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Publisher's Summary

Kaitlin Reynolds is used to fearlessly flying off mountains. But nearly two years after a devastating injury has ended her ski jumping career, Kaitlin is still struggling to put one foot in front of the other and find her new life. A chance meeting with a handsome stranger begins to put life into perspective. Dashing figure skater, Declan McLoughlin has just returned from the Olympics amid a swirl of publicity and fanfare. Just as Kaitlin begins to have hope again, her charming savior turns out to represent everything she has lost. If Kaitlin can just let go of the past and take a leap of faith, will she find herself soaring into Declan's arms?

©2015 Kathryn R. Biel (P)2016 Kathryn R. Biel

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  • Lori
  • 2016-10-10

Really Good Story

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3.5 stars
Very enjoyable listen. Really good story, that pulls you in from the start. Creative and unusual opening setting for the meeting of the main characters, as well as the interesting connection they have.

This is a slow building romance story. Yes there's insta attraction but the timing is not right for more at the time. I like that the story takes place over time. It made the characters more real/believable. While I enjoyed the story it was almost on the verge of to much angst, I was almost to the point of "come on get it together already". Although this is an emotional roller-coaster of a story, it's also a very entertaining, fun and humorous listen.

The story is told in dual POV's between Declan and Kaitlin. Great cast of characters

Lisa Beacom does a really good job with the narration. Pleasant voice, very easy on the ears. Clearly spoken. Smooth even pace. Great character voices. She was able to convey all the emotions and humor of the characters. All around very enjoyable.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

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  • Anita M. Sacrey
  • 2016-04-11

Great Listen!

What did you love best about Jump, Jive, and Wail?

Interesting story line and great narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jump, Jive, and Wail?

The airport scene when Kaitlyn falls into Declan.

Which character – as performed by Lisa Beacom – was your favorite?

Kaitlyn

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I definitely did not want to have to stop it.

Any additional comments?

I was left at the end feeling as if I wanted more, so I hope maybe this will turn into a series. I really enjoyed the performance, especially the Russian and Irish accents.

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  • 🌸DARA
  • 2016-09-15

Jump For Joy 🙌

This quirky romance had me hooked from the beginning and kept my interest throughout.......I had to stay up late to finish it. 😍

Caitlin and Declan meet as strangers and begin a journey that's funny, romantic, emotional and challenging. As the story unfolds, we witness how much they have in common and how their differences influence them by the Authors use of Dual Points Of View.. With each point of view we see both perspectives of a situation, which really enhanced the character development. It's a sweet story of love through heartbreak and disappointment that will tug at your heart and leave you smiling.

I enjoyed the narration of this book. She was easy to listen to and voiced each character quite well. 👏

Note: There is some swearing and one sex scene in this story........but nothing explicit. 😊

This book was a pleasure to listen to and I would like to thank the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.

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  • Danielle A
  • 2016-09-28

Great Listen

I really enjoyed this book. It had many elements that made this different from my usual reads with Declan's profession and Kaitlin's medical issues and previous profession. This was what I would call a slow burn romance but I liked that aspect because Declan and Kaitlin really got to know each other. This book kept me really engaged because I hardly ever listen to a book in one day. This is the first book I have listened to from this narrator and she did a really good job. Look forward to more from the narrator and this author.

A copy was provided for review by AudioBook Boom

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  • Janet Henderson
  • 2021-01-23

Liked this book very much!

I enjoyed this book very much but was left wanting more... finding out how they grow as a family... maybe with them coaching their own young children that are into skating & jumping?

I loved the airport scene when Kaitlyn falls into Declan. That scene is what made me want to continue to see where it would progress.

I enjoyed the narration by Lisa Beacom very much. I have listened to a lot of audiobooks, (over 500 in 2020 as they help me not focus on my constant back pain & help keep my PTSD anxiety attacks at bay), so a good narrator is an absolute must!

This is a book I would listen to again, but as stated above, hope the author considers continuing on with their story.

I was provided this audiobook at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review & I look forward to listening to more books by both the narrator & the author.

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  • Sherri
  • 2020-10-16

A Story about learning how to land after excelling at flying.

This book is not your run of the mill love story. It kept me hoping for love and the stereotypical happy ending (that would have made me roll my eyes).

Instead, I was taken on a journey through a tough time in someone’s life. They learned some hard life lessons (and so did I!).

I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with the characters... I’m glad that I listened, rather than read, because the narration was integral in bringing the characters to life for me.

The only problem with this book is that it had to end!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-03-27

Flying

I enjoyed the book for the most part. The story was good. I did not care for the constant changing of the POV. I would have enjoyed a little more one on one of the main characters and less angst from the heroine. But I did get invested in the story and had to read it through to the end

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  • Mary
  • 2018-03-09

Great except the ending

I was jumping in my car to listen to this! It was really fun. But the ending was preachy and a let down. The characters were great. The performance was pretty good, but her cadence is a little forced.

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  • Rachel
  • 2016-04-08

Great read...or uhh listen?

I really enjoyed the narrator's performance. Even when I would step away for a moment when I came back I knew which character I was listening to.

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  • escritora
  • 2021-02-06

For the love of the jump!

I immensely enjoyed the story of Kaitlin Reynolds and Declan McLoughlin, two world class athletes, she in ski jump and he, pairs skating. More than 2 years ago, as Kaitlin readied herself for the Sochi Olympics, an accident on the course caused an injury so severe that she lost the usage of much of her leg and was forced to retire. The depression that overtook her soured her spirit and her outlook on life. Declan McLoughlin and his partner, Natalya, exceeded expectations, winning the bronze medal in pairs. In the airport, Declan and Kaitlin literally run into each other and he catches her before she can do a face plant. Quite the meet cute! They continue to run into each other, strike up a conversation and their flight to LaGuardia is cancelled, forcing them to spend the night. Declan really wants to know this enigmatic, beautiful lady and find out what is causing the distress on her face. Kaitlin sees that he is uncomfortable being seen by the public and finally understands why when she opens her People magazine. This is one of the most romantic and intensely personal stories I've read in a long time and it's made even more so by having the dual POV, giving the reader the ability to see the same situation as the individual character sees it. Kaitlin's self-doubt and inability to believe that Declan would want anything to do with her made me sad, but it's understandable through her eyes. The texts and phone calls keep their relationship honest and they both make an effort to remain friends, all the while hoping for more. When Declan is at a crossroads for his future, there are too many assumptions that keep them from finding their HEA. My only complaint is that I felt the ending was a little rushed and I wanted some of the loose ends to be tied up. I wanted more information on Nat's prognosis and to see that Kaitlin's physical therapist got what was coming to her. An extended epilogue to see a few months or years into the future for Declan and Kaitlin would make it ideal! The narration is beautifully done by Lisa Beacom and I'll be looking for more of her audiobooks.