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The Negotiator

Written by: Avery Flynn
Narrated by: Stephanie Rose
Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Workaholic billionaire Sawyer Carlyle may have joked he needed a buffer from their marriage-obsessed mom, but he didn't need a waiting room filled with candidates to further distract him. (Thanks, bro.) But when a sexy job applicant shoos his mom and the socialite in tow out of his office, Sawyer sees the genius of the plan. And the woman. In fact, Miss Clover Lee might just get the fastest promotion in history, from buffer to fake fiancé....

This free spirit might look like hot sunshine and lickable rainbows, but she negotiates like a pit bull. Before Sawyer knows what hit him, he's agreed to give up Friday nights for reality TV, his Saturdays for flea markets (why people buy junk still baffles him), his Tuesdays and Thursdays for date nights (AKA panty-losing opportunities if he plays his cards right). And now she wants lavender bath salts and tulips delivered every Monday?

Yup, she's just screwing with him. Good thing she's got this non-negotiable six-weeks-and-she's-gone rule, or Sawyer may have just met his match....

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Avery Flynn (P)2017 Tantor

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 21-08-17

THE PERFECT BLEND OF FUN, STEAM, STORY AND ROMANCE

The synopsis of the story isn't new.. rich sexy Billionaire needs a convenient 'fake fiancé' for whatever reason - then suddenly or slowly he falls for the love of his life. But this easy-going entertaining story is so much more than just lighthearted fluff.. it's an addictive, compelling, contemporary and funny journey as these two polar opposites meet, negotiate negotiate negotiate.. and, despite all their differences, melt, merge and fall in love.

Workaholic Billionaire Sawyer Carlyle hasn't got time for fun or for anything that'd distract him from the family-run business - but now his widowed mother's had enough! she doesn't want him to go the way his father did and is pushing socialite marriage candidates at him right left and center. His brother steps in and 'helps' him by setting up interviews for a 'buffer'.. however Sawyer isn't impressed, doesn't think he needs one and won't employ one. But, when one of the candidates efficiently steps in and stops his mother advancing (with two more hopefuls in tow), Sawyer suddenly sees the advantages and gives the feisty woman the job. What Sawyer doesn't yet realize is that slowly the feisty fun-loving woman will challenge him, change him for the better and claim his heart too.

Free spirited Clover Lee is determined to experience everything life has to offer and never stays in one place for long - she's had all sorts of adventures - done all sorts of weird and wonderful jobs in a variety of places around the world.. and her next job is to save something endangered in Australia. So being a 'buffer' for six weeks will give her just about enough money for her next wonderful adventure.. but what the quirky sassy clever woman doesn't yet realize is that spending every day with Sawyer Carlyle will turn out to be ALL the adventure she'll ever need.

This story has nice easy-flowing humorous banter as these two opposites barter, push/pull and negotiate their way into each other's hearts. Clover pushes the workaholic Sawyer out of his comfort zone.. and more importantly out of his office by continually out-witting, out-smarting and out-manoeuvring the baffled Billionaire. Clover's job title soon goes from buffer to fake fiancé with their sizzling chemistry making it look real and agreed 'no strings' weeks of sexcapades soon follow. But before their six weeks are over playful antics turn into romantic feelings and, as the clock ticks towards the end, misunderstandings lead to heartache and broken dreams before the final happy ever afters. Good secondary characters, some touching moments, a little drama and angst, character growth and soul-soul sentiments are creatively mixed together to make a very sweet, very sexy and very enjoyable dual POV listen.

Worth a credit? It's a boatload of fun, a simmering slow-burn, a delightful rom/com, a sweet chick lit romance, a lol opposites attract and react plot, a well written well narrated story.. and YES, IMO, it definitely is a creditworthy book.

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  • E TAYLOR-BROWN
  • 24-12-18

Sitting on the fence . . .

Not bad, but predictable. Wait for a 2.95/3.95 daily deal or if offered for free. Just kinda tired of rich successful sexually competent men whose personal life is crap until the blue collared girl comes along ... and like everyone lives like happily ever like after. Narrator needs more practice. And the intermittent, remote Asian dialect is over the top. And, bad recording bc it skips twice noticeably before chap 6.

