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21 Rumors: The Complete Collection

By: Kristy Marie
Narrated by: Heather Firth,Connor Crais,Jacob Morgan
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Publisher's Summary

Never accept favors from strangers….

It’s a mantra every woman shouldn’t live by. 

Because sometimes, those debts just might pay off in a happily ever after. 

21 Rumors is a collection of three full-length stand-alone, romantic comedy novels with crossover characters from each book.

IOU

Rumor has it she struck a deal with the bad boy.

The Pretender

(Previously published as Subscriber Wars)

Rumor has it she struck a deal with the enemy.

The Closer

Rumor has it she struck a deal with her husband.

©2022 Kristy Marie (P)2022 Kristy Marie
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Horrible!!!

Sorry... I read a book a day and hardly ever write a review, but these 3 books need to be reviewed! I didn't mind the first story base, IOU, but hated the female stupid entitlement and stupidity, even if the author wanted the female character to come as a strong woman ... it was stupid and childish.... but the other 2 books, mostly the last one.... it was beyond stupid and toxic... I wished the girl was left to fend for herself... not sure what the author thinks is ok for a female lead to be such an asshole and stupid, but I will not be wasting time or money on any of her books.... in her vision or her version of a strong woman is to be an idiot who tramples on any other normal person and does anything is ok for her own selfish desires. The book was a total waste of money and time!!!!

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Three stories!

I had read and reviewed IOU a long time ago. I really liked it, gave it 5 stars, and I also really loved the narration.

The second book, The Pretender, was just too confusing. Maybe I needed to read it along at the same time because it was going back and forth all the time. I was nit impressed with it, but would give it 3.5 stars.

The Closer was awesome. Maybe the characters were much more fun than in the previous books in the series. This one definitely deserved 5 stars. I loved it. It was my favorite of the three.

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So happy I bought the boxset!

This is a fantastic collection of books where each one can be enjoyed by itself but there is also some overlap between characters. I really enjoyed being able to go from one story right into the next where everything was fresh in my mind and everyone’s relationship was on track.

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Amazing series!

I fell in love with these characters and was sad when the series came to an end. This is a must listen!

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Enjoyed the series

The first one was my favorite. All three stories were great ideas but in the third story the female character’s hang up about her past friend wasn’t as realistic as the rest of the characters. Didn’t keep me from finishing the story.

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3 books for 1, all so good.

IOU-

It’s not often I find a book that gets me from the very first page. This book starts with a bang, it also makes you fall in love with Ainsley the main character from the moment you start reading. She is all of our spirit animals. She is so bada$& and tough. She knows her value from the start. I think that is my favorite part about her. What you see is what you get. Their is no fake Ainsley.
And let’s not forget Maverick. Oh maverick. You are so beyond swoony. He also takes sexual tension and dirty talk to an epic level. Everyone knows dirty talk is my catnip. Plus his entire family is the best. The relationship and the dynamic is gold. This book made me so happy. I had never read a single one of this authors books, but I’m about to do a deep dive. Loved this book and can’t wait to see what else I have in store.

The Pretender-

I have been waiting for this book to come out. After reading the first book in the series IOU all I wanted was more from this author. I really liked this book. It was a little longer than I anticipated and took me longer to finish than I thought it would. I adore the premise of this story. In a day when everything revolves around social media and how to become famous it made sense for there to be a story based on that. Vee (Valentina) is Sebastian’s (bash) neighbor. They have a prank war that they record for their version of YouTube. Something happens that you don’t find out about till almost the very end of the book that makes them enemies. But the sexual tension and attraction is still there. They decide to work together to win a competition for this fake social media world in order to get more “subscribers.”
Bash is the fun care free player who is super funny. Vee is the Tom boy hard girl. She takes care of herself and plays by her own rules. They fake being a couple in order to win the competition. Obviously sparks fly. The sex scenes and sexual chemistry were lava panty worthy.
I will say I was not expecting the ending at all. I love that it wasn’t predictable. I loved that they grew together and learned from each other. I adore each characters little quirks. Also if you are a fan of Kristy Marie’s earlier series starting with Commander you get a lot of their kids in this with little views of the grown ups. You also get more build up for the future Aspen and Bennett book. I can’t wait for that one.

