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I’m good at hiding my feelings.
Having to pretend I’m not in love with my best friend?
Pfft. That’s child’s play.

Here’s how I do it: I avert my eyes when he walks out of his room, shirtless in all his toned glory. I squash the butterflies that fill my stomach every time he slowly unfurls a dimpled smile. And, most importantly, I keep an arsenal of “personal massagers” in my bedside drawer. Wink. 

Not to brag, but Aiden Smith isn’t hard to resist if you’ve been doing it for as long as I have. In fact, we might have continued as best friends forever if not for the fact that I needed him to play the part of my fake boyfriend. 

Date me like you mean it, I told him. Nudge nudge. C’mon, just go along with a little lie, help a girl out, and then we can all return to life as we know it.

Except he veered from the plan.

He crossed the line.

Flirting with me when no one else was around? Pinning me down and kissing me like that? Okay, how exactly is taking off my bra part of the ruse, Aiden?!

I’d ask him about it if I could, but well...things got ugly and we’re not best friends anymore.

In fact, we’re the exact opposite.

Now, I have to play nice even though I want to crush his heart in the palm of my hand.

Pretending not to love Aiden was the easy part.

Pretending not to hate him?

Well...I might need a little more practice.

©2020 R.S. Grey (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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  • Cre O.
  • 26-01-21

DNF

Story: Two best friends who are also brother and sister in law (heroine sister is married to hero’s brother) are roommates. The heroine has had feelings for the hero since meeting him at the sisters wedding, but neither of them have acted on it....until now. I’m a sucker for friends to lovers and with Teddy Hamilton as one of the narrators, this was an auto click for me. Sad to say though, I didn’t finish this.

Luci is new to me as a narrator and while her voice is pleasant for both male and female, her inflections were off and it became distracting. It felt like she was reading, not performing -if that makes sense-. I couldn’t really get a feel of the characters through her, and for someone like me who likes to imagine the scenes and feel each emotion through the presentation of the narrators, this became a problem 60 mins in......I guess I’ve been spoiled by females such as Andi Arndt and Erin Mallon who excels not only in bringing out that raw emotion when they narrate, but bringing the characters to life with it.

Also, for all the Teddy Hamilton fans such as myself, he doesn’t appear until the second half of the book and even then his part is extremely limited. I didn’t get to his part, I just know based on how the chapters are laid out. Part 1 of the book is all Luci and the heroine...what’s her name (yes, I can’t even remember her name 5 mins after calling it quits to write this review LOL). Part 2 is both Luci and her heroine, and Teddy and the hero. Teddy narrates maybe 1/3 (I’m being generous) of the second part of the book. Side note: I hope he’s not getting so popular he only take roles in a limited capacity, because that would be sad, he’s too great a narrator, but I digress. Anyway, as I was saying, this book has 24 total chapters and an epilogue, of these chapters, Teddy narrated 6 short chapters, yes only 6! That’s one of the biggest reasons I decided to return this audio and purchase this to read instead. I like the story, just can’t get pass Luci’s narration without Teddy’s to provide a balance.


P.S. I just looked up Luci Christian thinking she was new, she’s been doing this at least since 2012. I find it sad that with so many years in the business she hasn’t gotten better as a narrator. Looking back on some of the great narrators that I know (Andi Arndt and Erin Mallon...my female faves) you see the growth in their art, Luci hasn’t improved from what I can tell. Maybe it’s time for her to do some voice lessons and focus on her inflections...it goes a long way in telling a story and keeping the audience engaged. If she can lock that down then she would be perfect. Her voice is sweet, and she can be funny and fun (there were peeks of it in the hour I listened to her), but her inflections kills her narration. If you can ignore narrators and focus on the story, then yes, it’s worth a credit. If you are like me, living/experiencing the story through narration, then save your credit, not worth it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-21

The story was pretty cute.

