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- File Size : 1916 KB
- Publication Date : March 31, 2020
- Print Length : 399 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B0839MPF5M
- Publisher : Smartypants Romance; 2nd Edition (March 31, 2020)
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1949202437
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #211,656 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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‘Been There Done That’ is Nick and Zora’s second chance at happily ever after and a strong debut novel by Hope Ellis.
Zora and Nick were best friends as children, and that friendship grew to love. They planned to spend forever together, until one night changes everything. Now, twelve years later, Nick is back and has some explaining to do.
While I enjoyed this story, the pacing seemed a bit slow and the story outside of Nick and Zora’s relationship felt a bit superfluous. I felt buried in the details at times.
That said, this story undertakes a lot of world-building. Readers are introduced to a whole new Green Valley family. We also got to see a fun new side of Jackson James.
While a fairly typical romance, what I really like about these books is the 'extra' put into them. Zora is working on a project to help medical people display more empathy, and Nick has an app he's developing for telemedicine that fits right in with Zora's project. It's a timely subject in the time of Covid-19 and presents some good information about health professionals in these times.
Both Zora and Nick are likable characters and their separation was due to a lack of communication and youth. Some of the other Green Valley characters and places show up which is always nice. A quick and easy romance that's fun to read.
This was a second chance romance, and while I felt a lot of angst and drama between Nick and Zora was because of their unwillingness to communicate and be honest with each other, we still get a satisfying romantic and even steamy ending.
I love how Nick was so protective of Zora, even after 12 years of being apart. There were so many secrets kept from Zora. I loved the side characters of this book, (Jackson James, I love you even though you are such a womanizer). Hope has her work cut out for her if a future book has Tavia as a heroine. She wrote her so well, I'm still seething with hatred/annoyance with her character! I'm looking forward to the other books in the Leffersbee series!
"But you've go to get through you head that love doesn't carry a balance sheet."
"For twelve years, I've walked this earth missing my other half, afraid to hope that you'd give me another chance and make me whole again. you're the only woman I want."
Zora - “It didn’t help that Nick was every sexual fantasy I’d ever had personified, right now. I needed to give my vagina a full name. I’d need to use her first, middle, and last names when I finally addressed her about the Nick-induced slobbering.”
Nick - “Then you fell asleep on top of me on the plane......
I had to spend that whole plane ride hard, trying to think about my grandmother so I wouldn’t be some pervert. But Zora? Fair warning. I’m a pervert.”
I loved this book. My heart bled for these two lost souls ripped apart by circumstances beyond their teen years and I sang like a soprano when they reunited twelve years later.
They’re both mature intelligent good looking people...who belong together.
Of course there had to be a bump in the road of happiness but hey, as long they found their way back, I was good.
Hope Ellis painted such a pretty picture of Green Valley and it was so nice to see familiar characters, who knew Jackson James was so funny!!
Looking forward to what else is cooked up because best friends and siblings need their stories told too!
Zora and Nick are not simple, tidy heroes. Their story is more than just “if that one thing gets out of the way, we can get our happy-ever-after.” There are people, jobs, systems, and old ideas that all serve to push and pull, and make the end-goal unclear.
This isn’t a quick, sweet, one-sitting read…but it is a good read that I will go back to for all of it’s challenges, characters, goofiness, passion, world-building, and well-deserved happy ending.
I look forward to more of the Leffersbees, Leigh and Eddie — Hope Ellis definitely has more stories to tell in this world.
Top reviews from other countries
almost 70% of the book. It got frustrating. There wasn’t much character development either. I couldn’t see the current romance, it felt more like nostalgia with lust thrown in. It took too long to get a beat on what the h and H look like and in the heroine case I still don’t know if she’s short or tall. On one hand there was a lot of details about their jobs, hers mainly, on the other not much about them as people. For instance, we know she’s black but what’s her background? The author never alluded to her culture. The author talks about racial bias in the context of her study but not regarding her as a human being going through life. As for Nick, is he white? We know a lot about his mother’s issues but what about his father? What’s the story? My main gripes with the book was how passive Zora appeared to be. It’s great to be nice but she came across as bland and a bit of a pushover. Having empathy is great and yes, Nick has a hard life however there is no excuse for him not telling her what was going on at the time, and in the 12 years since. She didn’t hold him accountable for that. Granted he felt he needed to deal with his issues first but commun courtesy would have been to let her know that. He actually never apologized for his behavior and that really annoyed me. He was self righteous and focused on how he didn’t cheat, instead of the deeper issue of trust. It was all on his timeline. He wasn’t ready. Then he had the gall to be upset that she sent the ring back. If he cared so much he could have contacted her then. He is saying it was always her but in the interim it was ok to sleep with a bunch of women. The whole thank you for helping him to her mother was ridiculous to me. Complete cop out from her mother about loving them both. That didn’t preclude her from telling her daughter what was going on and tell her that Nick needed time. It was cruel to stand by while she was devastated by not knowing. I’m fed up with this abusive behavior “ it was for your own good “.
Dr Zora Leffersbee and Mr Nick Rossi have spent 12 years apart longing for each other after their teenage romance was abruptly ended by Nick’s disappearance 12 years earlier. Will there be another chance to pick up where they left off or will the hurt they’ve both endured keep them from each other.
The only bad thing that I picked up from the book was that there seemed to be quite a lot of typos which was a real shame, just because of how I am as a reader, sometimes it becomes a little difficult to look past. I know this is Hope Ellis’ debut book in the Smartypants Romance universe and I thought it was an incredibly engaging tale with really strong and thought provoking messages throughout as well as a good portrayal of a healthy and fruitful relationship.
This is a brand new Green Valley chronicles series, and Hope is also a new to me/new to Smartypants Romance, author as well! Let me tell you, Hope Ellis is incredible! 👌🏻
This was such an original story and I already can’t wait to read more from the “LeffersBee” series and from Hope Ellis herself!
I love second chance romance and Zora and Nick were so great together! I won’t give any spoilers, because you absolutely need to read this book, but I will say this: the ending of this book is perfect! Such a great finish!
I love, love, love Nick and Zora’s story and hope that we will get an appearance or two from them in future books! 🤞🏻I’m so excited to read more of the upcoming Smartypants books and can’t wait to see more from Hope Ellis!