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I love this series. Well-developed characters, fun, sexy, swoony heroes, fantastic romance and a touch of drama. It’s one of my favourite NA series, and this book just cements that. It has everything that I have come to anticipate from this author, but it is also SO much more than I was expecting with intense feels that took me completely by surprise. I laughed, I cried, and I fell in mad love. This is definitely going down as one of my faves of the series.
Nick is a bartender at Mona’s. In previous books he’s seemed a bit stand-off-ish, and I was curious to see how he’d be as a romantic hero. But leave it to JLA! I always fall hard for her heroes, and Nick is no different – OMG, I absolutely love him!
Stephanie is that girl that went to College with the rest of the Wait For You crew and hooked up with both Cam and Jase way before we met them. And wow, I love that we’re getting her story! Don’t go thinking she’s a ho-bag! She’s a smart, sensible girl with a great sense of humour and a big heart who knows what she wants, and goes after it. She’s always careful, she doesn’t lead guys on, she just enjoys her time with them and moves on. She wants love one day, but for the moment she’s focussed on her first job out of College and climbing the career ladder.
Nick and Stephanie have chemistry from the very start. Their attraction is palpable, the banter is fantastic, and that first hook up is sizzling! Both of them are upfront that their night together would be a one-off, and even though they both feel differently after they rock each other’s worlds, they go their separate ways, as is their usual behaviour. But they are drawn back together again, and soon find themselves falling effortlessly into the very situation that both of them have been so adamantly avoiding.
“It’s her. The one you’re going to fall for and fall hard. Oh, boy, you have so met your match. Totally.”
I loved this story. Every single moment of it. It’s intense yet fun, realistic and emotional, and I loved watching Nick and Stephanie come together in a way that neither of them expected. They have fantastic dialogue and lots of chemistry, and all of it felt so natural. I loved watching it happen, and even though this book is written entirely from Steph’s POV, you can see Nick falling just as hard as she is, and it’s a beautiful, beautiful story.
“We’ll figure this out. We will. You and I. Together. We can do this.”
I’m not going to go into the storyline, because it’s best that you just dive in and enjoy it without knowing too much ahead of time, but this one does have a few twists and turns to it. Some were expected, others were not, but let me say that I felt everything! This book is more emotional than we are used to from JLA, but she writes it beautifully, and I had tears streaming down my face on more than one occasion. My heart ached for these characters and all that they go through, but the way that they deal with it is real, raw, and just perfect. I could relate to them, I could understand them, and I was behind them the whole way.
Tell me that you still want to be here. Tell me that you still see a future for us. Tell me that you love me.
The romance unfolds beautifully during Nick and Stephanie’s journey and I adored the both of them as they faced their challenges, opened up to each other, realized what they were feeling and what they wanted, and then worked for it. And through it all the sexy time is hot and the romance is gorgeously swoony.
“I don’t just love you, I’m in love with you. Hell, I have been for a while and I wanted to tell you that so many times over.”
Characters from previous books in the series all feature, and though this can be read as a standalone, it will definitely be more enjoyable for those that have read them all. I loved catching up with everybody, and that ending had me grinning madly as we see one of my favourite couples get their well-deserved HEA. Just gorgeous!
This was a really great read. Funny, emotional, sexy and romantic, it’s everything that I love about JLA, and I can’t wait to continue on with the next book in the series.
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