Written by Tara September ⎮ Narrated by Verla Bond
Author: Tara September
Narrator: Verla Bond
Length: 3 hours and 37 minutes
Publisher: Plus it Up
Released: Sep. 6, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Successful Texas lawyer, Reade Walker, curses that damn song every time it plays, all too aware of the irony of its lyrics. After all, he has been secretly and painfully enamored with Jesse's girl, Gwen, for nearly a decade. It was love at first sight for him, but sadly she's not his girl. She belongs to the one man who betrayed him and knows Reade's hidden family secret. Yet, Reade can't seem to love anyone except the one woman he can't have. Or can he make her mine?
When Gwen Clark's senator husband runs off with his intern and all their money, the ensuing scandal turns her life upside down. Deserted, penniless, and desperate to provide for her six-year-old daughter, Gwen has no one to turn to but Reade Walker. The one man her heart desperately wants, but her pride dreads having to ask for help. Despite welcoming them into his home, it seems like Reade can barely stand being in the same room with her anymore, let alone under the same roof - in the same bedroom. But Gwen is determined to get her life back on track. It is past time to rediscover her own dreams...if only she can keep her aching heart from breaking all over again.
This audiobook was provided by its author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Jesse’s Girl is the first book I’ve read by Tara September and my favorite thing about it was our hero, Reade. What I loved most about Reade was how devoted he was to the heroine. You could tell he truly cared about her and her daughter. I also admired the strength of the heroine, as she was willing to do whatever it takes for her daughter and to get away from her horrible ex. She didn’t ‘need’ Reade, but having him in her life sure made things better for them both.
I listened to the audiobook of Jesse’s Girl. It was narrated by Verla Bond and it appears to be her first audiobook, but I couldn’t tell. She seemed like an experienced narrator. I love when narrators not only bring the story to life, but also do a job voicing both the female and male characters. This can be tricky to do when there is only one narrator but Verla gave a great performance and her tone was on point.
The sound quality was good and I didn’t notice any thing off with the production of the book. Overall, I would have to say this was translated quite well to audio. Some books are meant to be read, and others are better when listened to. Jesse’s Girl is one of those books I would highly recommend picking up in audio format.
I love a good single parent romance and though the heroine was going through tricky situation with her ex, this definitely falls in that category. Even though the hero and heroine were never together previously, they both have harbored feelings for one another for quite some time. Because of that, I would recommend this to those who enjoy a good second chance romance because it gave me those type of feels.
This is what I would call an ‘easy read’ and I mean that in a good way. It was fast paced, sweet, and steamy. I wish there was a little more depth and connection for me, but overall I did like it a lot. I would recommend this to audiobook lovers who enjoy single parent romances and second chance romance.
Meet the Author: Tara September
Tara September is an award-winning... and losing contemporary romance writer living in Southwest Florida.
Tara is proud to be the world's most okayest mom to clones (identical twin boys). When not writing out her daydreams, she blogs over at When Tara Met Blog @tarametblog, a lifestyle and parenting blog of 14 years.
Holding a master's degree in journalism from NYU, she previously was the Corporate Communications Manager at WWE and PR Manager for The Walt Disney Company, Consumer Products.