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Publisher's Summary

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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Great Story but Audio Should’ve Been Reviewed

I really loved this story. Giana and Clay are sweet and steamy with just the right amount of angst.

‘You love to study so much kitten…study me.’

Their connection is unexpected but smoking hot and will have you swooning over Clay and his creative research. This college sports romance is such a feel good story that you’ll fall in love with the team right along with Giana and Clay.

In terms of narration - this wasn’t the quality I expected. In my opinion, both narrators had voices that reflected the characters well, even if more emotion could have been portrayed.

The team producing this audio should have taken time to review it and correct things that were not appropriate for a best selling book (voices fading in and out, background noise and birds chirping). These issues do not fall squarely on the narrator. I really loved this story but I’m disappointed that it was obviously pushed into production for ratings rather than quality.

I appreciate having the opportunity to provide an honest opinion of this audio from Valentine PR and the author.

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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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So I love the story!
The female narration had a lot of background noise like birds, cat and even a dog. It was kind of distracting.

The male narration made it difficult to believe that he was a college student since he sounded like an older man. It felt off… but regardless the males narration was still better than the females distracting audio.

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Great Story, Minor Audio Issues w/Female Narration

This book was recommended to me as a fan of Elle Kennedy’s Off Campus series, and it did not disappoint! The spice is top notch and both main characters are likable. Again, if you enjoyed The Deal, you’ll love this one!

Only Issue - the audio levels or noise gate for the female narration seemed off at times, can hear light outside noise, mouse clicks, (not joking) birds chirping. It’s not terrible, but could fairly easily be much cleaner.

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Liked the story, but the audio had issues.

The narration was meh for me. There were some production issues as the female narrators voice often seemed to come in and out. It seemed to clear up by the middle of the book but it was distracting.

I really enjoyed the story. I love college, sports romances.
I especially love a strong, quirky girl character and Gianna was that for me.
She had confidence that she didn't always feel and even at her lowest, she persevered.
How many college athletes gets crushed if his high school sweetheart dumps them? Not many in the books anyway and I loved how loyal he is to his friends and people that he cares about (even if they didn't necessarily deserve it).
I went with 4 stars. Something just seemed to be a little bit missing for me and I couldn't quite place it. But I really liked it and recommend it.

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Fake relationship! College football! 😍

This was a book that I had had in my TBR long before it released. Mainly because I am a sucker for a football romance. Throw in a fake relationship and I am jelly.

Giana and Clay know each other before the book begins. Giana works for the college football team and Clay plays ball. Giana has a huge crush on a musical and Clay is just out of a bad breakup. Clay proposes that they try a fake relationship…. To make his ex jealous. And it works. All of it does. But… their feelings are so much stronger.

Honestly, I loved this book because I loved that Giana was the middle kid and found herself in this book. She felt out of place being in the middle of 5 kiddos. It was glorious watching her grow. I also loved how the heroine took up for the hero and encouraged him to stand up for himself. LOVE it when this happens in a book.

Notes: This books deals with a loved one with drug/alcohol abuse.

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Was that a cat toy in the background?

So, I THINK it was birds as well as a cat toy in the background of the female narrator. Also, rustling papers. It made it really hard to get into the story - and my standards are pretty low for audio quality. But other than that - cute story and had a little more to it than I anticipated. Nice mind candy to listen to on a drive.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-30-22

Cringe Worthy

I bought this audio book after I saw it recommended on social media, thinking it sounded like a fun, light hearted romance but I wish I hadn't bothered. I had to stop listening, it was just too cringy, made worse by the female narrator who put next to no expression in her story telling. in fact she sounded like she was reading a text book.
The male narrator was a lot more skilled in this department . Maybe it would have worked better for me as a book.

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer, The Flock VIP)
  • 09-10-22

Just what I needed

After all the really dark romances I love I needed something sweet . Clay and Gianna went into a fake relationship to make the others they both wanted jealous . However from their first kiss they both know it’s something more than fake but they are both to stubborn to admit to each other. Things don’t go smoothly for them both there are others out to destroy them but in the end they get their HEA .

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  • xxBooksILovexx
  • 08-25-22

Fake relationship at it's finest! Loved it.

Another amazing book by Kandi Steiner. I absolutely adored this book. Clay is everything! I was not expecting him to be so sweet & caring. Everyone needs a Clay in their life. Loved Gianna’s take charge spirit. These 2 together where hot, hot, hot! Excellent narration by Edward Black & Miranda Dyer (new to me narrator).

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  • Jocelyne
  • 08-22-22

Fake Dating Sports Romance!

Clay and Giana's Fake Dating Sports Romance is sweet, and heartwarming. This standalone romance is interconnected with Fair Catch, Zeke and Riley's story. I liked Clay and Giana's story. They are opposites attract, and they are both great characters. I liked the humor, and the friendship in the story. Edward Black and Miranda Dyer did a great job with the narration. This is a great NA Sports Romance, and I enjoyed it. The Epilogue is an interesting introduction to the next book in the series.

