January 9, 2015

Ready or Not by J.L. Berg

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 neighbour 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 neighbours be able to look past their differences and find a middle ground? When love comes knocking, will they be ready, or not?

I loved the banter that persisted between Liv and Jackson from when they first became neighbours. It set the pace for a relationship to develop which I appreciated much more than the whole insta-love concept that is found everywhere. It gave the story a good base which got better as the book went on and Jackson and Liv's relationship grew.

The single-dad angle gave the story a different spin I'm not used to but it was nice. It made the story that much more heart-warming (as if the flamingos on the lawn weren't cute enough)! The whole theme of family is what brings and glues the two lovers together and remains a strong theme throughout the entire book. I thoroughly enjoyed the story--very easy to get through and there actually wasn't much I could pick out that annoyed the crap out of me ;)

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