Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review of When You're Ready by J. L. Berg

Title: When You'r Ready ( Ready #1)
Author: J.L. Berg
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 444 pages
Released: July 18, 2013


Years after suffering the tragic loss of her husband, Ethan, which left her alone to raise their young daughter, Clare Murray still holds the last letter he wrote with the words "When You're Ready" written in his familiar messy handwriting, unable to break its weathered seal. Ready for what? He was her entire world, and Clare had accepted a life without him, without love. Until years later, fate brings her to an emergency room, and face to face with a stormy-eyed doctor intent on changing her mind.

Son of a billionaire, Logan Matthews has spent his life trying to make his absentee father proud. Without a family to depend on, all he's ever wanted is a place to call home. After a failed marriage, Logan believes he's unworthy of love...until he meets a woman who awakens his spirit and transforms his entire life in an instant.

But how far are Clare and Logan willing to go for love? Can his love mend the pieces of her grieving heart?

When their love is tested, is Clare ready to put her whole heart on the line again? Can Logan learn the true meaning of love, even if it means sacrificing his own happiness? When a second chance at love is given, Clare and Logan learn you are never truly ready until you're ready to risk it all.


Hold on to your hearts and bring out the tissues! Yes, I really mean it.

As our book begins, Clare's husband Ethan is writing a letter to her to be opened "when she is ready". He is dying and wants to make sure his last words to her will help her rebuild her life after he is gone. Of that does not set the mood for you... please note that he is leaving behind his wife that adores him and his little girl, Madie, who is barely two years old.

Three years later, Clare is back at the same hospital in the ER. Madie is sick with a possible concussion and Clare is freakin' out. She is afraid to lose Madie, feels the guilt that Madie hurt herself and she did not realize how bad it was until a couple of hours after Madie fell. To top it off, she keeps having flashbacks to when Ethan was dying at this hospital.

And then her whole world is flipped over backwards when she meets the doctor in charge in the ER... Logan Matthews. Cupid must have been hiding in the ER somewhere because Logan, Clare and Madie end up feeling the incredible pull to each other. Beyond a doubt, they all feel they should be bound together and the trust and love should begin.

I enjoyed reading this story. It is not all peaches and cream after they meet, but it is a story of a courtship. The courtship a man conducts to seduce his future partner as well as the courtship for the love of a child without a father who opens up this very unusual and kind man.

Put your DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door and enjoy this story like I did.

About the Author

I’m a California native, who lives in the South – Virginia to be exact. I still prefer sushi to fried chicken, avocados to okra, and I absolutely loathe humidity. I do love watching the seasons change though. My husband and I have been here for ten years, and I still get giddy like a school girl every time it snows.

I’m married to my high school sweetheart. We were married young, barely out of high school. Everyone told us we were crazy and stupid. We’ll be celebrating 12 years of marriage this year, and I love him more every single day. We’re living proof that true love knows no age limit.

We’ve been blessed with two beautiful daughters who continue to amaze and inspire me, and are probably making me go a bit insane. I’m obsessed with yoga and pilates and am a complete chocoholic. I apologize in advance for the amount of sweets in my book.

I’m absolutely obsessed with romance novels (duh) and probably could have built a vacation home with the amount of money I’ve invested in them over the years. Romance novels take you to another place, making your heart race, emotions swell, passion run free. After so many years of meeting hundreds of fictional characters and discovering their worlds, I found myself creating my own.

I am represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

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