Audio Book Review: Repeat by Kylie Scott

Posted April 6, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Audio Book, Reviews / 22 Comments

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Audio Book Review: Repeat by Kylie Scott
Repeat
Narrated by Andi Arndt

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Audible Studios
Released on January 7, 2019
Format: Audiobook
Source: Free Book
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The Delight

I’ve been wanting to try this author’s books since I caught sight of her rocker romance series.  However, as first plunges go, this book hit a perfect ten.  I was utterly engaged with this sexy, second chance story and Andi Arndt’s narration.

Review

Talk about a title being completely apropos.  Repeat is literally a chance for a woman to get a repeat on her life when an attack on the street one night leaves her devoid of all her memories save what relates to muscle memory and function.  No memories of her past with family and certainly no memories of the angry hurting man she broke up with.  Ed is a tattoo artist emphasis on the hot as sin artist, he is caring, his life is put together with great friends and a solid business so she is at a loss what sent her old self smashing their relationship to pieces.  Her sister said Clementine is devastated by the breakup and Clem can see that Ed was as well.  He warily agrees to answering her questions about herself to help her find her way, but shuts down about any relationship or questions about him.
Then another incident shows the attack on her might not have been a random mugging and Ed volunteers to let her stay with him until the police catch whoever is after her.  Clem works out that she will take this second chance and discover what went wrong, but also what she can do to show Ed that she’s come out of this as someone new.

Amnesia has been a device in romances for time out of mind.  It is easy to be wary of where the story will go as a result.  But, from the beginning, I found this a solid and authentic feeling story.  Clem is learning her world of past and present.  She is a bolder version of the old self and goes at this journey of to gain back her past with determination.  One of her first attempts is to innocently bump into her recent ex and his friends at the tattoo shop.  Talk about hostility and discomfort.  She has a series of uncomfortable moments, but she is full of pluck and owns it all when it is on and isn’t afraid to call out others when it is on them.  It was fun to see her remake herself from the clothes she tosses out and replaces to her open and non-filtered attitude and plain speaking.

Clem is the sole narrator of the story so it was fun seeing through her eyes how Ed reacts to the new Clem and starts to fall in love all over again even when wary and still hurting.  They both have to start completely over and that made an interesting dynamic that was really obvious when their sex life came into play.  Oh man, they were so good together and I fell a bit in love with Ed right along side Clem.

As a booklover, Clem’s eagerness to learn her taste in books, her movies, and her music was such a fun time.  She ends up working part-time in her friend’s bookstore.  Totally envy.

But, yes, there is the suspense portion of the story.  That was not hard to figure out as a reader/listener though I could see how it would be obscure to the characters involved in the story.  It’s more background to the slow burn romance though it was the catalyst to bring this pair into closer daily proximity and give them the chance.

Andi Arndt is not a new to me narrator and I can’t praise her enough.  She was a great match for this book and characters.  She had me seeing it all in my mind and feeling this story from the beginning.  Ed had no point of view parts, but she gave the tone and nuance to his dialogue and the descriptions of him so that I felt I got to know both main characters equally.  Definitely her work raises this story’s quality even higher.

All in all, my first encounter with the author’s work was a resounding success.  Those who enjoy hot and sexy contemporary romance that has a fresh and edgy quality and well-developed characters should give this book a go.

Challenges Met

New Release #38
Literary Pickers #75 black coffee
Audio #46
Romanceopoly #16 Library
Books N Tunes #18 Joan Jett’s I Hate Myself for Loving You

About Kylie Scott

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/ or join her Facebook Fan Goup: https://www.facebook.com/groups/599197093487040/

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Vanessa
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Ohhh, sounds like you had a great time with this story Sophia Rose 🙂
I’m not usually fond of stories where the main characters lost their memory, but this review made me curious of this story. I think I’ll be adding a new book in my to-read soon hehe

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, the memory loss is an iffy thing for me, too, but this one turned out great. Glad to nudge another book onto your reading pile, Vanessa. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart
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Oh I LOVE, LOVE Andi Arndt. I was also thrilled to meet her last year at Apollycon. I intend to get AR again and check out some of Kylie Scott’s works. Wonderful review!

Sophia Rose
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After reading Lindy’s recent reviews and Shar’s long-time praise, I need to hunt down her rocker romances and some more of her standalones. I love Andi Arndt’s narration work, too.

Mary Kirkland
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I’ve seen this one making the rounds on the blogs and everyone seems to be liking it.

Sophia Rose
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It’s uncomplicated in many ways, but still a really satisfying story. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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I’m thrilled you loved this, too, Sophia Rose! This was also my first experience with Kylie Scott and I was impressed. The audio was awesome. I bought another book (Dive) by her on the last Audible sale, also narrated by Andi Arndt and I’m excited to read it.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, the Dive series is what I want to get around to as well. I missed that sale, grr. 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
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Yay! A Kylie Scott book! I like books with an amnesia trope! Suspense, slow-burn romance, and a character that loves books?!!! Sign me up!!! Great Review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
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It had all the good stuff, Lindy. I loved it and now I want that rocker series you were reading. 🙂

Lover Of Romance
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I am so glad to hear that this book was a hit for you and I have been itching to read this one. And yay for loving Andi Arndt’s work, she is fantastic right? she just has such great talent in narrating and such a lovely voice to listen to.

Sophia Rose
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You’re in for a treat, Renee. I think you’ll enjoy this pair. Andi Arndt is the best. 🙂

JoLee @ Wickedly Delicious Book Blog
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Third Review I seen this week and all have been good. She is a new to me author as well and I was thinking this might be the book I start with. Love the idea of losing her memory.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, I thought this one was a great place to start with her books. The memory element was handled great. Hope you like it, JoLee!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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The whole memory trope can be a tough one, but it sounds like you had a good time with it. Scott is an author on my list I’ve not yet tried.

Sophia Rose
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It surely is. I enjoyed this one and now I want to try her rocker romances. 🙂

Carole rae
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Why does that model on the cover look familiar???

Sophia Rose
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No idea. Some are on other books or on other books in different poses. My first time seeing this one.

Nadene
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I wanted to try this one, but I was a bit wary as her books have either a hit or a miss for me. This sounds like it would be a hit.

Sophia Rose
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I’ve got a few authors like that. I have a feeling this would be true for me, too, when I look at some of the others on her backlist. But, I do want to try the rockers.

herding cats
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She always has great covers doesn’t she? That is a tricky trope sometimes but can be interesting, too. Glad to see yall both fell for him 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Yes! I still love her rocker covers and I haven’t read those yet.

I’ve read some amnesia stories that had me really struggling to buy into it, but this one worked for me.