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He might not be the devil, but working under him for six weeks is my idea of hell.

Hayes Flynn is an arrogant jerk known best for his scotch habit and the way he spreads his British “charm” all over Hollywood, never with the same woman twice. 

He’s the last person I want to work for - except he has a face I can’t look away from, and the longer we’re together, the harder he is to hate. Because under that smug exterior is a heart he doesn’t want to show - one that was badly broken a decade earlier.

A part of me wants to fix it for him before I leave…but can I do it without breaking my own in the process?

©2021 Elizabeth O'Roark (P)2021 Elizabeth O'Roark

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Unexpectedly Captivating

Because I know myself and how predictable I can be, I went into this listen with low expectations. I just cannot get enough of enemies to lovers, but at some point, the tropes begin to feel repetitive and grumpy boss with a sunshine assistant is simply a redundant crowd pleaser. It's the PF Changs of romance novel tropes. However, I was so pleasantly surprised by this book!

Narration- You know you are so far down the rabbit hole of romance novel binging when having a single narrator is shocking. I have grown so accustomed to dual perspective narration, I wasn't sure how this would go. Rose Dioro did a fantastic job! She deserves a big WELL DONE CHAP in your best British accent. Speaking of British accents, let's all give Rose Dioro a Blanche Devereaux hot and bothered round of applause at how well Hayes was narrated.

The Story- I thought the author did a wonderful job of bringing depth into a boss/employee relationship. Both the FMC and MMC had enough going on in their lives outside of the working dynamic, I think it helped build the foundation for a story that felt like it had substance. Tali was relatable- battling grief, family addiction (Trigger Warning) and trying to land on her feet after a year of set backs, made the fact she had a hot, rich doctor boss swoop in (like the alpha he is) tolerable. Hayes also had family/personal issues that, when revealed, did create an even balance of feeling empathy for him instead of an eye roll.

Rating: 4.5 Stars- This story was memorable with good narration that flowed nicely together with the perfect amount of sweet moments and sassy banter.

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So much fun!

A Deal with the Devil took me completely by surprise. Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite romance tropes, so I expected to like it. What I didn't expect was to be so thoroughly caught up in Hayes and Tali so quickly. The chemistry between these two was out of this world from the beginning, and the banter was everywhere from amusing to laugh out loud funny. I had planned to listen to part of the book while doing some housework then set it aside until the next day's chores needed to be done. Nope, that didn't work for me. I ended up listening straight through for the better part of the day and into the evening. I absolutely loved this couple and their story. Maybe it was just that I was in the mood for this book, maybe a case of exactly the right book at exactly the right time, but everything about their journey - yes, even the angst - was what I wanted from the story. The ending was perfect and at the same time, I finished the book and wanted more of Hayes and Tali, so I'll definitely be revisiting this one again. Somehow, this is my first Elizabeth O'Roark book, which is something that will be remedied very soon. It's also my first time listening to narrator, Rose Dioro, who I feel took this book to the next level. I think I would've loved this story in either format, but Dioro breathes life into these characters so well. From the barbs thrown back and forth to the attraction that's so obvious to the resistance to the aha moments when they realize how much they care about each other - this narrator captures all that feeling and it comes through loud and clear. So, if you like enemies to lovers romance and/or workplace romance, this is a must read, or listen as the case may be.

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Enemies to Lovers Romance

A Deal with the Devil (A Steamy Enemies-to-Lovers Romance) with a sassy heroine and a british hot plastic surgeon. I enjoyed the witty banter between Hayes and Tali. Angsty and passionate listen.

Rose Dioro absolutely nailed her narration. Rose's performance transported their story into reality. Her inflection is sweetly appealing and smooth to listen to.

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A Hot/Slow Burn Enemies to Lovers Office Romance

I typically prefer books narrated in a dual perspective, but Rose Diorio was fantastic in her narration of Hayes and Tali's story. She gave each characters their own individuality and personalities. I love when a narrator is able to make us listeners feel every single emotion. A Deal with the Devil was an excellent read/listen. I truly enjoyed it from beginning to end. I was honestly expecting this really A****** personality with Hayes, but although he had some of the A qualities/tendencies, there was so much more to who the man truly was inside. He was so much more than his physical appearance, and womanizing reputation that followed-him. Hayes was a broken man who had been betrayed by the people who should have cared about him the most. His past experiences have created a wall around his heart and made him lose focus on the things that were once important to him. Tali was a fresh of breath air in Hades life. She was the girl who was used to sacrificing it all in order to take care of others, especially her mother and two sisters. Tali as a provider and giver by nature and it was these qualities that made her see who Hades was inside. I loved the way Tali took care of Hades. Their relationship wasn't one sided. They both gave to each other and saw the best parts of one another.

One of the things I enjoyed most about this book is that we got to experience Hades and Tali's everyday life. We got to see how they interacted in and out of the work places and how their relationship/friendship grew. Both characters were absolutely fantastic with so much growth throughout the story.

