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The Dream Guy Next Door

By: Lauren Blakely
Narrated by: Vanessa Edwin,Shane East
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About the Creator

A #1 New York Times best-selling, #1 Wall Street Journal best-selling, and #1 Audible best-selling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's sweet, sexy and witty. Her stories feature heroines that are strong-willed and smart while her heroes balance wicked senses of humor with hearts of gold. She lives in California with her husband and her two children, and has often plotted entire novels while walking her dogs—though she loses count of them sometimes.

About the Performer

Hailing from London, Shane East is a multi award-winning romance narrator whose native Brit accent frequently tops Audible’s bestseller list. He is a favorite amongst star writers such as Lauren Blakely, Louise Bay, Corinne Michaels, and Laurelin Paige (to name but a few), and won Audible’s best romance title of the year for his work on Emma Chase’s Royally Screwed.
Fans enjoy his work so much they’ve started an official fan club called the Shaneiaks (Facebook), and he counts himself incredibly lucky to be teamed up with the best female voices around. When not in the booth, he loves to cook.

About the Performer

Vanessa Edwin is an award-winning narrator, classically trained actress, and world traveler. She’s Southern by birth, but there’s nothing she loves more than long rainy days, which are optimal for nurturing her love of reading, drinking hot cups of tea, and dreaming of her next getaway.
Twitter: @VanessaEVoice Facebook: @VanessaEdwinRomanceNarrator

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✫✫ 4.5 Stars ✫✫

As always, I enjoyed this book because it was a fun sweet & romance with very little drama. The characters were great. I really enjoyed that they get to know each other as friends and it's not just a sexual attraction. They were honest with each other about what they want in life even with their different expectation and in the end they acted like mature adults and they worked it out without a big fuss. That was probably my favorite things about this story was that no one just changed to fit into the other person's box. The relationships between the parents and their kids was great too. I am a sucker for a single parent romance and we get that in spades with this story. I love a feel good romance without all the angst.

The narration was good but I'll be honest I would have LOVED it if it had been duet. I loved Shane as Liam & Ethan and Vanessa as January & Wednesday.

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What a fantastic surprise!

I’m a sucker for a sexy veterinarian and Liam was all that and more. A hot, British single dad with a heart of gold, an unconventional story, and an actual desire to settle down, swoon! I loved that the heroine owned a business in a male dominated field (carpentry) and was independent and content with that. Throw in some kids, dogs, and relatively low angst and I am a happy camper. Absolutely loved this bonus book from the rom-com queen LB. Put a smile on my face on a Monday morning.

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So much eye rolling

This is probably best suited for people who live for Fairy Tales and who love to watch the Hallmark Channel. Definitely not for romcom cynics. I really should have known better.

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I’m Not Crying

Y’all... this one got me out of nowhere.
I love that these characters are a little older (mid-late 30s) and have more to consider than bedroom chemistry. I love the relationship between the them and their kids. I love the scene at the animal shelter.

It’s a good one. It feels real and it was exactly the thing I needed this week.

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So much fun

One of my favorite by this author. So nice to read about adults with existing lives finding love and happiness. No major crazy drama. but enough life stuff and emotion to keep it interesting. Plus all good people, some heat, 2 amazing kids and a really nice HEA. Perfect listen for a little mental getaway.

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I cant be the only one

I wanted to like this, I really did. Sadly, it was predictable, I caught myself rolling my eyes so many times, and just not good! We have a 'strong woman' that is happy being single, enter neighbor with a British accent and suddenly she is transformed and doesn't know herself at all. The ending is rushed...the only thing that kept me listening was the narration, it was good background noise.

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Swoonworthy!

I don't even know where to start with this book. Lauren Blakely has me at a loss for words with a book I am in love with. Maybe it's the characters, or the narration, but I think it may be my favorite of her books this year. An easy listen we have next door neighbors, January and Liam. January divorced living with her high school daughter, she finally has the life she wants. Liam, a single dad moved in as he takes over his father's vet office. Two people,with incredible chemistry but different paths. Will they be able to resist each other? Can they find a happy medium? Fun, flirty and hot, this story pushed all my buttons. I love that it's mature characters and January is a carpenter! She is strong and confident, and I love it! Liam with his son is so attractive, tugging all the heartstrings. Add in the witty banter and the dog and I am in love with the Dream guy next door!Shane East and Vanessa Edwin are just icing on the cake.,the narration is impeccable. East steals my heart as Liam. He is warm and alluring drawing us into Liam's life. Edwin brings all the attitude to January with her confident vulnerability. Together their story telling brought this story to life.

