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by Leisa Rayven | Read by Andi Arndt

Holy flashback horror! Narrator Andi Arndt deserves an award for keeping this flashback-ridden, issue-riddled tearjerker clear for listeners. Drama students Cassandra Taylor and Ethan Holt meet at school, but Ethan’s self-destructive doubts tear them apart time after time. Eight years later, they have a second . . . or third . . . chance at love, ably portrayed by Arndt. Their tribulations are repetitive, but Arndt manages to create an intense, low-voiced biome for the couple’s intimate moments. Her dialogue and narrative delivery are realistic, creating an immersive experience that’s hard to leave. Ethan’s voice is sex-on-a-cracker compelling—it’s difficult to imagine that anyone else could spark the chemistry between Ethan and Cassandra so effectively. As the characters manage to smooth out the stupidity that keeps them apart, Arndt reveals their indecision and the inevitability of their magnetic attraction. C.A. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine