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Head Above Water

By: CE Ricci
Narrated by: Michael Dean,Zachary Johnson
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That’s the thing about hearts - like waves, they break too.

Grief.

I’ve never battled with the raw, debilitating pain that comes with it. Then a twist of fate hits me out of nowhere, and I can barely keep from drowning. It’s like weights tied to my ankles in the middle of a raging ocean. I’m helpless, with no way to swim back to the surface.

But fate is crueler still, bringing my stepbrother back for the first time in years.

Cannon never wanted this family. Especially me. Still, he’s always been my greatest desire. And my biggest weakness. He’s unattainable. Straight, engaged, and with a seemingly perfect life on the other side of the country. It’s something I’d do well to remember, yet when he stays, it’s so easy to forget.

In finding solace together, we mend what once was broken. This loss bonds us. Changes us. He’s become more than a brother or a lover. He’s my anchor.

So how am I supposed to keep my head above water when I’ll eventually lose him too?

Head Above Water is a stand-alone, full-length MM enemies-to-lovers stepbrother romance novel.

©2022 CE Ricci (P)2022 Podium Audio
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There aren’t enough stars for this gem! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟+

Full disclosure, I’m a HUGE fan of this author and having already read the book, I figured I knew going into this audiobook what I was in for. I can fully admit, I was wrong. Reading Cannon and Easton is one thing, but hearing their voices brought to life by the AH-MAZING narrators, is a whole different experience friends! This story is not one for the faint of hearts as it will pull every heart string you’ve got…to the point of feeling like you’re trying to keep your own head above water. It’s beautifully written and exquisitely brought to life by two of my fav narrators Michael Dean & Zachary Johnson. They completely embodied Cannon and Easton bringing all of their angst, grief, emotions and love to life. Definitely expect to ride this emotional wave with these boys while listening to this gem but just know, the ride is SO worth it!! These boys will live in your head rent free for a long time after you finish! Can’t recommend it enough!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Why all the 5 star reviews?!?

This sure sounded like a sure thing with all the great reviews, but it was terrible! if it wasn't for the freaking fantastic voice actors this would have been so much worse. I was hoping for something original, but the author relies on all the same old cliche plot devices that keep on wasting all my credits. There are too many examples to list, but the worst was using the whole "secret easily explained is kept from someone for no good reason". Seriously? That one too? I'm all for some juicy drama but when it's so far removed from the reality of actual human behavior I just can't. Ugh.

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Couldn't put down!!

Wow, Loved! I have to start with the narrators they were the best!! They nailed all the emotions and there was a lot of emotions. I couldn't stop listening and reading, I would read a chapter and then listen to it because it was just so good! My eyes still hurt from all the crying but I'm smiling now after the great HEA!!

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So good!

Absolutely amazing performance of Easton and Cannon. The emotions were spot on. This is one of my favorite ebooks & I’m so happy the audio matched & enhanced it.

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Worth a credit!

Wow, head above water was so good. It’s not a fluffy love story. It’s an emotional rollercoaster, and I couldn’t put it down. It pulls you in and doesn’t let you go. I can’t wait to listen to more by Ce Ricci. I have to talk about the narrators. Micheal Dean is one of my favorites, but Zachery Johnson 🔥 was amazing. The emotion in his voice was incredible. I could tell he was In touch with his character. 5 stars all around! 👏👏👏👏👏

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I'm dead.

This book stole my soul. I have listened to it like four times. From start to finish I was invested. The characters mesh , the delivery was stunning . Everything about this book just flowed . i cant wait to see what else this author has to read.

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Language was so foul, I couldn't get past the second chapter. Poor writing skills if one has to use swearing to convey their thoughts and ideas. A waste of a credit

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really really good

I've been in a slump lately... I'm one of those people who listens to audio all the time..I wanted this to be good and I wasn't disappointed...I was all in from beginning to end. sexy times and tears and all the feels this one was worth it!!!!

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Super! *** A Must listen***

Very touching, emotional story. A must buy. 5 plus stars for every category! This one captured my attention beginning to end. In my top 5 favorites of all the hundreds I have listened to. This was a new author to me. I hope more of her stories are coming to audio soon.

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WOW!

HOLY COW! Get this book NOW. It had me on the edge of my seat wanting to just go to the end to find out what happened! Such a good book. Micheal Dean is on of my favorite narrators, this is the first time listening to Zachary Johnson but he was very good and read Cannon perfectly. Cannon and Easton are both so stubborn sometimes I worried. Awesome book and I will definitely listen to it again.

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  • 03-22-22

My poor broken heart

Urgh CE Ricci I have no words. This book, this audio was just EVERYTHING. Zach and Michael were phenomenal as Cannon and Easton. I felt every. Single. Emotion! Their annoyance, their sorrow, their pain, their happiness. Everything! I cried 3 times during this audio it was so raw and beautiful. Cannot wait to hear more from these narrators and more of your books!

