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When billionaire Marsh's octogenarian grandmother summons him home for an urgent family dinner, he dreads being force-fed every embarrassing truth about his family he's tried to forget. Never mind that Thanksgiving weekend was when he planned to propose to his girlfriend, Jada, who knows nothing of the nine-figure fortune Marsh has hidden her away for years.

But the money may be the least of his problems - there's a reason why he's never brought Jada to Connecticut. The Brewsters are the special brand of crazy reserved for the ultra-rich. Subjecting his woke Black girlfriend to his stuffy old-money family seems like the least romantic way to kick off his proposal weekend. And after his family's shenanigans, will Jada even say yes?

©2018 Luxe Publishing (P)2021 Luxe Publishing

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✫✫ 3.75 Stars ✫✫

I haven't read any of the other books in this series but I feel like there must be a book about March & Jada before this one because I felt like I should have already known their story throughout this book. I checked before starting this one and the others in this series after not this couple so where is their story? I want it ;)

I love a book about an already happy couple, no chase drama and usually you can already feel the love between the couple. This was a fun holiday novella but I think I could have loved these two if I had their beginning too. I enjoyed how this story wrapped up with everyone getting what they deserve and the intriguing opening for the next book.

This was my first Nicole Lewis book and I really enjoyed her work & voice. Tim Paige was good as always!

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A cute and quick holiday read!

This was like a much funnier version of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. I loved the crazy family members, especially the mother and the grandmother. The ending was really sweet and melty, my favorite kind of holiday ending.

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Fun Short Story!

Kilby is a new author to me and I enjoyed this funny, chaotic romance. Jada is a strong woman but had no idea what she was in for when she met Marsh's family and learned more about Marsh. The quick wit and banter with the family at Thanksgiving was a hoot! Grab the book and take a listen to hear the HEA ending! The narration of Tim and Nicole was great!

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Short on time, Packed full of story

This is an adorable stand alone short jam packed with family drama, hidden secrets, a lot of money and a family matriarch who won't take crap from anyone. I haven't read anything else from this series or author and it was a great little treat of a story.

Marsh hasn't been completely honest with his lovely girlfriend on all the nitty gritty details of his family... like how much money they (and by extension he) are worth. His plans for the Thanksgiving weekend are more of the romantic 'start of the rest of our lives together' variety, but a call for all the family to assemble coming from the head of the family, his sharp as a tack grandmother, he can't fight it. Can one night exposed to all the snobby and judgmental part of the family be balanced by the good hearted members of the family? Will Marsh win Jada forever or will it be too much to handle?

The Audiobook for this short is narrated by the ever talented Tim Paige and new to me Nicole Lewis. They both did an excellent job of bringing this very lively and full story to my ears. Those "say what?" moments had impact and the emotional moments were tender.

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Quick enjoyable read

I thoroughly enjoyed my first story by Kilby Blades. The story is quick and takes place throughout a family visit during the holidays. It is well written, but there is no heat at all. However, it felt relevant esp during the conversations occurring during the dinner.

I've not listened to Nicole before, and I enjoyed her storytelling; I'll have to look for more of her work.

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Entertaining

I love discovering new authors such as Kilby Blades and though my first it will not be my last. This was a well written story that ticked a number of boxes for me. I was invested in the story from the first to the last chapter.
Narrated by Tim Paige and Nicole Lewis both of whom are new to me, I found them easy to listen to. They brought the characters to life for me and did justice to the story that Kilby Blades wove.
Although Loaded is book four in the Gilded series, I had no trouble following it. It may not be a particularly long book but there was plenty of entertainment within the pages. I enjoyed the characters of Marsh and Jada, although I admit there were so many secondary characters that I did get a little lost at times.
After being together for years Marsh is taking his girlfriend home to meet the family whole family. Of course the fact that he is actually a billionaire is something he “forgot” to tell her which led to some tension, however it was quickly resolved . It was amusing to watch the family dynamics play out across the Thanksgiving dinner table. The characters were engaging and I loved Marsh’s feisty grandmother, what a great character she is.
All in all a fun, witty story that I really enjoyed.

