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From number one New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely comes a sexy, emotional, and deliciously addictive trilogy performed with all new narration from Joe Arden and Vanessa Edwin....

Let me tell you everything I know about love....

Love is a lie, a game, a chase. And most of all - it’s a battle every man and woman must fight for themselves.

I don’t trust love for a second.

Until I meet Trey.

He’s just like me - dangerous, scarred, and keeping secrets that might be darker than mine.

And I can’t seem to stay away from him even though I’ve promised to.

How can this be the start of something when tomorrow it has to end?

The Start of Us is the first novel in the No Regrets Trilogy.

©2020 Lauren Blakely Books (P)2020 Little Dog Press

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Angsty goodness

The Start of Us

I’m struggling to review this book. I have so many mixed emotions. On the one hand, I love when Lauren goes all angsty on us. It's such a departure from her romcom ways, which I love, but she always nails the angst like she was born to write it. I love how she builds it up. Makes her characters work for it. This is a reworked version, and I'm sure I listened to the original because some things where familiar to me. Any how, why I'm struggling, there is a character that I hate. I don't often use that word but honestly, I hated this character with every ounce of my being. And in turn, it made me very frustrated with Harley for allowing things to continue. But, I suppose that is the joy of a good book, right? That it can evoke such strong emotions and reactions from the reader/ listener? I'm looking forward to diving into book two, even if it is the hope that someone gets hit by a bus...don’t judge me!

Joe Arden and Vanessa Edwin are pure perfection. Joe performs the troubled Trey with such sincerity that it was a joy to listen to. And Vanessa, good God, this woman is just astounding, I have loved every book I've heard her perform and this was no different, the delivery of this character and her conflicting thoughts and vulnerability was conveyed beautifully. They performed this book so well, they really showcased the angst, and my heart was breaking at times. So I'll admit, I'm not a huge fan of special appearances in audiobooks, especially when you have such talented narrators cast, however, I should have known Lauren wouldn't lead me astray. It worked perfectly having Teddy Hamilton and Erin Mallon pop in to narrate some of the chapters. It really added to the feel of the story. Who knew Teddy could be such a sleaze bag? And Erin’s memoirs chapters really added to the overall feel of the book.

This is the start of a trilogy. Books must be listened to in order.

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I can't wait to hear what happens next

Another step into this rewritten series and I can't wait to see what is going to happen next.

I love the fact that Lauren Blakely has rewritten and recast this series, and the narration as always is off the charts.

A chance meeting not once but twice is always something that will get me listening, even if it is in the most unlikely of places!

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  • CJ
  • 10-05-20

Could not even finish it.

This has to be one of the dumbest stories I've ever heard. A virgin sex addict ...yeah ok sure.
Harley was so annoying that I wanted pull my hair out.

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  • ❤️Cyndi Marie❤️🎧Audiobook Addicts🎧
  • 28-04-20

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I listened to the original version of this book and I have to say this new re-imagined version blows that one out of the water. The story was rewritten but the story line remains the same and it works so much better for me this time. I will admit I still struggled a little Harley being a sex addict. I think she was more of a control addict. In this book, we get the very beginning of Harley & Trey's relationship. I love that they become friends. It's like no matter the attraction, they know they need a friend most and that is what they try to maintain. I'm a sucker for a friends to lovers even if this is a lot more complicated than that. This book just made me excited to start book 2 because even though this is their beginning, I know book 2 is where the story really takes off.

The narration is PERFECT!!! Seriously this cast is like a dream. It's like Lauren pick these narrators from my fantasies. Hearing Vanessa Edwin is so refreshing. Seriously all of these narrators are in my top favorite but it's so nice to here a new(ish) voice in audio. They all ROCKED this audiobook.

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  • C.
  • 09-05-20

Could not finish

I listened for about an hour and a half and did not like how the story was developing so I stopped listening. I deleted this book and the two sequels. Life is too short and there are so many other books on my list to continue listening to a book I was not enjoying.