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I adored this book. I thought I would hate a fake relationship/baby book. Those are not my tropes. But this was done so well, and so quirky that I forgot how irritating those tropes are.

You can’t help but fall in love with grumpy AF cooper. He is the best kind of grump with a heart of gold who doesn’t take no for an answer.

Mack is stubborn and a weirdo but you just love her antics. She is just so unique. I love the way she talks with Cooper. I love her f-ing wrench. I love her crazy yelling.

Cooper takes her and lives every part of her. Connor Crais literally plays the best dad in everything. The way he talks about kids and babies makes even my wore out uterus quiver. He is so good in this. heather firth is spectacular in all.

This was exactly what I needed in my life. So much fun and so many big feels.

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Good...BUT

Overall rating is due to the 2nd book being a total disaster, I absolutely love book #1 & 2, the Lexington Brothers' stories was the best. The narrators did a great job!
If the author have more books like Maverick & Cooper story I will definitely will be reading/listening.

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My fav books in audio format? Yes please!

IOU

I absolutely loved this novel! Five stars doesn’t even seem to do it justice and it took me a few days to review this one, because I was so in love with Maverick I had a really hard time letting go...

Let’s start by the beginning. The first chapter of this book, it was really hard for me to read! (view spoiler) That was hard for me to read! I was so furious at her boyfriend and friend that I wanted to slap them several times...
After that, I couldn’t put it down.
Ainsley and Maverick story is not an easy one, but it’s one that will have you rooting for them.
The heroine is strong, kind and overall crazy, which makes her one of the best and most relatable characters I ever encounter. And that’s what you want from a book, right? A great hero that can be redeemable, a love story that makes you forget about your own problems and an heroine you can relate too.

Love, loved the book!

SUBSCRIBERS WARS/THE PRETENDER

“it’s harder to believe others when you don’t believe it yourself.”

I’ve been so excited to read this book ever since Kristy announced it. My excitement has been months in the making... and let me tell you, that I’m the middle of the pandemic, that excitement and expectation is heightened! I was almost scared that the author wouldn’t deliver, so big where my expectations. But she did! This book is amazing!

Sebastian is an asshole, with capital A. But he’s also sweet and kind and funny and oh so lost in himself and his demons.
Valentina is strong! Don’t you just love a strong heroine? I love it! Valentina is strong, funny, a good friend and what I love most about her is her ability to see her flaws, her weaknesses and instead of sulking or dwelling on them, she search for her strong points and enhances them. If you don’t take anything else from this book, at least learn this! Don’t dwell on your weaknesses, celebrate your strengths!

Sebastian and Valentina have been at war for months now.
They both have channels on the internet and when Sebastian decides to prank Valentina, it triggers a chain reaction that leads to a full blown prank war.
In this book we don’t get to see much of the pranks (which sadden me a little. It would have been fun to read about that). This book actually starts after the wars end, because, apparently Valentina won (though how we only get to now at the end) and her and Sebastian are on a truce and don’t speak to each other.
When a huge competition starts and Sebastian and Valentina have to join forces and pretend to like each other in order to win, the lines get blurred and they both lose sight what is pretend and what is true love.

This is a great book. Kristy Marie delivers a Romantic Comedy, that is sexy, funny and warm. But also a romance that talks about forgiveness and overcoming our own demons.


THE CLOSER

Once upon a time, in a not so far away land, lived a girl who… was three seconds away from shoving a sign up this jerk’s ass.

Meet McKinley, our heroine… She’s a little crazy (all the good ones are).
When we meet McKinley for the first time, she’s in a really low place in her life - not that her life has been easy so far… it hasn’t, at all, but she’s making a living and she’s doing so with fiercefulness, kindness and a smile on her face (and a little crazy add to the mix).

My landlord finds it exhausting chasing me down for the two months of rent I still owe. Combine that with an assload of medical bills and nothing but a fridge full of air and expired milk, I’m the poster child for debt and poor decisions times two.

