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Chord

Written by: Chelsea M. Cameron
Narrated by: Sophie Daniels
Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: LGBT
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Chase Hillier has plans, and nothing will cause her to deviate from them. So far, they're pretty simple: Get through her first year of college with good grades, read a lot of books, and hopefully find a cute boyfriend who could turn into her husband someday. She's got it all mapped out. No one is going to stand in her way. Not even her roommate, Cordelia Scott.

Cordelia Scott has her own plans: Get through her freshman year without too many panic attacks, figure out what the hell she wants to major in, and meet a guy who finally makes her heart flutter.

Fate has other plans for the two when they end up as roommates and neither of them can stop thinking about the other. They're both absolutely sure that they like boys and not girls. But their sparks can't be extinguished, and they realize there is a lot more to their connection with each other than either of them thought. How will they navigate a path that neither of them planned on taking

Other books and audiobooks by Chelsea M. Cameron:

  • Nocturnal (The Noctalis Chronicles, Book One)
  • Nightmare (The Noctalis Chronicles, Book Two)
  • Neither (The Noctalis Chronicles, Book Three)
  • Neverend (The Noctalis Chronicles, Book Four)
  • Whisper (The Whisper Trilogy, Book One)
  • Deeper We Fall (Fall and Rise, Book One)
  • Faster We Burn (Fall and Rise, Book Two)
  • Together We Heal
  • My Favorite Mistake (Available from Harlequin) 
  • My Sweetest Escape (Available from Harlequin)
  • Our Favorite Days (My Favorite Mistake, Book Three) 
  • Sweet Surrendering
  • Surrendering to Us
  • Dark Surrendering
  • For Real (Rules of Love, Book One) 
  • For Now (Rules of Love, Book Two) 
  • Deep Surrendering
  • UnWritten
  • Behind Your Back
  • Back to Back
  • Bend Me, Break Me
  • Style
  • Brooks (Benson Brothers, Book One) 
  • Second Kiss (Violet Hill, Book One) 
  • Double Exposure (Violet Hill, Book Two)
  • Second Chance (Violet HIll, Book Three)
©2018 Chelsea M. Cameron (P)2018 Chelsea M. Cameron

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  • Kara
  • 2018-05-22

Very Sweet Story of Young Love; Terrific Narration

“Chord” is book #2 in “The OTP” series, and is the sequel to “Style”. I wonder what “OTP” stands for…it’s not explained on Audible or Amazon, nor did I find anything explanatory after a brief Google search. Well, I’m going to call it the “Officially Too Perfect” series, because the characters, their friends, their families, the story and the narration are….wait for it….too perfect….officially! ;)

If you’re looking for drama, angst, misunderstandings, homophobia, cheaters, dark pasts, or sinister people….look/listen elsewhere. Chord will immerse you in a wonderful world of likable, kind, loving people at the brink of adulthood, filled with optimism for the future, whatever that may be, and learning about themselves and accepting that they are very different from who they thought they were. This is a very sweet, enjoyable story. If you’ve been reading/listening to Melissa Brayden’s “Seven Shores” series (and who hasn’t?), and you’re anxiously awaiting sweetly optimistic, Disney loving Hadley’s story in the yet unpublished book #4, “Love Like This” (and who isn’t?)…you will really love this book.

First year college students MCs Chase and Cordelia are computer-assigned as roommates. Chase is often anxious around others, and Cordelia too-frequently suffers panic attacks, but they become fast friends and comfort each other. Wow…do they comfort each other (oops…jumping ahead too much!). Their dormitory neighbors are Stella and Kyle, the now girlfriends MCs from “Style”. It was delightful spending more time with Stella and Kyle throughout the book. Their friendships with Chase and Cordelia are integrated very nicely.

Chase and Cordelia make a mutual pact to find boyfriends by the end of the year, but each are frequently confused and flustered by their feelings for each other. By the way, I really liked the author’s dedication at the beginning of the book:

”For all the girls who think they might like girls…this one’s for you”.

The evolution of each girl’s understanding of herself, and of their mutual recognition of their feelings for each other is sweet, and frequently made me smile. Chase, Cordelia and their friends felt real, and I felt happy spending time with them. The story uses alternating POVs, and I really enjoyed being inside each of their heads, hearing what each of them thought, as they thought of themselves and of each other.

I’ve just deleted a few more comments, because I’m going to end this as a relatively short review; anything more I would say would end up as spoilers, and I want you to enjoy the journey for Chase and Cordelia as the fresh story of young love, and young lust, that it is. Tenderness and communication abounds, which I really enjoyed in this New Adult storyline.

