3.5 stars Everything did happen for a reason FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED She loves him He loves her But sometimes love just isn t that easy When Shane Michaels returns to his home town to help out an old friend, he never expected to run into his old flame Melanie Peterson The one he could never have, because she was dating his best friend Brad in high school The one who also betrayed this best friend and who broke his heart Shane still holds Mel responsible for sending Brad off the deep end ever since the moment they broke up What he doesn t know though, is that perhaps Mel never really was to blame for what happened with his friend and that the break up wasn t her fault either Still, it s what he s always made to believe So, when he runs into her, he doesn t exactly treat her kindly But running into her also makes all his old feelings come back full force and they re becoming harder and harder to ignoreEven after all these years apart, my damn heart was incredibly sensitive when it came to Mel I still wanted her, needed her Mel has always had a crush on Shane as well, but since Brad asked her out first, she s had to keep those feelings at bay Seeing Shane again makes her remember her past feelings and despite his odd behavior, she can t deny the way he makes her feel Still, her past has made her weary of trusting men and when it comes to priorities in life, her five year old son Jake will always come firstI really wanted him For once, could life just throw me a bone and let me have some cake I loved cake, I missed cake To be honest, I wasn t a big fan of the way Shane treated Mel at first I know that Brad was his best friend for years, but still it seemed pretty obvious that Mel wasn t to blame in the whole situation and if he would have just opened his eyes a little further, he would have realized that a lot sooner Admittedly, his behavior did undergo a complete 180 during the second half of the story, and he did make up for his slightly jerkish behavior Mel, on the other hand, was a strong independent heroine, even though I felt like she should have cleared up her painful past with Brad a lot sooner to Shane That way, a lot of miscommunication could have been avoided.Overall, Waiting On My Reason was a quick, easy to read story with some funny, romantic scenes as well as some angsty ones My only complaint was that the many lies and the miscommunication that existed between the two main characters made it hard for me to fully connect with them Also, the story was quite short which is why the ending felt a bit rushed Still, I enjoyed the author s writing style and I will surely read books by her in the future.If you re looking for a sweet, engaging standalone romance, this one s definitely worth giving a tryARC courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review ARC provided by Author for an honest review Thank You Devon Ashley.3.5 4 StarsWhat I liked 1 Shane, towards the last half of the book.2 Jake3 Mel s friends4 Mel s Shane s relationship once they get together.5 Dual POV6 Very fast paced the whole way through.7 Shane Jake s relationship This story is a friends to lovers book with a cute kid thrown in to the mix I really loved the dynamic of Shane s relationship with Jake They were cute and funny together Shane did a great job in taking on a new role in his life and I thought how he learned the ropes of being around a child, was handle very well.Shane and Mel don t start off with their best foot forward For awhile I didn t love Shane or his thoughts and accusations towards Mel He was too quick to jump the gun before getting the nitty gritty truth He was so blinded by his former friend, Brad, that he wasn t sure who s side to take Brad s or Mel s.I liked Mel a lot She wasn t a weak heroine and knew what she wanted and couldn t deal with She knew when to cut her loses I felt like she had a good balance about her We had no whiny, wishy washy, crying jag chick Not Mel I loved the way she flowed off the pages of the book As for Mel and Shane s relationship I actually liked how these two became so deeply involved once they are together It helped that they were good friends back in high school and secretly had feelings for each other Their relationship flowed well once they got passed certain issues and apologies were made This story was laced with accusations, lies, secrets, and betrayal Shane was thrown smack dab in to the middle of it all, not knowing who was right or who was wrong Eventually he figures it out, right before he s too late However, this book is also laced with some good steamy moments, a few laughs, great secondary cast of friends, sweet Shane moments, a few teary moments, and Shane s love, devotion and strength he eventually graces us with towards Mel Jake. 3.5 StarsWaiting On My Reason was an engrossing and quick read It was a second chance romance full of chemistry with danger and suspense that made for an exciting read Once I sat down I breezed right through, rapidly clicking the pages to find out what would happen next Shane and Melanie had Brad in common through high school Brad was Shane s best friend and Melanie was Brad s girlfriend Shane planned on asking Melanie out back then but the day he was going to do it, Brad swooped in before him, and asked Mel himself Shane had to endure watching his best friend and Mel together all the while wishing it was him in Brad s place Mel loved Brad for a time, but gradually Shane crept into her heart The attraction and pull between them was strong, but Mel knew she could never act on it After Shane moved away, things between Brad degenerated with his constant drinking, and an unexpected series of events changed Mel s plans for the future for good Shane is back in town but his reasons stir up trouble and danger for Mel Much of this story is unwinding lies and truths between Shane and Mel when they finally cross paths again five years later I wanted to shake Shane than a few times and make him check his facts before hurling accusations Mel was understandably ticked for Shane jumping to conclusions, but she prolonged some of these misunderstandings as well by refusing to explain Just when I was starting to get really impatient these two finally started talking thankfully and their long held back feelings came