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  • Ms RD
  • 03-02-22

Brilliant!

Loved loved loved this book, as always the writing of CE Ricci is outstanding, this book took you on a fantastic ride. Michael and Zachary were just the perfect narrators for HAW. Thank you for bringing them to life.

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  • Angelica
  • 11-16-22

Beautiful but I wanted more

Hot and heartbreakingly beautiful. However, I love a good dose of angst but this is borderline depressing. It revolves more around grief than the actual relationship and with an engaged stepbrother I wanted more drama and there could’ve been so much more.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-28-22

omg

this was an a amazing listen michael dean and Zachary johnson bring the characters to life I cried 😢 4 times omg what a roller coaster ride very well written ce ricci you are amazing ❤️

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  • Jeanny
  • 05-08-22

A bit melodramatic but fantastic narrators

The story was a bit too melodramatic for my taste, and there was a lot of telling instead of showing. But the writing was beautiful, and the two narrators were fantastic. My only criticism is that Zachary Johnson's voices for Both Cannon and Easton were too similar, but otherwise he was wonderful.

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  • MrsOls
  • 03-18-22

Emotional rollercoaster!

A little spoiler in here so don’t read if you don’t want to know anything.

I will start by saying that it is a good book, great book. An emotional rollercoaster! And I liked it! But it was something that didn’t make me fall in love with it. The cheating part is one thing, even if that is kind of realistic, but also how Cannon handles that whole situation. And the relationship between Cannon and his dad. I wanted more details and background. Obviously they didn’t talk but how did they even get to that point they did. And there is a short bonus chapter in the end about when the MCs meet for the first time when they were 9 and 7 years old. It felt like that was a prologue…
Again, it’s a good book!
The narration is really good.

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  • 06-29-22

A binge worthy story.

Ive fallen in love with both Canaan and East. They are so different and yet so drawn to each other. Their story has made me cry laugh, wiggle in my seat and jump for joy. So well written and drawn out. their story spanned their younger and teenage years through to their adulthood, but in such a way that i was completely enraptured by them at every turn. The Narration was wonderful and encapsulated their characters so well. Easts tantrums and exuberance was perfectly shared and as was Canaans naturally protectiveness and complete inability to resist East. So good. Highly recommend.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-21-22

Broke my damn heart in the best possible way.

Ugh this was SO GOOD. Predictably, the voice actors who did the narration were perfection. Purchased because of them, but seriously impressed with the story as well. Can't say I "enjoyed" every second, because I spent quite a few chapters sobbing like a baby... But it was very, very good. Will absolutely be listening again when I have more tissues. Also, brilliant to see a tear jerker with a solid HEA to heal the wounds. Will be checking out more of this author's work.

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  • Miss Dysfunktion
  • 10-14-22

The entire book crushed my soul…

Head Above Water is a high angst enemies to lovers step brother MM romance.

This is my second CE Ricci book and like the first I was hooked straight away. I loved it so much that I was 4 chapters into the audio and had to buy a physical copy.

My heart broke for Cannon. Then my heart broke for East.
The entire book crushed my soul…but it was heartbreakingly poetic.

Ricci must thrive off the tears of her readers. The all consuming grief of this story was palpable. I’m a huge fan of authors that make me feel something from their writing and characters, be it happiness, joy, laughter etc. But when an author can make me feel the gut wrenching sadness, that’s a a true gift.

CE Ricci is the master of the high angst. But while you feel the pain an heartache, you also feel that love. Plus the added moments of sass and snark. It’s art I swear…

Zachary and Michael were also the perfect narrators for these characters. Michael brought the pain of Easton’s emotions alive. And Cannon’s rage and bottled pain perfectly shown by Zachary.

If you haven’t read one of CE Ricci’s books and you’re looking for one to start with….Make it this one, their story is worth all the heartache

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  • Lucky Bean
  • 03-06-22

One of my favourite books

I really enjoyed listening to this book even though I’ve read it a few times before. The only thing I found was that particularly in the last part of the book, the narration was spoken so fast I had great difficulty in understanding what was being said. I found I had to keep replaying sections and still found it hard to decipher the words due to the speed of the narration.

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  • K Davis xxbooksilovexx
  • 03-04-22

Yum! Easton & Can are delicious.

Woohoo! So excited to listen to CE Ricci's first audiobook! It was amazing. Absolutely love Easton & Can. I'm a huge fan of Stepbrother stories and this story did not disappoint. I'm definitely sad that it's over. I'm definitely not ready to let them go. Zachary Johnson & Michael Dean did an awesome job narrating!