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The Breakup Album

Written by: Lauren Blakely
Narrated by: Shane East, Andi Arndt
Length: 8 hrs
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Jane Black has written the breakup album of the century, earning her a Grammy, a huge legion of new fans, and the pressure to repeat her success. Sure, the heartbreak from her husband's unconventional abandonment might have been her inspiration, but it hasn't done her any favors in the dating department. So when Matthew Harrigan, the toughest music journalist out there, asks for an interview, Jane agrees - as long as her personal life is completely off-limits. British, gorgeous, and way too tempting, Matthew's the first guy Jane's been attracted to since her husband. As she spends more time with him and their relationship heats up, though, so does her writer's block. How can the queen of the breakup pen the perfect follow-up when she's seriously in love?

©2013 Lauren Blakely (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc. This edition is made possible under a license arrangement with Entangled Publishing, Inc.

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  • bookbruin
  • California
  • 2019-01-26

Great Twist on the Rock Star Romance

Overall 4 stars
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This isn't your typical rock star romance. It's a great twist on the trope with a healthy serving of forbidden/taboo romance as well. Andi Arndt and Shane East are fantastic as Jane and Matthew! The majority of the book is narrated superbly by Arndt, but this doesn't detract from East's sexy performance as the loveable Brisith music critic Matthew. In fact it makes Matthew's chapters and additions shine even more.

This book was a lot more emotional than I anticipated. Jane's past was especially poignant and my heart broke for her as things crumbled around her. Her confusion, anger, and heartbreak were so honest and raw. I loved seeing her regain her confidence and reclaim herself. The push and pull between her and Matthew was great, but once things move forward between them, I felt like the story seemed to stall. Things do pick up at the end and I felt Jane's reaction to Matthew's omission was justified given her history, but it still felt immature for her to run away and refuse to talk things through with him as adults. I enjoyed all the song references and how much of a role music plays in the events of our lives, but I just wasn't as captivated by The Break-Up Album as I have been with other Blakely books. It was still an entertaining listen, however, with fantastic narration!

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  • Jan M
  • Southwest
  • 2019-01-04

Awesome Listen!

Lauren Blakely did it again with another wonderful story! I really enjoyed this listen with its vivid imagery and the fantastic narration. Shane East and Andi Arndt were perfect in this book. I loved their inner musings and how they brought the characters to life. Jane and Matthew are two characters that really appealed to me. I loved the storyline in this book was original, and how I once again felt like smiling listening to this book.

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  • Theresa Martin
  • 2019-01-10

A beautiful love story. Shane East was perfect!

Matthew and Jane were so awesome. After her divorce, Jane needed someone very special, and that’s what she gets with Matthew. Both not expecting what happens between them, you get so many feels with this book. Both of them used to being such professionals in their respective careers, they learn that they don’t quite know how to meander through the minefield of their getting to know each other. There’s plenty of heat, but it’s such a great story of getting what you want...and deserve. It’s not always easy, but sometimes you have to go back to the basics.

I made a playlist from Jane’s top breakup songs listed in this.

Listening to Shane is always a treat, and he kicked ass on this story. And of course, Andi is always the best!

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  • PATRICIA
  • 2019-01-27

Not your ordinary Rockstar romance!

I don't know where Lauren Blakely gets her inspiration from, but this story is not what I expected! Jane recently had a hit with her last album, winning a grammy and has shot to stardom. Matthew is a journalist looking to find his next big story, and is hoping it's Jane. And their romance begins. The taboo romance of Matt and Jane, after all, he is working with her is front and center of this book, and it's steamy. But what I love the most is the healing Jane goes through and the revelation of how life can be lived. I think it is expertly written, and gives good perspective on how we all take things to heart, place blame and try to figure out what we did wrong. I loved this story, as I do all of Lauren's book, but this one really resonated with me.

Andi Arndt and Shane East is all I have to say. Nothing more need to be said about these two narrators, except they always bring their A game. There is some emotional pull in this one that is masterfully portrayed and I loved the performances.

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  • Leslie C
  • 2019-01-10

Love

This was a great, current book that kept my attention. love the performers as well

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  • Elizabeth Swain ~ Carolina Chic's Read
  • Charleston, SC
  • 2019-01-09

Matthew Harrigan has swept me away!!!!

Matthew Harrigan has swept me away with his sexy British accent and abs! Elizabeth @ Carolina Chic''s Read

Let's start wit the cover... Michael Scanlon... yes please! Now you give him the absolutely sexy accent of Shane East and this is a sensory overload!

I loved the story of Jane Black the Grammy Winning singer/songwriter, who has got to have another hit record. It only took a broken heart and marriage to get the first one out of her. Enter Matthew Harrigan... Sexy British Reporter... you have the recipe for songs, right? Well this girl figures it out and gets the guy! I completely loved this story and am so glad I got to get this one off my TBR list!!!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-24

Loved it!

Fun and held my interest the whole book. I'm a sucker for a British accent too!

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  • Debra G.
  • 2019-03-08

what a great love story. great performances.

just a light hearted love story with strong characters. fantastic performances and well written. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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  • ChantalG
  • 2019-01-18

Loved it

Jane and Matthew. Loved this story. It starts out slow but it sure doesn’t end on a slow note. Jane, she’s finally made it. An upcoming singer/songwriter. Devastated by how her marriage ended she is not looking to hook up with any man. For now......
But she can’t deny the attraction to the man who is interviewing her after her successful launch of her first album......Can you say attraction, sizzles....all the good stuff one feels when instantly attracted to someone.
But is he all in for the right reasons? Will she have to break off a good thing to further her career?
Loved the story. Loved the couple......💕

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  • kgagnon
  • 2019-01-14

Sweet, Heartfelt, and Sexy Romance!

I loved this twist on the forbidden rockstar romance! It is a beautiful story of learning how to trust, healing, and finding true love. Jane is flying high with the success of her latest album. She wrote it after her heartbreaking split from her husband. She has tried to keep her personal life out of the spotlight but there are journalists who have taken advantage of her new found fame. When sexy British journalist Matthew asks to interview her, she is intrigued. He is the first man she has been attracted to since her divorce but she doesn't know if she can trust any journalist. Matthew works hard to convince her of his integrity. It is a challenge since he has always been attracted to her. As they spend time together, they can't deny their attraction and explosive chemistry. But they struggle to keep it professional between them with both their careers on the line. Blakely did a splendid job updating this sweet and sizzling romance. Narrators, Shane East, and Andi Arndt were the perfect choice for Matthew and Jane. They nailed the chemistry between Jane and Matthew, and delivered their sexy banter flawlessly. I was totally lost to East's smooth, rich, voice, and he had me totally swooning as he brought the charming, dreamy, sexy Brit to life. Arndt easily brought the struggling yet spirited Jane to life.
I really enjoyed this sweet, heartfelt, and sexy story!