Wednesday, November 26, 2014

When You're Ready - Review


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Author: J.L. Berg
Publication Date: July 18, 2013
Publisher: J.L. Berg, LLC
Series: The Ready Series
Genere: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 17 and up
Rating: 4 Stars

Book Description:

Years after suffering the tragic loss of her husband, Ethan, which left her alone to raise their young daughter, Clare Murray still holds the last letter he wrote with the words "When You're Ready" written in his familiar messy handwriting, unable to break its weathered seal. Ready for what? He was her entire world, and Clare had accepted a life without him, without love. Until years later, fate brings her to an emergency room, and face to face with a stormy-eyed doctor intent on changing her mind. Son of a billionaire, Logan Matthews has spent his life trying to make his absentee father proud. Without a family to depend on, all he's ever wanted is a place to call home. After a failed marriage, Logan believes he's unworthy of love...until he meets a woman who awakens his spirit and transforms his entire life in an instant. But how far are Clare and Logan willing to go for love? Can his love mend the pieces of her grieving heart? When their love is tested, is Clare ready to put her whole heart on the line again? Can Logan learn the true meaning of love, even if it means sacrificing his own happiness? When a second chance at love is given, Clare and Logan learn you are never truly ready until you're ready to risk it all.

My Review:

Are you looking for an emotional love story?  When You're Ready is a beautiful tale about finding love again after tragedy, learning that letting go of your past doesn't mean forgetting it, and that you have to take the future that you want into your hands and fight for it. 

Clare, is a beautiful soul who lost her husband Ethan, three years prior to when this story truly begins (Warning: be ready with your tissues for the prologue, it is sad and beautiful), is trying to raise their beautiful little girl Maddie, while barely living.  That is until a kind (and handsome, ahem) Dr. Logan Matthews steps into the room during a trip to the ER after Maddie takes a tumble. 

While Clare has lived a life full of love, (the love of her family, friends, and the love of Ethan) Logan Matthews' life was devoid of emotion.  Logan's mother leaves him as a boy with his wealthy and emotionally negligent father.  It looks from the outside that Logan has it all, name, fortune, good looks, but he is unable to find true happiness and love...Until Clare and Maddie stumble into his life. 

I loved the sweet feeling to this book.  While there are challenges, because truly, what love story doesn't have them, it is not a book full of angst and unbelievable situations.  Having it come from dual POV (Clare and Logan's) was perfect for this story, it makes every moment seem more real, it makes every character more cherished.  I even loved the oh so emotional moments when we hear Ethan's voice.  Although, I will warn you to make sure you top off your wine glass and have a few tissues handy. 

The ending is both heart wrenching and beautiful.  Some may say it is unnecessary, but I disagree.  This moment has to occur to prove to both Logan and Clare that their lives can move forward and that love is worth the fight.  Be ready to consider your own mortality, your own loves (the love of family, friends, significant others) and to think on how you would survive life after loss and if you could ever love again.  It is a beautiful story and I highly recommend it to any Contemporary Romance fans.

"IF love finds you again, don't fight it.  Don't let grief hold you back.  Love is a risk, there are no guarantees.  But, in the end, it is always worth it." -Ethan


Also, Ready or Not, Book 4 in the the Ready Series will be releasing December 2nd, 2014.  If you loved When You're Ready trust me when I say you will be head over heels for Ready or Not ( Look for my review soon!)  Find the links to add it to your TBR on Goodreads and to Pre-order below as well as a chance to win a ten dollar Amazon giftcard!

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Book Description:

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?

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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