Audiobook Review: The Boy I Grew Up With by Tijan. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Boy I Grew Up With by Tijan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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. 

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 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? 

The Boy I Grew Up With

Channing Monroe!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧
Romance: ❤️💙💜💚💛
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📙📕📗📘📔
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😌🤓😬😯🤗

The heroine: Heather Jax – Lives in Fallen Crest, owns a popular bar/diner called Manny’s. Heather is strong and stands up for herself and she loves Channing but won’t put up with crap so they are on again, off again.

The Hero(es): Channing Monroe – The Godfather of the Crew system in Roussou. He left home while in high school when his Mom was sick and Dad became abusive. Now his Mom is dead, his father in prison and he has custody of his teenage sister Bren, who has her own crew and is resentful of him. He owns a bar in Roussou called Tuesday Tits.

The Story: Channing and Heather met in grammar school, she lived in Roussou at the time and he stole her trapper keeper. Ever since then is has been those two. Though now she lives in the wealthier town of Fallen Crest and he remains in Roussou. He still has his crew and his bar and has guardianship of his teenage sister.

Channing doesn’t think he is good enough for Heather. In addition to that, his crew activities have put her in danger more than once. It isn’t as if crew does illegal activities like running drugs or anything but his crew protects their own and their town. His crew keeps the local motorcycle club from running drugs through Roussou. Though the president of the MC, Richter has been fighting this lately.

I liked the storyline of the MC and Channing’s crew, it tied in perfectly with Channing’s worries that his love for Heather will put her at risk. It also showed how he was a really great guy just trying to do the right things. Channing was an awesome Hero. He is sizzling hot and tough as nails. What more could you want. I certainly wouldn’t kick him out of bed when he sneaked in during the night. Heather doesn’t either despite their on again off again status.

The narration on this one was terrific. Unlike Crew, this one was told in dual POV and I loved it. The male voice was soft, yet deep and the female was perfect. Bravo!!!


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