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From the outside, Abby’s life looks like a fairytale.  

Loving family, wealthy lifestyle, education at a prestigious university. The truth? She’s barely managing to survive. Few know the nightmare she lived before she was adopted. And no one knows the secret agony that still haunts her nightmares. 

With a degree from Berkeley, she could have gone anywhere, but she’s back in Colorado. Not for a fresh start—fresh starts are only an illusion—but for Wes Ahern. Her protector, who throws around words like “therapy” and “talk to me.” Her brother in every way but blood. The one man she wishes could be so much more. 

But does she dare let Wes see inside the darkest closets of her pain…or will love be the biggest mistake of her life? 

An inspirational and emotional contemporary romance, Begin with You is a heartbreaking tale of fresh starts and old wounds. This jarring and dark novel will leave listeners at the edge of their seats. This is part one of a duet, thus containing a cliffhanger that leads into the next installment. It contains references to childhood trauma, rape, kidnapping, and PTSD. 

©2018 Claudia Burgoa (P)2022 Claudia Burgoa

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Hauntingly, Beautiful Romance....

Oh, my heart! Begin with Me by Claudia Burgoa was an intense, emotional romance that made my heart feel all. the. things. Claudia has a way of creating real, raw, and flawed characters in this story that have tragic pasts. Wes and Abby's story is dark, haunting, and dangerous, but also steadfast and true. Since this is book 1 in the duet, I need to know more! (That ending!)

This audiobook is narrated by Jason Clarke and Muffy Newtown. Their performances squeezed at my heartstrings. In Jason's performance you could feel Wes struggle with his own demons, and take his time showing Abby his love after years of friendship. Jason has this genuine, protective tone in this performance that will make you swoon over Wes. Muffy does an amazing job portraying Abby's dark, disturbing, fearful past that will have your emotions all over the place, but at the same time wishing for her to find her inner peace.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and need to know what happens next! This book has several trigger warnings, so just be aware, and it does end on a cliffhanger. Claudia left me guessing with that gripping terrifying ending, so I will immediately start Back to You! I always look forward to more from Claudia Burgoa.

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Raw, Heartrending and Seductive Romance!

The title of the duet, Chaotic Love, doesn't begin to reveal how raw, heartrending, and seductive this romance will be! I thought I knew what to expect from Ms Burgoa, but she left me stunned and speechless with this one! Abby has suffered a traumatic experience, and is now placed in a foster home. She is welcomed by a loving family, including Wes Ahern. They connect right from the start, because he experienced some of the same things that Abby did, before being adopted by The Aherns. As Abby grows to love and trust her new family, she and Wes grow more dependant on each other, keeping each other focused and grounded. But Abby keeps deep, dark, secrets she can't reveal, if she wants to keep herself and those she loves safe. Ms. Burgoa keeps us on the edge of our seats, trying to figure out the truth of what happened in Abby's past. She makes us yearn for these broken souls, to find healing, peace and love. This story is a rollercoaster of emotion with twists and turns that will keep you totally engaged and rooting for their HEA.
Jason Clarke, and Muffy Newtown delivered a phenomenal narration. Clarke's smooth, deep voice, and perfect inflections made Wes come alive and Newtown's brilliant delivery gripped my imagination. They both compelled me to feel everything these characters think and experience. They embodied these characters perfectly making my heart race from beginning to end. I was totally stunned at the end of this book, and can't wait for the conclusion in the second book of this duet!

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This is a sad and disturbing book about one woman's struggle of her past abuse and the desperate need to overcome those demons to find love and acceptance. Abby was taken in by a wonderful and loving foster family who provided her with guidance, stability and an education. Abby develops a close friendship with Wes her foster brother. They are best friends. This book ends in a cliffhanger. Narrators Jason Clarke and Muffy Newton voiced this book with compassion and genuine emotion.