by: Traci Douglass
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 9, 2020
Publisher: Entangled ~ Bliss
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Worst. Sexy. Stepbrother. Ever.
Mandy Reynolds needs a reset on life in so many ways. Her acting career isn’t exactly where she’d hoped it to be. She can’t even get a job as a germ for a commercial. When she inherits half a house she sees it as a sign and heads home to Heavenly Falls, Illinois. She’ll sell the house, and use the money to take her career to the next level in Los Angeles. That is if she can convince her hard-headed––and stupidly gorgeous–– ex-stepbrother, Alex Noonan, to sell fast.
The last time Alex saw Mandy, she was a gangly teen, who followed him around like a sad puppy. But she’s grown into a smart and funny woman, who is as frustrating as she is beautiful. The fact that they have to live in the house––together––while they fix it up, is one temptation he doesn’t need. And while he’s having fun spending time with her, she’s moving on soon, and he needs time to heal.
Plus, she has no idea he’s got a secret that could put a monkey wrench in all of her plans...
Worth the Wait by Traci Douglass is an enemies-to-lovers, opposites attract, stepbrother romance, thirteen years in the making.
For one amazing year, Mandy Reynolds lived out her dream, when her mother was married to Alex Noonan’s father. That year provided Mandy with stability, family, and a sense of belonging. Of course, all of that changed when their parents divorced and Mandy and her mom continued their nomadic life. Now, Mandy finds herself back in her hometown of Heavenly Falls, Illinois to finish dealing with her mother’s will and estate. To her surprise, her mom leaves her half a house, with the other half being left to Alex, who not only was her stepbrother but happened to be her teenage crush. Mandy’s current dream is to go to Hollywood and make it big. She’s hoping to sell the house and use the money to fund her trip. Mandy is surprised to learn the house needs a lot of work and Alex has no intention of selling. As the two work together to renovate the house, they aren’t able to deny their feelings of attraction. But for these two, there are several obstacles standing in their way.
Worth the Wait was a slow story for me. I had so many questions about what was going on and I just wanted answers that took forever to come. The romance between Mandy and Alex was a slow burn. I spent more than half the book wondering “will they or won't they”. Things definitely got better for me when my questions were answered and the past and present collided to have me wondering excitedly what was going to happen next.
Mandy was upbeat and energetic. My heart went out to her for having to deal with her mother’s death. I liked the grumpiness of Alex. But I loved him for being a survivor and working to overcome his PTSD and his past. There is no question that Mandy definitely brought out the best in Alex. There are some secondary characters who definitely are in need of their own stories. Hopefully, this is the start of a new series.
~ Favorite Quotes ~
“Think positive. Better things are just around the corner.”
“Love is never easy, nor is it guaranteed. You can't hurry it along. But if you're lucky enough to find it, then it's worth the wait. Never let it go. Go for it.”
**Received a copy from the author and reviewed voluntarily.**
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