Those Three Little Words Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From USA Today and Amazon Charts best-selling author Meghan Quinn comes a brand-new romantic comedy about a one-night stand gone completely wrong. Laugh-out-loud and steamy with a heart-stopping happily ever after.
I knocked up my best friend's sister.
Figured I would get straight to the point, because how it happened is a mere snippet of the story I have to tell. The real meat and potatoes is what happened after.
Let's start with how she decided to inform me and Pacey the news...together. Imagine that nightmare. I was going into what I thought was a hockey marketing meeting, and then bam! I'm going to be a dad and my best friend/teammate is attempting to imprint my face with his fist.
It wasn't pretty.
Threats were tossed around, friendships were revoked, and then I was marched up to her apartment, suitcases in hand, and forced to live with her so I could take care of her every need. Given how much I've pined for the girl, you would think that wouldn't be a hardship. Wrong.
This is my one shot to win my teammate back. Pacey is the only family I've got, so hooking up with his sister isn't a mistake I can make twice...despite the fact that she's pregnant with my child.
But with every mood swing, every pair of pants that doesn't fit right, and every late night run to find the perfect donut, I'm finding it harder and harder not to fall for my best friend's little sister.
Especially when she kisses me....
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 19 minutes|
|Narrator||Kelsey Navarro, Teddy Hamilton|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 05, 2022|
|Publisher||Hot Lanta Publishing LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,947 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#7 in Sports Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#38 in Romantic Comedy (Audible Books & Originals)
#361 in Sports Romance (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on April 1, 2023
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Eli knew hockey was his end game, and did a lot of little jobs, to pay for the fees and equipment he needed. He did his best in school so, he could get, to where he is today. He knows he is blessed with his looks so, he did endorsements, too. Eli is a hit-and-quit kind of guy. Although, every woman knows the situation, before they go into the evening, with him. He makes sure of it. However, for the last two years, there is one woman he has not been with, and she is intriguing to him in so many ways. Except he was told explicitly to stay the hell away from his little sister. Yup, a friend, nope not any friend’s a teammate who he considers family, Pacey Lawes.
It doesn't matter that, Penny Lawes is, Pacey’s little sister when the flirting starts they both are sober. Penny can’t ward off his charismatic smile or his charm. What does stand out is that he is her brother’s friend. The guys asked each other a TikTok Question: If you had a daughter or sister, which one of your teammates would you want her, to stay away from? All five of the friends including, Eli himself, said they wouldn’t want, Eli Hornsby around their daughters or sisters. So, her accidentally bumping into him, on the night of his birthday is, a weird stars-aligning kind of thing. He is so excited, that she is choosing, to spend the evening with him. That they can flirt, talk, tease, and just talk seamlessly. Her going home with him is an unbelievable present that is, to only be a one-and-done.
However, five weeks later Posey, Pacey, and, Eli are all called into Penny’s office under the pretense of talking and doing, a Tik Tok video. Unbeknownst to them, she is about, to drop some life-changing news on, all of them. The longer they all sat the more nervous she became, that she was going, to tell her brother about their one night together. But, OMG! It is so much bigger news than that. And, before he can absorb it he is knocked, to the ground. Thank goodness for, Posey being there. He now knew his role, in this whole scheme of things. He was there for his protection.
Not everyone knows his background story and the fear, Eli carries of being attached, in a committed relationship, or anything close, to that. He lost all those that he loved and who loved him, at the age of twelve. He doesn't have a good role model. This relationship in the end has, Blakeley, to thank for it. Her level head and reasonable deductions gave her the clues needed, to help her crazy hormonal friend. The one that needs tongue-lashing, and never gets a word, from, Penny is, Pacey. He turned their lives upside down. This is a very good story. Penny is a crazy one, for sure. But, funny as all get out.
Now right away, some people (more like majority) don’t like the pregnancy trope, and while I wouldn’t say it’s not a bad trope, I don’t go out of my way to find stories with that trope. If a book I’m reading happens to have the pregnancy trope, I’m cool with it. So going into this book I knew what to expect… kind of haha. Just from the first few chapters, I could definitely see how people loved Meghan’s take on the pregnancy trope. For instance, I loved how in the story Meghan wrote the characters to be understanding of Penny’s circumstance of becoming pregnant, and more specifically how people in her life such as, Blakley and Pacey were adamant that she shouldn’t have to do all the work, shoulder all the responsibilities that came with becoming a mother. Often times, I feel like in real life women are expected to do everything in pregnancy and yes there are partners who do help out, but not everyone is lucky in that instance. So for Meghan to write little things such as that and even more along the story made me appreciate the story even more, and surprisingly love this pregnancy trope. When written correctly, I feel like the pregnancy trope isn’t bad, and I would even say that if you don’t like this trope, you should consider reading this book because, Meghan wrote it in a way that was understanding, respectfully, and still maintained a lighthearted energy in the story.
Also quick (weird) side note, in the book Penny and Eli said they used protection and yet they still ended up pregnant. I’m assuming the condom ripped? Or maybe it was a faulty condom that somehow led to it ripping? I’m not sure, but that was something that I couldn’t get out of mind as to how Penny got pregnant.
From the beginning, I thought it was fun and flirty, and also amusing how Penny tried to deny her attraction to Eli and Eli wishing with all his heart (ahem and his specific body part) that Penny would give him the green light for more. A passionate, spicy night spent together was one that left Penny satisfied but knew she couldn’t pursue anything more with Eli because, he was known for just hookups and not commitments. Whereas Eli was starting to want even more of Penny even after the night they shared. Fast forward to five weeks and in Penny’s office with Penny, Pacey, Posey, Eli found out he was the father of Penny’s baby and Pacey got super angry at him. So much for Pacey always telling Eli to stay away from his sister (Penny) because, Eli still couldn’t stay away from wanting Penny.
