Ready or Not (Ready #4) by J.L. BergReady or Not by J.L. Berg
Published December 2014
Series: Ready #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
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Born into wealth and privilege, free-spirited Liv Prescott 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?

Liv Prescott left a life of wealth and prestige behind when she realized that all she wanted was to be herself, and follow her own dreams. She now works as a child counselor in Richmond, Virginia. Jackson Reid has chosen Richmond as a city for a brand new start for him and his son, and it turns out that he is moving into the house right next to Liv.

Liv and Jackson are totally different at first glance: Liv lives a quirky new-age lifestyle while Jackson is a tight-knit lawyer, so there is bound to be some kind of friction between the two of them. But at second glance, the attraction between the two of them is unmistakeable.

I have been reading the Ready series right from the start, so it was only natural that I started reading Ready Or Not. As always, I really liked J.L. Berg’s writing as well as the characters and all they quirky little attitudes, but I felt that Ready Or Not disappointed me, compared to the other novels in the series, especially given the very jumbled plot: so many things happen, yet they resolve way too quickly. It felt like the author tried to cram a maximum into this book so as to keep readers on their toes.

What started out as a promising “hate your sexy neighbour” story didn’t really last long. Liv and Jackson become an item quicker than expected, even though from the start both kept on saying that the other can’t possibly be someone that they could date.

Then, you have Liv’s crazy ex coming back. So he corners her in her doorway and Jax comes to her rescue… so what? Is it really that big a deal? Everyone in the book is concerned about Liv, Liv can’t sleep alone anymore and blablabla. I mean I re-read the scene 4 times just to check if there was an element of thrill or fright that I missed, but the scene felt pretty harmless to me!

Then, Liv’s politician fathers comes back into her life after years and years and the reason why he does is so predictable I could have written the book myself.

Last but not least, Jax’s son gets kidnapped. Now can we please all ohhhh and ahhhh over that element of drama? But please do so fast, because in less than a chapter Jax gets his son back, so no need to worry here either.

I really would have appreciated more realistic storylines, and less intrigues but please more polished ones. I do feel like J.L. Berg was under sequel-pressure and wish she would take her time to regain the quality that her first novels had, because I really do like the Ready Richmond clique.

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Overall: two-stars