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A single dad, a model, and a comedian walk into a bar.... They’re all Owen Brodie.
It’s only funny if you aren’t the hilarious struggling comedian who has been hired to be his son’s nanny for the stand-up tour.

Dear Ms. Hogan,

I’m emailing to offer you the job as my son’s nanny because Sam had a temper tantrum when I told him I can’t hire you to come on my stand-up tour with us. “She heckled me at a club a few years ago,” I wanted to say. “She is the sassy little turd who trolls me on Twitter,” I could have told him. “She’s an even bigger pain in the butt when we’re face-to-face,” I thought to myself. What I would never tell him is - things could get complicated. For reasons.

Let me know if you want the job.

With great reluctance,
Owen

#AdorableHowObsessedYouAreWithMe

Dear Mr. Brodie,

Thank you for your email. Please inform Sam that I like him very much and would love to be his nanny and accompany him on your terrible joke of a stand-up tour.

I can assure you - things will not get complicated. For many, many reasons.

Primarily because Owen Brodie isn’t funny, and he can suck it.

Out of financial desperation and a fondness for your son,
Frankie

#GetOverYourselfPrettyBoy

* This audiobook is completely duet style. Narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Emma Wilder. Featuring Zachary Webber, Jason Clarke, Mackenzie Cartwright and Connor Crais.

©2021 Kayley Loring (P)2021 Kayley Loring

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This book is so funny! For real, hilarious!

You know it’s a good comedy when there are fart, cheese poops, and shart jokes. Only Kayley Loring can bring this kind of humor into a romantic comedy, one that gets awfully naughty, and it’s somehow completely perfectly timed potty humor.

The Brodie Family group text messages are fantastic. I simultaneously want to be a member of the family, and am happy I am not for the embarrassment factor. As the reader, it’s top notch entertainment.

There were so many jokes and comments that were carried off as themes through the book. They were funny the first time, but exponentially grew in their hilarity as the story went on. The best sitcoms do this, and Kayley made this happen to perfection in this story.

When it came to the relationship, I loved that Owen and Frankie weren’t over the top lovey pants, because they wouldn’t be on character that way. They were rude, funny, and hilarious even in their loving moments. It was so great and made them even more believable. This book was so great!

I’m not going to lie, usually I gush about the guy. And I should here, Teddy Hamilton is fantastic. He was the perfect model turned comedian. But, Emma Wilder was perfection. Her timing, her tones, her impressions, this was my favorite narration of hers to date! As a regular audio book listener, many voices are familiar to me. It was extra fun when hearing four of the men in the audio world having text conversations as the Brodie Men. Mackenzie Cartwright, as always on a Kayley work, was so good. Loved this audio!

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Best Romcom of the year!!

I am still laughing and I don't even know where to start to review this enemies to lovers book! It's the kind of humor that I love, a story with fantastic characters and their fun journey from annoyance to love. When Owen started his comedy career, he knew it wasn't going to be easy. Hecklers are the worst and this night, the woman was unbearable. A little drunk, and seeing her teenage heart throb on the stage has Frankie letting the comments fly. Now it's several years later, Frankie's aspiring comedy career slowly building, but she needs a paying job. When offered to nanny for said teenage heart throb with Owen while touring, she is hesitant. Their relationship has grown over social media banter, but after meeting his son, she is sold on the idea. And our story begins. Get ready for laugh out loud scenes, cheesy farts, slow burning passion and visits from our good friends from previous stories. Loring is a master at comedy and building a love story that rivals no other. I fell for this couple and you will too!

This ensemble cast is fantastic! I really don't have to say more, but I will. Emma Wilder outdoes herself, with not only the comedic side of this book, but the amazing voices and delivery she gives. Teddy Hamilton brings Owen to the stage with joke delivery like he is on Netflix and turns the tables with burning passion. Add in brother, parents, managers by the talents of Zachary Webber, Jason Clarke, Mackenzie Cartwright and Connor Crais and this duet style narration and I was on cloud 9 as I listened. It's my favorite romcom of the year!

