The Boy I Grew Up With Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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I have loved Channing Monroe all my life.
In first grade, he asked for my Trapper Keeper.
I hit him in the head with it.
Third grade, we were best friends. We kissed in seventh grade.
In eighth grade, he turned into a bad boy and the rest was a tumultuous storm.
Growing up, the problem was never love for us. Bad times. Good times. There were times when I felt our love in every inch of my body, vibrating, making me feel like it could bring me back to life.
The problem was us.
The problem is that we're living in two different worlds now. Fallen Crest and its millionaires for me. Roussou and their criminals for him. I was thriving in mine and he was running his.
But... But there were nights I felt we couldn't be further apart than we were, and there were nights I felt we shared the same heartbeat.
When was it time?
When was it time to either sacrifice, make a change, or walk away from the boy I grew up with?
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 4 minutes|
|Narrator||Blake Richard, Summer Morton|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 05, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #68,802 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#5,211 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#9,800 in New Adult & College Romance (Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2021
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It is so hard to grow up like that... I am so glad that Channing and Heather were strong. Sure they had their weak moments but they survived because of their love. Loved this book!!!! Love all this authors books. I just discovered her a few days ago and I have already read 7 books. ❤❤❤❤❤
Both characters were compelling, and I loved the flashbacks to when they were kids and how their friendship developed, and how it later turned to love. I knew how much they loved each other, and had an understanding of what kept them together and what tore them apart. What I didn’t like was the constant break ups and make ups between them. How can you love someone with so much devotion and yet, keep failing them at the core of what’s more important? Why should Heather forgive so many instances where Channing failed her? I’m not sure.
Heather and Channing grew up in Roussou, a suburb of Fallen Crest that is governed by crews. As I understood, crews were the equivalent of gangs, except they were not all criminals, just a gang that stuck together and didn’t let outsiders in. Channing saw that MC groups wanted to infiltrate Roussou to bring drugs in, so he made a crew with childhood friends and other unsavory characters, in order to protect his town and keep drugs out. In so doing, he was the equivalent to a Sheriff without the badge. Police were seen as the evil they made without when justice was needed. They made their own justice.
Heather’s and Channing’s story was very turbulent. As the author presents the flashbacks, you learn and understand why they broke up so much. The crew system had a lot to do with their stormy story. If you’re crew you had to give it your loyalty, and that loyalty took away from giving your woman the priority she deserves.
You can appreciate their devotion and fidelity through the years. Channing was usually the one who walked away, Heather the one who forgave him and took him back. It was great that the story is told in dual POV’s because it helps to understand their motivations so much more. It hurt to see how Channing couldn’t stay away for long because she was the air that he breathed, and Heather couldn’t push him away because he was part of her. They were sometimes toxic and sometimes essential.
Despite the turbulence, there is always the core their love as the basis for their being and it’s what drives them to their final conflict and resolution. I felt that Heather was much stronger than Channing, more resolute in her beliefs, and Channing was clear on that, but he was striving to be the man she deserved. Eventually, he manned up and did. I loved reading their story and how much they loved each other. I just don’t think I would have stuck around so much if it had been my story. Riveting and thought-provoking!
Each book brings Tijan closer to the author I love. There were many parts of this book that were perfect. Many that were close. And some that missed the mark.
The perfect: How she continued to pop up at such random moments. Having experienced this myself, that's as realistic as it gets. The craziness of Stalker. From her introduction to her inclusion, she cracked me up with her insanity. Mannies. I loved getting this behind the scenes, in-depth look into Heather's place and getting to know all of her employees/family. The last several chapters leading up to a HEA. Dreams come true and then some. The bonus scene with the FC crew. Sam and Mason will always be my favorites. Every other character pales next to them.
