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I read the synopsis and thought I'd love this story. I wanted to love it. A few things fell short for me.
I wish the story was more consistent. Jake and Andrea meet while she's in college because he is staying with her brother. Fast forward a few years and they come face to face again... yet she doesn't recognize him? Then shortly later they are all over each other because she suddenly remembers how much she's attracted to him?
The characters were likable, but the plot needs some editing. Some parts were rushed through, while others dragged.
The main premise of the story is one that's as old as time itself, but it's always nice to read a romance. This would be good as a beach read or for when you wanted something interesting to read that doesn't make you work hard to get through the book.
I was fortunate enough to be given an early reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I always wish that Amazon allowed 1/2 stars in their reviews, but they don't. If they didn't I'd give this book a 4.5. Check it out, I think you'll enjoy it.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The setup: Ben and Jake, best friends, are deployed in Afghanistan, but come home for leave. Jake joins Ben on the visit, going back to Ben's home town. There Jake meets Andrea for the first time. But that was it. Nothing happens.
Fast forward a few years and Ben is getting married, so Jake is there for it. Of course he happens to run into Andrea, and the spark is there from the get go. Jake is pretty forward in what he wants and makes bold moves I was not too sure about. Kind of struck me off guard. But Andrea is right there along for the ride.
They hide their relationship from Ben, for fear of how Andrea's big brother would react. He had always been the domineering big brother, chasing away anyone who came too close to his baby sister. Now, it's different because it's his best friend hooking up with his baby sister. Intense thoughts ran through my mind.
About the same time, Andrea is dealing with thoughts put there by an 'innocent' conversation. Is this what she wants? Is she ready? Isn't this going too fast? And on top of that, Ben adds to it by telling Andrea about Jake's past. It is all too much for Andrea, but how does she deal with it? She slams on the brakes, locks the doors, and refuses to answer her phone.
I wanted to strangle her and ask, "Why are you listening to other people?? FOLLOW YOUR HEART!" Okay, I may have actually yelled at her while reading. A few times. Now you have to read it to see what happens. How Ben reacts, how Andrea deals with her relationship, and how Jake reacts to everything also.
Now for the parts I wasn't so sure about. Out of no where, Jake has a nickname for Andrea. I, of course, see where the nickname comes from, but there was no lead up to it. He just suddenly calls her by the nickname one day, no explanation as to why, and from then on, that's her nickname. I feel there needed to be a line of explanation like, "****," Jake says, using the name he has come to calling her. Something of the sort.
And then the end of the book moved a bit too fast and left me wanting a little more. I'm not sure what I wanted, since it's all there, but I needed a bit more of something. Is there going to be another book later where I get that bit more of the same characters? I don't know. I am thinking this is a standalone. But if there is another, I'm reading it for sure!!
**I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. While the story remains the same, some details may have been added that I didn't read, which lead to my review.**
I did like this story, the characters were nice and very likeable. Jake is a kind honest man who I really liked. He is back from the Army, starting up a job as a policeman in a new town, home of his army buddy and best friend, Ben. When he attends Ben's wedding, he meets Nat again and they are still attracted to each other.
It was a nice story, I gave it 3 stars for no other reason than that I found it very slow to read; their lives cracked on really fast, ore quickly than was probably realistic but I found the writing slow and rather predicatable. Having said that if you want a nice gentle love story this one is for you.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.