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Short,Sweet & Entertaining

This was a short and definitely Loaded holiday romance! First time listening to Kilby Blades and this was a nice treat. I enjoyed the dual POV of Marsh and Jada and sorta wished it was full story about their romance. Marsh takes Jada to meet his family but he hasn’t told her about he comes from one of the wealthiest families in Connecticut. The family dinner is intense, but Jada can hold her own and surprisingly wins the respect and approval of the matriarch of Brewster family. This was a short, funny, and sweet romance with a few twists & turns thrown in. The ending gives hints to a spin off story, so hope to read more about that. The narration was great! It was my first time listening to Nicole Lewis and she was great as Jada, bringing out the sass and charm. Tim Paige’s performance as Marsh was perfect. They wonderful to listen to!

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A fun and easy listen

Kilby perfectly captures the horror and hilarity of how races and cultures can clash when lovers meet their partners' families for the first time. Loaded is perfectly titled as this couple battles the weight of one family's prejudices as well as the secrets they've kept from each other. Excellent narration.

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Oh my wow

What a fantastic story! Yes, Audible, I’ve enjoyed this program.

I picked up this short read for a little end-of-the-day entertainment; it completely captivated me. The coverage of privilege and equality was poignant and relevant. The story was engaging from start to finish. And boy, what a finish!!!!! Give me more, please!

Special note: I appreciated how Marsh described his fear of Jada leaving; his concern that she would find him to be less than. His thinking was an incredibly enlightening juxtaposition with the level of wealth that he possessed. His expression of vulnerability resonated with me and my relationship with my husband. It brought an instant understanding of some dynamics in my relationship. It was an incredible, personal light bulb moment.

This book was well penned, and Tim and Nicole superbly narrated the Audible version of the book.

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3.5 ⭐️s - short and sweet

I received to an advanced review copy of the audiobook narrated by Tim Paige and Nicole Lewis, who were both excellent. Paige is a favorite and gave his usual best. Lewis was new to me, and she was just lovely; I can’t wait to hear more from her.

This was an enjoyable TG holiday novella; the central couple is well-matched and I enjoyed them as individuals. If anything, I wish there was more of this book so that there was time to see each more fully fleshed out; the same goes for some of the secondary characters, like Marsh’s parents. It’s the curse of the novella that, though they’re quick and low angst, there’s little room for character development. Still, the writing was very well done and made me interested in seeking more books by Blades because I really like her style.

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  • Amanda C
  • 12-16-21

Fun Holiday Listen

This was a fun holiday listen. It's short and it did feel a bit rushed, as I find common in many novellas. I liked the bit of a slow burn but i'm not a fan of one partner withholding vital information of their background from the other - it's rather frustrating.

There's an interesting cast of characters and for the most part I liked Marsh and Jada. Overall, it's a fun quick read.

The narration by Tim Paige and Nicole Lewis was fantastic. They complimented each other well.

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 10-28-21

A fully loaded listen of love

First time I heard from the author Kilby , but not from Tim Paige. This is a short novella.
Kilby wrote a story that has everything. Mystery, and love. Only thing is it feels like it’s rushed. It’s starts of slow , a slow burn and then picks up steam. The story is very detailed.
Hero is Marsh. Heroine is Jada.
March comes from a very rich family but he hasn’t told his girlfriend Jada. He doesn’t know how . He has no choice he has to tell her when they go to the family mansion for the holiday season. Grab it and see how Jada takes the news

Tim Paige, Nicole Lewis , Performance was good . They brought the story to life

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  • Sarah
  • 10-27-21

A series you need to follow from book 1

This one missed the mark for me I'm afraid. I listened to the audiobook as a Tim Paige fan and a new listener to Nicole Lewis both performed the novella well. I have never read a book by Kilby Blades before so I am unsure if this story leads off a main novel in the Gilded Love series but the ending sure made it feel unfinished and that it leads to a full length novel moving forward, which I would have preferred to know going in.

I got the premise of the story. The hero Marsh is from an old money family and is called home by his grandmother to a big family dinner and takes his fiancée along to meet the family for the first time. My issue was I just did not connect to the main characters at all. There were too many secondary characters I lost track of who was who and I gave up trying to keep track, my mind was blown. I think it's one I would need to listen to a few times for the volume of characters sinks in. So when the ending blow up between the hero and heroine came I was more annoyed I wasn't getting a rounded up story than I was about the couple not getting their HEA. I guess you really need to go into this one having read the previous books in the series to gain that connection and love for the story that was just missing for me.

