- File Size: 1486 KB
- Print Length: 137 pages
- Publisher: Swerve (January 30, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 30, 2018
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076B227R9
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,000 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Should've Been You: A Man Enough Romance Kindle Edition
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At any rate, I loved Jase and Becca’s story! The story was good, the romance was awesome, and the characters were a joy to read-even the terrible musician, but I digress. This is the first time I’ve read McLaughlin and I am going to have to check out her backlist. She nailed everything I love about a good romance and those kinds of authors typically end up on my auto buy list, which makes it a win/win for me as a reader!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book and loved it enough to purchase a copy! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
In this novella readers meet Jase and Becca who have known each other since childhood but never acted on the feelings that each had for one another. Becca’s parents had looked after Jase when it became known his father had been abusive so he was in their lives quite a bit growing up but due to a bit of a misunderstanding or manipulation of Becca’s twin sister’s part Becca and Jase each thought the other didn’t care for one another.
Second chance romances are usually my favorite type of romantic story especially when the book is at novella length. The past between the couple can easily and quickly be established so the books don’t feel rushed into the love stage. In this case however there were many factors in this book that just didn’t work for me personally as a reader.
Should’ve Been You seems to be one that just in my opinion tried to do a bit too much in too short a span to have any of it come off as believable or romantic that would lead to a happily ever after. First we have twins with a bit of a territorial issue over the male lead which is a bit of a turn off to possibly be taking from a sibling but on top of that bit of a love triangle there was also another man in Becca’s life leading to a bit more of a love square.
In the end I'd rate this installment at 2.5 even as much as I actually did like the main couple when meeting each of them and looked forward to their story the story overall just didn’t really work in my mind. The biggest problem being the length and things being rushed or glossed over without being explored fully in this one.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
Jase Beckford wants to live a quiet life. His childhood friend and neighbor Hannah is still his best friend, but when he walks into the Walters house one morning just before Christmas and sees her twin sister Becca for the first time in five years, he wonders if he missed out on something special. Jase doesn’t know that Becca has nursed a secret crush on him since childhood. And this Christmas, Becca and Jase find themselves spending more together.
Should’ve Been You is the third book in the Man Enough series. I have not read the previous books, but that did not stop me from enjoying this book. There are characters and other relationships mentioned here that were probably detailed in previous books, but enough info is contained here that I didn’t feel I was missing anything. I liked what I saw of these other characters and will be adding the other books to my TBR.
My biggest pet peeve about romance novels is how fast the couple usually seems thrown together. That was not the case here! Jase and Becca grew up together, so there’s already a solid relationship that could flourish, and flourish nicely it did.
Clocking in with 250 pages, Should’ve Been You is shorter than your average book, but I didn’t feel I was shorted at all. I felt I had a full and complete story and look forward to seeing what’s next for Jase and Becca. Their ending was satisfactory for this reader, but knowing this book is part of series makes me think they could be mentioned in additional books and I’m eager to check in with them again. I also look forward to getting Hannah’s story, I hope her love story is next.
Romance fans will love this one!
“This is a lot of work,” she said. “Amazing things always require a little work,” he said, grinning up at her.
Thank you St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the advanced copy of Should’ve Been Enough.
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