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Publisher's Summary

Hanna Boudreaux has lived in the small town of Willow all her life. She’s sweet, cute, and quiet.

Hanna has a moment of epiphany when she realizes her crush for forever, Raiden Ulysses Miller, is never going to be hers. She sees her life as narrow and decides to do something about it.

Raiden Miller is the town’s local hero. A former marine with the medal to prove his hero status, he comes home shrouded in mystery. It takes a while, but eventually Hanna catches his eye.

After all these years of Raid and Hanna living in the same town, the question is: Why? Is Raid interested in Hanna because she’s sweet and cute? Or does Raid have something else going on?

©2013 Kristen Ashley (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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Male narration not good

I almost asked for my money back as the hero sounded really unattractive, but the story wasn’t bad.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 2015-05-22

A DRAMA-FEST, FEEL GOOD, FUNNY & STEAMY ROMANCE

Hanna's crush on handsome Raiden spanned years, ever since she was 6, but over the years he never noticed her and eventually joined the Marines and after that he went 'off the grid' until one day he returned to small town Willow. But when Hanna stalked him and saw the blonde bombshell he was with that was finally the last straw something had to change and she decided it had to be her appearance, her attitude and her stupid crush. However, slowly Raiden was everywhere Hanna was then the impossible happened.... he asked her out but it turned out not everything was perfect and he was about to break her heart and shatter her dreams.

The very Alpha Raiden, knew he'd messed up, he had secrets, but he wouldn't let the infuriating and cute Hanna go that easily and barged back into her life which proved to be frustrating, annoying, sexy, funny, romantic and he realised Hanna was the girl of her dreams. Unfortunately nothing was going to be the same again in Hanna's life when Raiden finally opened up to her and then the past paid her an unwelcome and violent visit.

Dual POV's, the narrator did a good male voice but her female voice was too young sounding, there was a funny and interesting Grandmother who was in her 90's, a spoilt cat that had character and a plot that had sex, romance, drama, angst and intrigue.

Worth a credit? It was very enjoyable and entertaining but the narrator's female voice wasn't good to listen to however, despite this, I thought it was yet another creditworthy listen by the talented Kristen Ashley who has hit on the perfect formula for damaged hot Alpha males whose dirty talk makes you go weak at the knees.

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  • suesun
  • 2015-04-24

Worst narration ever

This is sad but true. I adore the story of Raid and Hannah. The narrator was so terrible it became distracting. She spoke way too fast, in fact I thought I had changed the speed by accident. She also mispronounced simple words often.
I want a do over

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  • whatcha.listening.to
  • 2016-09-17

Raid Stars

Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the heck out of this book; I just didn’t love it as much as the other books in this series.

Hanna is sweet and kind to all. She has also never lived anywhere but the small town of Willow, where she runs her business and takes care of her Great Grandmother. Who is 98 and acts like a 20 year old. This is super cute and fun to read. Who also happens to have an ornery cat call Spot who as it were likes to ride in Hanna’s bike basket.. Silly kitty.

Raiden hasn’t had the easy life, his father wasn’t a good man so at the age of 14 Raid kicked him out. He took care of his mom and sister. Then he signed up to be a Marine. But after losing a lot of guys he was close to in combat, he just wasn’t the same coming home. And who could blame him.

But the moment his eyes lay on Hanna, he was sunk.

“You do it for me because you were the girl across the street, your hair shining in the sun, laughing, making me fall in love with you, and I didn't even goddamned fucking know you.”

I do love how she brings Raid back in to the world of the living. He smiles more, he wants more out of life than he did before. And not because he was lost or anything but because he was just going through the motions. He lost a part of him, but I didn’t feel like he was the lost Alpha male kind of guy. Just that he was a little broken and needed a good women to help ease the ache.

What he didn’t know was that she had had a thing for Raiden Ulysses Miller since she was 6 and he was 9 playing tug-a-war in her Grams backyard.

“I fell in love with you when I was six and I didn't know who you were."

It took some time but living the good life where front porches with swings, and crazy cats who would rather ride in the bike basket vs a car. And a sweet Gram who thinks you can hang the moon. This is just a swoony kind of romance, what can I say sometimes you just need one of those from time to time.

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  • Malinda
  • 2015-07-09

Great story. Luv Hanna and Raid <3

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This was a great book. Raid and Hanna are very good together and I really enjoyed reading this book. I'm hoping KA comes out with more in this series.

Hanna is a very sweet, helpful person that everyone likes. She made a good business out of selling her afghans and preserves nationwide. She's very shy and wasn't very adventurous but certain things make her realize her life is wasting away and she makes changes. She has been crushing on Raid for years but he never noticed her. When he starts paying attention to her and asks her out she's surprised but gratified so she says yes.

Raid is a good but damaged man. He was in the marines and barely survived something that killed most of the rest of his squad. He came back home pretending everything is fine but not happy and suffering from nightmares. He has an interesting but not very legitimate job that brings Hanna to his attention. This causes some problems with them in the beginning but Raid knew Hanna was for him as soon as he saw her and he was determined to get her.

I really loved seeing them getting together. She's so shy at first and he brings out the wild in her. To be honest there's not much true BDSM...I'd definitely call it BDSM lite and it's nothing to get stressed about if you don't like that stuff (view spoiler) Regardless, I liked the sex scenes and thought they were hot.

