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In this stand-alone sequel to The Extra, Anna-Marie has never wanted to find love - but love’s about to find her.

Anna-Marie Halsey loves her job as a regular on the soap opera Southern Heat almost as much as she loves living the LA lifestyle: clubbing and partying and casually dating gorgeous men - most recently powerhouse agent Josh Rios. When Anna-Marie starts feeling more-than-casual about Josh - her signature cue to break things off - she finds a much-needed excuse to get away: a family reunion in small-town Wyoming.

In Wyoming, Anna-Marie remembers why she’s spent years avoiding her crazy family and claustrophobic hometown - and her ex-boyfriend, up-and-coming rock musician Shane Beckstrom, provides the perfect distraction. But when a Boy Scout troop films them nude in a hot spring, Anna-Marie finds Wyoming even more nerve-wracking than her paralyzing fear of commitment. To make matters worse, Josh Rios appears, and it’s clear that commitment is exactly what he’s hoping for. Anna-Marie isn’t sure what she wants, but being trapped in Everett, Wyoming, with Josh, Shane, and her crazy family when her impromptu sex-tape hits the internet sure isn’t it.

The Girlfriend Stage is book two in The Extra series, but it stands alone, and can be listened to first, without missing anything except the backgrounds of the side characters. It features PG-13 rated sexual content, no cliff-hanger, and a swoon-worthy happily ever after.

©2019 Megan Walker and Janci Patterson (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Sarah
  • 29-12-20

Nowhere near the quality of the first book. Weak

Story is told as it's happening then rehashed in his/her view. Then retold to her friend and then again to his friends. I must admit, I do want to know how it ends, even though I probably know already. Halfway through but wishing I'd never started. Guess that makes me weak, too.

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  • BreatheSunshine
  • 18-01-21

Good Story

Good Story, overall pleased with this book but I really had trouble hearing Josh’s narrations in two different voices on ad off throughout the book. I felt like if they were going to have two narrators anyway then why not have the male do the male voices and the female do the female voices? It was so hard thinking of him as this sexy hunk when he sounded like he had adenoids when it was narrated by the female. Also weird that him and the dad had the same exact voice, which in my opinion was just the female narrator plugging her nose when she spoke). Big oversight in my opinion.

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  • Cristi
  • 12-01-21

Just don’t!

While the story has a good message regarding how society judges women’s sexual behavior it uses a sledgehammer to make its point. It becomes so unbelievable that it turns into melodrama. It probably doesn’t help that the female narrator starts to sound screechy and whiny every time something happens. And a LOT happens. The narration becomes unbearable when the big drama happens. Also the drama is pretty over the top. *Spoiler Alert* At one point a fellow actor calls the female character derogatory names and divulges private sexual details. It’s pretty implausible any of his handlers would let him purposely commit libel. Fortunately the male character is happy to step in and save the day. Unfortunately this completely negates any positive message the book tried to impart.

I’m reading this book as the sequel to The Extra which was free with membership. It was a bit over the top but many sins can be forgiven if you don’t spend any extra money. I had to use a credit to get this book and it is not worth it. I’m not sure I would even choose it if it came with membership because of the plot and how hard it is to listen to the female narrator. She was fine in the beginning even though her male voices were bad. When the plot takes it’s big turn you’ll want to turn it off.

Lastly, it’s also pretty offensive that the majority of the Wyoming characters are backward small town stereotypes instead of realistic people. Either the author hasn’t spent much time in small towns or has a vendetta. The whole book could use better character development and a better plot.

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  • Irena Kelly
  • 09-04-21

Can’t finish it just terrible

She just do same voice with all men. The man who kiss her and her dad with same voice eeeww can’t finish it at all. They need tofind a better narrator been listening to bad ines these lately giving me a bad juju

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  • Heather
  • 29-03-21

Disappointing

I wanted to read this because I enjoyed the first book in this series, with its wit, solid character development, and decent story building. I was also excited because the main characters are geeky. I was heavily disappointed. I have to stop reading this with 5+ hours left. My desire to know how this ends has been overtaken by my annoyance of the whiny MC, whiny and squeaky narrators, shallow character development, and too much need of suspension of belief. I see there is a third, but I just can’t.

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  • Summer Layne
  • 28-02-21

If you're here because of Book One, give it a pass

This book has none of the casual humor of the first book, which was such a refreshing change from the innumerable titles in this genre. Book Two was flat, across the board ...

... and the narrator? Fugetaboutit! She reads everything with the same nasal, emotionless, droning cadence, ending sentences with a flourish reminiscent of Mae West. Nails on a chalkboard.

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  • Terri
  • 13-11-19

Too Much Bashing.

Author spends much of the time bashing the people from Wyoming. Living in said state I refuse to listen to the rest of the book.
She was prejudiced against the people she said were all prejudiced.
I had to give narrators low scores so book reflected correctly

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