Monday, July 1, 2024

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ The One I Stood Beside by Piper Rayne


The One I Stood Beside
Plain Daisy Ranch, Book 2
By: Piper Rayne
Narrated by: Troy Duran & Rose Dioro

It’s the classic story— best friends since childhood agree to a fake marriage, thinking they can pretend to love each other without their relationship changing.

Jude would do anything for me. He’s stood by my side since we were six, and I’ve done the same for him.

When my father dies, leaving our family farm drowning in debt and on the brink of being auctioned, I’m not surprised Jude steps in to help. I just never dreamed he’d fall to bended knee and devise a plan for us to fool everyone into thinking there’s more than a lifelong friendship between us.

Soon, I’m moving into his house, we’re planning a wedding on his family’s ranch, and we discover a new side to our relationship. I keep reminding myself it’s not real—it’s only to secure a loan to save the farm.

I’ve secretly loved Jude all my life, and now that I know how good we are together, I’m not sure we can return to being just friends.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
And we're back for book 2 in Piper Rayne's Plain Daisy Ranch series, and I'll just go ahead and say that Jude won me over pretty quickly. I love a grumpy teddy bear, so I was firmly in Jude's corner. Jude and Sadie have great chemistry in this friends-to-lovers marriage of convenience romance, which works really well for them. I did want to reach into this one and give both of them a good shake a few times - the miscommunication and/or lack of communication drove me a little crazy. That said, I still loved them both and found myself rooting for them even as they drove me to distraction.
Troy Duran and Rose Dioro add that something extra to this one with some terrific duet narration. Troy Duran has one of those voices that makes your heart rate speed up (or is that just me?), and Rose Dioro pulls off the sweet and sexy heroine that is Sadie perfectly.
So, we have a friends to lovers, marriage of convenience, small town romance with all the feels, Piper and Rayne's storytelling, and the perfect narrators for these characters.. It all comes together for a couple I'll definitely be visiting again and again. 

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