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A Truly Entertaining Read!

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A Deal With the Devil was a truly entertaining read. I listened to the audiobook and I LOVED Rose Dioro's narration, especially when voicing Hayes Flynn.
Hayes is a gorgeous plastic surgeon who works too much and spends every night with a different woman in his bed. Natalia “Tali" works as a bartender while also writing a fantasy romance novel. Her best friend, Jonathan, comes to her with a job proposition. If she agrees, she’ll be Hayes' assistant for six weeks, earning $4K a week! She always looked at him as the devil incarnate but couldn’t deny her desperate need for the money. These two are messed up when it comes to love. Hayes' girlfriend cheated on him with his DAD and then married him ten years ago. Now, he finds it hard to trust love. Tali dated the same guy, who became an actor, for ten years. Then, while she’s burying her father, he cheats on her. I would have killed him but Tali breaks off their relationship. So, she doesn’t trust men. She always judged Hayes for his behavior, not realizing his heart had been destroyed which was something she knew all about. Despite her initial dislike, she tries her best to help him improve his life and take better care of himself. I loved how devoted she was to that goal.
I usually love a lot of angst which was lacking in this story but the sexual tension between them almost replaced it. I would have loved more detailed intimate scenes. The ending really touched my heart. Overall, it was time well spent and I definitely recommend it to all readers. You may enjoy the audiobook more because I certainly did. This is my honest opinion, freely given.

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Slow Burn Deliciousness

I have been wanting to read/listen to A Deal with the Devil for a long time and it was so worth the wait. I loved it. It was fun, flirty, angsty and slow burn deliciousness.

Tali was such a selfless character who put everyone’s needs before her own. She made a lot of assumptions and needed to find her the confidence to stand up for what and whom she wanted. Her growth throughout the story was refreshing.

Hayes was a bit of a mystery at first since it’s told in Tali’s POV. I would be lying if I didn’t say that I do really wish that we would have gotten some of the story from his POV. I always think that adds to the story, but even without that, I was completely in love with Hayes by the end. He was so misunderstood by Tali at first and once you got to know him, you realized that he had a huge heart underneath all his ego and bluster.

The banter between these two was so much FUN and their chemistry was electric. It was very much a slow burn to their romance and it was incredible. I loved how they opened up each other’s worlds and helped each other grow.
Rose Dioro was a new narrator for me and I absolutely loved her. Her British accent was superb and I could feel the emotion in her voice. She had me completely immersed in the story.

A Deal with the Devil was my first book by Elizabeth O’Roark and now I am a fan. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

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Hugely entertaining story!!

A Deal with the Devil , an Audiobook by Elizabeth O’Roark, is the story of Hayes and Tali. There was plenty of promise at the beginning of this wonderful story!!! It did drag a tiny bit towards the middle, but, overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this story!!! She has an incredible night with a man…only to discover later that he is her horrible employer! He’s had an extremely bad previous relationship, making him unavailable…ever!

The continuous back-and-forth between these characters was hugely entertaining!! I liked them and enjoyed the storyline as well!!! Seemed a little long for me….but, thoroughly enjoyable regardless!!!

This Audiobook was narrated by Rose Dioro, who did an excellent job with these character interpretations!! She was phenomenal!!!! Kudos on a job well done!!!

I am volunteering to leave a review for an Advance Reader Copy of this Audiobook.

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Great Listen

This narrator is new to me but she did not disappoint. I definitely have my favorite narrators and am always cautiously optimistic when trying a new narrator. Rose Dioro was pleasantly surprising. Well done!

As for the story, I loved this enemies to lovers, with witty banter and palpable chemistry. Lots of sexual tension and hilarious jabs thrown. Loved it!

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Just okay…

This book was entertaining in the beginning, but then petered off towards the end. I love a good slowish burn with some enemies to lovers thrown in, but this one just didn’t entirely work.

I loved the banter in the beginning-middle part of the book. Their constant jibes and quips were hilarious more often than not, even when they bordered on harsh. They both gave as good as they got and took it all in stride. Tali and Hayes were both good characters in that way. I could definitely see how they had chemistry.

The main problem for me is that nothing is really memorable. It’s kind of a lot of talk, a TON of focus on past traumas, and then that’s it. Tali let herself be walked all over for too long and Hayes needed to grow up and move on a little sooner.

Rose Dioro wasn’t the best choice for a narrator in this one. Her British accent didn’t hit the mark for me and I think this would have been a better listen as a duet narration or with someone who could do a better accent.

Overall, if you want to read this one it’s probably better to eyeball read if possible. It’s not my favorite Elizabeth O’Roarke book.

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Heartwarming and Sizzling Romance!

