1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $19.95

Buy for $19.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

One deep breath. Two slow blinks. Three hollow beats. I’m still here. After three years, that reminder isn’t as necessary. But everyone has their bad days. This is definitely one of them. Until an adorable little boy dashes into my store. His zest for life makes me smile in a way that’s been long lost. Then I meet his father. Well, confront is more like it.

Brance Stone is volatile. Offensive. Harsh. And can’t be bothered to care. Not that I want him to. I get frostbite just looking into Brance’s glacial stare. But there’s something undeniable about him. 

My misery suddenly craves company. The suffocating numbness lifts whenever Brance is near. That alone should have me running in the opposite direction. Try as I might, there’s no avoiding him. If only I could understand why. As if he’d let me.

I don’t ask. He doesn’t tell. A silent, bitter truce settles between us. That was our first mistake. It’s certainly not the last.

An Amazon top 10 best seller.

©2019 Harloe Rae (P)2020 Harloe Rae
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

Critic Reviews

"Ask Me Why is a gorgeously-written, angsty book that packs a great punch to your gut. If you like a jerk with a heart of gold, this is the book for you. Oh, and I dare you not to fall in love with little Ollie!" (LJ Shen, USA Today best-selling author)

What listeners say about Ask Me Why

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    23
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    24
  • 4 Stars
    9
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    22
  • 4 Stars
    9
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Angsty enemies to lovers

Oh my goodness..Brance is such a jerk!!! I listened to the audiobook and it was fabulous! Brance and Braelyn first did not go very well. Brance is a damaged and man. Braelyn is suffering from a broken heart and isn’t looking for a relationship...panic attacks have a run of her life right now.

Brance’s son Ollie loves visiting Thicket - Braelyn’s shop and Braelyn cares for the little boy. As the visits increase so does the angst between B & B. As they work their their communication issues...in a variety of ways..their live begins to blossom.

Such a great read...love, angst, forgiveness, heat and a great story.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Brance and Braelyn

Ask Me Why is the story of two broken characters, Brance and Braelyn, who are brought together by an adorable little boy, Ollie. The storyline held my interest even though Brance was such an unlikable person. Ollie was definitely my favorite character in the story. Heather Costa and Jeffrey Kafer both did a great job bringing this story to life.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Great enemies to lovers

First, let me say, I received a free copy of this audiobook (at my own request) and am voluntarily leaving this review.

Brance is a brilliant lawyer, but he’s also a complete and total ALPHAHOLE with major relationship issues. Braelyn, the owner of Thicket a curio shop, who is still working on some heartbreaking issues from her past, is a sweet and beautiful woman. Ollie (my absolute favorite character and unknowing matchmaker) Brance's adorable son, in need of a friend. Now you may ask yourself why you should read this book. It's because the characters and the story were beautifully developed, the narrator's (Heather Costa and Jeffrey Kafer) flow was superb, and the heat level was legit! All these factors truly made listening to this book a pleasure.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Superb Enemies To Lovers To Forever Romance!

Brance may a phenomenally brilliant lawyer, but he’s also an angry, volatile, harsh, offensive and confrontational alphahole. Braelyn, the owner of a curio shop trying to get past a heartbreaking loss, is the polar opposite of Brance in just about every way. When fate brings these two together, let’s just say it’s something considerably less than charming! Ask Me Why is a beautifully written, fabulously narrated, angsty, enemies to lovers, to forever, romance that will keep you entertained, keep you engaged, and make you FEEL, and believe me, I felt every emotion under the sun with this one. Both the characters and the plot were beautifully developed and very well defined. The flow was superb, the pace did not lag, and the heat level was delightful! The narration that breathed life into this beautiful story was emotionally spot on, crystal clear, and truly made listening a pleasure. The entire experience, both story and performance gets five stars!

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Grumpy Dad meets Sweet Candy Shop owner


I would probably give this closer to 3.5 ⭐️

Ollie was definitely my absolute favorite part of this story. His Dad, Brance, was a legit jerk for most of this book. In fact, there were times when I wished the heroine, Braelyn, would just give up on him!! But, she immediately cared for Ollie and decided to always be his friend. Seriously, she was so sweet and so very broken. Brance was equally damaged and weary of connecting with anyone, especially the owner or Ollie's most favorite place, Thicket. They just needed a reason to work through their issues. And Ollie may have even attempted to play matchmaker a little. This story was narrated by Heather Costa and Jeffrey Kafer, who are always a really fun and amazing duo.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Enjoyable story with great narration

The synopsis tells you everything you need to know about the story going in except that it's a really enjoyable listen with fantastic narration. The story pulled me in right away and held my attention until the very end. Every time I had to pause the story I couldn't wait to get back to it.

