Never Been Ready (Ready #2) by J.L. BergNever Been Ready by J.L. Berg
Published February 2014
Series: Ready #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
four-stars
Format: eBook
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Leah Morgan was done with men. After barely surviving a horrendous childhood, and a boyfriend who bailed when things got rough, Leah had given up on love. Then she met him, Hollywood’s new golden boy who suddenly had eyes only for her. She tried to convince herself that one night couldn’t hurt, but after six months, the memories of his mesmerizing gaze and searing touch still invaded her every thought.

Declan James had just one rule when it came to women. Keep it simple, and never linger. That all changed the moment he met Leah. Even across a crowded bar, he could tell she was different. Sweet, with just the right amount of sass, she made him break his golden rule and now he couldn’t walk away.

When casual becomes anything but, and emotions run deep, will Leah and Declan fight their fears, or let old insecurities tear them apart? When Declan’s past comes roaring back in a way neither of them could have expected, will they stand united or be torn apart by the challenges that lie ahead?

It was only supposed to be one night, but only forever will do.

Leah Morgan is done with men. She’s had a crappy childhood with a crappy and drunk father, and her ex-dumped her for spending too much time consoling her recently widowed friend. However, she can’t seem to shake off that one passionate night with Declan James, Hollywood’s upcoming golden boy.

And Declan can’t shake Leah off his mind, either. The countless women he’s had in between (his rule being one night and no repeats) didn’t help, and he’s made the decision to go back to Richmond to allow himself to have her one last and final time. However, things do not turn out the way he thought they would, and Leah won’t let him have his way with her. At least not that easily.

First and foremost, the above plot sounds quite boring. But it’s nothing like that because it goes way deeper, and I do not want to spoil it for you. Just know that both main characters’ past will come back and haunt them, in ways that make the book extremely suspenseful and deep.

I really enjoy J.L. Berg’s writing: it’s sexy, funny and down-to-earth. Even when an average nurse suddenly starts dating a Hollywood beau, she manages to make the story feel real. There was not a boring moment in this swoonworthy and suspenseful story.

I also very much liked the character development here: Declan definitely is an arse at the beginning of the book because he comes to see Leah for a booty call, when he didn’t even bother calling her in over 5 months. And in the end, of course, he turns into the best book boyfriend, and more!

Also, this story gives us a few more insights into Claire and Logan’s family life (so you won’t miss out on any of the good stuff) and we also find out more about Claire’s little brother, who will have the next book dedicated to him. Can’t wait to read that one!