Title: Never Been Ready
Author: J.L. Berg
Series: Ready #2
Release Day: February 4, 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 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.
When I heard that J.L. Berg was writing Never Been Ready and we’d soon have Leah and Declan’s story, I was so excited to explore their brief, yet intense connection. We got just enough of a taste of these two in When You’re Ready, to leave me desperate for more. Never Been Ready was totally worth the wait! The moment these two are thrown back together things start to sizzle. Leah and Declan are able to pick right back up where they left off with things burning just as hot as before they went their separate ways. As I enjoyed the tension and dodged some serious sparks, I was hit with the unexpected emotional aspect of this story. J.L. Berg takes Leah and Declan to a whole new level and the result is a story that is fun, feisty, and surprisingly profound. J.L. Berg had me totally invested in these two; my heart ached and soared for this fantastic couple.
“Rendering you speechless and flustered has become my new life calling, I think.”
As I joined their journey, Leah and Declan were exposed, layer-by-layer, until I felt like I knew the very heart and soul of these two characters. J.L. Berg has written two beautifully broken souls with Leah and Declan, allowing them to develop and grow significantly over the course of the story. Learning about Leah’s past just about broke my heart only to be made better by the incredible strength and courage she developed in response. Exploring the many ways in which Leah takes care of other people, I found myself totally endeared to her. Her big heart and kind soul made Leah a character you couldn’t help but absolutely adore. Declan surprised me with his underlying sweetness that began to outshine his Hollywood-playboy persona. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him squirm as he tried to reconcile his feelings for Leah with the life he’d resigned himself to.
“You are so much more than you think you are, and I see you – all of you. You can push all you want, but I’m not going anywhere. I want every piece of you.”
J.L. Berg kept me totally enthralled with the many facets of this story. Leah’s personal life, Declan’s acting responsibilities, and their not-so-casual relationship kept their story constantly moving. In true J.L. Berg fashion, she had to drop a bomb or two on us to keep us on our toes and holy wow, it was not something I could have seen coming. Unlike the first book in the series, Leah and Declan’s story had an immediate physical tension left over from their previous encounter. Knowing their brief history, things between them simmered from the start, waiting for the right moment to boil over. Their chemistry and connection was incredibly tangible, eliciting an almost visceral reaction sometimes. Leah and Declan’s story also came packed with humor, wit, sarcasm, and innuendo due to their similarly stubborn natures and snarky personalities. Never Been Ready is a funny and hot novel that will give you all the feels. This series just keeps getting better!
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Don’t miss the rest of the Ready series:
When You’re Ready (Ready #1)
Ready to Wed (Ready #1.5)
Ready for You (Ready #3)
Ready or Not (Ready #4)