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Unwrapping Noel

By: Jennifer Theriot
Narrated by: Sara Gordon
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Publisher's Summary

Noel Calabrese hates the holidays as much as she hates her life. Overweight, insecure and heartbroken, she retreats into a world of misery.

While in the Silicon Valley on a business trip, she meets Leon Hallas. Could he be her ticket to happiness? Can she learn to trust men again? Are second chances at happiness even remotely possible?

Unwrap this steamy little contemporary romance, complete with a palindrome about second chances, discovering self-worth and watch as the sexy silver fox falls for the full figured beauty just in time for the holidays. Is Leon Hallas Mr. Right and will he and Noel find their happy ever after?

This short story contains adult language and situations, and is intended for readers over the age of 18.

©2015 Jennifer Theriot (P)2016 Jennifer Theriot

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Sweet Holiday Romance


I really liked this short but sweet telling of how cynical smart-ass, Noel, finds love, hope and happiness after a lifetime of less-than-stellar experiences. I liked the h and H, in spite of her borderline OTT grumpiness and his knee-jerk reactions. I LOVED Tony, and I hope he has a story out there somewhere because he is awesome.

Sara Gordon did an excellent job with the voices and inflection and was engaging. She gave a great performance. I absolutely recommend this one.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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WRAPPED UP ROMANCE JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

Jennifer Theriot did a great job of packing a big story in a short audiobook. I particularly enjoy romances that find room for humor and this one didn't disappoint. My only complaint, and it's a common one for me, is how quickly Noel and Leon fall for each other. But other than that, there was that good torture before the HEA.
Sara Gordon's performance was spot on for Noel. She has a real voice. I haven't heard her before and hope she goes on to narrate more in my genres.

Two Thumbs Up!

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ME AND YOU, BACKWARDS AND FORWARD

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I enjoyed this emotional story of two people in a second chance romance. Noel Calabrese was married to Dave for thirteen years but caught him cheating and divorced him. Then he finds out he has testicular cancer and who does he call to help him through it, yes, Noel. Dave is a user and player and some things in life never change. Noel is called to Silicon Valley by Tony, former Nascar driver, her friend, and client for a new project that will offer services for children with spinal injuries and soldiers who have been injured and suffer PTSD. Meeting Leon Hallas in the bar and having dinner and then dancing is the most carefree that Noel has been in years. What a shock to learn he is part of the fitness project with Tony. From passion to pain happens on a dime between Noel and Leon. How will these two people who have both suffered at the hands of former spouses be able to let go and trust again? This is a steamy erotic story, with detailed sex scenes. The lesson is to never assume, and always be open, honest and fair.

Disclosure: I received an audiobook of this story in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions, and rating are my own.

What does Sara Gordon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think Sara narrated the story where you could feel the passion and the emotions of the characters and the storyline.

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Good Holiday Romance

This is a short story with a pretty good story line. The narrator did a great job bringing the story to life.

Noel is a pretty angry woman that uses very "colorful" language to express her frustration. She is still living with her ex-husband. Although he cheated on her, he convinced her into taking care of him after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Leon comes along when she flies to help her friend Tony. Sparks fly and their romance happens quickly. There are some ups and downs . This book is for a mature audience with descriptive details and language.

**This audiobook was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion**

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Very good

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I really enjoyed this book I like the fact that it was written to show the full figured beauty of a woman is very attractive to men like myself, and I would read it again as well as share this title

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Funny Story

I got this book via audiobook boom. This was a funny story in that Noel divorced her husband then moved back in with him when he was discovered to have cancer. The divorce was because he cheated on her. Then he does it again and does not tell her that he is in remission. the story was twisted and several times things were said that just did not seem to be finished. I kept waiting for something else to happen and it didn't. The narrator was ok. The story needs polishing.

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Noel Review...

Decent storyline, simple prose. Kind of an annoying, angry main character. Good narration.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

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Wow!

What did you love best about Unwrapping Noel?

When she meet Leon. I was like yeah time for u to have some fun.

What did you like best about this story?

When Noel and Leon finally got together again.

Have you listened to any of Sara Gordon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't have anything to compare too. since this was my time listening to something from Sara Gordon. Sara did an awesome job!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a lot during the story.

Any additional comments?

