False Start : Assignment: Romance

  • by Barbara Valentin
  • Narrated by Wendy Rich Stetson
  • Series: Assignment: Romance
  • 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mattie Ross is probably the last person who should be doling out good counsel to anyone about anything. Still smarting after being left at the altar two years earlier, she is strapped with debt, has sworn off men, routinely buries herself in her work, and despite her well-proportioned figure remains haunted by childhood taunts of "Fatty Mattie". But to her publisher at the Chicago Gazette, and listeners, she is their latest advice columnist, The Plate Spinner, a self-assured working parent to adorable fake children and multi-tasking savant. Enter Nick Derosa, the twin brother of Mattie's cold-footed fiance, who is trying to get back on his feet after his brother steals his identity and implicates him in an illegal investment scheme. But thanks to Nick's legendary running career, the publisher of the Chicago Gazette proposes a wager: If Nick can train an out-of-shape working parent in time to compete in the Chicago Marathon, he will contribute enough to help Nick launch his own non-profit running club for kids. Suddenly "Fatty Mattie" and Nick are thrust together as the most unlikely of pairs and under a deadline to put their trust issues aside and avoid another false start in their lives.

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False Start

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I totally enjoyed this audiobook - a fun romance with lovable characters that you just want to cheer for. I This story had me cheering for Mattie as she faced her demons and searched for love. Enjoyed every minute of it.


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- Zoe

Fun & Heartwarming Romance!

I really enjoyed this fun and heartwarming romance. Altho it started slow for me and took a bit to become engaged, I soon didn't want it to end and thought about it long after it was over. This is a wonderful story of second chances, forgiveness, self improvement, and learning to love yourself. Mattie has struggled with her weight and her self esteem all her life. The paper she works for has asked her to train for a marathon and her coach is the twin brother of the man who left her at the altar. They were both victimized by Nick's brother and have been paying the price for several years. There were some misunderstandings also causing some lingering animosity. They do not start their journey together easily. Mattie and Nick were well developed and intriguing characters and I truly enjoyed the evolution of their relationship. The narrator, Wendy Rich Stetson, did a wonderful job bringing them to life and making me feel all their stumbles, heartbreaks, joys and triumphs! I look forward to listening to the net book in this series.
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- kgagnon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-25-2016
  • Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing