There’s no way Mandy Butler would ever let herself get attached to anyone. Sure, sex is fun, but love is for suckers. Her parents taught her that. She has her friends, a job she loves, and lots of fun flings. Everything she thinks she wants.
Ashton Gilmore is at a crossroads when he meets Mandy. She’s every thing he’s ever wanted in a real relationship, but she might have too much baggage for even this hot political fixer handle.
For the past few years the women of Growing Strong Montessori have been discovering loves they’d never thought possible. Sans one, Mandy who has spent the last few years taking one hit after another and can’t see Ashton Gilmore as anything more than a bump in the road.
Ashton has to find a way to teach Mandy that love exists, before she gives up on the concept all together.
Review by Twinsie Angie
I am going to be honest. I am not sure if Michel gave me the audio code for this audiobook or if I bought it. But whatever the case, here is my honest review.
Let’s just get to the point with narration…Kat Maxwell is amazing. I love love love all the books that I have listened to her narrate. She has a great ability to make each person sound different. She can emphasize at just the right time in certain scenes to make sure you get that intended laugh or pick up on the sarcasm. Seriously her narration definitely brings more to the table and authors should be looking her up for books. I never doubt an audiobook when I see she is narrating it.
Oh Mandy, Mandy, Mandy….or Miss Man as the kids call her. She is a broken mess of hurt, sadness, rejection, and loss of emotion. I mean everyone knows someone like her or everyone had been where she is. She uses her body and sex to make her FEEL but in the end is left feeling worse. When secrets about her parentage come tumbling out of the closet, she is stunned at how this little bit of news will change the “Growing Strong Mafia”. She soon learns that not everything is what it seemed.
Ashton sees what an amazing, loyal, fierce, and sexy as hell person Amanda is but can’t understand why she devalues herself all the time. He is falling for the hard as nails teacher and wants to make sure she understands he is there for the long haul IF she can open her heart to him. He makes her soon see that relationships aren’t all THAT bad IF you find the ONE person to complete your soul.
Don’t worry friends Mandy does not make it easy for Ashton but he challenges her at every turn while being there to comfort her as her life slowly starts to crumble around her. More and more secrets start to spill, and Mandy starts to wonder why life can be so craptatic. Mandy also needs to realize that Ash IS WORTH IT and WILL NOT disappoint her in the end.
Don’t worry friends, I yelled at Mandy a time or two to stop being a rock-hard stubborn idiot. I also yelled at Ashton to slow his roll because Mandy is a timid horse who will buck you at every turn. However, their story was hilarious and funny to read. Her hating him more than air was the best thing ever especially knowing that no one believed her line of bull!!
Michel Prince is an author who graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Michel writes young adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.
With characters yelling “It’s my turn damn it!!!” She tries to explain to them that alas, she can only type a hundred and twenty words a minute and they will have wait their turn. She knows eventually they find their way out of her head and to her fingertips and she looks forward to sharing them with you.
When Michel can suppress the voices in her head she can be found at a scouting event or cheering for her son in a variety of sports. She would like to thank her family for always being in her corner and especially her husband for supporting her every dream and never letting her give up.
Michel is a member of RWA Pro and Midwest Fiction Writers. In 2013 she was awarded Elite Status with Rebel Ink Press. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, son, and cat.