I was completely captivated by this heartwarming and sizzling romance. Tali is struggling to become a successful writer in LA, while supporting her dependent family back home, after the tragic accident that took her father. She gets a temporary job as an assistant to Hayes, a hard working, surly, plastic surgeon. They clash right from the start, but secretly enjoy their shared snarky banter. They are both jaded after heartbreaking relationships. But Tali slowly works under Hayes skin, getting him to enjoy life more. Tali sees a glimpse of the kind and caring man beneath the hard exterior. As they get closer, they can't deny their fiery attraction and fall hard for each other, but are afraid to show their vulnerability. When family matters come to ahead back home, and Tali has to leave, will they finally tell each other how they feel, or will they turn away breaking both their hearts for good? I fell so fast and hard, and became so invested in these wonderfully flawed characters, and their story hooked me right from the start! Tali is kind, thoughtful, and fun, but was so conflicted by her need to take care of others, with considering her own needs, and happiness. Hayes is so caring, selfless, generous, and deliciously dirty, but was so afraid to open himself up again after his heartbreaking past. My heart broke for them but loved how O'Roark slowly revealed the beauty and heart of gold within them. I loved them together, and their chemistry exploded off the page.
Rose Dioro does a terrific job capturing each characters personality. I love the emotion, and passion she brings to her performance. I was so enthralled from beginning to end, and was totally invested in Hayes and Tali’s story. I loved every minute of this heartwarming, emotional, and steamy romance!

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  • 01-12-22

Good but too long!

I really liked the story and the narration was excellent. It just went on far too long. sorry ... :(

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  • PATRICIA
  • 01-02-22

Hayes & Tali!

Enemies to lovers? Count me in! Elizabeth O'Roark had me caught up and invested in Hays and Tali from the first chapter. Hayes is workaholic plastic surgeon. His gruff personality makes it hard to work for him, so he is once again in need of an assistant. Tali needs a job, so takes the position and sees exactly why this is the case. He is a hard boss with many layers, and she do what she can to see past his tough exterior. As their relationship grows, the chemistry becomes impossible to resist. But neither one is ready to admit their feelings. Past experience has them both hesitant. A family situation causes Tali to leave suddenly, and now we see exactly where they stand. Will they give in and express their feelings? Hayes is the kind of character I love. The slow burn these two have lets us remove of Hayes's layers one by one. Tali is spunky and fun. Her vulnerability is evident, and I love she isn't afraid to let it show. And the sarcastic, witty banter just kept making me smile! I loved this book and will be looking for more by O'Roark.

Rose Dioro is a wonderful narrator. I always love her performances and this one is no exception. She gives Hayes and Tali each a voice that matches their personalities. Using her comedic timing, she had me giggling to myself with the banter and then in the next scene brought tears to my eyes with the intense vulnerability these characters had. I truly enjoyed the narration and always look for her in new releases.

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  • Literary shoot the Bree's by the Tees
  • 12-29-21

Absolutely brilliant slow burn romance!

This was my first Elizabeth O’Roark book and oh my goodness it certainly won’t be my last. I adored everything about Hayes and Tali’s story.
Tali is an aspiring author who is new to L.A and is looking for a job that will allow her the time to work on her book and pay her way, so she takes a temporary position as an assistant to a hot, cocky, arrogant, British playboy plastic surgeon.
Hayes has demons from the past and even though the chemistry between him and Tali is evident from the start and the road to their HEA is a rocky one filled with an endless stream of banter.
Rose Dioro’s performance is simply divine! She portrayed both Tali and Hayes and all their emotions, vulnerabilities and wants perfectly. And the British accent of Hayes is tantalisingly swoony!
This slow burn workplace romance is an absolute winner for me! You will not be disappointed using a credit on this audio.
Love, love, love A Deal with the Devil!

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  • Michelle
  • 12-25-21

Great read

I really enjoyed this audiobook.

Hayes and Tali’s story is a real rollercoaster.

Tali takes a job being Hayes assistant for a while. Starting this job, Tali knew Hayes was a person who, that at the start, screamed "don't get too close". However, as time went on Tali got to see the softer side to him, his fears and why he acts the way he does.

I will admit I really disliked Hayes at the start however, the more I get to know him, I couldn't help but love him. Tali is sweet and I loved how she broke down Hayes walls. Together these two helped each other more than they realised and I loved reading how much their friendship and relationship grew. They challenged each other and I loved the humour and banter between them.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet and I loved getting to know their secrets.

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  • xxBooksILovexx
  • 12-21-21

Great slow burn listen

This was my first listen by Elizabeth O'Roark. If you like slow burn stories, this one is for you! Tali takes a temporary job working for a famous plastic surgeon. Little did she know what she was signing up for with Hayes. Tali & Hayes had lots of great chemistry and banter. Rose Dioro did an amazing job narrating this story!

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  • Tracey
  • 12-20-21

Absolutely fantastic

I absolutely adored this book!!!! I loved the characters and the story was fantastic. It flowed well but my favorite thing was the snark. They were both hilarious and the chemistry between them was magic. I laughed so hard at some of the things they said to each other but what was ultimately refreshing was that nothing was nasty. It was snarky but taken as intended by both parties and thus, made me smile as I watched these two grow closer and closer. A fun fun book. I loved the narrator. So so good :)