Title: Ready For You (Ready, #3)
Author: JL Berg
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 26, 2014
A second chance at first love.
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.
I’ve been looking forward to Garrett and Mia’s story after the fascinating little hints that were dropped in Never Been Ready, the previous book in the series. We know that they were very much in love at High School and planned to spend their lives together but, for some reason, Mia had walked away leaving Garrett heartbroken – something that he’s never really been able to get over. I do so enjoy a second chance love story and I dived in with much excitement and anticipation.
I’m very happy to report that JL Berg very much delivers on the promise hinted at in the previous book. Ready For You is every big as sexy, angsty and charming as we’ve come to expect from this author and it’s another heart-felt and emotional romance – a great addition to the Ready series.
So, Garrett and Mia were High School sweethearts and very much in love and planning to spend the rest of their lives together. They had a secret which they were about to share with their families on Graduation Day when, suddenly, Mia leaves town and leaves a heart-breaking Dear John letter for Garrett. Garrett is devastated and changes the entire course of his life and never really gets over the loss of Mia. As we’ve seen in the previous books in the series, Garrett has been merely existing, living his life on auto-pilot and never really living. This is a truly heartbroken man.
I adored Garrett and really felt his pain and it was fabulous to watch his re-awakening during the course of Ready For You – this man really does slowly come back to life after Mia arrives back in town. Of course, he’s wary – he doesn’t understand her reasons for leaving and isn’t sure he can forgive her for what he thinks she’s done but he can’t stay away from her. That unrelenting chemistry they once shared has never gone away and is as strong now as it was in High School
Mia is also a broken woman – she’s tried very hard to make a life for herself in the intervening years but she’s also never come close to that special connection she once shared with Garrett all those years ago and now, arriving back in town, one look and she’s hooked once more.
I so enjoyed Ready For You – it’s an emotional roller-coaster of a ride as Garrett and Mia tread an uneasy path as they slowly work back towards trust and understanding. It’s a slow journey, beautifully paced with plenty of obstacles to overcome and plenty of sexy times. Garrett is very alpha and Mia fires up all his protective instincts and it’s wonderful to watch how he slowly finds he can once again no longer resist Mia.
This is a fabulous second chance love story of healing, forgiveness and, finally, acceptance – another winner from JL Berg and another great story for the Ready series.
4.5 second chance stars
Watch out for Ready Or Not (Liv’s story) coming in October this year.
About The Author
J.L. Berg is a California native living in the South. She’s married to her high school sweetheart and they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she’s not writing, you will most likely find her curled up with her iPad reading, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate.