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Publisher's Summary

Meg Michaels, a bookstore owner, has already walked away from two cheating exes. She's learned her lesson and has her mind set on success - until she gets knocked up. Embarrassed and unwilling to discuss her situation with friends and family, she wears layers to hide the pregnancy.
When Meg gets sick at a party, she's mortified. Even worse, Theo Taylor, the guest of honor, discovers her secret. Theo, an Army medic wounded in the war, agrees not to reveal her condition, and the two forge a bond of friendship that blossoms into love.
Theo is soon filling all of Meg's late-night cravings - and not just the pregnancy-induced ones. But can their love overcome all the obstacles that stand between them and creating a happy family?
©2014 Claire Ashby (P)2015 Red Adept Publishing, LLC
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By DK on 12-04-15

Friends With Benefits - Love This Book 5 Stars*


Meg Michaels is the owner of a bookstore, pregnant and has two exes that are not worth considering – but for the fact that she is pregnant by one of them. She hides her pregnancy for as long as she can.

At a welcome home party, put on by her best friend, she meets a former Army medic who discovers her secret. Theo (the medic) takes her on as a project. They become friends and before either of them know what they have become intimate – intimate friends.

They push each other away because of their perceived end real fears.

How will they contribute to one another in their journey? Or will they push themselves away from one another?

To me this was a very gentle plot and exploration of returning, injured veterans. Their pride versus the actual physical and mental needs they must let others to help them heal. The compassion without pity that those of us who know nothing about what they have been through. We must include them in order to hear their needs and do our best to help when asked, give time alone when asked, and understand and recognize the differences

Claire Ashby has written a wonderful book and while *I was given this book to listen to in exchange for my review in an unbiased manner. I can say with certainty that I will look for more written by this author and immediately add them to my Wish List.

Piper Brown is an excellent performer. I believe that I have listen to another one of her performances and she is better with each performance. Brown has a way of pulling the emotion out of your heart, feeling and identifying with this spectacularly written book.

Claire Ashby and Piper Brown are a match made in heaven – audio heaven, anyway!

Notes Mature themes, strong language and some descriptions of violence

Overall rating: Five stars for the story, the performance & overall. .


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By ReadMeAStory on 02-11-17

Theo saved this from being an "I threw my kindle"

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Another reviewer shared that although the story was interesting, it was frustrating at the same time because the heroine does STUPID, stupid things - again, and again, and AGAIN.<br/><br/>If it weren't for the hero, Theo? I would have probably ripped out my earbuds and chucked my kindle.<br/><br/>Which would be a travesty, because I love my kindle. I did NOT love Meg. I did not love Meg's brother. Or father. Or Jason. Or Hazel. Or... you know? Save for one character, I don't think I liked any of them. You can say this though: a book that inspires this much irritation withOUT you wanting to quit it has a special quality. I wanted this book because there were so many high ratings. I was provided a copy for free. I was deeply grateful to Theo for saving the day, because he was AWESOME. I felt he needed a better heroine, but he makes it work, and in the end, he is an even better man than when you met him at the beginning and THAT was worth listening for.

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By Lo on 01-31-17

A great listen and highly recommended

I really enjoyed this story.

This is Meg and Theo's story, they are both very determined, strong characters with painful pasts on a journey of love, forgiveness, and healing. This story was easy to relate to, the characters are deep and likable.

Claire Ashby is now on my must read list of authors!

Piper Brown did a great job narrating and really brought the book to life.

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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By A D. on 11-05-15

A delightful book and listening experience.

A delightful book. The Claire Ashby has elegantly balanced pure escapism with a few potentially difficult and heavy situations. The characters felt real with real issues. I especially enjoyed how the story sweetly concluded with all the challenges addresses without feeling overly idealistic. For a debut novel, very well done. Piper Brown narrates the story well, with a peaceful lyrical quality that makes the listening experience enjoyable.

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