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4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Eight years ago, Garrett Finnegan’s world shattered the day Mia vanished from his life. He’s been struggling to pick up the pieces ever since. Haunted by memories and ghosts of the past, he chooses a solitary existence rather than risk his heart again.

Mia Emerson has made one wrong decision after another but none worse than walking away from the boy who stole her heart so long ago. When her new life is turned upside down, she finds herself returning to her roots and the hometown she left behind. Maybe now she can find a way to heal from the devastating mistakes of her past.

When a chance encounter brings these former lovers together, passion reignites in a way neither is prepared for. Can Garrett move beyond his anger and find a way to forgive? Will Mia’s insecurities and fears cause her to once again flee the life she’s destined to live?

Garrett and Mia will soon discover that they must journey into the past to find their way home.

My Review
The book started off strong and drew me in with Mia and Garrett’s heartbreaking tale. The  backstory is doled out slowly, keeping my interest. The story is solid, but I think the ending went on a little longer than it needed to and some elements told in retrospect might have been more powerful if they unfolded within the confines of the main story. There’s a pivotal social issue that I feel the author took the easy way out on. There was an enormous opportunity to address the topic with grace and dignity, even though it could have been controversial. Still, the romance is emotional and well told, and gets a strong four stars from me.

Plot
The main plot is really well done. It’s not groundbreaking, but J.L. Berg elicits a lot of emotion from readers with her style of storytelling. The characters are pulled together and pushed apart at optimum intervals to move the plot along at a healthy pace. And other than dragging out the ending, I think it’s a really well-told tale.

Characters
The main characters, Mia and Garrett, are fully developed, deeply wounded, and each has a terrific arc. They both act according to character and are believable. The supporting cast is equally developed, and thus, bring more realism to the story. In many contemporary romances, sometimes the supporting cast is just sort of there and barely more than two-dimensional, but I didn’t get that sense with these characters.

Bottom Line
Ready for You is a solid contemporary romance with a lot of adult angst that would rival any young adult novel, told well, with a satisfying ending.

Title: Ready for You (Ready #3)
Author: J.L. Berg
Pages: 306
Publisher: CreateSpace
Category: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads, AmazonBarnes & Noble

JL BergAbout the Author
 J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she’s not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, 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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