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The hottest college football safety in the nation just asked me to be his fake girlfriend.

And I just asked him to take my virginity.

Clay Johnson has the abs of Adonis and the deadly smirk of the devil, himself. There’s hardly a day he’s not headline material during football season, and never a day he isn’t a bullseye target for every girl on campus.

He used to be the easiest of all the players for me to wrangle as the public relations coordinator, but after a nasty breakup with his high school sweetheart, he’s a mess.

And a complete pain in my ass.

We meet to discuss his behavior and review media relations standards. But when he witnesses how I fall to pieces in front of my guitar-toting crush, his wheels start turning. And he cooks up this absurd plan.

He helps me get noticed.
I help him make his ex jealous.
All by pretending to be in a relationship.

What he doesn’t realize is that this bookworm is a virgin, and far from versed in seducing a musician. So, to sweeten the deal, I convince him to help me—not just to get my crush’s attention, but to knock his socks off once I have it.

But the more I come unraveled at the hands of Clay Johnson, the more trouble I have discerning what’s fake and what’s undoubtedly real—particularly, the way my heart flutters every time that breathtaking man touches me.

We set the rules. We put the safeguards in place.

But they say rules are meant to be broken.
They probably should have added that hearts are, too.

Blind Side is a spicy fake-dating college sports romance with "lessons" and opposites attract. It is a complete stand-alone.

©2022 Kandi Steiner (P)2022 Kandi Steiner
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The story is so good! But the female narration sounded unedited. Pitches where off and in moments I heard a click where the audio was stopped along with a echo on her parts I found it distracting. So I just ended up reading her parts in the book and then listening to the male narration. But the story was great 10-10 can’t wait till the next book!

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Great story narration had a lot of issues

As usual, Kandi has put out a great story, but I felt the narration made it almost impassable to listen to. I found a couple of times I had to rewind to see if I’d missed something, a lot of dead air between chapters; when the female narrator spoke, you could hear her either turning pages or bumping things. Sometimes you could even hear birds chirping, and the voice got louder and quieter as if they kept moving the mic.

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Audio is awful

The performers are fine but the female audio quality is atrocious. You can hear birds and background noise throughout her chapters. I’m pretty sure I heard a dog barking at one point. It sounds like it was recorded in her home. There are also some spots where the audio just cuts out and picks back up on a different sentence. It drove me crazy!
The story is good but not worth the audio troubles. The author should really consider having it recorded again to do justice to her hard work

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The Story is great, but audio was blah

I wanted to listen to this story as is was a book rec and it sounded great, but I did also read the reviews and was like hopefully it's not that bad, the audio is bad. the story was great and if I actually had the time to sit down and read it I would have preferred it but I barely have the time for my self which is why I love audiobooks. both the Female and Male voice were just not professional, you can hear all the background noise and you can tell this was not in a sound proof room. in one of the 'spicy' scenes you can actually hear birds chirping in the background. The books if pretty good. I hope the writer has it re-recorded at some point.

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loved it.

This book was fantastic. i loved it so much I listened to it twice.

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Fake Dating - Real Feelings

I so love a good fake-dating storyline and this one definitely meets the standards. Clay and Giana both have people they would like to capture the attention of and somehow find their way to helping each other get what they want. Of course what they want may change. When does fake dating turn into real feelings?
I loved all the cute and quirky that is Giana. The way that Clay really embraces her for who she is and joined her at the level that made them both their best.
The narrators Edward Black and Miranda Dyer did a fantastic job bringing this story to life. I loved how Miranda really drove the dull tones of Charlotte (Giana's boss) and how there was clear and distinct voices for the side characters that differentiated from the main characters.

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Great story... But skip this audio version

This story is fairly fresh, considering how many fake boyfriend stories are out there. This is definitely one of the better ones. The male (Edward Black) & female (Miranda Dyer) narrators performances were well done, with regard to inflection, tone, etc. BUT... (& it's a pretty big but) the audio quality of Miranda Dyers' portion is terrible. Having books narrated is expensive. So I don't understand how this made it past quality control. There were very often birds chirping away in the background. Odd pauses, & sounds as if the narrator turned away from the microphone. This was just very unprofessional. I would have required that portion of the narration be re-recorded. Someone dropped the ball here. I hate that, because it was all very good, if you aren't bothered by the audio quality. I do recommend this book, but I would skip the audio. Or listen to the male POV chapters & read the female POV chapters.

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Terrific Story & Listen🎧 Engaging & Entertaining!

Kandi Steiner pens another fantastic sports romance novel, and she puts her own unique take on the “fake relationship” and “opposites attract” trope. The story drew me in right from the start, not only grabbing and then captivating my attention but it tugged on my heartstrings throughout the entire book as well. I adored the two lead characters, Clay Johnson and Giana Jones, both are college students, he is the star football player with dreams of going pro one day and she is an assistant public relations coordinator for the team. He was one of the easier going players on the team, but he wound up giving her attitude and was rude to the reporters. She finds out the reason for his mood, his childhood girlfriend, Maliyah Vail, broke up with him and this was after she followed him to North Boston University. Giana is crushing on Shawn Stetson, a musician, and Clay picks up on this during a meeting with her and Shawn is performing on stage. So he has a proposition for her, that she date him, to make his ex jealous and then want him back, and he would help her get Shawn. She agreed with this plan and everything goes well. The two put a show on for everyone to see that they are romantically involved. A friendship grows between them and when she confesses her lack of experience with boyfriends, he volunteers to help her with that too and their plan works very well for them until it doesn’t. I loved the layers to the story and the complexity of the characters, also loved how it all played out for them. This wonderfully plotted story has plenty of drama, heartfelt emotions, a touch of angst and some steamy romance. Kandi Steiner, thank you for another great story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 I listened to the audiobook edition, and this is my first time listening to these two narrators, Edward Black and Miranda Dyer. I thought they did a great job bringing the characters and their story to life. They had a complete understanding of the characters they were portraying, gave each a voice that suited that character’s persona and was believable in every role they played. There were some minor sound quality issues on Miranda Dyer’s end, but I am sure she will improve with more experience or get software to help clean up the background noise. Edward Black’s recording was perfectly fine, and he nailed it as Clay Johnson, as was Dyer’s Giana Jones. Both were great covering the roles of the secondary characters as well. They set the perfect tone for the story and captured all the character’s emotions and projected them into their performance. Thank you for the great listen.

