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Publisher's Summary

Camden

I’ve been in love with my best friend since high school.
My biggest regret? Walking away without telling her.
I planned to. But then catastrophe struck, making us part ways without a word.
She left for Boston with her fiancé, while I left for L.A. with my band—Raging Chaos.
For the next five years, I lived and breathed music, trying to forget the beautiful girl who shattered my heart without even knowing it.
Until I see her again….
I walked away once, and I've learned my lesson.
Layla is my forever, not another item in my pile of regrets.
And she's about to find that out. 

Layla

The moment I saw Camden on stage, something inside me came to life.
His tragic song of unrequited love was a confession that had me questioning everything.
Five years might’ve changed who we are—he’s a rock star and I’m a single mom—but my feelings for him are as strong as ever.
His lyrics make falling in love seem easy. For him—maybe it is.
Only I’ve learned the hard way that real life isn’t as simple as writing a love song.

Author's Note: Like real life, the characters are far from perfect, make morally gray decisions, and deal with subjects that may be sensitive for some listeners. If you are looking for a safe romance, this series is not for you. Trigger warnings (which contain spoilers) can be found on my website.

©2022 Nikki Ash (P)2022 Pink Flamingo Productions

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Good Story!

Really enjoyed this book!! The story captured me and pulled at my heartstrings!

The characters are all lovable and I could not stop reading this one.

The audio is very well done!

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roockstar romance

Camden has fell in love with his neighbor Nikki. She has always kept him in the friend zone.
Years later, he has a chance to reconnect with Nikki.
With having This second chance with her, he doesnt want to mess it up.
there's pain and challenges , but that chaos, makes them a stronger together.
I love how Nikki Ash developed their relationship throughout this story.
Marina Barrett and Walker Williams narration is very good.
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Trigger ahead…

I loved most of this story. This one had triggered subject like rape. If you can stomach this, you will be able to enjoy the story. That said, I loved the premise of friends to lover. This author did a good job creating the H and h. I really l

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An Epically Swoony Second Chance!

“𝑬𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒅, 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒍𝒚𝒓𝒊𝒄, 𝒊𝒔 𝒘𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒏 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒊𝒏 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒅.”

Nikki Ash had me captivated by every word of Controlled Chaos.
The angst from Camden’s harboring crush. The heartbreak Layla experienced. I was hit with all the feels both good and bad.
Camden was just the sweetest with the way he looked out for not Layla but her son. Watching Camden and Felix bond made my heart just soar with so much happiness. He wasn’t afraid to pull out all the stops when it came to both wooing and protecting the woman he loved and damn it was sexy. Layla had all my admiration because she was such an amazing mom. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for him. Even at the detriment of herself, her son always came first. Her journey in finding her way back to herself and Cam was a hard fought one with some devastation along the way. But, love conquered all with these two. I loved every minute of Camden and Layla’s story. It was a beautifully written second chance rockstar romance that I just ate up enthusiastically from beginning to the end. Marina Barrett and Walker Williams did a phenomenal job narrating and were the icing on an already delicious cake!

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Emotional and Beautiful!

This is the first book in the Love & Lyric series, a Single Mom, Rock Star Romance. Camden and Layla’s story is emotional and beautiful. They are both interesting characters. Layla's son is so cute! There is a lot going on in this story. The storyline has drama, and twists and turns. The supporting characters are great. Camden and Layla's story ends with a beautiful happy ending. This is a great second chance to love. Marina Barrett and Walker Williams did an excellent job with the narration. I liked their voices together. The opening for the next book in the series is intriguing. Looking forward for more in the series. #TheFlock

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Excellent audiobook

Nikki Ash is quickly becoming a favorite author. I have listened to a handful of her books and enjoyed all of them. This one is probably my favorite at this point. I love the storyline and characters. BEWARE OF SPOUSAL ABUSE, RAPE AND CHEATING. My heart physically hurt for the characters. I had to pause the audio to take a break, take deep breaths and cry. The writing g is so good. Such an excellent, HEA ending. I will listen to this again.

Marina Barrett and Walker Williams are excellent narrators. So emotional. Their performance was perfection. I was lost in the book. Will look for more from these narrators.