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love everything about this book

I have to say. I LOVE this book!! Shane and Vanessa are excellent and I can say when I listen to an audiobook narrated by them I don't really notice the difference when there's a transition of narrators. They really good on bringing you in the story. What can we say about the book!?!? It is a Lauren Blakely book and it's funny and such a good flow and I haven't stopped listening besides when someone was talking to me. lol this book goes straight to my favorite books. ❤❤❤❤

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HEA Without A Story

I will start by saying the narration was great and the only reason my overall rating is a 2.5. I could listen to Shane East read the phone book. I gave the performance a 4 and the story a 1 so overall that is 2.5. The 4 for performance is because there really wasn't a story to perform. I have some early Lauren Blakely books and I like them, so I knew I was in for some soft porn type sex scenes. However, in the books I like I can skip those scenes and there's still a story there to get into. Not this book, sometimes something is said during those scenes that helps build the story and I have to go back. Nope, this one is just about setting the main characters up to have sex. This book is also syrupy, hurt your teeth kind of sweet. Unfortunately I have been disappointed by the last few Lauren Blakely books I have tried to listen to. I did skip through parts of this book and am glad I did not waste a credit or cash on it. The book was part of my membership. I hope this helps you.

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wowza

such a fantastic story from start to finish. not filled with unnecessary drama, and the comedy had me laughing out loud.

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  • Miss
  • 09-29-21

sorry not for me

the story started off ok i was interested in how the characters evolved knew it wasnt going to be a deep and meaningful book book when when the very descriptive sex screens started that was to much for me . Sorry not for me at all and not what i expected

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  • Eysey
  • 03-04-22

Shame about the graphic sex scenes

About half way through the sex scenes get a bit graphic - they’re not needed it’s a good story without and to be honest I just wanted to skip through since they’re a little boring. If I wanted an erotic novel I would be listening to one…!

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  • Pen Name
  • 01-14-22

Beautiful story!!!

This was such a beautiful easy read just full of niceness! No big dramas just pure love! Highly recommend! Could not put it down 😊

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  • Jing
  • 01-19-21

A Must Listen for Shane’s #ButteryBritishVoice

Lauren Blakely is a must listen author for me and this book did not disappoint. It’s a heartwarming, feel good story filled with Ms. Blakely’s signature writing. Liam and January’s instant attraction for each other was undeniable. I love the tease, flirting and the firing of innuendos they exchange between each other which I can’t help but smile. #kilig throughout this book. I also love all the characters’ relationships with each other in this story. Both Wednesday & Ethan were adorable along with the other characters which were wonderfully performed by Vanessa Edwin and Shane East. A must listen to hear Shane’s #ButteryBritishVoice

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  • Stella Marys
  • 09-30-22

Reading would be better

I’m pretty sure had I actually read it instead of listened I would have liked it just fine. The readers’ performances were abysmal.

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  • MH
  • 09-08-22

Oh dear!!

What a dreadful, cheesy read!
“Dirty’ often used to describe sexual thoughts!
Storyline is obvious.
Definitely not one I’d recommend In afraid

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  • P
  • 08-29-22

A lovely listen ❤️

This was a really lovely quick ish listen. Wasn’t too short or overly long, was just right.

I loved the characters, humour and storyline.
There were plenty of additional cameos too, which adds more depth and keeps things realistic.

The authors ability to tell a good story with likeable characters, allows the reader/listener to imagine the people and places in the story vividly, which I absolutely love. It wasn’t just words. It had all the elements a good listen needs, including some well placed, steamy sex scenes. All were believable, and not ridiculous or overtly pornographic.

Great narration again by this pair 👍

A good listen from start to finish.

A very enjoyable listen. Highly recommended 👍👍👍

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  • Fatima Hayat
  • 08-11-22

Not strong story

It is light hearted but same jokes are repeatedly told. Narrators are good and bring good life to the characters

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  • Kylie
  • 07-06-22

Was OK!

The story started off really well but I felt it was a bit predictable and couldn't get on with the narrators in this. I wasn't invested and got a bit bored of it half way through. Saying that it is nice story and the description of the sex scenes is pretty good.

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  • Alex 1973
  • 05-30-22

Fairly naff soft porn tbh

Loved the performance, glad my mother wasn't listening as it got a bit pornographic for her!

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  • Linda D.
  • 10-13-22

Brilliant

A really pleasant feelgood story the storyline was great the narration was excellent I look forward to reading more

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  • Carolyn W.
  • 04-04-22

Lovely romantic shirt Story

Very easy to listen to short, romantic story. I would have liked an accidental outcome in the ending as well, but guess this one more realistic.

Very enjoyable. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-22-21

The Dream Guy Next Door

was a great book. loved the storyline 👏 gave me lots of laughs throughout the chapters

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  • Sandra C
  • 10-23-21

Boring

I'm not sure if it was the incredibly flat narration or just that it's a boring story, but I got halfway through chapter 7 and couldn't endure any more.
January and her daughter Wednesday, live in a small town with a higher population of females to males. January is the local "Ms Fixit / Handywoman". A new single man of appropriate age moves in next door. January offers to take him furniture shopping (random), aaaand that's where I called it quits.
I also think I'll actively avoid books narrated by Vanessa Edwin in future. She belongs in a Hallmark Christmas Special... gag.

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  • Janette J Ryan
  • 09-24-21

No drama

Sweet love story.
Lacked any deep and meaningful ideas.
Even the names were cliche.

L B is usually better than this.