Single mom Belle Rodgers services pools during the day and works for Hamptons’ Escorts a few nights a week. She loves giving her female clients the only thing their rich husbands can’t provide: an unforgettable night between the sheets. Belle’s number one rule is to not get emotionally invested, but when her secret crush Reina books her, that proves to be a tough challenge.

Between their differences in lifestyle and Belle having a less than conventional job, nothing is simple and they struggle to fight their undeniable chemistry. Can Reina come to terms with her sexuality? And can Belle find the trust to open herself up? Storms are beautiful, but they can also be destructive....

The Next Life: a sizzling collaboration from best-selling romance author, Lise Gold and erotica author, Madeleine Taylor.

©2021 Lise Gold Books (P)2021 Lise Gold Books

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What a sweet story

I just LOVED this audiobook!!!! So much that I have listened to it twice more this week. Just because it’s such a sweet story with lovable characters and a “happy” feeling throughout the entire story.
I never thought I would be able to say I loved a book with one of the main characters working as an escort girl, but even this part of the story worked well.
I won’t write a review of the book because you can read teasers everywhere and I don’t want to spoil the story by letting you know more than you can already read on Goodreads, Audible and other book related pages - I just want to let you know it’s a great story and I hope you will fall in love with Belle and Reina too!
This book will definitely be on my “re-read/listen” forever 🙂

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Awesome voices telling an awesome Love Story

„The Next Life“ is a wonderful story of the differences in Everyday Life in terms of origin, class, money, tradition and that Love is the only thing that makes all these hurdles and difficulties surmountable!
The attraction between Reina and Belle is palpable from the first minute and the chemistry between them is incredibly hot.
The difficulties and personal fears they both experience and must overcome have the right amount of tension to make this story really good!
The two fantastic voices of Abby Craden and Tessa Stavers makes the whole thing even hotter!
Lise Gold writes wonderful romances and Madeleine Taylor hot erotic love stories.
Combined, this book is really unique and extraordinarily beautiful!

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Great story

I really enjoyed the dynamic between the two narrators. It's also a beautifully written story.

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True love will find a way

Such a heart felt story of self discovery......with fate making a path.... allowing exploration of love,  passion and togetherness.

This journey proves if  love is meant to be that nothing will stand in its way!

I really enjoyed this book and loved the chemistry between them both...

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  • 01-11-21

What a sweet story

I just LOVED this audiobook!!!! So much that I have listened to it twice more this week. Just because it’s such a sweet story with lovable characters and a “happy” feeling throughout the entire story.
I never thought I would be able to say I loved a book with one of the main characters working as an escort girl, but even this part of the story worked well.
I won’t write a review of the book because you can read teasers everywhere and I don’t want to spoil the story by letting you know more than you can already read on Goodreads, Audible and other book related pages - I just want to let you know it’s a great story and I hope you will fall in love with Belle and Reina too!
This book will definitely be on my “re-read/listen” forever 🙂

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  • 27-09-21

Swap Narrators

This was such a great story about self discovery later in life. The conflicts were not as bad as I had expected being that one was an escort and the other one a wealthy heiress. There love story was great and very steamy. The only thing that I would have wanted was to have Abby Craden read read the part of Belle instead of Reina. This is not to say that Tessa Stavers was bad since she did a great job narrating but all steamy scenes should really be reserved for Abby since no one can do them quite like her. All in all, I recommend this one.

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  • Kathleen Andrea
  • 02-11-21

simply the best

I have read or listened to hundreds of lesfic books and this one will go down as one of my very favorites. The story line was great, the characters well developed and the x-rated scenes were very effective. Add to that increadible narration. Don't pass this one up.

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  • Rosie Palomino
  • 25-09-21

Love it!

This book was amazing! I loved both of the narrators and the story was interesting, funny and sexy!! Definitely recommend !!

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  • Melisa
  • 21-09-21

Romantic & sexy sapphic romance…

This was fantastic. Reina is feeling very lost post-divorce and with her children having left the nest. Enter Belle, Reina’s new pool tech that she can’t seem to keep her eyes off. Belle is also an escort by night and I was so happy with how that fact was handled by Reina. Read the blurb for a better description but I thought this was a beautiful sapphic romance between two single mothers at different stages in their lives. There was also a decent amount of sexy time written extremely well.

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  • Lisa Reads
  • 25-11-21

Predictable but okay

First, Belle’s narrator totally does not fit her character. To the point of being distracting to me. But that’s me.
The story is unrealistic and predictable but it wasn’t horrible.
It’s kind of like a being in a relationship with that woman who you know isn’t the one, but the sex is great so you stick it out. lol

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  • Martha E.
  • 24-11-21

Claiming Who You Are

This novel addresses the need for all of us to own up to who we really are, forgetting what others might think of out “mate choices,“ for in the end, it is only unselfish love that really matters.

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  • Tammi
  • 17-11-21

Hmmm…

There is some good and some not so good in this book. I’m a huge Lise Gold fan so I didn’t hesitate to grab this book. I’m also a fan of Abby Craden (and she’s great as always). I’m not familiar with the works of either of the two other women. So I’m not sure what didn’t exactly work for me, but it just didn’t. I’ve read some reviews suggesting the narrators switch, but I liked Abby as Reina. I think she should have done both sides. I didn’t buy Tessa Stavers as Belle. I thought she sounded too old.
I totally wasn’t into the bit about the escort. Otherwise I really thought the character had some depth.
Overall, I found the story unbelievable. I thought the writing itself and the storytelling were both good. I wouldn’t not recommend this book, it just wasn’t for me.

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  • Avid Listener
  • 12-11-21

Surprisingly enjoyable

Okay yes it’s cheesy in places, but it’s an enjoyable and generously long tale of finding love

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-21

Steamy Romance

My wife and I loved this book. The characters were so well written that it just draws you in. The story line is believable and super steamy throughout. Highly recommend!

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