Another thing I really liked was that Raid liked that Hanna was a little dorky and cute. He fell for her lock, stock and barrel just as she was. Not that he wasn't a typical alpha male and being bossy but I also liked that she learned how to handle him (to a certain extent) as their relationship grew. There are some issues when Hanna finds out what Raid does for a living and has to come to terms with it. There are also a few other issues to deal with, including some danger that strikes unexpectedly. Raid and Hanna make it through and Raid takes measures to ensure wont happen again. There were a few secondary characters I really likes (Rachelle, K.C. & Hanna's Great Grandma Mildred). There are also a few cameos of the couples from the previous 2 books which was cool. The ending was great although there's a bit of sadness with the happiness.

This was a great book. I ended reading it was a warm happy feeling. And really hoping KA continues this series. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up! :D

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  • Damsel D
  • 2015-04-25

Awful narration!

Would you try another book from Kristen Ashley and/or Dara Rosenberg?

Kristen Ashley-Yes, definitely. Dara Rosenberg-NEVER!

What was most disappointing about Kristen Ashley’s story?

Story seemed very rushed. I loved the other 3 books in this series, and I will be listening to all 3 again. I can't seem to get through this book. I don't connect with the characters. Hannah is a weak doormat and Raid is a jerk.

What didn’t you like about Dara Rosenberg’s performance?

The narration was awful. Too rushed with a child-like voice. Not good when she tries to do the male voice. Intonations in the wrong places, pronouncing words incorrectly.

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  • tiger mom
  • 2015-05-27

best book ever

Where does Raid rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best book I've listened to by far. Great story really touched home for me. The first booked I actually cried listening to.

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  • Erin
  • 2015-05-11

KA's writing outweighs the meh narration

First, I expect the narrator and her friends to mark this review as unhelpful, as I have noticed that all the other reviews that mentioned anything negative regarding the narration were deemed "unhelpful." Not sure how an opinion can really BE unhelpful unless it doesn't give you an idea of why the opinion was formed, but I think there are people who use the helpful/unhelpful buttons as agree/disagree buttons. You can't fix stupid... but I digress. Please forgive me. (Or just go ahead and make this the most unhelpful review ever. That'll learn me.)

NARRATOR: The voice was good, not great but not terrible. Given Hanna's super girlyness, I thought the voice fit her. Raid, not so much, but again, not terrible. However, the mispronunciations were a problem:
Boudreaux was pronounced "bood-WAH" (yeah, like in bedroom), not bood-ROW.
Ornery was pronounced "or-NAIR-ee," not ORN-uh-ree.
Countrified was pronounced "COUN-ter-fried," not "CUN-tree-fide" (had to be careful there).
Corps (as in Marine) was pronounced "coors" (yeah, like the beer), not CORE.
BUT....She did NOT mispronounce the word CAVALRY as CALVARY, and this made me forgive the others. If the 4 mispronounced words were repeated MANY times, it would have been different. As is, you kind of have to roll your eyes a couple of times when the cat is described as ornery, a couple of times when the decor is described as countrified and for about 5 minutes when reference is being made to Raid being in the corps. OK, you also have to just suck up the instances of Boudoir instead of Boudreaux. All in all--Not Really That Big A Deal.

STORY: KA books span from, "Wow, that was great" to "OMG!!! THAT rocked my world!" For me, this one was great. 4 stars instead of 5. The Unfinished Heroes Series is a bit different than her others, in that these heroes' armor is a bit more on the tarnished side. I have read them all, and I do recommend ALL of them. Of the 4 books in the series, I think this one is more on the short and sweet end of the spectrum and also maybe the one that was not as detailed, but I still loved it. I LOVED grandma, the "old biddy" and how she referred to people as "skinny minnie." (Reminded me of my grandma who used the same words.) Gotta say, I do love Knight, Creed and Deacon more than Raid, but that doesn't mean I don't have a place in my heart for him too, and this story was definitely entertaining and worth the time to enjoy it.

In spite of the shorter length and the slight narration difficulties, this one is still DEFINITELY worth a credit or cash.

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  • Erin Walsh
  • 2015-05-06

Great book, horrible narration

This narration was terrible- just terrible. I would not recommend it to anyone and I will not purchase anything else narrated by this person.

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  • Keke
  • 2016-04-06

Review of the narration

What does Dara Rosenberg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Dara Rosenberg's voice was exactly right for Hanna in my opinion. Sweet, quirky, adorable and absolutely communicated everything that was Hanna to me. I had read the book before and Ms Rosenberg impersonated Hanna very well in the dialogue, I also liked her narration of the story. I didn't like her narration of Raid as much, but it didn't mind it. What really didn't work for me was her prounciation of Hannas family name, Boudreaux. It sounded like "boudoir" in my ears.
If it wasn't for that small thing I would have given the narration 5 stars, but it bugged me.

Excellent voice for Hanna! Overall well done!

Any additional comments?

I love this story about an anti-hero, and a dorky lovable heroine.

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  • Donna
  • 2015-04-16

Good but flawed

A favorite of mine. Just got the audio book to sync with the ebook. Dara Rosenberg does a great job with one huge exception... she can't pronounce Boudreaux... she consistently says boudoir. Most distracting.

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