by Lauren Blakely
Narrator: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
Length: 7 hours and 29 minutes
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Narration: 5 cups
I couldn’t have scripted a more perfect night.
For one fantastic evening, at a masquerade party in the heart of Manhattan, I’m not the millionaire everyone wants a piece of. Fine—multimillionaire. But who’s counting all those commas? Not me, and not the most intriguing woman I've ever met, who happens to like dancing, witty banter, and hot, passionate up-against-the-wall sex as much as I do.
There's no need for names or business cards. And that’s why I’m eager to get to know her more, since my mystery woman seems to like me for me, rather than for my huge…bank account.
Everything’s coming up aces. Until the next day when things get a little complicated. (Newsflash — a lot complicated.)
He's charming, brilliant, an incredible lover, and right now I want to stab fate in the eyeballs.
I've had one goal I've been working toward, and lo and behold, my mystery man is the very person who stands between me and my dream job. A job I desperately need since my hard-knock life has nothing in common with his star-kissed one.
But it’s time to put that fairytale night behind me, and focus on learning what makes him tick. Too bad it turns out his quirks are my quirks, and his love affair with New York matches mine.
And as we spend our days together, I discover something else that feels like a cruel twist of fate — I’m falling for this naughty prince charming, and that’s not an ending I can write to our story.
Come As You Are by Lauren Blakely was beautiful with plenty of adorkable feels! Told from dual perspectives and narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt I lost serious sleep listening until well after 2 am in search of happily ever after.
Coffee Dates with Come As You Are
- First Date: Blakely has this addictive way of pulling you in and wrapping you up in the character’s story. I adored the setup for this story. A successful entrepreneur, Flynn Parker, is slightly jaded when it comes to dating and love. The truth is he doesn’t know if a woman is interested in him or his money. Sabrina Granger is a newspaper reporter who has recently been laid off and worries about what the future holds for her and her brother. As fate would have it the two attend a masquerade party and the two strike up a conversation keeping their identities a secret. The night ends with a very sexy, masked encounter. He walks away with her phone number but not her name. Ooh la, la I was completely hooked and knew things were about to get
- Second Date: I loved the chemistry between Flynn and Sabrina. The playfulness and heat felt genuine, but all that comes to a screeching halt when the masks come off. Sabrina’s dream job is on the line as well as her brother’s future., Neither Flynn nor Sabrina will cross the line professionally. The two begin meeting as Sabrina interviews Flynn for her piece. That underlying chemistry is still there, and it created tension. I loved seeing them together and learning about each as they shared life stories and such. It is classic opposites attract as these two come from different backgrounds but I loved seeing them discover the other. Their meetings took place all over the city as Sabrina firmly believes interviews should be conducted outside of an office setting as it allows the subject to relax. She is passionate about what she does but worries that her growing feelings for Flynn will color her piece.
- Third Date: Will Flynn and Sabrina get to eat their cake or forever dream about what could have been? Ugh, this answer, despite feeling comfortable in Blakley’s hands kept me up listening until after 2 am. I needed to know. A possibility of blackmail, ethical questions and responsibilities tugged at these characters just as equally as the urge to kiss the other did. I adored both characters. Blakley added a few twists and surprises that all felt genuine and in line with the story. I laughed, bit my lip and swooned all the way to the end of these coffee dates.
Sebastian York and Andi Arndt narrated Come As You Are and they only enhanced an already great love story. These two are well paired and they captured the characters, the heat and the story as in unfolded.
If you are looking for a feel-good romance, filled with heat, adorkableness and all the feels, then Come As You Are is the perfect romance to grab.
This audiobook includes the bonus novella Most Irresistible Guy, which is only available in audio in this edition of Come as You Are.
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