Friday, December 12, 2014

Ready or Not by J.L. Berg Blog Tour with 5 star review

Born into wealth and privilege, free-spirited Liv Quinn left it all behind when she realized there was more to life than living off of trust funds and barely skating by.  Since then, she’s worked and fought for everything she’s earned and never looked back at the world or the family she left behind. 

Jackson Reid is starting over with a new job in a brand new city.  A single father to his son Noah, he hopes the change will help strengthen the bond that has seemed to suffer since puberty reared its ugly head.  What he hadn’t planned on was Liv—his exotic next-door neighbor who drives him insane with her wild, new age lifestyle, but still manages to leave him aching for more. 

As challenges arise and feelings intensify, will these neighbors be able to look past their differences and find a middle ground?  When love comes knocking, will they be ready, or not? 

This book is part of a series, but I have not read the any of the rest of the series ... yet. I enjoyed it enough that I purchased the others in the series and will be enjoying them soon. I could tell it was part of a series, but not knowing anything about the characters did not keep me from understanding this book at all. It can easily be read as a stand alone.

I loved Liv and Jackson. The witty banter between them (especially in the beginning) kept this entertaining. I found myself laughing out loud or gasping in surprise a couple times. Although they seem like total opposites, they just seem to fit together so perfectly. Even Jackson's son, Noah, wants them to be together. Liv just seemed to fall into the mother role with him so easily. Noah played a pretty big part in the story, something that I truly enjoyed. Often, in stories of single parents, the kids are pretty much left out of the relationship. However, the author included Noah throughout the entire story. 

This is definitely one of my top fun reads. I enjoyed every part of it. It's perfect for a beach read or for cuddling up on a snowy night. Just watch out for the book hangover.

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J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

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