I loved all the other Lauren Blakely books I've listened to (17) which is why I did not hesitate to do download this series. Sorry Lauren, You can't always hit it out of the park with all your books.

Two stars instead of one for overall because the performances are excellent.

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  • Theresa Martin
  • 28-04-20

Sweet beginning!

Harley and Trey’s meeting at a tattoo parlor was fate. You feel their instant attraction. Both running from and owning their demons, they have one night to enjoy one another. Each having to pay for sins of their past, they take a final night to enjoy each other’s company before their obligations take priority in the morning.

Lauren Blakely takes kind of a dark turn with this story. Trey and Harley are both hurting, and trying to heal themselves. While working through their issues, they’ve become best friends. They conceal their true selves to everyone but each other. They’re honest and real with each other, but all hasn’t been brought to light with these two.

This was a great beginning of this series. Joe Arden and Vanessa Edwin do an amazing job narrating. Teddy Hamilton and Erin Mallon are also narrating.

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  • Dawn W.
  • 12-05-20

Boring

Boring and the story is to slow .... lead female character is whining the whole time when all she had to do was open her mouth and stand up for herself . And the leading man seems week and kinda stupid .... getting tired of reading these novels of mixed messages and no one talking to each other .... waste of time

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  • Book Bruin
  • 30-04-20

Angsty Start to the Trilogy

I originally listened to The Start of Us in 2018. It was a short and angsty new adult novella, introducing readers to Trey and Harley. Lauren Blakely has now revamped and updated the story to give it so much more depth. The bones of the story are the same, but I loved getting more backstory and details about our characters, as well as the motivations and driving forces behind their actions. The previous novella gave you a taste of what was to come, but I really feel like now it's a story that you can really sink your teeth into. Please note that this is not a romcom and that the book does end on a bit of a cliffhanger. This is the first book in a trilogy and should be read/listened to in order.

The updated audiobook is narrated fantastically again by Joe Arden, but this time Harley is voiced by Vanessa Edwin. Her performance was truly wonderful and she managed to really capture Harley's playful and flirty side, but also her scared and vulnerable side too. Vanessa Edwin is fast becoming one of my favorite female narrators. Erin Mallon and Teddy Hamilton take on cameo roles in the story and round out this amazing cast.

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  • Sleepingbeauty
  • 30-04-20

just cant

I love the narrator's which is what drew me to the book..but I just couldn't get into the story. I really hope that it comes together at the end but by the time I got to chapter 16 I was ready to give up. Things just don't make enough sense for me. 1. Harley is supposedly a sex addict yet she's a virgin. She even referred to herself as a slut..2. Harley's mom is some renowned investigative journalist, yet she isn't aware of the things her own daughter was up to?? She also acted as if Harley was a pretty little trophy?? I don't feel like the personality traits of her mother match with the type of woman who would make a career out of exposing high powered men.

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  • Terry
  • 20-07-20

Could not finish

This book for me was slow to start and I found myself not liking it at all. This is the first book by Lauren Blakely that I have not been able to get into.

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  • Team Mom 22
  • 07-05-20

Deja vu?

I didn't realize this book was a rewrite at first. The original version was gritty and raw, an emotional roller coaster that brought me to tears. This one seemed silly. The book has serious content and this version seemed to make light of it. It made me want to go back and read the original. I may have enjoyed it more if I hadn't read it before, but probably not.

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  • whatcha.listening.to
  • 28-04-20

The Start of Us

I remember reading this story before and I liked it then, but wow I LOVE it now. It is just extra now. The story of these two is intriguing and interesting. You can’t help but want to know where it is leading.

Fate plays a big role in both of their lives. But I guess for me what I like most is the fighting to be better for themselves. Trey has already taken the steps himself and you can see and hear his struggles. He has a long way to go before he can open up to Harley.

Harley on the other hand is forced to see herself. And I don’t really think she is 100% ready for what that all in tales that is why I wasn’t surprised with the ending.

I can’t wait to see how these two are going to get their HEA.

I loved the narration it puts each character right into the story in a way I never could have even imagined would make a difference but it really does. It really does. I loved it.

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