While all the characters are good and eventually all likable, Ollie Steals the show right from the start. Great character

The narration was great as well. Both narrators do a fantastic job as usual bringing the story to life. Both have great voices that easy to listen to for long periods of time. Their narration flows smoothly and evenly with great character voices adding to the overall enjoyment of the book.

I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Enemies to Lovers

My favorite genre thrown in with a single dad. Swoon! My favorite part of enemies to lovers is the moment they realize how thin the line between love and hate really is. This story doesn’t disappoint on that one. Sweet little boy determined to marry off his dad is so sweet! Broody dad who is jaded on relationships but wants to keep his son happy. Every good combination in one great story!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great Book

From start to finish I enjoyed this book. The story line snagged my attention and held it. I like the friction between the two lead characters. The author did a great job making them likeable and the narrators brought them to life.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Unrealistic

This book is has an interesting plot. The little boy is the most fascinating character of all. I just simply could not connect with either the male or the female main characters. I read and listened to the audible....neither helped the storyline which although it sounded interesting, it lacked execution. The story may be something that you may enjoy but it was not for me. The male was a offensive and boorish. The female was not ready for any relationship except with the child. No cliffhanger, HEA (as unrealistic as it seems). Narration was not notable.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Such a wonderful story and narration!

This is one of my favorite books of Harloe Rae's !! The narrators brought it to life so beautifully. With a spectacular story and amazing narration I enjoyed every moment immensely!!

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for KarenA
  • KarenA
  • 07-01-22

Loved this

This is the second book I have read/listened to by this author and I loved it my heart from for Bralyn and the tragedy she had survived. I really did not like Brance but i loved how we got to see why he was like he was and the love he has for his son.

I loved the narrators they brought Bralyn and Brance to life.

I would highly recommend this,

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for mangankillarney
  • mangankillarney
  • 06-29-22

Ask

Loved the dual narration of Heather Costa, Jeffrey Kafer

Braelyn is in emotional pain and depressed, since a tragic accident several years before. Her store is her haven until one day it is invaded by this little boy and his dad . Brance, is an abrasive, rude and treats romantic attachments to women with utter contempt.

Well that is until he meet Braelyn.

Loved

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Crystal
  • Crystal
  • 04-30-22

Ask Me Why?

I listen to Ask Me Why after having it on my tbr for a while now but I got to say it was a disappointment. I like the narration, they did a good job bringing the characters to life. However the story was just not that good. My favourite character was the little boy he was super cute and sweet, and he is the reason I kept listening. However his dad Brance was a big NO for me. Why a woman would want to put up with this jerk is beyond me. But then again Braelyn was barely hanging on, and wasn't ready for a relationship.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Missgotty
  • Missgotty
  • 04-15-22

Not for me

***Some spoilers***

Although this is well narrated I didn't like this book at all. Brance the male love interest is a Class A 4sshole, very unlikable in fact I hated him. Everything he said/did was highly offensive, horrible, spiteful, he hates women and most of his vile murmuring's are directed at female love interest Braelyn. He continued to do this despite knowing she is suffering from severe PTSD from a car crash which resulted in her partner dying and her surviving with injuries. Even when he physically sees her suffering from a panic attack, he couldn't give two sh!ts and just directs more insults her way. He's also nasty to the staff in his office and tried to seek revenge on the person/people who made complaints about his horrible behaviour in the office.

I didn't think the author conveyed an emotional love connection between them and barely conveyed lust other than describing sex scenes. I didn't get a sense at any point that they had fallen in love, only that Braelyn had fallen in love with Brance's son. The son was too super sweet, he talked and acted more like a Disney character. Realistically he would have been negatively effected by his father's narcissistic behaviour and would have told his father off/defended Braelyn/got upset etc, but he was unconditionally bouncy & happy.

The story itself is very flimsy, nothing interesting really happens and the plot is very predictable with a happy ending, which didn't make sense to me. Their relationship is verbally volatile rather than being back and forth playful or challenging banter, which is what I think the author tried to portray. Braelyn comes across as a doormat because she just takes all the abuse. For ex, Brance says some really nasty things to her then soon after asks her to babysit his son without payment or any real gratitude. Anyone else would have told him where to go but Braelyn just did whatever he told her to do and came across as a wet blanket. I ended up disliking both the love interests, the whole book just seems very unrealistic and overly long.

I was given this book for free of my own choosing and voluntarily left this review.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Vanessa Leighton
  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 10-19-20

What a fantastic listen

This was a really interesting book and I really enjoyed the characters that were created. Definitely my favourite was Ollie but all were characters that I loved. I’ve always loved Harloe’s books and this one is definitely one of her best.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Nina B.
  • Nina B.
  • 10-12-20

I loved this!!

Wow I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. I loved the characters even though Brance was a Jackwagon. I wish Bralyn would not have let Brance take control as much as she did at first. Ollie was awesome! The narration was awesome!! I will be putting this on my re-listen list. I definitely recommend this book.

🎧 Audiobook Obsession