If I Don't Ask Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Rebecca Keane has it all figured out. With a successful career as an Army surgeon and a fresh promotion to lieutenant colonel, she loves her life leading a surgical team. Even if that life means she’s spent years hiding her sexuality and ignoring her desires under the Army’s "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy. Then Captain Sabine Fleischer’s arrival sets off an attraction that cracks Rebecca’s carefully cultivated armor and brings about fresh complications.
As Sabine’s direct commanding officer, Rebecca knows she cannot act on her attraction, but that knowledge does nothing to squash her desires. Unable to keep her thoughts about the alluring other woman under control, Rebecca resigns herself to years of censoring her thoughts and feelings until Sabine’s time in the Army is done. She’s spent decades suppressing parts of herself for her job, so what’s a few more years?
But as Rebecca and Sabine work closely together on Army bases in Afghanistan and the States, the undeniable sparks between them begin to ignite. And despite Rebecca’s constant self-censure, her denials and her knowledge of every obstacle standing between them, her resolve crumbles with each passing day. But when the consequences of your love run deeper than just breaking one of the unbreakable rules of the military, you risk losing more than just your heart.
If I Don’t Ask is the must-hear story telling Rebecca’s side of E. J. Noyes’ best-selling Ask, Tell.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 11 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||17 May 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 8,927 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
45 in LGBTQ+ Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
157 in Lesbian Romance
458 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
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Ask, Tell was the first book in the series and was solely from Sabine's point of view. I personally loved it, as I felt it made it feel slightly more personal, but obviously left a lot of unanswered questions. If I Don't Ask is Rebecca's POV, and begins right at the beginning, when the two women meet for the first time.
Noyes has done a brilliant job of overlapping these joint experiences, without it ever feeling like I have read the words before. Yes, I was aware of the time frame, and what would happen next, but it all still felt new and exciting and answered all of those questions left open from Ask, Tell.
Don't skip Ask, Tell and Ask Me Again and go straight to this one. You will miss out on the full experience.
If I Don't Ask ties up this series perfectly!
I received an ARC from the publisher, Bella Books through Netgalley for my honest review.
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The story of „If I don’t ask“ is basically the same, just with a different focus and from a new POV. If you fear it might be too close to Ask, Tell don‘t worry, it‘s really not.
Freshly promoted Lieutenant Colonel Rebecca Keane has to discharge two of her team members of her surgical team because of adultery, and she is immediately attracted to one of the new additions to her team, Captain Sabine Fleischer. The Don‘t ask don‘t tell policy is still in place, and so Rebecca lives with constant remorse and self-censorship while trying to be a good leader.
Rebecca really is every bit as wonderful as I imagined. She‘s considerate, mature in her thoughts and communication, and all in all utterly adorable. I truly enjoyed how much she enjoys being a leader and how important good leadership is to her, and how she still shows her vulnerability. I could swoon every time she admonishes someone for "a word!?".
Her love for plants and her loving to do jigsaw puzzles was a nice addition, and I adored her friendship with Linda. It‘s very Rebecca, and also truly heartbreaking. If one thing was missing for me, I would have loved to see a bit more interaction with and feelings about her team, but it was only ever Sabine.
What I didn‘t really expect was the 2,5 years of pining, of longing for Sabine. How utterly delightful!
What I also didn't expect was her remorse about the incident. Another thing that was heartbreaking to learn.
I also liked to see how she saw Sabine. While I liked Sabine just fine before, I never really grasped her character, and so it was good to rediscover her through Rebecca‘s eyes.
This book is first person POV at its best. E.J. Noyes does this so well, but what we have here is really special. Due to shipment problems, I listened to the audiobook before I got my paperback copy. I knew it was going to be awesome, but this audiobook is.. just wow. „Ask, Tell“ was probably my very first Abby Craden book, and I‘ve loved her voice ever since. And yet, her voice in „If I don‘t ask“ is even better. Abby outdid herself and her Bec voice is truly something else. The whole book is such a sensual experience, with Abby‘s voice which is perfect for both Rebecca and Sabine.
Very much looking forward to reading the paperback now. Usually in the audio (I've listened twice already) I miss more details than in the written words and I'm really looking forward to discovering these details.
TL;DR: Wow. Highly recommended, especially the audiobook narrated by Abby Craden!
Knowing what was going to happen didn't diminish the experience at all, add to that a bad memory and it was almost like reading a "brand new" story [it is new, but you get the gist]. So it was really hard to put the book down, I've even dreamed that I was still reading the story when I fell asleep in the middle of it at the wee hours of the night.
Rebecca is such an amazing character and getting to see first hand her woes and afflictions related to her growing affection towards Sabine and her career just added to her depth and amazingness. Seeing how she threaded all the events was.. I don't even know how to put it. Then we have Linda and well, suddenly I'm sobbing, life really isn't fair to some.
And Sabine, even from someone else's POV is still a breath of fresh air, delightful. Now Imma put the #2 and #3 on my tbr again, because I'll just miss them if not.