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Narrator perfection!!!

I absolutely loved this story. The love between Layla and Camden is fairytale level epicness and Walker and Marina’s narration was absolute perfection. I need them narrating ALL THE THINGS!
I can’t wait for the rest of this series to be released.

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Single Mom - Rockstar Romance

Controlled Chaos by Nikki Ash is a single mom rockstar romance that I listened to on audio narrated by Marina Barrett and Walker Williams. This is the first book in the Love and Lyrics series.

I loved the relationship that bloomed between Camden and Layla. I really enjoyed getting both of their points of view throughout the book. It really brought the story to life.

I can't wait for the next book in the series Silent Chaos to be released on September 29, 2022 so I can get Braxton and Kaylee's story.

Marina and Walker did an amazing job on the narration. I look forward to listening to more of their work in the future.

I would recommend this book if you like single mom romances, rockstar romances, friends-to-lovers romance, or contemporary romances.


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Controlled Chaos

This is the first book in the Love & Lyrics series. This is a spin-off series from A Chance Encounter book. Camden and Layla met when she moved next door in high school. Camden was in love with her that first day. While Layla had no clue. She ended up getting married and having a baby in college. Camden and Layla finally reconnected after five years of not talking to each other. They came back together as if they never had been apart, plus more. The last part of the book definitely had me on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait for the next book. Marina Barrett and Walker Williams did a fantastic job narrating this book.

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Cute

“𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬𝐧’𝐭 𝐚 𝐨𝐧𝐞-𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐫 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐰𝐨 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠. 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐢𝐧 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬. 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐧𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬. 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐚𝐝𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬. 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐥𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐫. 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲…𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭.”

I am apparently on a friends to lovers kick lately, and I’m not mad about it at all. This one was a little more angsty than what I’ve been reading, because of what Layla had going on in her personal life, but it still hit the sweet spot. A couple that have known each other for years, reconnecting and growing into something beautiful.
Narration was excellent and this hit so perfectly.

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  • Bette
  • 09-20-22

Fantastic Story & Listen🎧 Captivating & Heartfelt

I loved everything about this book, from Nikki Ash’s wonderful writing style to the fabulous characters and storylines she created to the perfectly cast narrators who bring it all to life from the pages to your ears. This story grabbed my attention right from the start and captivated it the entire time. I adored both lead characters, Camden Blackwood and Layla Higgins, they became friends when Layla and her family moved next door and went to the same high school. He always felt more for her, but she had a boyfriend back in Michigan, one who would eventually break her heart. Camden was biding his time, but waited too long and missed his chance. Camden may come from a music family but he wants to make it on his own, he and his friends, Declan, Braxton and Gage formed a band, Raging Chaos, and first played for their friends and then moved on and are not the hottest bands out there. He never forgot Layla and found no one like her, while on a visit back home in NY it surprised him to see she moved back to town with her husband, David, and son, Felix. Her husband turns out to be a real dirtbag and when he crosses the line, she reached her limit and finally left him. She also learns that the song Camden wrote was about her and it was not only eye opening, but it woke something up in her. Camden has his second chance to make her his except she has a lot of baggage and issues to get over, but Camden will do whatever it takes to make her his. This brilliantly plotted story contains plenty of drama, heartfelt emotions, angst, some thrilling and suspenseful moments, and a romance that was meant to be. Nikki Ash, thank you for another amazing story and an emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧 📚🎧 And for the fabulous narration, Marina Barrett and Walker Williams are talented narrators and versatile voice artists. They have a complete understanding of the characters they are portraying, gave each a voice that fit that character’s persona perfectly, sounding believable in every role they played. They set the perfect tone for the story, capture all the characters’ emotions and project them into their performance, making you feel every single one. These entertaining storytellers are a pleasure to listen to and their narration enhances an already fabulous story another level. Thank you for this great listen.

