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#Audio #Review Jesse’s Girl by Tara September
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by Tara September
“I wish that I had Jesse’s Girl”*
Successful Texas lawyer, Reade Walker, curses that damn song every time it plays, all too aware of the irony of its lyrics. After all, he has been secretly and painfully enamored with Jesse’s girl, Gwen, for nearly a decade. It was love at first sight for him, but sadly she’s not his girl. She belongs to the one man who betrayed him and knows Reade’s hidden family secret. Yet Reade can’t seem to love anyone except the one woman he can’t have. Or can he make her mine?
When Gwen Clark’s senator husband runs off with his intern and all their money, the ensuing scandal turns her life upside down. Deserted, penniless and desperate to provide for her six-year-old daughter, Gwen has no one to turn to but Reade Walker. The one man her heart desperately wants, but her pride dreads having to ask for help. Despite welcoming them into his home, it seems like Reade can barely stand being in the same room with her anymore, let alone under the same roof—in the same bedroom. But Gwen is determined to get her life back on track. It is past time to rediscover her own dreams…if only she can keep her aching heart from breaking all over again.
-HEA (Happily Ever After) ENDING
-STANDALONE (not part of a series, no cliffhanger, fully wrapped-up novella)
-SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE
-INSTA-LOVE with a MEET CUTE
-HEAT LEVEL: STEAMY
I listened to the audiobook of Jesse’s Girl. It was narrated by Verla Bond and she did a great job at bringing this novella to life.
We meet Gwen Clark and her daughter who are the midst of a scandal following her senator husband Jesse who has runs off with his intern and all their money, leaving Gwen to have to fend for herself, with no home or money. Reade Walker is Jesse’s friend but he has always love Gwen from a far for the longest time. When she turns to him in her hour of need he appears standoffish and she can’t work out why.
This was a slow friends to lovers romance that I really enjoyed. The audible version was well produced, I found out that it was Verla Bond first audio book and she did a great job, you wouldn’t know it was her first. The audio was clear and free of background noise and any long pauses.
-2020 Holt Medallion finalist for both Published Romance Novella and Best First Book
-2020 Beverly Contest Finalist for Published Authors
-2018 Orange Rose Winner for Best Romance Novella by OCCRWA.org
-2018 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest Winner for Contemporary Short
-The Catherine 2018 2nd Place Winner from the Toronto Romance Writers
-2018 Unpublished Maggie Awards Finalist
-2018 Golden Rose Contest Finalist
-Maine Romance Writers 2017 Strut Your Stuff Finalist
-Pages from the Heart 2017 Finalist
About the Author
Blogger and former PR executive for The Walt Disney Company, Tara holds a Master’s degree in journalism & communications from New York University. She also spent a semester abroad during her undergrad at Queen Mary University in London. For over a decade before publishing, Tara has penned a popular lifestyle, travel and parenting blog at TaraMetBlog.com.
Always an avid romance reader, she has been daydreaming about being an author since school. Dozens of bad dates, four cities and adventures later, she still finds it impossible that she met her husband on a New York City subway. They now live in sunny Florida with identical twin boys and four cats underfoot/on her laptop/everywhere. Fueled by an IV of green tea and sometimes Champagne, she’s finally writing the happily ever after tales she’s been dreaming about.
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