out in full force Tell me what you want He leaned into me for a moment, his lips against my ear Say it s me That sent a shiver through my body, made my lower jaw actually twitch I swallowed hard Of course I want you Shane and Mel had sizzling chemistry and their pent up desires from years of longing make for quite an explosion when they finally give in Throughout this story Mel runs into danger, and I just hoped nothing truly horrible would happen My nerves were on edge several times Devon Ashley s writing is captivating, and entertaining However, I did feel the ending was a little rushed, and issues that came up earlier in the story were not fully addressed I was pleased with the overall outcome, but I wished the future was a little fleshed out, and an epilogue would ve been welcome With that all said, this story had me hooked from the first page, and I really enjoyed the ride A copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review Thank you 7 10 14 Did you know the little boy in Waiting on my Reason was inspired by my own toddler Gotta love superheroes 01 07 14 To the B TCH VIRUS that crashed my computer, made my operating system disappear as if I never had one, made me spend fifteen hours repairing and rewriting code for nothing, and eventually led me to wipe my computer for the second time in four months You timed your tirade perfectly, you monstrous bastard Not only was I in the middle of creating ARCs to send out for this novel, but I m two weeks shy of my release date with lots to do So yeah, that makes me a little bitchy And when I get bitchy, I get pissy And when I get pissy, I tend to throw things It s not my fault life gave you the shitty end of the stick But it s okay Cleansing breath literally because you reek I will rise above it, because I am better than you, and I won t take my PMS issues out on other people Because And because you obviously don t know how to get along well with others But like I said, it s okay I ve fixed it, said my peace, and now I m ready to move on So, first off For those of you who signed up through AToMR to receive ARCS of Waiting on my Reason Hugsies I m up and running again, so you should have your copy by the end of the day So now life is sunshine and daisies again Cupcake 12 18 13 Excited for Waiting on my Reason Get the sidebar banner code She Loves Him He Loves Her But Sometimes Love Just Isn T That Easy Everything Happens For A Reason I Just Wish I Knew The Why Behind Mine Five Years Ago, Graduation Wasn T What It Was Supposed To Be Publicly Humiliated, Melanie Was Than Happy To Kiss Off Her High School Sweetheart But In Doing So, She Lost Than Just Her Boyfriend, She Lost The Only Other Guy She Truly Cared For His Best Friend, ShaneShane Loathed The Idea Of Returning To His Small Hometown He Just Wanted To Get In, Help His Best Friend Manage A Legal Matter, And Get The Hell Back Out Again But He Wasn T Expecting To Run Into The One Girl Who Got Away, Who Always Held A Piece Of His Heart Despite The Animosity That Lingered Melanie Could Ve Been The One, But After Everything That Happened, Trust Was A Serious IssueShe Just Wanted To Do Right By Her Son He Just Wanted To Do Right By His Best Friend And Just When They Thought They Could Find The Strength To Forgive The Sins Of The Past, Secrets And Lies Bubble To The Surface, Threatening To Push Them Irrevocably ApartNew Adult Romantic SuspenseLanguage And Sexual ContentOfficial Book Page This ended up being a quick read but pretty damn good Besides that asshole Brad, I loved every character I swooned over Shane Melanie is raising her son and managing a bar in her hometown In walks Shane, a blast from her past Back in high school Melanie dated Brad, Brad and Shane were best friends, and Shane and Mel became friends Shit took a nosedive 5 years ago Shane moved out of town, and Brad went off the deep end drinking and eventually ran off She s been raising her son on her own She also cared for Brads ailing grandmother, while he was too selfish Shane s in town to handle a legal matter for Brad and when he sees Mel he has conflicted emotions He actually had longed for his best friends girl, but after she hurt and betrayed Brad, Shane turned his back on her He thinks she s a cheating whore But he still has lingering feelings He treats her like crap, never giving her the benefit of the doubt She knows that he has no clue what has transpired with Brad, if he did maybe he wouldn t be so mean As Shane is trying to help Brad, who is a strung out dick head, he s learning that maybe his best friend isn t the stand up guy he thought he was Melanie isn t the whore lying thief They both learn how they were betrayed and manipulated by someone they once loved They both learn Brad is a super dickhead asshole that doesn t deserve shit At least that s how I thought Brad was such a prick, back in high school His true colors towards Mel and Shane come out and I hated him This wasn t a frustrating read because of lies and manipulations The flow of the book was really good and once things start getting revealed Mel and Shane are able to say how they really feel and Shane is one hell of a sweet guy No high angst and unnecessary garbage between them Jake is one adorable little guy and a fun character in the story The way Shane was with little man was adorable. Review Originally Posted at Book FreakShane was in love with Mel since the first time he saw her But when his best friend Brad get to asked her first, he stood aside and became a friend He fought for his feelings, and kept it bottled inside him since he didn t want to hurt his best friend Years later, everything has changed He didn t want to go back to his hometown but Brad asked for his help What he didn t expect was to run into Melanie he also didn t expect all those old familiar, strong emotions to surface However, TRUST had become a serious issue between them There s that big fat elephant around the room, and he just can t ignore it You going to be able to get over her a second time Because I don t think you ever got over her the first time, man Melanie s life wasn t supposed to end this way She was publicly humiliated, the stigma was still attached to her name five years after graduation She was just really happy to break it off with her high school sweetheart But she didn