Worth The Wait (Kingston Ale House #4) - A.J. Pine
I like to think of myself as a man of pleasure
I enjoy a good pint of ale, being in the arms of a beautiful woman, and living by my own rules. The only thing I try to avoid? Commitment. And I’ve got a three-year success rate to prove it.
I wasn’t planning on Grace—the beautiful, funny, totally off-limits massage therapist who keeps popping up in my life. She’s on a six-month mission to rid her life of toxins. No alcohol. No red meat. And, yeah, no men. I’m talking full-on man cleanse.
I know I should walk away, but I can’t…and the only way to keep her in my life is to live by her rules. I’ll need to prove to a woman who’s lost all trust in men that I’m worthy of her love. And do it all without so much as a single kiss.
The only problem? If I win, I’ll lose the one thing I swore I’d never give up. My heart.
My Review - 5 Stars
This book made me so happy! I swear I had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading. Jeremy had so many swoon-worthy gentlemanly moments and I was inspired by Grace's determination to live a better, more independent life. I loved watching them fall for one another!
If I could transport myself to Kingston Ale House, I would do it in a heartbeat. That's how much I've come to love the crew at the center of this series. Jamie could teach me more about the fine art of beer-making, Brynn would help me be a better numbers person, I'd go shopping with Holly, I'd listen to Will's accent for ages, and, of course, Annie and I would talk about books all the live long day, while Wes and I discuss the finer points of writing.
In Worth The Wait, we finally get to see what makes Jeremy tick and we meet the lovely Grace. Their goals were at complete odds- Jeremy wants to hook up, while Grace is on a man cleanse- but there's something about Grace that draws Jeremy in. Maybe he's initially intrigued by the challenge but it quickly becomes something more.
While Grace is the one who started the fast, it turns out Jeremy needs it as well. They both need to reflect on their past choices and figure out what's behind it all. This part was especially interesting to me because it's so different from my own relationship style. I generally see red flags from a mile away and run away from those guys, whereas Grace ran toward them and Jeremy decided he was done with relationships altogether.
Jeremy and Grace both need to learn to trust their instincts and each other. It's not an easy process and my heart really went out to both of them. Grace has the hardest time with this, particularly with one thing she refuses to tell her family about. This kind of drove me crazy because, of all people, they would have been the most equipped to handle the situation but I could also understand her drive to figure things out on her own.
Just as they're becoming friends, Jeremy's ex learns about Grace's man cleanse and turns it into a news story. This part had the potential to be the same old thing but Pine turned it on its head as Grace made some refreshing moves. This is a big part of why I loved this book so much. It was thoroughly enjoyable and I loved watching the characters navigate whatever life threw at them. And I loved, loved, loved watching their friendship turn into something more, even though the man cleanse stipulated they couldn't act on their feelings. This made for some hot scenes and the resolution was more than gratifying.
Plus, it's clear Pine is a White Sox fan so she has my eternal fandom. At one point, Jeremy's ex comes over wearing a Cubs shirt and I liked to think of this as proof she was the villain. Even if she technically wasn't. Sorry not sorry!
Jeremy and Grace's story was a great way to close out this fun series. All the books can be read as standalones and I read them out of order myself. If you're looking for an enjoyable read, Worth The Wait is worth your time. I can't wait to see what Pine comes up with next!
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Jamie Kingston has been Brynn Chandler's best friend since middle school. Only once was their friendship tested—when Brynn gave Jamie a single kiss. Since then, they've had an unspoken agreement never to cross that line again, and she’s ready to let go of the past and move on.
But Jamie has loved Brynn for as long as he can remember, and now that he's ready to tell her, she has her sights set on someone else. Knowing this is his last chance, he asks Brynn to go on a two-week road trip. But their time alone brings old hurts to the surface, and Brynn has to decide if the one that got away lies at the end of the journey or if he's been by her side all along.
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The second I met Will Evans in his three-piece suit with that hot as hell British accent, I wanted him.
That is...until he insulted my shoes and stole my corner office.
Now I have to work side-by-side with the surly British arsehole who just set my career back six months.
It's fine. That accent won't get to me, no matter how sexy it sounds when he asks permission to do things professionals shouldn't do. On the couch. In the corner office I still wish was mine.
Maybe we can't keep our hands off each other, but I'm sure as hell not falling for a guy who lives an ocean away. Because in six months, he's leaving for good.
I don't do broken hearts, but you know what they say...
There's a first time for everything.
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(My review here.)
Synopsis: She's holding out for a happy ever after.
I know where to find my happily ever after—between the pages of a romance novel. It’s why I sell books, why I blog about them, and why I’ll never get disappointed by love.
So what if my brother’s best friend from high school is now a bestselling author? Or that he just blew back into town on a Harley, filling out a pair of jeans like he never did before? Or that he’s agreed to do a signing at my bookstore on such short notice? Because despite all his adoring female fans, I kind of hated his book.
The last time I saw Annie Denning, she was a senior in high school, three years older than me and way out of my league.
Now I’m her last-minute date to a wedding, and what started as a night of pure fun has turned into something more real than either of us anticipated.
Annie is my muse. When I’m with her, my writer’s block fades away, and the words finally flow.
The only problem? She wants the fairy tale—her very own happily ever after—and anyone who’s read my book knows the truth. I just don’t believe they exist.
About The Author
AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, her books have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes) and, of course, a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires and superheroes. And in the midst of all of this, you’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago burbs.
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