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From the Heart: A Small Town Friends to Lovers Romance (Sweetbriar Hearts Book 3) Kindle Edition
I was his one who got away, or so he said.
Falling for Jake was not part of my plan.
I should have stuck to rebuilding my life as a divorcee.
My ex-husband’s irresistible best friend was the last kind of complication I needed at this point in my life even though he was the one I saw first all those years ago.
Being with Jake was a risk I was afraid to take but I couldn’t resist him and he knew it.
And after spending years with the wrong man, I finally feel wanted, beautiful, adored.
But now things are even more tangled because our one accidental night together has me unexpectedly expecting.
Will he be the one to stay?
Or become my one who got away?
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- Language : English
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- Print length : 260 pages
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“And you do?” A nervous laugh escaped, and somehow, I knew the more I questioned him, the more his answers would draw me in.
“Come over tonight and find out. My door is always open to you.” The statement felt like a dare and I wanted to take it almost as much as I knew that I shouldn’t.”’
Jake uses a terrific line in this book, he described his and Violet’s love story as the ‘fastest slow-burn’, which is just an utterly delicious way to describe this wonderful, feel-good, ‘I’ve loved you from afar’, sweepingly romantic addition, to an already sterling Sweetbriar series. Add in a smidge of angst and drama and a few characters you’re going to love to hate and you have a recipe for a truly mesmerising sweet and scintillating small-town love story, something author Nora Everly accomplishes beautifully with her signature style and flair.
Violet is a woman who has been used to coming in last to everything. She puts the needs of her boys, her business and her family ahead of her own, never complaining or showing when she gets hurt and trampled on. And for too long she has let the father of her boys treat her like she is less than, so to see her come into her own, exuding confidence and strength through those storms, you can’t help but smile and cheer her on. That huge heart and innate kindness is just a part of who she is. That is Nora’s gift to us. She writes and fleshes out these fantastic characters, to the point where we’re truly invested, we’re connected and involved in every facet.
As readers, we get this amazing opportunity to witness the tantalising sensual slow dance Violet and Jake do, to see how Jake enlightens, supports, cherishes and loves her, without being overly arrogant or aggressive in his stance. He nudges with sweet endearments, flirtatious grins and being her lodestone in a chaotic time. He shows her how a woman should be treated. How it feels to lean on someone and know they’ll be there because he’s been such a massive part of her life for so long, hiding those remarkably complex feelings he has always had towards her. A mature man, sexy, rugged, smouldering, drinks whisky by firelight and has no compunction about gifting orgasms - he’s pretty damn perfect on the hero scale. Together Jake and Violet offer up so much, best friends to lovers, a little bit of unrequited love and a whole lot of burning up the page once that love is realised.
Add in two amazing teenage boys, (Nora really captured them well, the anger and confusion within them, but also the fun and cheeky side. I wouldn’t be opposed to a spin-off series ;) ), a dose of small-town drama, unrelenting gossip-mongers and a strong and supportive family, and you have yourself another superb love story from the Sweetbriar series.
Jake is every woman’s dream man, the one you think of when you envision the perfect man who only exists in your mind. He would do anything for Violet and her sons Finn and Nick. He has loved her forever and regrets not asking her out when they were in college. He is her best friend, her savior and her knight in shining armor. Jake has a beautiful home in the woods and was just waiting for the time when Violet and her boys could make it their home, too. Even though her life is a mess right now, Violet knows that she can lean on Jake for comfort and support. Was Violet ready to commit herself to Jake or will she choose to try and make it on her own?
I have been waiting for Violet’s story, she is the glue and the coffee of her family! This is a must read small town, slow, slow hot burn romance.
Jake, Violet and Tom met at university, Jake stood back for a moment and lost the love of his life. Tom and Violet married, but Violet was never the love of Tom’s life. Jake was always there, even when she went into labour, it was Jake that was with her twins were born.
Holiday Hearts it gave us a taste of what was to come for Violet, Jake and Tom. It was a tantalizing glimpse of the slow burn story that was coming. When Violet finds Tom and his mistress and her marriage ends, we start on the epic story of Jake and Violet.
This is the love story of a second chance romance that will warm your heart. This is book 3 of the Sweetbriar Hearts, it was nice to see familiar characters and am looking forward to the next installment. Nora Everly is new to me and I have enjoyed all her books, Smartypants Romance and the Sweetbriar Hearts series.