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5 Hilarious snort laugh stars

Where to begin with this off the charts funny romance. First, the characters are perfectly thought out and their personalities pull you right in to their story. Second, the supporting characters are an added bonus too. Third, there are fart jokes and lots of cheese and a cute kid, an adorable funny dad, a beyond funny baby sitter/comedian and all the craziness of falling in love. Oh wait there might be a long time crush turned hate turned love situation. There is just so much in this book and it is all so good. I laughed out loud so many times and just fell for Frankie and Owen.

Teddy Hamilton, Emma Wilder, Zachary Webber, Jason Clarke, Mackenzie Cartwright and Connor Crais are the all star cast for this terrifically funny book and they all do a great job. It really brought the characters all to life having so many narrators. Loved listening to them.

Get this book, it is so worth the credit and be somewhere where you can listen in peace without interruptions as you will not want to be bothered while listening. So good.

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Sweet, Romantic and Laugh Out Loud Funny

Kayley Loring is such a talented author who is able to find the wonderful balance between pushing the lines of comedy without compromising the heartfelt emotions of 2 people falling in love. When you combine Kayley's fantastic words with a full talented cast, the result is magic.

Teddy Hamilton and Emma Wilder were perfect as Owen Brodie and Frankie Hogan. Their chemistry was outstanding and they brought out an additional depth to these characters with their performance. Emma especially was extraordinary in this role as she met and embraced the various challenges that Kayley threw into Frankie's character and comedy act. I was blown away by her performance.

The secondary characters played by Zachary Webber, Jason Clarke, Mackenzie Cartwright, and Connor Crais was just a cherry on top of this beautiful story. It was so awesome to be able to revisit some beloved characters from the past books and hear them played by their original actors. And then to get to know the Brodie and Hogan families through their family conversations was just pure perfection!

Funny Business is the perfect example of how having such a talented group of performers can take an already amazing story to the next level. I highly recommend this audiobook!!

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Amazing

These narrators absolutely killed this performance. One of my favorite audiobooks to date! The talent and range of these voice actors is unmatched!

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“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”?

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”… though, was she?

Funny Business is first installment in The Brody Brothers series. It’s quintessential Kayley - lighthearted, sexy, and LOL funny.

This is the story of Owen Brody, soon to be single dad, former male model who is starting out a career in stand-up. During one of his shows in Tampa, Florida, he is heckled by a woman who is a few sheets to the wind. He finally decides to pull her into the act, but she leaves, giving him the finger.

Fast forward to three years later and Owen is now a more established comic about to go on tour and he needs a nanny to accompany them on tour, as he is taking his kid, Sam, with him. His agent decides to send him his niece, a fledgling comic herself , who has just been fired from her job as a writer in a tv show. Well well well, guess who shows up at Owen’s door for the interview? Frankie, the Tampa heckler. It’s obvious to Owen that he can’t hire HER. But Sam hits it off with Frankie immediately and that has NEVER happened before. He even laughs at HER jokes, which to Owen is a personal offense as all his jokes fall flat with his own kid.

In true Kayley Loring fashion, Frankie gets hired and hilarity ensues. Owen had always been attracted to the heckler lady and Frankie has a secret of her own. Her teenage self had posters of Owen on her walls in the past. She even sent him a Christmas card to his agency then… a card that went unacknowledged to her poor teenager heart dismay.

This is a romantic comedy and we all know that things will work out in the end. But it’s Loring’s genius in creating side characters that makes this book a delight to read. Throughout the book, we follow the group texts of the Brodie family. The brothers don’t spare insults to one another and in more than one occasional we have the “oops, I thought I texted the other group” situation and it’s hilarious. Frankie also has her own text interactions with her best friend Mia and her parents. Her mom is always trying to send her material for her stand-up act, which itself is fodder for her jokes. And with her family being Australian, sometimes things get “lost in translation” from English to English so to speak.

Sam is also a hoot. A very peculiar kid with a propensity to napping and a love for cheeses. Mark my word for it, if you know anyone who is lactose intolerant you will incorporate a new term to your vocabulary: the cheese poops! LOL

If you read her other series, Name in Lights, you will be happy to see a few appearances by Shanicolex and Grammie Todd. We even get a scene where the amazing Lazy Wingmen come to Owen’s aide.

Kayley Loring writes really well. Period. But she writes really really well with narration in mind, so I can’t wait to listen to the audiobook in a few weeks.

Great reading, great fun, don’t miss it!

Narration review: Kayley Loring writes FOR narration. And in this one, with this dream team of narrators, her words just shine. It’s even funnier when you listen to it.

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Cute Romcom, Stellar Narration

Well that was really freaking cute <3
Come for the voice actors, stay for the banter.
This book features top tier romance narrators who completely nailed their roles, but Emma Wilder was absolutely spectacular.

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Yes, Yes, YASSSSSS!

Story…phenomenal!
Performance…amazing!
Overall…hit it out the park!
But seriously, this was so great! Lots of laugh out loud moments. The narrators were all so amazing and did a fantastic job bringing everyone to life and keeping things straight, especially during the group text dialogue.
This is definitely in my top 10 of all time, maybe even top 5 or 3.
Hopefully I’m not overselling this and making it impossible to live up to the hype I’m giving it but I totally think it’s worth the credit. Maybe just look at this review as a simple thumbs up, paired with the fact that you already like the author/narrators, and just listen to it already.
Do not just add it to your wish list for later!
(Warning: this is totally a binge listen in one day kind of story)

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Perfection

I tried out attachment theory first and was blown away. This one didn’t disappoint. I laughed so cried I hard repeatedly. It’s freakin hilarious but also the right amount of steamy. Narration and writing were all totally spot on. 10/10 would recommend and listen to again 🙌

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Wonderful cast

I adored the casting in this book. Everyone was so good, I can't wait for the next one. The story is hot and they really do it justice.

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  • Readers Together
  • 10-06-21

Not for me

I have heard such good things about Kayley Loring that I was super excited to listen to this book. Add in the premise, and it felt like a guaranteed good read. Unfortunately, I was highly disappointed. The comedy seemed forced and lacking. I’m not a fan of bathroom humour anyway but the odd joke here or there I can handle, this book relied so heavily on it that I just couldn’t enjoy the story. I laugh maybe three times and that was near the end. It just wasn’t funny to me. The characters didn’t come across as very likeable, which also added to the difficulties while listening.

I have been told her other books hit the mark, so I may try again. This one definitely wasn’t a good fit for me.

That being said, the narrators were brilliant. I had issue with one of them and their accent work but that’s a standard issue I have with him. Emma Wilder and Teddy Hamilton were fantastic and the support voice actors enhanced the audio experience.

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  • Sarah
  • 10-01-21

Funny book

🎧 AUDIO REVIEW 🎧

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BOOK 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I enjoyed this book, it had a lot of funny jokes that
I enjoyed.

Lovely story of enemies to lover. Loved his son from start to finish.

Great listen.

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  • Bette
  • 09-24-21

A Brilliantly Hilarious RomCom! Stellar Narration🎧

This fabulous book is romantic comedy at its best, Kayley Loring nails it with her witty dialogue and a perfect balance of drama, humor and romance. The story is entertaining and wonderfully delightful, it grabbed my attention right from the start and captivated it the entire time. I loved the originality of the story, the comedic timing is brilliant as is the buildup of the romance. The characters are realistic, easy to relate to and connect with, they were easy to fall for and care about too. Owen Brodie, a model turned standup comedian and a divorced father of one. He is going on tour but needs a nanny to look after his son when he is on stage. She needed a job and was offered one as a nanny for Sam, Owen Brodie’s son. She is not a fan of Owen and has actually heckled him while he performed in a club years ago, and she may or may not have told him off on social media a few times. He would not remember that or know who she was, right? But Frankie, being Frankie, does not hold back, but since she needs a job and that she and Sam bonded, she takes the job, for Sam’s sake. Wow, this is a brilliantly plotted book and is full of so many laugh out loud moments that it should come with a warning label to eat or drink at your own risk, spontaneous laughter may cause you to spit your food or drink out. In addition to the humor the book contains a whole lot of heart, loved the camaraderie amongst the Brodie family as well, the group text messages were awesome. Kayley Loring, thank you for the laughs and the fabulously entertaining story.

