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Nellie Rivera is trading traffic for tranquility. When the quiet streets of small-town Montana beckon, she leaves Denver behind and moves to Calamity. It would be the perfect adventure, if not for Cal Stark.

When her arch-nemesis dares to show his face one Saturday morning, declaring he is moving there too, she vows to make his life a misery. The town isn’t big enough for the both of them, and besides...she was here first.

Cal has been a thorn in her side since high school. He might have bullied her back then, but she’s not a modest teenager anymore - and she's learned a few plays of her own. If all goes to plan, she’ll run the former pro quarterback out of town within a month.

There’s only one problem. Cal has the same plan. He wants Calamity bad enough to pull out all the stops. And after one kiss, she realizes that he doesn’t play fair.

©2021 Devney Perry LLC (P)2022 Devney Perry LLC

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Bullying by both parties

I loved the Calamity series, but this book is my least favorite. You have two people, Nellie and Cal who cannot get their lives together. They have a hate/sex relationship. I found this book more difficult to listen to because of the pull of their attraction and the down right ugly behavior they have toward each other, especially in public. I found the female performer a little too breathy at times, especially when it was not called for. Otherwise the Audio performance was very good. Despite the off putting push and pull of Cal and Nellie I did listen and was happy when they finally did find the HEA. SPOILER AHEAD.
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They spent the whole book fighting and having sex until the final chapters of the book. I would have preferred they try to make the relationship work before the ending, but I am not this talented author, and who am I to second guess her writing! It was worth the purchase.

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bully

I was somewhat disappointed in this story. I think Nellie turned out to be the bully. how can someone with good parents be so mean as an adult. I was bullied , my children were bullied and we dont treat people that way how sad.

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Heroine is a not likeable

The heroine is childish and silly. She is living in the past and even her family (mainly her dad) are extremely judgemental and narrow minded. She does these childish revenge things that are cruel and demeaning for stuff the Hero (Cal) did to her in high-school as a teenager. How foolish for a grown woman to do. I'm not routing for her at all. Cal deserves much better. He just wants a quiet life and she seems to be the one who is picking these fights because she has low self esteem and is taking it out on Cal. This book in the series was disappointing. Even having the other women dislike Cal, just because is playground games that we all leave in childhood.

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Trauma has a way...

There were a lot of negative about Nellie, in previous reviews. I can kind of understand, but thinking about it, trauma in high school has a lasting impression on a person. So I get why Nellie is the way she was written. Trauma is a thing and bullying is no joke. As an adult she has run ins with him, as adults, and essentially brought back those hurt feelings, it has a. way of staying with you even as an adult.

I think both Characters clearly had a lot of miss communication, and let their past experiences drive themselves. but just as Nellie said they have a push pull. and after listening to the book I have a full on understanding, and can appreciate both Characters. I enjoyed the book! a lot. It was not may favorite out of the three so far, but it doesn't mean I will not revisit the story and series. 😊

As far as narrators go. Connor Crais is awesome! I really enjoy his narrations. Cindy Kay is new to me. I was not a huge fan, but she didn't make me stop listening either. I got used to her narration, but I noticed when she did a dialex between her and another character it felt like they were always huddled up and telling secrets. She whispered a lot and that threw me, but it was not terrible by any means.

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Love Willa Nash but female narrator is not good!

Unfortunately the female narrator mad it hard to listen to this story. Maybe she can have a new female narrator to redo the female part? Connor Crais is always awesome!

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Great story, entertaining.

The Bully left me wanting more of Cal and Nellie. Fun, flirty and sexy book that kept me entertained from page one to the last page. I can always count on this author for a great story.

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Cal and Nellie have known each other since high school but misunderstandings have kept them from being friends but not hookups. They have a lot of chemistry but keep it hidden. There's so much to this story and it's wonderful! I enjoyed Connor Crais' narration. This was the first time I've listened to Cindy Kay and I'm not really a fan of her narration. I'm looking forward to Lark's story.

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Fabulous

Willa Nash (Devney Perry) does it again with this next story in her Calamity series. She brings gritty, believable teenage angst to life as her characters grapple with the resulting dynamics much later in their lives. She takes a character who should be hard to love, and makes them all the more lovable in the end. This author is easily one of my all-time faves. Can’t wait to see what she writes next!

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was okay book

I struggled with this book for a few reasons. female narrator was irritating and the heroine came off as whiney and unrelenting in her passed feelings.

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only ok

The female narrator isn't a good fit for the character. Nelly is supposed to be in her early 30's but the narrator sounds like she's 45+

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  • 05-30-22

Too unhappy

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Well written. Enemies to lovers in a sad and not fun way. The reasons for the antagonism between Cal and Nellie ran deep and were meaningful, but just had too much sadness and animosity and went on too long to make their story enjoyable. As individuals, liked Cal; but, Nellie often came across as whinny - liked her better in The Brazen where she seemed stronger and more capable. Loved the previous books in the Calamity series and looking forward to more of the series.

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Much too slow - sped up to 1.8x, but the male & female narrations seemed to be different speeds, so this didn’t work well. Male narrator, Connor Crais, did a wonderful job - except for Harry’s voice. Female narrator - Cindy Kay sounded whispery / strangled - didn’t like listening to her chapters.


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  • Alison
  • 03-10-22

tensionly beautiful

wow the love hate relationship these two had going was intense and had your heart racing pretty much the whole book

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  • da_bunny
  • 03-06-22

DNF the audio, poor female narrator

First of all, I love Willa Nash/Devney Perry and have many of her books on audio and have read most of her books. I have also diligently been waiting for this book as Cal(MC) was getting redeemed as a character (please read first 2 calamity books for his mentions) and love the qwirky world that Willa built in Calamity as well as the colorful characters. Unfortunately the audio was a let down... I gave up after an hour and DNF.

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The female narrator- her pacing is awful, sounds like she's whispering everything, voice is grating.
*The pacing between the f pov and m pov is not done very well, I had to constantly adjust the speed between povs; it detracted from the story.
*Since the female narrator reads in a whisper, I had to constantly adjust the volume
*The female narrator representation of Nelly(FMC) is poor, I had to stop before I hated the character.