She meets our hero - Cooper - exactly in that day when her life is in shambles and everything - including her truck, Lu - decides to rebel on her.

“Are those zip ties?” I try to appear like this level of crazy doesn’t scare me. “Uh-huh.” She smiles tightly. “If they can hold Lu’s bumper, they can hold this marriage together.”

Let’s get situated here.
Cooper is a professional baseball player - a pitcher. And he is, Maverick’s, from IOU, baby brother.
Now, if you don’t know you will now, that I love Maverick with a passion. IOU is in my top 5 favorite books of life. So when I found out that his baby brother was having his own story I was over the moon.
Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell, my heart will never be the same after the Lexington brothers (and Pops. ‘Cause Pops is genius!).

“You two, together, are trouble. You two with a wrench and a cane…are a felony waiting to happen.”

McKinley is crazy and will admit it to whoever wants to hear it, but I don’t think Cooper is much better - when it comes to McKinley that is.
Cooper is, in McKinley’s words, a hero. He likes to save people, he has character, he always keeps his word and goes above and beyond for those that he loves.

“Do you want to know what God says about how a man should love a woman, McKinley?” I nod, enraptured by his passion. “That I shall love my wife like he loves me—willing to sacrifice my life for hers.”

I freaking loved this book!
First Cooper is so swoon worthy that we can’t even. McKinley is crazy and sweet and has such a huge heart that we can’t help but root for her. And Pops… he’s just the perfect supporting character.

And to top it all of, we got cameos from characters from other books!

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Wonderfully Witty

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This collection is fantastic. It was perfect timing for my 26 hour road trip, and kept me entertained each time I would turn it on. Ainsley and Maverick kept me laughing the entire time, Sebastian and Valentina kept me on the edge of my seat, McKinley and Cooper made me love their growth. My favorite of all was Ainsley and Maverick, their banter was the highlight of the entire collection. A wonderfully quick, witty, sexy read!

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3 amazing books in one!

Thanks to Kristy Marie and Wordsmith Publicity for this audiobook copy of 21 Rumors! We’ve got three amazing stories and some great narrators so I was so excited to listen to all three books!
 
IOU, by Kristy Marie: 4.5/5 stars
 
Maverick is the King of Favors. You need something? He will provide it… as long as you now owe him a favor. Ainsley, our FMC is desperate for a place to live after “accidentally” setting her old apartment on fire after catching her now-ex cheating on her. When she turns to Mav, neither of them expect to be so drawn to each other.
 
This is a great book with amazing banter and spice, and the first book of Kristy Marie’s I read a while ago so getting to listen to it was a super special treat. The narrators were great, and I loved the book just as much this time around.
 
The Pretender (formerly Subscriber Wars), by Kristy Marie: 4/5 stars
 
Valentina and Sebastian (Maverick’s best friend) are rival pranksters on social media. These former friends had a falling out (just wait until you hear the reason- so amazing and unexpected and made me laugh so hard) but now must work together to win a social media competition. If you love fake dating, influencers, and great main and side characters, this book is for you. Out of the three in the 21 rumors box set, this was probably my least favorite, but I still very much enjoyed it. Kristy Marie has never let me down when it comes to banter and spice and this box set (and book) is no exception.
 
Last, but certainly not least…. The Closer, by Kristy Marie: 5/5 stars and MY FAVORITE OF THE THREE
 
I didn’t think any book would top IOU (my previous favorite) but OMG The Closer has done it. We follow Maverick from IOU’s younger brother, baseball star Cooper and his meet-cute with down-on-her-luck McKinley, or Mac). This book has some great tropes like marriage of convenience, and the friendship between Mac and Pops (Coopers grandfather), which started before Mac and Coop met, is the icing on the top of the cake.
 
Poor Mac has been through way too much, and I really felt for her struggles. Cooper is such a supportive fake-husband and the way they both grow together throughout the book seemed so realistic and natural. I will now be recommending this book to everyone I can because it blew me away. I can’t wait to read (and listen to) more by Kristy Marie.