Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Blog Tour Review: Ready or Not by J.L. Berg


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? 

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My Review

The short and sweet version?  Loved it!  Now for the rest...and I'll preface this by telling you up front that I haven't had a chance to read anything else in this series.  The author does an excellent job of writing this as a standalone though, giving you enough backstory as you're reading to get a good idea of how the other characters got to where they are now.

But Ready or Not is all about Olivia and Jackson, both with their own past issues to overcome and both characters written so well that you feel a moral imperative to root for the two of them, and for everything to work out.  I loved the alternating points of view since it this style of telling their story gave you so much more and made the story feel richer and more emotional.

My favorite character is easily Jackson.  A single father to an absolutely awesome son (you're going to love Noah!), he's an alpha male all the way-protective, hot and sexy, a little cocky, and a whole lot of fun.  He and Olivia just click together perfectly, the banter between them is great and the teasing actions before they get together make for some pretty funny scenes.

There's also some really good drama, with things from both Olivia and Jackson's pasts coming back to cause a stir.  And these situations will keep you engrossed in the story, causing the pages to fly by.

A lot of sweet, a lot of funny, a good dose of drama, and you've got one fantastic read.  4.5 stars for this wonderful story!

About J.L. Berg
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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