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Opposites attract in this scorching romance from best-selling author, Lydia Michaels, when a small-town bad boy falls hard for the town virgin.

Kelly McCullough has always gotten every woman he’s wanted. Of all the McCullough men, his charm and magnetism is unmatched. However, there’s one woman he cannot have. Ashlynn Fisher is saving herself for marriage.

Ashlynn is everything Kelly is not. She’s quiet, shy, and—above all—virginal. But after losing her heart to Kelly in grade school, no other man compares. When Ashlynn decides it’s time for her to find a husband, Kelly, a sucker for brown-eyed girls, offers to help but soon finds himself in a situation he never expected. Chaste kisses and stolen secrets put Kelly’s virility and Ashlynn’s virtue to the test. Sooner or later, one of them will break, because neither want to bend when it comes to their needs.

Best-selling author, Lydia Michaels, has created an unforgettable family saga bursting with sizzling secrets and scandalous moments in this award-winning series, McCullough Mountain, where each story can be listened to as a stand-alone! 

©2015 Lydia Michaels (P)2022 Lydia Michaels

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Wonderful Story & Narration🎧 Gripping & Heartfelt

Lydia Michaels continues to wow me with another amazing novel set in her McCullough Mountain series, each book in the series features a different member of the McCullough family as the lead character and stands on its own. Family members crossover and appear in each other’s books, but the descriptive details include everything you need to know about them, though if you have had the pleasure to read and/or listen to their book, it is like seeing an old friend again. This book is Kelly McCullough and Ashlynn Fisher’s story and what a story it is, Lydia Michaels put them through the wringer and then some. Their story not only captivated my attention, but it tugged on my heartstrings throughout the entire book. Ashlynn was never part of the “in” crowd in school, she was the quiet, shy girl who stayed in the background, but that did not stop her from crushing on Kelly, who was definitely part of the “in” crowd. He was actually kind to her, and she never forgot that. Ashlynn, the only daughter of a widowed farmer, grew up sheltered and she kept her virtue all the way into her twenties, saving herself for marriage. But she is busy now running her own business and has never dated or even kissed a boy or a man. Kelly has always been a player and running his own bar gives him ample opportunity to play with anyone who wants him and there is no shortage of woman who want him.It surprised him to see Ashlynn come into the bar, even more surprised she shows up another time for a date and he feels something he never felt before, which may be jealousy or possessiveness. Ashlynn does not know what to think since he never really paid her any mind, but it is the start of them getting to know each other. She finds out about his insecurities and he finds out about hers. The two are opposites in many ways, but similar in other ways, especially in their loneliness and for him his self worth. There is never a dull moment in this book, it is a beautifully written, told and plotted story with plenty of drama, heartfelt emotions that pours off the pages and straight into your heart. Lydia Michaels made these characters work for their romance and happily every after. Thank you for another amazing story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧 📚🎧 And for the amazing narration, Lydia Michaels could not have cast a better narrator to bring her characters and story to life. David Allen Vargo is a wonderfully talented narrator and a versatile character. He took each role and made it his own and was fabulous covering both the male and female roles, giving each their own distinct voice, making it easy to follow along and tell who is who. Vargo had a complete understanding of the characters he portrayed and was believable in every role he played. You could hear how much heart he put into his work as he captured the characters’ emotions and projected them into his performance and had you feeling every single one. David Allen Vargo is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for this fabulous listen.

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Surprisingly fun! Excellent story and narration.

I wasn't expecting this 'romance' novel about a Roman Catholic virgin and the town tomcat to be as filled with as much good-natured humor as it is. It was an absolute delight to listen to. The more so because David Allen Vargo, the narrator, brought so many fascinating voices, accents, and comical intonations to the plenitude of characters inhabiting the world of McCullough Mountain (a place where I would love to live). I don't want to give away any spoilers so all I will say is it's jolly good fun from start to finish. It's not situation comedy but is well-written with both humor and pathos that will have you laughing, crying, and wanting to take these people in your arms and hug them. It's a long book and I still didn't want it to end. And the ending is EVERYTHING! The sound effects were something new to me and added to my enjoyment of the story. They were not too much, but 'just right.' I really enjoyed them. I loved the story. Ashlynn and Kelly are a couple for the Ages. Netflix should option the McCullough Mountain series! It's that good.