I did like the story overall. I also understand how someone might be too nervous to tell a good friend about feelings they may have for them. However.... she was kind of annoying. She has these strong feelings, therefore I didn’t understand why she kept trying to push him away. She did that before he moved and when he was gone she really went too far. You honestly can’t just push a best friend away like that with no explanation.... regardless of what she might be feeling. And the completely pointless attitude that was given to him after they saw each other again after a year (which was her fault completely why it was even that long of a time frame) was just ridiculous and childish. She can’t be mad that he left her to take his dream job if she hadn’t communicated her feelings for him. She promised that she would let him know if she had any feelings for him. Is he suppose to be wrong for trusting and believing what his “best friend” told him?? There were a number of times that he did try to let her know how he felt, but she tried to ignore, disregard, run and hide.

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  • Jaime
  • 09-04-21

Adorable!

Like most of R.S. Grey’s books, this one was adorable and a lot of fun. Her books tend to have the perfect amount of sweetness with just a touch of angst towards the end. This one was slightly different in that there were two points of angst and different times of the book, but I actually really loved it.

Maddie and Aiden were a great couple, but even better friends. I loved their banter together and how you could tell that they would go to the ends of the earth for each other. Maddie had her moments of silliness, but that was definitely one of her more endearing qualities. I liked how focus Aiden was on his job to the point that it made him incredibly oblivious at times.

The story itself was pretty dynamic for this type of trope. Friends-to-lovers can lead to pretty fluffy reads and while this one was no exception, there was also a lot of emotion within it.

The narration was on point as usual with Luci Christian and Teddy Hamilton. This book isn't heavy on Teddy (haha), but Luci can definitely carry it on her own. She has a great male voice, so it never bothers me to listen to her chapters. I like how happy she always seems when she's narrating, which is also why I think she's perfect for R.S. Grey's books. Still drives me nuts that she pronounces the H before the W in words like "whipped" and "whirled", but I deal because I really enjoy her narrations.

Overall, I definitely recommend this one if you're looking for a light, happy read, with a side of solid emotions.

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  • Elena S. Castillo
  • 02-04-21

a good listen

The book is worth a credit but in my opinion, even though the female narrator was good, I still think the listen needed more Teddy Hamilton! He comes in during the 2nd section of the book, and only for about 5 or so short chapters.

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  • jean
  • 28-03-21

Not R. S. Grey best

I enjoy R. S. Grey, listen to most of her books.
This one the main character Maddie wasn't likable at all. Most of the book was her winning. Unfortunately Aiden didn't appear until half threw the book. He was the likable character. Not worth the credit. R. S. Grey is a much better author than this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-03-21

Cute, but average

I can't say I loved this story, but it definitely wasn't bad. I wasn't a huge fan of Luci Christian (which is funny because her voice doesn't bother me when she voices Uraraka), but it wasn't so bad I couldn't listen to it. Definitely a cute story, and would recommend it to someone who was looking for a light book.

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  • ce
  • 26-02-21

Love

Loved this story have listened to it several times and never fails to make me smile.

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  • Ms. Hancock
  • 26-02-21

I Absolutely LOVED It! 💕

OMGosh, OMGosh, OMGosh!!!! Each and every page... 😍😍😍

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel from the first page until the very last. It has been a very rare occurrence that I could just pick up a book and read it in one day; but, I was captivated by these characters and their amazing love story instantaneously.

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  • HungryCraftyKelsey
  • 25-02-21

Really cute story

I thought this book was really cute! It didn't have the instalove that a lot of romances have. The characters have known each other for years before they got together. They knew everything about the other, so it was easier for their relationship. It was really cute and we all love a happy ending!

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  • Motica
  • 19-02-21

When do they actually 'date'?

After having read other reviews, I thought that I'd made a mistake with this cute friends to lovers story. The narration was fine with me. I thought Luci Christian possibly didn't care for the character of Maddie and did an A- job with her. Maddie was a whiny brat. She went from obsessive to possessive to needy to apologetic after she got what she wanted. I didn't care for her. Aiden deserved a more supportive 'friend'. Maddie's all "Follow your dreams... as long as they're local."

That being said, the title throws you off because the couple never dates! How did R.S. Grey come up with this title? Maddie has Aiden pretend to be her boyfriend on a trip, where they aren't dating. Cute story nonetheless.

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  • Kilea
  • 16-02-21

Not one of my favourites

Not one of my favourites from R.S Grey. Character's annoyed me. I usually like her books but this missed the mark