As with “Style”, “Chord” ends with an HFN rather than an HEA…which I found completely acceptable, given that Chase and Cordelia are only 19yo. Narrator Sophie Daniels did a fantastic job, as she did for “Style”. By the way (ok, I guess this is a bit of a spoiler….but it’s minor), it turns out that I was wrong in assuming “Style” derived it’s title from Stella and Kyle meeting in their high school english class: STella, kYLE…sort of like CHase, cORDelia…so cute!! Now I want to go bowling, even with the stinky shoes….ooops….no more spoilers!

Get this terrific audiobook….highly recommended with 5*

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

My rating and my review was not in anyway affected by my having been provided a review copy.

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  • Jude
  • 2019-08-03

A real treat

As with Style, this is a simple story of two people falling in love. There’s not a lot of angst within the relationship itself, it’s more everyday-life angst: first time away from home, coming out to yourself and others, falling in love for the first time, that kind of stuff, along with Chase’s anxiety and Cordelia’s panic attacks. Not everything is easy but there are no external problems. And it feels good. Being able to see these two nice young women (they’re 18) fall in love and discover who they are or might be is a real treat.

Another thing I like about Cameron’s books is that not everybody is white and valid. This is only the second one I’ve read (or rather listened to) so maybe I’m being optimistic about all her books being the same on that front but it feels too natural to simply be a plot to tick all the boxes. Also, the whole labels thing was on point.

Sophie Daniels’ narration is perfect, too.

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  • C.L. Nguyen
  • 2018-07-14

Loving and streaming

It was so much love and support in this book. Love how this book add in Questioning as there are people still figuring out who they are. I just want to thank you for writing this book it was great listening to it. Cannot wait to get the book itself.

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  • JanieC
  • 2018-05-29

Loved it!

Great narrator. Great story. Great writing. What more can you ask for? Great job Chelsea and Sophie!

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  • Jason Engler
  • 2018-05-28

CHase and cORDelia

I have not read Style, so I read this without any real expectations. It's purely fluff, so as long as that's what you're expecting, it's great! The side characters don't do much except offer help/advice to the main characters along the way. As an asexual, I smiled when the author introduced one of the side characters as ace as well. Every chapter starts with chase's perspective, then switches over to cordelia's perspective. I prefer chase's perspective since I'm always anxious and feel the need to plan as well. What I liked best is how the story started off having the feelings but not having a word to describe them. I feel that all the time, when you desire to be close to someone but can't explain it. Oh, and I totally dig bedtime stories. Given the names Cordelia / Chase, I thought we might get a buffy the vampire slayer reference. I kept waiting for a reference to willow, but after reading the story, it's just a coincidence.

The girls are nervous and unsure of themselves for a good chunk of the story, and Sophie did a great job making me feel it. Chase starts off worried about college, and Sophie sounds like an antsy teen. There was one spot early on where I mixed up who was talking, but I think that was more me than the narrator. For reference, chase has the deeper voice.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • G C
  • 2018-05-21

Real Good

I found this story to be really good, in fact I will be reading the previous one (Style). The characters, plot and narration held my attention for the entire book. This author did a good job! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Weazelz
  • 2019-09-03

Another cute story.

As much of a coming out of their shells, as it is a coming out story.

It's sweet, the main characters are both adorable.
I also really like that Kyle & Stella, from the first book in the series played a part here.
Overall, while I thoroughly liked it, It wasn't as great as the first one.

Definitely a splash of gender politics in there, didn't bother me really, just a heads up.

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  • LuEllen Lang
  • 2019-07-09

Fantastic!

A great story in the style universe that holds its own! Such sweet moments that remind me of how difficult finding your label can be but how amazing other people are at being allies and supporting those of us who struggle. Fantastic narration as well. Looking forward to possibly seeing more from this world!

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  • Mari Stark
  • 2019-06-24

Another cute, enjoyable, fluffy coming out story

This is the second book of the series and is still fluffy and conflict free. I believe a lot of people might think, it is unreal, too perfect, life doesn’t happen that way. And that may be, but is the one thing I enjoyed the most. I liked the fact that is drama free and is all good. Life and coming out stories should be like that. I like to dream of a perfect world especially when I read. Therefore, I enjoyed this one very much.

I’m still enjoying the clever way to title the books by mixing their names.

The narration is good in general. And it is even better than it was in the previous book of the series.

I recommend this series, mostly if you are looking for a happy read.

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  • Kristina
  • 2019-05-29

Love Cordelia and Chase

Though it was reminiscent of the first book in many ways , this author has a way of writing that completely sucks you into the story. I absolutely love the imperfect characters that are perfect for each other. I also love that the reader is allowed to come to their own conclusions about gender and sexuality labeling, with somewhat of a guide.