Captivating In Love (Maverick Billionaires 6) (The Maverick Billionaires) Paperback – September 12, 2019
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If you have read the previous books, (boy I really hope you have because the are AMAZING), you will remember Ari's best friend, Rosie. You should also remember how Matt and Ari found her long lost brother, Gideon.
Captivating in Love is Rosie and Gideon's story. Of course we can't for get her darling son, Jorge. Rosie is getting by, giving Jorge a good life. Where Jorge goes, Noah will attempt to follow. After a beautiful wedding, Noah is now Ari's son and Gideon's nephew. It was written in the past that Rosie and Gideon would have a beautiful future. But first they both have to conquer their pasts.
As someone from the bay area, this was a trip down memory lane. There were so many wonderful field trips with the boys. So many match making opportunities. These boys have game. Open the pages and jump in for a wild ride as Jorge and Noah scheme to bring Rosie and Gideon together.
Stay on the emotional ride as Rosie and Gideon deal with their pasts so they can have a brighter future. A wonderful, captivating love story that will have you smiling.
I was surprised that this wasn’t the last book. I expected it to be Lyssa’s story. I’m so glad that there’s more to come, and they’re going to encompass their growing family.
Gideon was a sweetheart, but he was so filled with guilt over what happened to his sister and his Iraq teammates. He honestly thought he was to blame, and didn't deserve to be happy. I loved how Rosie helped him see that he wasn't to blame, and had done the best he could under the circumstances. He and Rosie were perfect for each other, and I liked that they found their HEA.
I loved Rosie's son Jorge and Noah (Matt and Ari's son). It was adorable how they planned to get Rosie and Gideon together -- they were the cutest little matchmakers. Their interactions with Gideon and all the Mavericks were incredibly sweet.
I also liked how all the Mavericks immediately got involved when Rosie needed help with her ex. They already considered her and Gideon part of their "family", simply because Gideon and Rosie were important to Matt's wife Ari.
My rating system is below.
1 star -- Hated it, or did not finish. I usually only give this rating if some of the content is truly objectionable to me, like if one of the main characters does something really awful, and gets away with it.
2 stars -- Didn't like it. This rating usually means that I thought the writing wasn't very good, the editing was terrible, I didn't like the characters, or it had other major flaws.
3 stars -- I liked it, but had some minor issues with it. This rating means that there were minor editing issues, the story needed more character development, it was just too unrealistic, or had some other fairly minor issue. The majority of books I read get this rating – I do not consider it a bad rating.
4 stars -- I liked it a lot. This is a high rating for me, and I rarely give a higher one.
5 stars -- I loved it, and will probably read it again. Very few books are good enough to get this rating from me. The ones that do are usually classics.
(Received an early review copy and voluntarily reviewing)
This book had a lot of cute moments. I liked the interactions between Rosie, Gideon, and the boys. However, the plot of this book is similar to the plot of another Bella Andre book. Both of them have single mothers that were dumped after telling their child's father about the pregnancy. The child's father then goes on to marry a woman who can't have kids, so they try and seek out the child that they rejected in an attempt to remedy the situation.
I guess I'm a little biased because the other book is actually one of my favorites, so I had a hard time getting into this one. However, it's a good book overall and there are some plot points (Gideon's war backstory, for instance) that are a little different than the other book. And while it can be read as a standalone, I do recommend reading the previous Maverick books beforehand. They make appearances and it can be a little overwhelming (despite the explanations) for a new reader.
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Plus, I loved how Gideon and Rosie's romance developed and how two sweet, adorable and entertaining six year olds conspired to bring them together. And peacocks aside, I really had a great time reading it, and there's no denying it left me feeling extremely contented. Which is why I would happily recommend it to others, particularly if you're looking for a well written, satisfying romance to curl up with for a couple of hours.
Gideon Jones joined the military at 18 in the hopes of providing better for his little sister, Ari. He loses track of her in the foster care system due to the unexpected death of his mother. It took many years before Gideon and Ari were reunited thanks to the Mavericks. Gideon has lived in the shadows since leaving the military because he sees himself unworthy of love and happiness.
Rosie has been attracted to Gideon long before she met him due to stories from Ari while they were in foster care together. Rosie is now a single mum to 6yr old, Jorge. She has been navigating life on her own ever since Jorge’s dad left before his birth. Rosie has persevered and managed to complete her accounting degree, find a good job, and home for them both.
Gideon has been attracted to Rosie from the moment he met her. Sparks start to fly at the wedding, Rosie decides she is no longer going to tread lightly around Gideon (since most do as he always has his “guard” up) and just treat him as she would any other friend. They dance at the wedding and there is a definite attraction that neither can deny. They make plans to spend most days together and the walls Gideon has worked so hard to keep in place, are slowly coming down. Rosie starts to see bits and pieces of the man Gideon once was and of the person Ari always spoke about during their time in foster care.
It’s a wonderful love story that will captivate you as Rosie and Gideon move past their painful pasts. I laughed and shed a few tears so pleased that they find each other and their happily ever after...
Though it can easily be read as a standalone, I do recommend reading the others in the series, if only to get the great backstories of the other Mavericks but to also understand the main characters in this book a little more.