Thursday, February 13, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Never Been Ready (Ready #2) – J.L. Berg + Review & giveaway!

Released: February 4th, 2014

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 destroy their one chance to discover true happiness?  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.    
"For giving me one perfect, happy memory in the midst of hell."

Surprisingly enough, I found the writing to be quite enjoyable. You've got the chemistry, you've got the sweet quotes to drool over, and you've got the hot sex. What more could you want? Hell, we have a smoking hot actor to add to the packet. Never Been Ready was a fantastic read on romance and with little twists here and there as we discover more about the characters and their pasts and watch them form their future from afar. 

I really liked the characters.

First of all, let's discuss the super-hawt Declan James. He's an up-and-coming actor and he makes women scream outside and in his bed. Damn. He's got skills in terms of acting and films but also skills that will have you screaming in pleasure, double meaning intended. 

But Declan started off as a cynical character who didn't care about love or any of that shit. All he cared about was getting laid. 
We are a very selfish species. We might say we do things for one reason or another, but when push comes to shove, we do what we do for one specific reason—to put ourselves ahead. […] Nothing we do is ever selfless. We love ourselves first."
Until Leah stepped into his life and conquered his thoughts. Declan has never been one to stay with one woman for too long so it was surprising to both us (although not so much) and him that he was slowly falling in love with her. 

However, I really want to point out that I didn't like how he did a complete 180 for her. I mean, you've had sex with this girl a couple of times, hugged her a few times but, suddenly, you don't need all those girls and shit? No urges? Nothing? It's hard for someone to break a habit especially if they've been doing it for years.

But Declan was so considerate. He didn't belittle her problems. He always put her first.
"What I went through was a soap opera compared to the shit you had to endure. What you went through was hell."

LOVE LOVE LOVEEEE THOUGH HOW COMFORTABLE THEY ARE WITH EACH OTHER. They can talk and joke around and just be with each other even without sex. That's the kind of relationship I want! Hot passionate sex with the addition of a best friend.

“Don’t kid when it comes to celebrities.”

“You know, I’m a celebrity,” I said smoothly.

“Yeah, but I’ve heard you pee, and now, all the mystery and allure is gone.”

Then they also have their sweet moments.

“Shit, I’m going to cry again. Why do I cry so much around you?”

“I don’t know, but I’ll hold you every time you do.”


4 – 4.5 APPLES!!!!!

(Click book cover for Goodreads link)

♕ When You're Ready (Ready #1) 
Amazon | Barnes&Noble | Kobo

♕ Never Been Ready (Ready #2) 

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eBook copies of Never Been Ready — International (5)

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J.L. Berg is a California native living in the South. She's married to her high school sweetheart and they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you can find her with her nose stuck in a romance book, 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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1 comment:

  1. Thank you Sam for your thoughts on Never Been Ready! :)