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Clean Break
Clean Break
Clean Break
Audiobook11 hours

Clean Break

Written by Abby Vegas

Narrated by Marni Penning

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

4.5/5

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About this audiobook

Lane Haviland can’t seem to catch a break. She’s dead broke, barely functioning as an adult, and completely alone in New York City. Her so-called “apartment” is a six-by-nine cell in a Brooklyn basement. And her new boss hasn’t ever met a personal or professional boundary she can’t bulldoze through.

Still, Lane’s determined to at least attempt to claw her way back to respectability. But she can’t seem to get her mysterious handyman, Viktor, out of her apartment – or her headspace. Maybe that’s a good thing: Viktor’s easy on the eyes, and that deep-voiced Russian accent is beyond sexy. But as he and Lane grow closer, he can no longer hide his connections with a dangerous criminal underworld – where secrets can be deadly.

Editor's Note

Gritty Suspenseful Romance...

A woman who’s reached the end of her emotional and financial rope winds up living in a basement apartment in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach, which is also where many Russians — including those in the Russian mob — live. She meets a handyman who trades tasks for English lessons, and gets a job as a nanny to a wealthy family. There is a sense of menace threaded through the book, and that hint explodes into thrilling action as the heroine gets more entrenched in her various worlds.

LanguageEnglish
Release dateNov 2, 2021
ISBN9781094431130

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Unexpected but in a great way????. It was a break from cliches. More ? love ? from me
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    1/5
    Look at the cover… that’s all i have to say
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    It was good. The loops where good. It was a nice change of pace for me
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Great read , recommend to everyone who needs a great book
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Not a bad read but needs more background storyline. Writer has potential!
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    2/5
    Okay book but sex scenes were PG 13...and over with one sentence. The characters didn't seem realistic.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    This was a different story from what I usually listen to. I have no idea who this author is but I would read another. I laughed often, and was entertained throughout.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    This book at times had me frustrated because I wanted a bit more spicy love scenes. The wonderful story of it all kept me hooked though and the ending was soooo worth it. This book gives warm fuzzy feelings of character development in Hallmark movie proportions. I’m a certified sappy person anyway, but the author did a great job bringing my empathy to the forefront for a few characters and that makes the ending so much sweeter.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    The combination story of romance against the complicated life of Douglas as secret agent is so thrilling and I so love the happy ending, so beautiful story.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Wow! This was a very pleasant surprise. There was so much more to this than the usual Romances floating around. This was more of a love story than a romance if you get what I mean. This story kept me rapt the entire time, woven through with a bit of drama and action. But mostly focused on the characters, it had humor, and suspense. Good twists and turns. I loved the narrator! She enhanced the story even more and I will have to see what else she has done.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    An interesting story with complicated twists and turns all over the book. Sort of left a lot of thing unanswered at the end of the book. Thou was still worth reading
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Thoroughly enjoyed the book kept me engaged the whole story
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    So much more than I expected! Surprising romance with intrigue, suspense and twists and turns! Loved it! Abby Vegas, I am waiting for your next book!

    1 person found this helpful

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    2/5
    I don't see the hype. I can't count how many times I fell asleep while listening to this book. A lot of "poor me, I have the hardest life" whining from the main character Laney. Steamy book... Where? Surprises... Where? Idk where all the reviews are coming from. It's a very predictable, whiney, dramatized over nothing book.

    2 people found this helpful

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    (Viktor & Lane): TRIGGERS: drugs, prostititution, bratva, dirty law enforcement, child neglect. HOLY PLOT TWISTS BATMAN!!! THIS BOOK! I have to say that I almost didn't make it through the reading. The story is a slow burn ❤️‍? and it's not extremely detailed in the love scenes. Lane, the heroine, is the POV we read from and I have to say it was tough reading about everything she was going through and having to hear about it constantly. Her constant stressing about money and bills was a complete trigger for me and I can honestly say that I did not want to hear about it for 80% of the book. Viktor, our hero, is quiet but very much an alpha male. He doesn't hesitate to jump right in and help Lane. The two of them together are cute and have great chemistry. Honestly though, I didn't get enough of a buildup for their relationship before the shit hit the fan. There are some hilarious moments with the employer and her family and it breaks up the more serious, stressful moments. The author gives a really great background on both the characters and neither one is for the weak of heart. For this author's first book, I would say it was pretty good and those plot twists… damn. I predicted one but the other slapped my dead in the face. Nice job.

    1 person found this helpful

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    An amazingly well written book, Fabulous VoiceOver drama, adventure and gritty right throughout. Totally enjoyed it.

    1 person found this helpful

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Really good story. It was a well thought. Well written story that held my interest throughout. I'm a bit disappointed there aren't other stories from this author on here. I'm curious to try others.

    1 person found this helpful

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    2/5
    I found this story not to be a romance , but not any other genre either. I would not read this author again.

    1 person found this helpful

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    The ending seemed rushed. Like they were talking, resolving, there were legal open ends and then boom! HEA, the end. No epilogue, no pass go collect $200. Just done. Seemed like she either didn't know how to end it or reached a deadline. After a book that long, with that much build up and world building, the abrupt ending was a disservice to the characters.

    Overall though, the book did keep me interested and I was sucked in to the point of caring about the poor ending so still a good read, lets maybe add an epilogue though, that would help tons.

    1 person found this helpful

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Extremely slow going... The last 1/3 is where the real story is.... Just okay overall.

    1 person found this helpful

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    So in love! It was funny! Exciting and definitely unexpected??

    1 person found this helpful

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    It was pretty good but.... you for got to finish it!!!!!

    1 person found this helpful

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Slow at times but it was a good story. Definitely recommend!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    I really enjoyed the novel and it kept me looking for excuses to listening all the time. I wanted to go for walks or clean the house so I could listen to the tape. I finished it on a road trip and made the drive so much more interesting. I must admit I also admired the reader and all her different accents.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Wow what a story I was not expecting that !

    1 person found this helpful

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    I really enjoyed this story. The romance element was sweet, a bit PG, but it was more about the mystery. The more I read, the more I just had to know what the heck was going on with Viktor! I must admit, I started to suspect the truth about him, it seemed like the only thing that made sense, so I wasn't entirely surprised with the revelation. The supporting characters were all well written and the plot was coherent. The ending was a bit abrupt, I would have like some kind of epilogue to see where the characters ended up a few months or years down the road.

    2 people found this helpful

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    2/5
    The story was quite okay but I think the author's story telling skills are terrible. First off I don't think this needs to be ask long as it is. It was bearable and fun at the start but mid way through it got boring and hard to get through. Just too much description of unnecessary things. And the Ending..... OMG it was so terrible. What kind of dumb ending is that? It just screamed desperation and I don't find it romantic or attractive at all. The narrator is also a NO NO NO..... JUST NO. Even though I already guessed the Hero's full story and found it predictable, the story still had a lot of potential and could have been way better and more fulfilling than it turned out to be.

    2 people found this helpful

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    2/5
    Very uninspiring, takes most of the book to get to some action then BOOM its over and done in a few sentences.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I surprisingly enjoyed this book. The suspense kept me going. The narration is excellent , Marni does all the character voices perfectly.

    1 person found this helpful

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Wonderful story. Steamy sex, mystery, suspense, believable characters, humor and incisive observations

    1 person found this helpful