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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New Release, Excerpt, & Review! Ready or Not by @authorjlberg @InkSlingerPR


It's here! USA Today Bestselling Author J.L. Berg's READY OR NOT is out today and we couldn't be more excited! Liv and Jackson's story is not to be missed!

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

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When I finally stepped out of my car, a gasp escaped my lungs as my eyes lowered to the flower beds separating our two houses. “Who would do such a thing?” I whispered, looking down at the decapitated and ravaged flowers. The once beautiful display of multicolored perennials was now a churned-up disaster of footprints and soil. My heated gaze settled on the lights glowing within the house. A shadow passed by an open window upstairs in what used to be Mrs. Reid’s master bedroom. I took one step forward, ready to march over, meet my new neighbors, and give them a piece of my mind. A strong gust of wind sent the curtain into a tailspin and suddenly the shadow solidified, and I saw the finest bare back I’d seen in years. It was tanned, broad, and so muscular that the defined muscles could be seen from two floors down. Hard, lean arms reached out toward a box and grabbed a T-shirt as I begged him to turn around—until my eyes found his ass. Dear Lord. My new neighbor was hot—or at least the back of him was. Turn around, turn around, I silently begged. The weather took that moment to remind me of its mighty power and sent a strong gust of wind whipping through the two houses. The curtain settled back in place, and I was once again left with shadows. As the first raindrop fell, signaling the impending storm, I looked down at the once perfect garden that I had painstakingly kept alive as a tribute to my longtime friend and neighbor. It had been trampled on and was now ruined, and I felt the rage boiling back up to the surface. Hot or not, my new neighbor was a plant-trampling jerk, and when I got home from work tomorrow, I’d make sure he knew it. I’d also take a moment to see if that face of his matched his perfect back and ass. Shut up, Liv.

Review- 4.5 Stars

This is a story about finding love when you least expect it.  Liv first meets Jackson and Noah when he brings Noah in for a session with her. Little do they realize they are neighbors and destined for some interesting arguments.  And boy are they funny....

Liv is a sassy carefree girl.  She wanted to do what she had a passion for and that didn't go along with her parents idea so she left behind a life of comfort to be her own person.  She has no desire to settled down because of her trust issues.  She puts up walls except for those closest to her...her friends.  They are the only family she has or needs until she meets Jackson and Noah.  Will she open her heart to them or keep her walls in place?

Jackson is a single dad who recently moved to a new town.  He was driven and his focus was on making sure he was someone his son could look up too.  He's the type of guy who loves fiercely and isn't afraid of commitment, but his life revolves around his son.  A relationship is the last thing on his mind until he meets his match in Liv.  She's everything he wants in a partner, but he must break down her walls first....will he get his wish?

They are perfect for each other.  What start off as a few squabbles between neighbors turn into a bunch of childish funny moments.  The both enjoy tormenting each other in a friendly way...a little bit of foreplay I would say.  The chemistry between them is hot!  They both want each other, but Liv must get over her intimacy issues.  I believe that Jackson was the one that would make her open herself up to the possibility of more.  To finally find the one you surrender too completely. 

"Our lips molded together, and my hands gripped her hips, pulling her tight against me.  It would never be enough.  I wanted to crawl inside her and brand my name on her heart, making a permanent reminder that I'd been here and I was never leaving"~~Jackson

I loved her friends.  I loved how protective they are of Liv.  They are truly her family.  I also loved the relationship between Liv and Noah.  Begin with Jackson also meant begin with Noah.  She opened her heart to Noah as well and in that found happiness for both of them.  Noah needed a mother influence and Liv was that for him.  She treated him like a person, not a kid.  He respected her and in turn she fell in love with Jackson and Noah.  They found each other and what was missing from each other's lives.  

This book was sweet, romantic, and a tear jerker in a few spots.  It has the right amount of humor and the sexiness.  I would love my own Jackson...he's yummy!  This book is about finding love when you least expect.  Following your heart and learning to trust those that love you will be there to catch you.  It's about showing your best and worst parts to the one you love and that they will love you no matter what.  

I loved that this was told from both POV's.  It gave us insight to how they both were feeling.  I personally enjoy that in a book.  I enjoyed this book as much as the others in the series.  It was lovely too see Liv get her well deserved happily ever after.  Nicely done J.L. nicely done!  4.5 stars!!

About J.L. Berg

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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