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The End Zone

Written by: L. J. Shen
Narrated by: Tessa Ellory, Joe Arden
Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary

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Publisher's Summary

Jolie Louis is a smart girl. She knows that her best friend, Sage Poirier, is a bad idea. He's a walking, talking cliché. The Adonis quarterback with the bulging biceps and harem of fangirls trailing behind him on campus like a stench you can't get rid of. Sadly, that's also the reason she can't stay away from him. Well, that and the fact that they're roommates.

Jolie is already straddling the line between friendship and more when Sage comes to her with an offer she cannot refuse: Be his fake girlfriend and live for free for the rest of the semester. She tells herself that she can handle it. He's just the boy she saved 10 years ago, right? Wrong. So very wrong. He is a man now, and she is his captive, heart, body, and soul....

©2018 L. J. Shen (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • ❤️ Cyndi Marie ❤️
  • 2018-06-16

✫✫ 3 Stars ✫✫

This is a 50/50 book for me. I like 50% of the story! I love a friends to lovers story, I really enjoyed most of the sexy scenes and I have to say I love that the "pretend" didn't last long. On the other hand, I rolled my eyes A LOT during this short 3 hours book. It mostly felt a little hokey to me but really I should not expect more from a short story since there isn't much background build up to help feel the story.

The narration was good. Both narrators did a great job but I did notice that she sounds like a teenager and he sounds like a 30-40 year old man, that was a little off putting but that was casting and no reflection on either of their narration skills.

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  • Shannon Cole
  • 2018-04-06

A Quick Read that hits the Spot!!

I’m not much into Novellas but I honestly enjoyed this one.
In true LJ Shen fashion, she packs the heat and the passion in this enjoyable friends to Lovers romance.
I listened to this on audio and I honestly felt this was one of Joe Arden’s best performances. His voice was husky and deep and absolutely on point.
This was the first time I listened to Narrator, Tessa Ellory and I highly enjoyed her sweet southern accent and soft spoken voice.
Great narration and a Great Listen!!

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  • PATRICIA
  • 2018-04-16

Don't let the length fool you!

Just because this is a short one, it does not take away from the punch that LJ Shen is able to put into it. This gem is a fully, well developed story and does not give you that rushed feeling. Meet childhood friends Jolie and Sage. As they grow up, Sage becomes the football star he is always meant to be and Jolie remains his rock through his life. When his friend decides he would like to date Jolie, all things change, and we get the taste of the hotholes that LJ Shen is famous for. This short is full of sexual chemistry, a little angst and characters that you can't help but fall for. She even gives us a glimpse into the future with an unbelievable epilogue. Cannot wait to see where she goes with this!

I love that Shen brought this to audio with Joe Arden and Tessa Ellory. Joe is a wonderful narrator and he brought Sage's attitude and vulnerabilities to life with his voice. This is my first encounter with Tessa Ellory and she has that perfect new adult voice for Jolie, and she hyped up the angst in the right places making you feel each insecurity Jolie had. Loved this!

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  • Lori E.
  • 2018-04-03

OK novella

This was OK for a novella. I was hoping for something longer and more involved like Tyed, which I love. The narration was really good. Joe Arden is one of my favorite narrators.

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  • MRS. QUINN
  • 2019-09-08

Great narration. Angst + drama.

Very angsty childhood friends to lovers tale. I'm not a huge fan of stories with a lot of angst. Well written with nice steamy bits.

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  • Crystal
  • 2019-08-07

Plot had a lot of potential but didn't deliver.

Good plot. But the actual story was written Rushed & glossed over so much it ruined it and made it very BGrade. Disappointing as it had a lot of potential that didn't deliver.

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  • brenda l. moreno
  • 2019-06-22

Fast, hot, and entertaining

I highly recommend this book if only you enjoy fast paced reads. It went straight to the point but a great story put together. Happy reading if you do enjoy this read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-02

Yes

You know it’s a good book when you hate the antagonist more and soooo much more as the story goes.

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  • Ashley Washington
  • 2019-05-26

loved it....

Its your home town boy girl next door book... what really love stories are made of. couldn't stop listening;went all the way to the end!

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  • Tammy L Clevenger
  • 2019-05-21

HOLY FREAKIN HOTNESS ❤

Absolutely loved this story ❤ This is my first L J Shen book and it definitely won't be my last ❤❤