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  • Deanna Sansinena
  • 11-11-17

The Best Book Ever!!!!!!! HOT HOT

This book makes you feel every emotion you have and then some it makes you laugh out loud LOVED it great narration

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  • Virginia
  • 31-12-18

Free Spirited Female

I love how she deals with her fears, & sticks to her desires. She doesn't give in to how others want or think, she should live her life.

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  • Believer50
  • 24-08-17

Great Story

I got this ARC via audiobook boom. I loved the interaction between these two characters.Both thought themselves to be skilled negotiators but they negotiated themselves into a nice HEA. I loved the humor and one-upmanship. The narrator delivered each punch line in such a way that made me want to keep listening. Great story for a rainy afternoon.

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  • Cheryl Trujillo
  • 03-07-20

Fun Leisure Read

Enjoyed the light hearted story with a sassy female protagonist. The right amount of sex. The right amount of conflict. Short without needing a sequal.

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  • Lisa P
  • 15-05-20

The Negotiator

Clover is the best heroine I've heard in a while. I love her spunk, and backbone. Overall this is a good fun listen. Sawyer is completely clueless, and it's fun to see his transformation. In her own way, Clover is a bit clueless as well. The journey both take to self enlightenment makes this book one of my favorites. I like that the characters are strong and come together to become better than each individually

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  • Hisani
  • 12-05-20

I wanted to enjoy this. I really did

I am a fan of Avery Flynn and I wanted to enjoy this book. But the main character's main motivation, just made me mad. I get it, she's a free spirit who doesn't want to be tied down or whatever. But hearing it over and over and over again was tiresome and each time it came up it made her less sympathetic to me. Otherwise, it was a delightful will they, won't they, oh of course they will romantic comedy. I enjoyed the other characters, and thought the narrator was pretty good overall.

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  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
  • 09-05-20

whom was the better negotiator

The fly by the seat girl. The orderly well organized negotiator.

Sawyer Carlyle was a top notch negotiator in his own rights, but he never ever expected to find another negotiator as cunning as the woman in front of him. Clover Lee was a breath of fresh air and some enlightenment. She had lived her life on her own terms so being good at what she does was a requirement. She was able to teach the negotiator a few things.

This was fun, light, and gave something to think about.

Stephanie Rose helped bring the characters to life with her pacing, timing, and tone.

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  • kgagnon
  • 24-02-20

Sweet, Funny Romance with Heart!

I absolutely adored this book! It was funny, sweet, heartwarming and very sexy! Sawyer Carlyle had to take over the family business after his father's sudden death. His mother is afraid that he is working too much and wants to find him a wife. When his brother Hudson places an ad to help Sawyer dodge unwanted attention, he never expected to find a force of nature like Clover Lee. She was beautiful, intelligent and sassy. When she effortlessly and hilariously steps in and sends his mother away, he reluctantly hires her. Negotiations between the two are fast as Clover out maneuvered and beguiled Sawyer. Clover is only looking for a temporary job to fund her next adventure. She never wanted to stay in one place and turn into her mother. When she must pose as Sawyers fake fiance, and move in with him, the re-negotiations are even more hilarious. Clover has a way of rising above her insecurities and challenging the socially awkward but super sexy Sawyer. She entices him to do things he never thought would be so much fun. Their banter is hilarious and their chemistry is explosive. When they both start to imagine the possibility of a future together, their big picture plans get in the way. There were so many laugh out loud moments but many sweet and heartwarming moments as well, not to mention their fiery passion! Their family and friends are all intriguing and wonderful characters adding to the fun and rounding out this story.
Stephanie Rose does a terrific job capturing each characters personality. Her voice changes were distinct and her intonations make you feel all the fun, angst, and passion, both Sawyer and Clover felt.
This is the perfect blend of humor, charm, emotion and steam. It captured my heart and had me totally engaged from start to finish.

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  • Kathryn
  • 02-02-19

It is what it is

Good story, but no surprises. The tried and true method, boy meets girl, set up to get family off back, attraction/distraction, falling for each other, drama and then HEA ending.

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 08-02-19

So coooooolll 😘😘😘

What a start for these two .. was definitely love or lust at first site .. haha .. no matter how hard you fight your feeling at the end of the day love will shine ..definitely worth a listen 💕❤️💕