The close: The flashbacks. I really enjoyed young Heather and Channing. It seemed as if some of the things weren't age-appropriate, however. In 5th grade, they are trick-or-treating (Yes), but then by 7th grade Channing has tattoos?? Did he sleep around when she turned to FC? One minute it seemed as if she was his one and only, but that's never been the image we've been given from the FC books. Did he turn his back on his love for Heather and sleep around? This is crucial because the only way he ever really showed his love for her was through sex, not actions, so if he slept around, it's even worse than a regular man-whore. Moose, Lincoln, Chad, and Congo. I love Channing's friends, if only they hadn't been tarnished by being crew.
The missed: I'm not a fan of Roussou and its crews so that complicates these stories. It's not the seediness or the violence, it's just not entertaining to me. Too much emphasis on crew. Channing and Heather had a toxic relationship for too many years. Love isn't always best. If you can only have sex but never share feelings, that's not love, that's lust. They couldn't share their lives beyond a certain point and yet they wouldn't walk away and allow the other to truly live. Toxic. Channing never put her first, Heather was an enabler. It bothered me that beautiful, strong, caring Heather Jax that I know as Sam's best friend didn't demand more for herself. Channing was an addiction and needed to be cut off like her cigarettes. This was never more clear than after their loss. It hurt me that she was put through so much pain by her best friend/lover over the years. His actions from seventh grade on cheapen those titles. The man that all of Roussou admired was selfish and carelessly cruel with Heather's heart.
Overall, I am happy with Heather and Channing's story. It was much like I expected. I do not look forward to a return to Roussou and Bren's story but I am excited about the sneak peek from her secret project book. Regardless, I can't walk away from Tijan's books any more than Heather could walk away from Channing!
* Favorite Cover of the Year Contender. Wow it's hot!
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This book is about how a man, Channing, has all of the power, while his GF, who used to be incredible in every way, follows him around like a puppy dog and sticks by his side through everything, including empty promises, as she slowly loses sight of who she is for him.
Also, they are together from the very beginning so there is never any real build up or anticipation.
One of my least favourite Tijan books. Sincerely wish this had been about completely new characters.
Heather and Channing's story is all I'd have ever imagined it could be. And more.
Set between their childhood and growing up together, to current times, we see the feelings develop and how they were always drawn to one another without understanding why. Then as adults, the emotions; the love, the pleasure, the sex and all the bad things that happen in their world with the crews and violence and yes, it was totally gripping to read about!
Absolutely brilliant read!!!
As much as I enjoyed their story, and I did, I also found it quite repetitive, it had issues.😢 Heather deserved to be more like 'Bren' in my opinion. This book made her seem weak willed where Channing was concerned and I hated that, because Heather was always so strong during the Fallen Crest books!!💥 This couple, after all, are made for each other 💘🔥
I thought this storyline created blocks for them 'for the sake of it' to ramp up drama. Rather than give us their real depths & thruths. Ah ha, that's it - it all felt a bit shallow, although it tried to be deep & angsty, it felt forced some how, to me!!😔😕 This didn't feel like the couple I knew from previous books.😒
And what happened to Max & when???😱 I'm sure he was supposed to be attending Bren's graduation party in 'Crew Princess #2'?? Which book is his story in? Can anyone tell me please?🙏💕
Debbie, 1970, UK
The problem is, Channing runs a crew. They’re criminals, but for the protection of their town more than anything else. But this has always been the biggest hurdle in his relationship with Heather. Because of his crew he can never put her first, or even second after his sister. So they go around and around, pushing each other away when something hard happens, and pulling each other back when they can’t stay away for too long.
And now that an MC wants to move in on their town, can Channing protect everything he loves? Or will he lose Heather for good this time?
This felt like a fast read because it was pretty fast-paced. Plenty of grit, action, and above all, love. They both knew their toxic cycle had to end and that they either had to do something differently this time or walk away for good. But the thought of leaving each other gutted them both, they were so deeply in love.
I feel that there wasn’t enough smut in this one though. Some of it wasn’t even fade to black but just mentioned in passing which surprised me. And I know smut isn’t for everyone, it’s just for the tone of the book it felt lacking in that respect. Well, to me anyway.
Side note: I kind of loved stalker-Becca! Anyone else?