Now, the last thing Eli imagined was getting his best friend’s sister knocked up, especially trying to come to terms with becoming a father. Eli had a lot to wrap his mind around, but gradually he eased into his new role and became a source of support for Penny. Throughout the book, Eli really stepped up and became the support that Penny needed. Yes Penny had plenty of support from her friends and brother, but it was more significant with Eli, because for one, people assumed he wouldn’t and two, Eli put in the work and effort to educate himself song along Penny’s pregnancy journey. From offering to get her food she wanted, to reading up on what to expect each trimester, and sharing deep conversations Eli and Penny became each other’s equal, support, and friend.
Penny definitely had an interesting pregnancy from all the hormones and weird quirks about herself, she made me laugh at how she was, but hey pregnancy is different for everyone. Penny definitely dealt with a lot with her pregnancy and I feel like Meghan did that to truly highlight the difficulties and struggles that women go through pregnancy. This story was funny and lighthearted, and from Eli and Penny’s relationship it went from friends to one night stand to friends again and finally lovers! Penny and Eli definitely had their fair share of struggles from trying to navigate their relationship to learning how to be the best parents for the soon to be little bundle of joy, and learning to communicate with each other.
I would say that Eli definitely learned a lot more about himself through this story and while he mentioned he had been seeing a therapist to work through his issues, I thought that was great to include in his character. By Eli going to therapy it showed his determination to work through his problems and get to the root of his issues. In addition, he was able to gain insight into himself. Over the course of the story, Eli struggled (among other things) with his feelings for Penny and wondering whether or not he should have pursued her in a romantic way. Thankfully through his own self reflection and speaking to Penny about his thoughts and fears, Eli made a breakthrough and was able to finally to tell Penny his feelings about her. Eli’s character development over the course of the story was good and it made me even happier finally seeing him and Penny settle down and with their baby (Also the name was perfect for the baby) AWWW!
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Penny works for the ice hockey team her brother Pacey plays for. Every player knows her, and they know she is off-limits as Pacey's sister. Eli is one Pacey's best friend, but he always liked Penny. One steamy night changes their life forever.
Meghan Quinn usually never disappoints, and in many ways, she didn't in this book. This is a great romance tale with some well-known tropes; accidental pregnancy, brother's best friend, and close proximity are the main ones.
Quinn's ability to write wholesome characters is amazing, and the characters' progress is quite remarkable here. The humour in this book is prominent. I don't know how many times I laughed out loud while reading it. Penny is a hilarious character, and writing funny characters or adding elements of levity isn't always the easiest. The chemistry between Penny and Eli is amazing; there are some great spicy scenes.
Despite all the great parts of this book, however, personally, I found this book too long. At some parts, it got too repetitive. Perhaps, it was the constant miscommunication between the characters that I didn't like; I'm not a huge fan of miscommunication. Also, I would like to see more of the pregnancy journey. I know there are many scenes of Penny's 'suffering' through it, but I found it lacking that there was no more bonding between the parents and the baby, eg. first kicking, speaking to the baby, etc. I don't mind the accidental pregnancy trope when done right. And, this is very well-done, but I wanted more of the journey.
On the whole, it was a fun book that made me laugh and swoon at certain parts. There are well-written and three-dimensional characters, not only the main but the secondary ones, too. I wouldn't say, don't read it, because it was a fun and easy read. I just think that it needn't be so long.
I love an accidental pregnancy book, just as much as I do a brothers best friend - which is what this is in a neat wee bow.
However I just couldn’t get behind Penny and some of her behaviour. I think she had many moments were she was generally funny and the babbling at the start was cute. But she quickly turns psycho (don’t get me wrong I’m not about double standards I love a psycho man but even if he acted like this he would of got the boot!)
She is just too childish, what happened at the doctors office when poor Eli was with her was just not right at all, and if I’m being honest totally put me off. Blaming absolutely everything on pregnancy hormones and blaming him for things out of his control (like not knowing it was her birthday)
Eli is the redeeming thing about this book, he is a player to begin with of course though he’s liked penny a few years now but has been warned off her by her brother (his team mate and best friend). Eli is charming, sweet, hot as hell and bends over backwards for her. He has abandonment issues which he tells her about (she still walks out more than once!🤯) he goes to therapy long before they got together to try and work through it. Don’t get me wrong he’s not perfect but next to Penny he looks like a damn saint.
I really wished I could have loved it! I think with a different h with a different personality with some of the trates she had already it could have been magic
Sometimes in romantic comedy books I find it’s too much of trying too hard to be funny, but that isn’t the case here. Penny and Eli had me laughing out loud on so many occasions with their inner thoughts and actions. I absolutely loved both of them and my heart aches for Eli when we got more of his back story. Penny also going through each stages of pregnancy, especially the third trimester, had me rolling with laughter but also I really felt for her the limbo she was stuck in with Eli.
I loved the other hockey players mentioned and will definitely be going back to read Pacey and Winnie’s book, which I missed, and I can’t wait for what seems like a set up for future books in this world, all have me intrigued! I’m also looking forward to snippets of Eli and Penny with their beautiful baby as a result.
But Penny ends up pregnant and he realises he has to step up and become a dad. A fact that confuses him as he’s never had a dad. And he hasn’t had a real family since he was 12, no one to love or no one to love him. And now he’s got to step up.
I enjoyed how it involved the pregnancy pretty much from the start not a 3rd act revelation. We got to see how it affected Penny and how her personality changed though out the story and how Eli dealt with it all, and how he learnt to trust in himself.
It’s hilarious but so touching and heartwarming.
- Hockey Romance
- Close Proximity
-Brothers best friend (team mate)
- playboy H (no other women after h)