Wow! I enjoyed listening to it. Noel had to deal with so much stuff that her ex husband out her thru. Can't wait to see what will happen next for Neol and Leon. Is definitely one click buy for sure.

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Sweet

This is a lovely story about a woman who's had to put up with deceit and betrayal from her ex. She isn't exactly full of the Christmas spirit until she meets a man who makes her feel good about herself again. Noel and Leon (nice play on sizzled together and I really wanted them to get a happy ever after. But there is so much left unresolved at the end of this book. I really wanted so see/hear more of these two on the page and it's a shame that we waste so much time on the ex at the start of the story and only get to meet Leon a third of the way into the story. I know there's a sequel. So watch out for that. All in all, a good audiobook and the narrator held her own.

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Fun Read

What made the experience of listening to Unwrapping Noel the most enjoyable?

This is just an all around fun story to listen to. Noel and Leon hit it off right out of the box and the story is sweet but has enough steam to keep you hooked and a few curves, twists, and turns thrown in to keep in interesting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Unwrapping Noel?

One of my favorite scenes in the story is also one of my least favorites... Let me explain, at one point in the story Leon feels betrayed by something that happens and separates himself from the situation. It is heartbreaking, but very well written and you can feel the emotion the way it is written and narrated.

Have you listened to any of Sara Gordon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first performance I have listened to by Sara Gordon as far as I know, but I really enjoyed the emotion she puts into the story. The excitement, sadness, surprise and passion really comes alive when she reads it.

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  • Miss Angela Shirley
  • 01-01-21

A lovely story

Noel is trying to get over a bad divorce but with a string of hope that keeps dragging her back, can she put the past finally behind her and find love.

Noel is trying to recover from yet another deception that her ex-husband has done across her and is feeling pretty low at the moment, when her friend and customer invites her to come on a business trip to get over the heartache, she was not expecting to find love.

Leon is on a trip to his friends wedding, but when he meets Noel in the bar at the restaurant and they get on so well, will one night be enough. Until he rocks up to the wedding and he see Noel and can't believe his luck.

This is a lovely story and a true overcome your past book. I love the banter between the two main characters and the story is well written but I want more, I want to see the after in this story. I hated listening to the betrayal behind her ex-husband as Noel was such a giving person and although he had cheated on her before you would think he would mend his ways and try and give the relationship another go but no sadly. I feel she had to go through this for the author to give her a happily ever after with Leon.

This was my first taste of this author and would love to Listen more in the future.

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  • Mrs R
  • 12-31-20

Hot and steamy romance

I enjoyed this romance story, it's not too long but enough to get pulled into the story.

Noel is divorced but currently shares the marital home with her ex. She feels like her life is on hold and a call from her long term client could be just the thing she needs.

I liked Noel's character, she was fun and wanted to make some changes in her life, but I think she forgave far too easily.
Leon sounded dreamy and just what Noel needed.

The book contains a lot of detailed steamy scenes, and I am one to enjoy steamy but I did feel that with this book there was far more than the story needed.

The narrator, Sara Gordon, did a great job. She was easy to listen to and put lots of feeling behind the conversations. I would definitely listen to Sara again.

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  • Pipermisa
  • 12-27-20

Amazing

This audio book had me laughing within the first chapter. Noel is hilarious and real I can feel myself in her. She's a true inner womens dialogue. A women scron is not one to be messed with.
Dave what a dickhead. He is what you call a despicable human been. If your ears are delicate you may need an adjustment. Leon is amazing I love his character. The narrative who does this book both female and male do. It very well.
I have throughly enjoy all the voices who have done this audio book. I listen to this book in one sitting it is brilliant and I would highly recommend it to someone who wants a realistic romance story with the real world aspects.

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  • A D.
  • 12-12-16

Feisty and sweet romance about new opportunities

This is definitely a story based on "when a door closes, somewhere else a window opens." Noel is a feisty, kind, sarcastic woman who has been divorced for a while but continues to be trapped in a relationship with her ex. Jumping on an opportunity to get away from him, she goes on a business trip and encounters the lovely and gorgeous Leon. This is the beginning of their relationship.

The plot is lacking in substance but the ending suggests that the story is meant to be continued in another book. The characters are believable with insecurities created by life experience. The book is also sexy as the two recapture their sexuality and rediscover their sensual side. I am curious to see what happens next.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.