Author: Tara September
Narrator: Verla Bond
Length: 3 hours 37 minutes
Publisher: Plus it Up⎮2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: Sep. 6, 2019
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.
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About the Author: Tara September
Tara September is an award-winning... and losing contemporary romance writer living in Southwest Florida.
Tara is proud to be the world's most okayest mom to clones (identical twin boys). When not writing out her daydreams, she blogs over at When Tara Met Blog @tarametblog, a lifestyle and parenting blog of 14 years.
Holding a master's degree in journalism from NYU, she previously was the Corporate Communications Manager at WWE and PR Manager for The Walt Disney Company, Consumer Products.
About the Narrator: Verla Bond
Verla Bond is an American actor, improvisor, and storyteller, who makes her home in Los Angeles, California. She enjoys performing on the stage and screen, but especially loves recording audiobooks, where she gets the privilege of playing all kinds of diverse characters, such as British vampires, Irish leprechauns, and Southern gentlemen.
By Ann-maree of Reading for the Love of Books
I found this audiobook by Tara September to be very enjoyable to listen to the narrator did a great job to bring this story to life for me. Both the author and narrator are new to me and I very much hope to come across their great work again in the future.
Verla Bond captive me her narration of Jesse's Girl by Tara September, with her tone and speed of her reading it was like she was really enjoying the story as well. It was easy to distinguish between the different characters and the change of povs. This was the first time I had to listen to some spicy bedroom shenanigans, that at first it was a bit uncomfortable to listen to the narrator say the words but as the book progressed it all come with more ease.
The quality of the audiobooks was perfect for me, it was clear with my full understanding of every word spoken. I would recommend this version of this Jesse's Girl by Tara September as I feel the audiobook was narrated with a sense of excitement and enjoyment by the narrator that it flowed onto me the listener.
Tara September has written a wonderful and sexy read that will have you listening to this audiobook with eagerness to see who the story will end. Her characters are likeable, enjoyable and relatable in this book, a book that will have our heart beating just as fast as the characters. This story is only a short book but it hits all the right things you need to have you happy with the end and how the characters get to evolve throughout the book. Like a said at the start I have not read anything by this author before and I would love to see what other great pieces of works she may have already done. I have not read this book only listen to the audio version that was narrator by Verla Bond.
Do you Believe in Love at first sight?
Reade Walker is a successful Lawyer in Texas but live it not as fulfilled as it should be as the words of an old song dictate ar large part of his life. Jesse's Girl
But lately, something's changed that ain't hard to define
Jessie's got himself a girl and I want to make her mine
Reade has been in love with Jesse’s wife for over the last 7 years, even when he no longer wants Jesse in his life he sticks about for the two most important women in his life. Gwen and her daughter Maddy.
Gwen Clark is married to Senator Jesse Clark, it's not a happy marriage but she does what is needed to do to make her daughter's childhood happy. But her life will all chance when she is about to leave the house one morning to find an ambush of reporters on her doorstep wanting her reaction to her husband's scandal. This is how she finds out her husband has left the country with his intern with all of their money and the money he has embezzled from her place of employment.
She is left penniless and alone with no place to go when she must call the one man her heart beats faster for. Reade Walker is the man Gwen has always secretly had a feeling for, feelings she has never shared with anyone. She is not happy to take his offer to stay with him for a short time but she has no other choice. How will she live in the same house as this man?
I wish that I had Jessie's girl
I wish that I had Jessie's girl
What will Reade do when he has his girl in his house? Can he fight the feeling and desires to do the right thing for her and Maddy?
And I'm looking in the mirror all the time
Wondering what she doesn't see in me
I've been funny, I've been cool with the lines
Ain't that the way love supposed to be
Gwen can finally see her failed marriage for what it was and she will do whatever is necessary to build a new life her herself and Maddy.
I want, I want Jessie's girl
Q. What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
A. Insert eye roll. That’s annoying, after all, to each is own. Everyone is busy and audiobooks are a great way to get in a good read while going about your day. Definitely, better than not reading at all or just having music or a show on in the background.
Q. Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
A. Yes! I l love listening to audiobooks while driving or traveling. Nothing like multi-tasking to make the trip fly by.
Q. How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
A. No, I figured she was the professional in this department not me. Luckily I barely had any edits for her. The only direction I had provided was that I’d like for the heroine’s voice to get stronger as the story progressed, to reflect her own transformation from victim to having control of her life again.
Q. What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
A. Be sure and join a local writing group or an online membership focused on your genre. I’ve learned so much from the talented authors in my local Romance Writers of America chapter, SWFRW from craft to marketing tips and overall moral support when I wanted to quit.
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