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Good story. Audio meh

I am a sucker for sports romance so naturally, I was drawn to this one. The story is good for the most part and I liked the matchup of the two characters. However, the audio seemed low quality at times with background noise that was annoying. The story was read well by the narrators but the low quality really got me.

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This rating is not a reflection of the book.

I enjoyed the book, didn’t enjoy the FMC narration. While I appreciated that she sounded near the age of the actual character which is hard to come by, the reading didn’t seem to fit the story. It sounded off to me personally. The rise and falls in tone didn’t flow with the story. Also there where some errors not corrected in editing and a few clips cut too short. Kandi is a great writer and the story was you sweet and a little spicy college romance. I would suggest picking up the physical copy and reading for yourself.

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  • Julia TeamStarlite
  • 08-06-22

Blind Side

Sports, athletes, fake relationship, opposite attracts, lessons, steam,...
The best way to describe this book.

Another fantastic work by Kandi Steiner.

Gianna and Clay rock.
They work together, help each other and fall deep. *swoon*

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  • rosegold_bibliophile
  • 08-06-22

The story is ok, the audio is not.

Story: 2.5⭐️
Steam: 4 🔥
Audio: 2 🎧

On paper this book is perfect. College sports romance, fake dating, teach me to f**k, sweet hero and quirky heroine. It hits all the tropes. But unfortunately this story was just flat to me. It all felt very surface level and the relationship felt a lot like telling rather than showing. I just didn’t find myself interesting in anything during this story. Also the word “sniff” is used 20 times in this book and that feels excessive.

Audiobook Performance: honestly yikes. The male narrator is good which is the only reason I didn’t give it 1 🎧. The main issue was the female narrator. The audio quality was honestly trash. Throughout the entire book you can hear papers rustling, the microphone being grazed, LITERAL BIRDS CHIRPING, and the narrator kept moving close to then away from the mic making it hard to hear her. Overall it felt like a very poorly made audio which is incredibly disappointing.

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  • Bette
  • 08-04-22

Terrific Story & Listen🎧 Engaging & Entertaining!

Kandi Steiner pens another fantastic sports romance novel, and she puts her own unique take on the “fake relationship” and “opposites attract” trope. The story drew me in right from the start, not only grabbing and then captivating my attention but it tugged on my heartstrings throughout the entire book as well. I adored the two lead characters, Clay Johnson and Giana Jones, both are college students, he is the star football player with dreams of going pro one day and she is an assistant public relations coordinator for the team. He was one of the easier going players on the team, but he wound up giving her attitude and was rude to the reporters. She finds out the reason for his mood, his childhood girlfriend, Maliyah Vail, broke up with him and this was after she followed him to North Boston University. Giana is crushing on Shawn Stetson, a musician, and Clay picks up on this during a meeting with her and Shawn is performing on stage. So he has a proposition for her, that she date him, to make his ex jealous and then want him back, and he would help her get Shawn. She agreed with this plan and everything goes well. The two put a show on for everyone to see that they are romantically involved. A friendship grows between them and when she confesses her lack of experience with boyfriends, he volunteers to help her with that too and their plan works very well for them until it doesn’t. I loved the layers to the story and the complexity of the characters, also loved how it all played out for them. This wonderfully plotted story has plenty of drama, heartfelt emotions, a touch of angst and some steamy romance. Kandi Steiner, thank you for another great story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 I listened to the audiobook edition, and this is my first time listening to these two narrators, Edward Black and Miranda Dyer. I thought they did a great job bringing the characters and their story to life. They had a complete understanding of the characters they were portraying, gave each a voice that suited that character’s persona and was believable in every role they played. There were some minor sound quality issues on Miranda Dyer’s end, but I am sure she will improve with more experience or get software to help clean up the background noise. Edward Black’s recording was perfectly fine, and he nailed it as Clay Johnson, as was Dyer’s Giana Jones. Both were great covering the roles of the secondary characters as well. They set the perfect tone for the story and captured all the character’s emotions and projected them into their performance. Thank you for the great listen.

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  • serenechaosnyc
  • 08-02-22

Fantastic story

Steamy new adult sports romance that features some great characters. I loved Giana, who was shy and cute, inexperienced and naive but relatable too. She reminded me of myself during my college years so I loved that but if a reminder of life when young. Clay started as someone who lost the love of his (young) life and recruited Giana to be his fake girlfriend so that she could get her secret crush to like her too. I liked the premise (although, all these games!) but I did feel like Clay didn’t grow much in terms of maturity through the book. However, he was a sweetheart from the beginning so I have to say that while I wish his character demonstrated a bit of growth, when you start off with such a likable character, it is ok.

The steam! (Fanning myself) and the humor went through the story. And I adored revisiting some of the characters from books of past and hopefully future!

For my second read, I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Edward Black and Miranda Dyer. They did a great job. Admittedly, I thought Edward Black's voice was a little older than I expected for the setting but overall, their pacing, ability to play multiple characters was well done.

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  • MJane
  • 07-14-22

Loved the story

Ok so I loved the story but the audio of the female omg! Did someone not edit this properly?! People are paying for this book and there are sections where the audio just cuts out!