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  • Stormer83
  • 08-29-22

Loved

I really enjoyed this book I loved the book about Camden's parents and this one is just as good, I love rockstar romance this one had a great story and characters , the narrators did a great job. I can't wait to listen to the rest of this series and more books by Nikki Ash this was my 3rd by her and I loved them all

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  • tenisha
  • 08-06-22

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Layla knows that her marriage is not what it should be and that she is not happy. She sees Camden again after all these years and knows that her life will never be the same again. Layla never knew that the husband she was married to could treat her like he did. Now she is a single mom and must learn to live a life that she has always wanted. She is free to work and do the things she want and now Camden sees it as his chance and he will not remain silent like he did when they were younger.
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  • Heather B.
  • 07-22-22

This book was incredibly moving. Highly recommend.

I usually stay away from rock star romance, but I’m so glad I gave this one a chance. Well-written and heart-felt, you’ll feel everything along with the characters.

Camden and Layla are best friends in high school. While Camden loves her, he keeps it to himself. When he decides it’s time, fate intervenes and he never gets to say the words.

Fast forward five years: Camden is a successful musician. Layla is a stay-at-home mother with an abusive, cold, indifferent husband. A chance meeting with Camden starts the wheels in motion, and a sudden night of violence between Layla and her husband changes everything.

Layla is afraid to love and trust, but Camden is willing to give her time. But Layla’s husband is unraveling, and will do anything to keep his wife under his control.

Fast-paced with excellent narration, this book was an awesome treat. Cannot wait for Book 2.

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  • Gillek2
  • 07-21-22

Layla and Camden!

From the moment that Camden saw his new neighbor Layla he knew that she was his everything even though they were only in high school. They became best friends and he waited patiently whether she had a boyfriend or was on a hiatus from men until he finally garnered the courage to tell her only to find out she was engaged.

Layla had no idea how Camden felt until her friend brings her to one of his band’s concerts and she hears a song that is about her. She is ending her marriage with her husband and is focused on creating a career and being a single mother to her son Felix so isn’t sure if she is ready to let another man into her life, but Camden is determined not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

These characters are everything as Camden is swoony and supportive while with everything that Layla is going through, we see how resilient and strong she truly is and her son Felix is too cute for words. Camden and Layla have always belonged together, and it is finally their time as they take us on an emotional and romantic story that you won’t be able to put down. The narration was flawless as they brought to life all the aspects of the story and the characters. 🎧 Audiobook Obsession

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  • shedevilreads Bookstagram
  • 07-20-22

Single Mom - Rockstar Romance

Controlled Chaos by Nikki Ash is a single mom rockstar romance that I listened to on audio narrated by Marina Barrett and Walker Williams. This is the first book in the Love and Lyrics series.

I loved the relationship that bloomed between Camden and Layla. I really enjoyed getting both of their points of view throughout the book. It really brought the story to life.

I can't wait for the next book in the series Silent Chaos to be released on September 29, 2022 so I can get Braxton and Kaylee's story.

Marina and Walker did an amazing job on the narration. I look forward to listening to more of their work in the future.

I would recommend this book if you like single mom romances, rockstar romances, friends-to-lovers romance, or contemporary romances.


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  • PATRICIA
  • 07-19-22

Love Nikki Ashes books!

Once again, Nikki Ash has captured my attention and stole my heart. Layla moves into town, unhappy and doesn't know anyone. Camden is her next door neighbor and the two become fast friends. Working with his band, the two are always together until Camden and the band leave to follow their dream. Now years later, the two cross paths again, Layla in a sham of a marriage with an adorable son, Camden the successful rockstar. And Camden has no intention of leaving her again. Will Layla realize just what she has been missing? Friends to lovers, this amazing romance is addictive. From A Chance Encounter, to meet Camden, Sophie & Easton's son, we are treated to a love with heart. But Ash also includes relevant issues and deals with the real issues compassionately. I cannot wait to hear book 2!

Marina Barrett and Walker Williams portray Layla and Camden and give us an emotional listen. Layla, from teen to adult deals with emotional issues and Barrett keeps the inflections flowing. We can hear just when she turns the corner in the story with her powerful performance. Walker Williams is new to me and what a voice! Perfect as Camden, he lets us into the rock world and his heart. Loved this performance with this team and look forward to more from each of them.