• No Strings

  • A Novel
  • By: Lucy Bexley
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (163 ratings)

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No Strings

By: Lucy Bexley
Narrated by: Abby Craden
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Publisher's Summary

Tangled Up in You

Fun is the one thing Elsie Webb takes seriously. Though she'd be having a lot more of it if Haelstrom Media paid her enough to actually get out of debt. She's determined to hold out on contract negotiations for her kids' television show Fangley Heights until she gets what she deserves. There's only one problem, the head of the network just died and left her future more uncertain than ever.

Forty-eight hours and one funeral—that's all Jones Haelstrom has to get through before she can return to her life in LA that's as ordered and sparse as an IKEA showroom. When she steps in as CEO of her father's media company, Elsie Webb is her first problem to deal with. Elsie ends up challenging Jones in ways she never could have predicted, starting with an attraction neither can avoid.

As their attraction teeters on the edge of something more both agree to keep it casual. A no-strings agreement and disclosure to HR should be enough to keep things between Jones and Elsie from getting tangled, right?

Contains mature themes.

©2022 Lucy Bexley (P)2022 Tantor
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  • Categories: Romance

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I loved everything about this audiobook!

It's fun without being silly, sweet without being saccharine and deceptively deep without being heavy. The main characters Elsie Webb and Jones Haelstrom are interesting, admirable, occasionally imperfect and so likable (puppeteer Elsie especially so!) The story is well written and edited. The secondary characters are strong - including Avery, the non-binary best friend and occasional conscience of Elsie. I appreciated their relationship and interactions. There's also a great kid in Jones' little brother Bentley, who worms his way into our hearts just as he does his big sister's and Elsie's.

While I really enjoyed Must Love Silence, I felt like this was a book that Bexley was born to write. Her humor, compassion and intelligence is on full display and I found myself smiling throughout. Elsie and Jones' chemistry is palpable and sexy, and while there is something of an age gap, it never felt unbelievable.

Narrator Abby Craden worked her magic on the audio and obviously had a blast narrating this. It was such a joy to listen to!
I one thousand percent recommend this book! Especially for those looking for something a little lighter and feel-good, but with substance.

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Meh

The writers agenda overshadowed the romance aspects and the character development suffered. AC perfect as always

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Super cute, quirky love story

Genuinely loved this story and will listen to the audiobook often. The characters seem like they could be friends of mine and they show each other what loving a real person is like. How to be partners, how to take care of each other.

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Great storyline

Narrator exceptional as usual ! Great story and ending. Will definitely listen to again!!!! Highly recommended

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Surprise!

Same sex romance. Sorry, you shoulda warned us! Not today, thank you very much, Audible.

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Beautiful story

This was a wonderful story full of all kinds of people and different types of love! Absolutely amazing and beautifully romantic!

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  • 09-25-22

More than the cover shows

This is literally one of those books that you don’t want to judge a book by it’s cover. It’s deep just in the base narrative. A different (positive) kind of book that’s nonchalantly weaves in bipolar disorder and pronouns that makes you see a situation from all perspectives. It’s very funny and thoughtful but insightful as well. I kept putting it off because I wasn’t sure how much I would like it. I should have bought it and listened to it much sooner.

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Great narrator great story!!

This is my first audiobook by Lucy Bexley but I selected it because of my favorite narrator Abby Craden. I am glad I did because I really enjoyed this story and will be purchasing more by Lucy Bexley and hopefully narrated by Abby Craden.

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Moves... Very.... Slowly

A very nice, quirky story with an interesting plotline and likeable characters; so why just three stars? Something happens, time elapsed twenty seconds, what comes next is five or six minutes of cogitation, rumination, and or rationalization. By the time I was an hour into listening I had a finger on the skip ahead indicator at all times. Granted that most of us overthink life and spend way too much time ruminating about roads not taken, that doesn't mean that we want to read/listen a hike through an Appalachian Trail length synopsis of the inner life of others. Otherwise I really liked the story and if the author can put the focus more on actual events and less on inner monologues I would enjoy listening to her next effort.

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So woke, but not cringy…

This was a really cute story, expertly narrated by the legendary Abby Craden.

There’s a fair amount of wokeness, including a character with a.”they”pronoun… I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but referring to a single person as “they” can be disorienting for us Gen Z/Boomer types.

The writing was very witty… I found myself laughing out loud several times. Definitely a recommended listen.

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 07-17-22

poor

story is ok but the jokes are repetitive, there's too much depressing dialogue and slimy men, it's also the worst Abbey Crayden narration who mixed up character voices at times, it just didn't gel

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  • Cindy E.
  • 10-30-22

Brilliant

I loved this... I will most certainly look out for more of your writings!

Brilliant narration Abby...x

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  • Chrissierose
  • 07-07-22

Sweet

As always beautifully narrated by Abby Craden. The story was sweet and funny with great characters who felt very real and wholesome. I liked that there was no big 'you betrayed me and I hate you' moments just natural insecurity in tough situations. I will definately listen again!

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  • Rach LH
  • 06-04-22

Super, smashing, great

This Audio is amazing. Abby does a great job at narrating a story that is funny, sweet, funny, heartwarming, funny and sexy. All the characters are brilliant from humans to puppets. I laughed, smiled and happy sighed my way through it from start to finish. Fabulous 5 stars

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  • Linda Marea
  • 09-03-22

Absolutely adorable!

First time for me listening to Lucy Bexley and really loved her writing and characters. And while Abby Craden is always terrific I got the feeling she thoroughly enjoyed narrating this book.
If you’re up for a light-hearted feel-great romance this is a little gem!!!!