t just lost him, she lost someone she cared a lot as well, his best friend, Shane Now he s back, he s throwing threats, and accusations to her face, and all she wanted to do was to protect her son, just as much he wanted to protect Brad Her boy is really a sweetheart She has her secrets, and she opted to shut her mouth and allow the tongues to swag without contradicting or affirming to anything.He was loyal to a fault.She was keeping secrets.See the trouble here If Shane would just hear her side, and Mel would just tell him and me what happened back then, everything would have been sailing smoothly, they can kiss and make up, begin their lives together and cut my agony in half.Instead, they all suffer with me , as I continue to read, a little frustrated at the both of them for being hard headed Shane was nice to her, then would turn cold and angry the next minute once he realized why he was there for.It was one big secret after the other, one lie on top of the other I think the first surprise might have just made my jaws dropped, then here comes another bomb which is much stronger, and much surprising than the first one So I guess, after all the frustration and puffing I had in the first chapters, the wait was just worth it ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review. I seriously love all of Devon Ashley s books This one was emotional and romantic all at the same time My full review will be up closer to release day 4.5 Stars I received an ARC of Waiting On My Reason from the author yay , but that in no way holds any bearing to the following review I loved so much about this book Which was not surprising, Devon Ashley has been an author that constantly puts out books that I love This one in particular was so fantastic to me, mainly for how well she portrayed the role of being a single mother, and the many worries and thoughts that can be worrisome for a person in that position I spent the first 4 years of my daughter s life being a young single mother I turned down a number of suitors for the very fears that Mel had in this book You re right I know you are It s just hard to let someone in I mean, this has been my life My kid My burden to carry I don t know how to share that responsibility, even with someone who might be willing to take that on Mel from Waiting On My Reason I spent the first few years in a relationship worrying about that very responsibility weighing too heavily on my significant other All around I felt just how relatable so many aspects of this book were The close friend from childhood that as you grow into adulthood is virtually unrecognizable I m not sure if one adult can say they didn t have at least one friend that they can share that sentiment about And how tragic is that It seems like such a cruel thing, but one that so many people share in common And Shayne being so reluctant to let go of that relationship with Brad, I understood that completely When you have so many great memories with someone, and they were such an important part of your life, it can be so hard to let that go, even when all the good that remains are just that, memories I suffer greatly from the same reluctance There were so many different stories all rolled up into one awesome book, fading friendships, the unexpected turns in life, a single mother s struggle, the very real effects of prolonged substance abuse, letting the past go and moving forward, and another personal favorite.looking at all the hardships and unexpected struggles and instead of dwelling on the whys of it all, just accepting that life gets terrible and dark sometimes, but that just makes all the good things and bright days shine even brighter Basically if you are looking for an interesting story, with a few great twists and turns, along with some very lovely, well written characters coming to terms with life and moving forward, then Waiting On My Reason is a great book for you to pick up You can find this review on my blog i read the description of this book i said to myself that i had to read this one ,cause it sounded so good,and of course,because this is not the first book written by Devon Ashley that i wanted to read.So,when i received the arc for the review i was very,very,very happy I started reading the book ASAP and i can admit that i liked it from the first page,even if there it wasn t much.But my point is that once i started reading it i couldn t stop.This is not the first time when something like this happens to me..So This book is about two people who from the beginning ,from the first day they met,lied about their feelings,but after a few years everything changes All Melanie wanted was to be left alone ,so she could take care of her son and forget about the past.About the lies and all the bad things.I liked her attitude and her way of letting Shane know that she wasn t interested.That was at fist,what s next is sooo much better Even if she had to work so much and spend less time with her son,all she wanted for him was the best and she tried to protect him every single day.That s what is important But everything turnes upside down when her ex s best friend comes back in town and confronts her about something Yikes I loved Shane,but i admit that i wanted to slap some sens in him.He was charming and interesting,but somehow he managed to let himself be tricked by a a drunk guy.And that s why i wanted to slap him..I guess.When i started to read from his point of view i was happy and i was glad that i could read what he was thinking when he was around Mel or what he thought about the situation Brad put him in.It was perfect.And..Yikes Both him ,and Mel where too stubborn and i liked that.It was fun how they acted when they were together,that until the point when they started to yell.My favorite moment When Melanie told Shane the truth about why everyone hated her..and the reason why Shane thought bad about her.Double Yikes This wasn t just a simple story.This was about a single mother whose life wasn t simple at all.All she ever wanted was to raise her son and never think about the past.But the past doesn t disapear.Exactly when you don t expect,it comes back and makes you remember everything.
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- 275 pages
- Waiting On My Reason
- Devon Ashley
- 16 September 2018 Devon Ashley