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  • @bookish_kayy
  • 08-15-22

Loved

‘𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐫. 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐨 𝐛𝐚𝐝𝐥𝐲 𝐦𝐲 𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐚 𝐠𝐚𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐢𝐭 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐧’𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐡𝐞𝐫.‘

OOH WEE! I don’t know who told KS to hit this hard with the sports romance, but I am not mad about it.
This man. I’m adding him straight to my collection of book boyfriends, with zero regrets.

We love a man that takes ownership of his mistakes, and does whatever is necessary for the ones he loves.

And we love a heroine who might not be 100% comfortable in her own skin(we all have an insecurity or two), but who also knows her worth.

This was sweet, this was DIRTY, and it was perfect for my mood.

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  • K. Ramjohn
  • 08-12-22

Loved it

This fake dating, sports romance had me hooked from start to finish. I loved Clay and Giana and I enjoyed seeing how their fake relationship evolved into something real. These two had excellent chemistry and their steamy scenes were scorching hott. Additionally I loved the secondary characters who provided great support and balance. This was a fantastic read and I would highly recommend it to lovers of sports romance.
I lostened to the audiobook version and the narrators did a fabulous job with the story, giving each character their own voice and emotions. Their voices were clear and understandable and it was a pleasure listening to them narrate this novel.

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  • Kat Y
  • 08-10-22

Deliciously dirty NA romance with great narration

Well, these are two new narrators to me and they both smashed it. I love a good sports romance and even though I’ve never watched American Football (and yes, I call it American football because I’m not American and football is a totally different game, but I digress) I was able to get into this, and Kandi had me hooked from start to finish. Famous for her angst she definitely gives this couple more than the regular one-big-thing to get over and I was here for it. I love when one or both parties have to work to get back into the other’s heart and these guys certainly had to. Kandi not only gave them hurdles but Clay has a past that just made me want to cuddle him, so once again she’s written characters that you’ll fall in love with.

This is an NA, uni, fake-dating romance with a few lessons in seduction thrown in that are nice and spicy. Giana has a major crush on Sean, and Clay convinces her to fake date him to get back at his ex and she gets schooled in how to catch Sean’s attention. There are a bunch of PDAs that stir up something inside both of them and I loved the way that Clay was respectful and handled Giana with care. He really falls hard and fast and gets swept away with the pretending.

Miranda was fantastic as Giana. She was youthful, shy at first, slowly coming out of her shell and her performance reflected that perfectly. Edward was another new narrator to me and hello, Mr, Husky. He definitely delivered with his bedroom voice but he gave us an emotional performance too. I also loved that he managed to snort laugh without sounding like a pig. This book is great in audio.

And finally Miss. Steiner gives a nod to romance books in this story, and I loved that Clay did some research by reading her books and paying close attention to highlighted sections so he could love on her how she really wanted. Everyone could learn a lesson from Clay.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 08-08-22

Amazing Sports Romance!

Kandi Steiner gives us another amazing football story, building Zeke's team from Fair Catch. This one features Clay, the star player on the college team, willing to do whatever he needs to boost his team and give him the best shot at going pro. Always willing to give an interview, Giana, the team's public relations promoter, he was one she could count on. That is until he was dumped by his long term girlfriend, Maliyah. Giana has eyes for Shawn, a musician Giana follows, but her shyness keeps her on the sidelines. When going to get a statement from Clay after a game, he walks away, giving her attitude. To save face, she strikes a deal with him to be his fake girlfriend, making Maliyah jealous and Shawn take notice. But will the plan work? Fun! Fun! Fun! These two have incredible chemistry from the start, and hoped they would see the error of their ways as they pursue different relationships. Clay has some issues, but he is a good man, focused, sweet, attentive and romantic! Giana is quirky, and I love her! She is true to herself, knows what she wants, and goes for it! There is a little angst, a few twists and turns and a budding romance that made me fall in love! Plus Zeke and Riley are back and it's fun to get to see them as they too are enjoying their journey. Good friends to have, they help this couple find their happiness. Another winner by Kandi Steiner!

Edward Black and Miranda Dyer are both new to me, and they are wonderful together in this sports romance. Black is tuned into Clay's mind, giving us all the frustrations he felt, the deception and anger as well as the love. Dyer brings out all of Giana's quirks, and she is amazing at it! Giving her that one of a kind feeling, she wears her heart on her sleeve and we feel all of her emotions. It's a great pairing for this story and very enjoyable!

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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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  • Mumma Reads Romance
  • 08-27-22

Some quality issues

Story was fantastic! The narrators were great but definitely not the right choice for the characters in the book. What got me was the production quality. The sound difference between female and male narrator was obvious and the female narrators background noises were loud enough for me to hear them. This should have all been cleaned up in post production and let down the quality of the audiobook

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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!

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