Tessa Bailey comes to the blog today with the second in her Girl series, narrated by new to me narrators Hayden Bishop and Tyler Donne
Naomi is a sheltered rich girl, brought up to be a clone of all that surrounds her – the perfect trophy wife. But, even on her wedding day her doubts are plaguing her, and making her rethink about living the rest of her life when she hasn’t even really started to live for herself. So she runs, abandoning the white dress, expectations and all that is familiar. She’d made this decision in a moment, when she makes eye contact with a man who seems to have everything together: tattooed, tall and obviously in control.
Jason is at the wedding that wasn’t, and is in St. Augustine to help his little sister Birdie through her grief (and his) after the death of her twin Natalie. One might expect their parents to provide more than they did, and in fact, their emotional support and being ‘present’ for both their children was non-existent. So poor Jason is at odds about how to help the teen girl, when she expresses a desire to enter a beauty pageant. Of course, Naomi’s multiple crowns and experience provided her with an option to support herself, and sure enough, she is hired to coach and train Birdie.
Oh this is fun: Jason is one of those sexy, dirty talking alpha heroes who agrees (against his better judgment) to help Naomi in her quest to get her fiancé back after leaving him embarrassed and alone at the altar. And while he has found a mentor for Birdie, he never expected the changes that Naomi would bring into their lives. So flipping good – Tessa Bailey does the smoldering sexy hero so well, and his dirty talking moments just add kerosene to the flames. Their connection is electric, and with Jason’s influence, Naomi is finding herself and her joy, as a person and with Jason. These two take hot to a new level, and while I didn’t read the first in the series, her interaction with the people from her past seemed tie things together and provide a new ‘in’ for the newly redefined and confident Naomi.
Narration for this story is provided by Hayden Bishop and Tyler Donne, and it’s the first time I’ve encountered their work, together or separately. Voices were clear and distinct, the conversations varied from rapid fire to thoughtful and heated to the nth degree depending on the situation, and neither ‘stepped’ on the other’s performance, making the emotions clear and adding a variety to the listening experience that kept me engaged and entertained.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: Runaway Girl
Author: Tessa Bailey
Series: Girl #2
Genre: Contemporary Military Romance, Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Hayden Bishop, Tyler Donne
Published by: Self-Published, Tantor Audio
Published on: 26 February, 2019
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 32 minutes
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It’s Naomi Clemons’s big day. Her dream wedding. And she’s outta here.
One moment. A chance meeting of gazes through the church window pane with someone familiar who radiates intrigue. Independence. It’s the final push Naomi needs to realize...she’s boring. A blonde, cookie cutter, well mannered trophy wife-to-be. How can she expect to lead a fulfilling married life when she’s never lived?
Special Forces diver Jason Bristow needs a beauty pageant coach. Not for himself—although the tattooed bruiser could definitely use some charm. For his little sister who he has returned to St. Augustine, Florida to raise. When a beautiful southern debutante lands on his doorstep, she awakens a hunger that won’t be ignored. If only she wasn’t planning on winning back the ex-fiancé she left at the altar…
Despite the potential for ruin, heat continues to build between Naomi and Jason beneath the sultry Florida sunshine, consuming them both. But they’re on borrowed time…and it’s about to run out.
A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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