🎧📚🎧 And for the amazing lineup of fabulously talented narrators and voice artists. A better cast could not have been chosen to bring these characters and story to life. Teddy Hamilton and Emma Wilder played the two leads, Brodie and Frankie, with perfection, Sam too, their comedic timing and landing was absolutely brilliant. The rest of the star studded cast played the numerous secondary characters. The entire cast did a stellar job portraying the characters, giving each a voice that fit their character’s persona to a tee, sounding believable and real in that role and just as I pictured they would sound. These entertaining storytellers’ performances enhance this already brilliant story to another level.

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  • serenechaosnyc
  • 09-22-21

A not-to-be-missed audiobook

If I could give this book 10 stars I would. I listened to the audiobook and it was astonishingly good. Not only the story- well written, hilarious and just overall fun, the banter itself is something to behold. As a story about 2 stand up comedians who are enemies, the zings between Owen and Frankie made me laugh out loud. The supporting cast also brought the laughs- the parents, the brothers, the best friend, the uncle and of course, Owen's son- they made up an impressive cast of people with an arsenal of one liners guaranteed for either lots of smiles or belly laughs.

That said, I can't say enough about the narration. This is a true cast narration- done duet style. Some of the best narrators in the business are in this book. But Emma Wilder. Oh my goodness, I always loved her. But her singing and her impersonations? She really stole the book and made this book that should not be missed. And then, add in Teddy Hamilton (sigh), Jason Clarke (sigh), Zachary Webber (sigh), Connor Crais (sigh) and Mackenzie Cartwright (eeee!)? Why are you still reading this review? Just go get this audiobook!! You won't be sorry!! ;o)

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  • LouBLou
  • 08-07-21

Amazing on multiple levels.

I am blown away by this book.
Everything about it from the smart and very funny writing to Emma Wilder singing and playing the Ukulele is just amazing.
The cast is utter perfection and completely brought this whole audiobook to life in my ears.
Definitely one I will listen to again and again.

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  • MadHatter
  • 08-29-21

Cynical and whiney does not equal funny

Sorry, I hated this. I made about 90 minutes into the Audible book before acknowledging that I really dislike snarky comedy. Both lead characters constantly use mean and rude humour that I find obnoxious, not cute and amusing.
Should I have given it more of a chance to improve? Maybe, but if it didn’t then even more of my life (and good mood) would be wasted.
Emma narrated fine, but Teddy Hamilton made his character sound like an @$$hole.

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  • gala
  • 08-19-21

This was so funny and such a great listen

Thank you thank you thank you for such a great variety of voices that made this book so enjoyable to listen to. The characters were all so different from each other and it flowed really well. Please please please continue to do this type of audible book in the future. BIG SIGH because it makes me listening ears rejoice.

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 08-15-21

Bloooooody Beautiful ❤️❤️

Can I say this two are hilarious and fun and sexy with the best banter and come back I’ve ever heard ❤️‍🩹I just want more .thanks again for sharing these two hilarious characters with us . Perfect 💖❤️‍🩹❤️❤️‍🩹💖

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  • Kibbit
  • 08-06-21

Super full cast audible experience!

I loved what an experience this book was! A full cast of characters, read by the most talented and by far my favourite narrators. The story included appearances from past book characters, funny parents, live music and singing from Emma Wilder, lots of jokes and super sweet epilogues at the end. It was funny, no real angst, just a lovely story that was obviously made for audio. Highly recommended!