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Kelly McCullough stole my heart 💚

Awww Kelly McCullough I knew he would be the one with a heart of gold under his manwhore ways. This book is just as funny as it is sweet. The talk of confessions and going to the confessional is hilarious 😂 But I love the Irish Rogue and actually seeing more of Kelly's point of view. (I also listened to it and this one was by David Allen Vango.) It was nice to check in with all the McCullough siblings and see how they rally around each other in good times and bad. Can't wait to read the next book, British Professor!

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Great writing

Very smooth to listen to. No over explaining or too descriptive when you don’t want it to be. No boring parts that make you want to fast forward anything. It is a fun listen and unpredictable!

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I didn’t think I could love this family any more! I was wrong

Kelley is the rake of the McCullough boys. He took over the bar when he was young and runs it well. Ashlyn is the good girl who’s still a virgin at 24, and has loved Kelley for years…: but it would never work. He would never want someone like her.

I loved this book! Kelley isn’t the man everyone thinks he is…. He doesn’t lead anyone on and tells it like it is. Ashlyn isn’t the wallflower everyone makes her out to be. She wants her husband to have the one thing meant for him. She’s a woman after my own heart!

Loved this book and every single thing about this family! Thank you Lydia Michael’s for inviting us in.

David Alan Vargo did well with the narration.

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Kelly & Ashlynn

Kelly McCullough is the bachelor of the family. He has no intentions of getting married, he is not good enough for anyone. A playboy by reputation, he enjoys his single life. When a friend of his begins to date Ashlynn, the town virgin, Kelly begins to show an interest in her. Ashlynn has had a crush on Kelly for years. He is the one that showed her compassion in high school, but she never thought he really noticed her. Now the two are pulled together by an impossible thread, and Kelly is in for the pursuit of his life. Will be be able to win over Ashlynn? We he be able to give up his promiscuous ways? Ashlynn is strong in her beliefs, and I love her conviction to remain true to herself. She loves with her whole heart and faces her insecurities head on. Kelly may seem secure in who he is, but it's Ashlynn who is able to see his lack of confidence and build him up to the man he truly is. Plus we get to see all of the McCullough family, which in itself is a treat. Their craziness, witty banter and true family feel make this series very special and a pleasure to listen to.

There is nothing better than a perfectly cast narrator telling us a story, and David Allen Vargo is just that. He is fantastic, bringing each character, male and female to life. I love how he tunes into each personality, uses his Irish accent and breathes life into story. And the use of sound effects at the most appropriate times gives us a very visual picture what is happening. He does not overuse the effects, so they are not distracting, but an enhancement, creating a movie in our minds. He is fantastic!

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Exhilarating

When true love strikes no one stands a chance, not even the dashing and virile Kelly McCullough who just happens to be every woman’s dream man. Ashlynn Fisher is the virtuous and shy woman who captures Kelly’s attention and then the fun begins. Mix in some intriguing plot twists and a down-to-earth family.

The author, Lydia Michaels, weaves a romantic story that reflects an experience every woman has had from her first kiss to her dream crush to her dream life. Realistic in dialogue and character development, Michaels captures the attention of her listeners and keeps them engaged.

The narrator, David Allen Vargo, voices this romantic action-filled story with his resonating voice whether he is performing Kelly or Ashlynn or another character. Vargo captures and projects each character’s personality and emotions wonderfully. Vargo keeps the story moving at a steady and consistent pace. Further, he keeps the exhilaration between the main characters flowing. I’m not sure how he was able to keep his performance even at the end when all I could do was laugh. A professional to the end!

This was an enjoyable book with something for everyone.

There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.

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Beautiful Story

Kelly and Ashlynn's story is filled with hope, trust, faith, determination and love. Ashlynn stayed true to herself and her beliefs. Kelly felt he was not worth being loved. He resisted his true feelings for her because he felt she deserved someone better than him.

This was my first time listening to narrator David Allen Vargo. He is wonderfully talented. His application of music, sound effects, and voicing several characters rich in accents,, feminine qualities, and emotiom