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  • Gillek2
  • 10-26-21

Jada and Marsh!

Marsh and Jada have been dating for a few years and he knows that she is the person he wants to spend his life way. Although she has met his parents, she has never met the rest of the family so when his beloved grandmother wants him to bring her for Thanksgiving, he can’t say no.

Jada is in for a few surprises not the least of which is that his family are conservative and beyond wealthy. Not only is his family is an eccentric group of characters but she finds herself reeling from the surprises that continue to be unveiled and has her wondering who Marsh really is.

The performance of the narrators is both entertaining and humorous as they ensured the wild and wacky characters felt real.

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  • xxBooksILovexx
  • 10-24-21

Great Holiday listen!

This was my first listen by Kilby Blades. I enjoyed Jada & Marsh’s story. Marsh’s family didn’t make it easy for Jada but she’s a really strong woman & stood up for herself. Excellent narration by Tim Paige & Nicole Lewis.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 10-24-21

Fun Novella!

This was my first Kilby Blades's book. This is the fourth book in the Gilded Love Series. This short novella is fun and entertaining. Marsh and Jada are interesting characters. Marsh's family is chaotic, definitely dysfunctional, and hilarious. I liked his grandmother. Tim Paige and Nicole Lewis did a good job with the narration.

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 10-23-21

A super quick fun audio

My first read by Kilby Blades, sadly it was only a short one. I would have so loved this to be a full length novel. It didn’t hurt that Tim Paige was narrating Marsh, I could listen to his sexy rumble all day, every day. Nicole Lewis narrated Marsh’s girlfriend Jade, and she succeeded in getting just the right amount of sass and awe in her voice that I actually believed Marsh and Jade had the whole 4 year relationship going on, with of course the added unexpected deception. Not that Marsh intentionally wanted to be deceitful, he’s just embarrassed by his family and their wealth, he’s also very much down to earth, and he knew there would be some cringeworthy moments when his two worlds collided (understatement). All that said, it does deal with some real issues, all written with the ease of someone who can relate only too well to the circumstances. All perfectly narrated in this quick, fun audio. What a wonderful, highly enjoyable romance. I loved it, maybe I need to look in to more of this series.

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  • Eline @ Lovely Audiobooks info
  • 10-22-21

Wonderful heroine!

First things first, I absolutely adored Jada! Such a cool woman. I loved how level-headed she is and Nicole Lewis gave her the perfect voice. Very enjoyable!

Overall, this is a fun, very romantic holiday novella. Perfect for a quick listen on a cold day!

Tim Paige is great as Marsh. And while I am hooked and want to continue the series, I have to admit that I'm a little miffed that there was somewhat of a cliffhanger at the end. Not all of Marsh's secrets will be revealed. That's not necessarily a bad thing but might be good to know :-)

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  • Bran.d (amour.Rebelle92)
  • 10-22-21

Definitely a unique family👀🤣

After Marsh receives an urgent request to attend Thanksgiving at his MawMaw’s he has to change his holiday plans…but also, has to face the reality that he has been hiding from his girlfriend. His family is definitely unique & some of them have antiquated views:/

But his girlfriend Jada is smart and very sharp and handles them with grace.

I loved Tim & Nicole as Marsh & Jada. Tim had the perfect amount of nervous humility & strength and Nicole was sharp & spunky as JJ.

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 10-22-21

Need more from this author

I'm not usually one to read holiday stories and with the way this shakes out, in the wrong hands, this could have gone disastrously wrong, but I've VERY quickly come to trust anything this author writes to be more than okay. This a quick paced, clean, holiday story about a less than savoury introduction to your other half's family and discovering you know a lot less about them and your partner than you think. I really like that most of the quite frankly ghastly behaved members of Marsh's family get their comeuppance, but I feel like parts of this were still missing and I would love to know what it is that Marsh does on the side. This is part of a series I haven't read yet but I will get to it. I volunteered to listen and review an audio copy of this. All opinions are my own.

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