Title: Ready For You
Series: Ready #3
Author: JL Berg
Publication Date: May 26, 2014
Summary: 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.
With our bags loaded, we started to make our way back to the car, weaving through the crowd and enjoying the sounds of people talking and soft music playing. I smiled when I heard a child laughing. I turned to see a child being thrown over his father’s shoulder.
“Garrett! Stop it! I’m too old to be carried!” The child laughed.
“You’re never too old to be tackled, Connor! We’ve got to get you ready for football!”
That voice—even after eight years, I would recognize it anywhere. My stomach fell to the concrete, and my feet cemented to the ground. I was frozen, completely frozen. Everything slowed. The street noise melted away, and each and every shopper disappeared until I saw him. He had the boy slung over his shoulder. They were both laughing and breathless from their horseplay. He looked older, but it was still him. He still had the same jet-black hair, emerald eyes, and dazzling smile. A beautiful blonde woman was smiling at the two of them as they joked around.
My heart finally caught up to my brain, and it felt like a jackhammer was beating hard and fast in my chest. My hands shook, and my knees suddenly felt weak and wobbly. I had no idea how much time had passed since I saw him.
I didn’t know, but it couldn’t have been long since Liv was just now noticing my crazy behavior.
“Amelia, are you okay? You look like you just saw a ghost,” she said.
When I didn’t respond, she must have glanced up because I heard her gasp. She’d seen him, too.
“I-I need to get out of here—now,” I gritted through my teeth.
“Are you sure?”
I just nodded and started to turn. I couldn’t face him. He probably hated me.
He had a kid. That hurt. My hand went to my chest, trying to rub out the pain settling there. He had a child. That meant the blonde standing next to him was probably his wife. Garrett was married. It had been eight years. Of course he would be married. I didn’t know why I was surprised, but he wasn’t supposed to be here. He had moved away. He was supposed to stay away. I couldn’t be here if he was still here. I couldn’t breathe if he was still here.
“Come on, sweetheart, let’s get to the car,” Liv said gently, grabbing my arm and guiding me toward the car.
I just gave a brief nod as I let her lead me.
We hadn’t made it three steps before I heard the words that made my heart come to a screeching halt.
“Mia? Mia, is that you?”
**A complimentary copy was provided by the author for blog tour**
~~ 5 “Never Ending Love” Stars ~~
I LOVE this series!!!! Ready for You is book three in JL Berg’s Ready Series. I have loved this series from the beginning with Clare and Logan’s story and then when we got Leah and Declan’s story. I was thrilled to know we would be getting a story about Garrett. When I met Garrett in the other books, I just knew he had a story to tell and that it would be a good one. Garrett and Mia’s story is a story about second chances, but it is so much more than that. This is a story about consequences, fear, redemption, forgiveness, and learning to let go of the past and finding your future. This was also a story about unconditional love.
“Life was a balancing act. Sometimes, there were moments that tipped the scales, and we found ourselves walking in shadows, but as long as we had those who loved us, we’d always find the light again.”….Mia
This book was flawless in my opinion. I love JL Berg’s writing style. She creates a story that makes you feel everything her characters are feeling. This book/series has everything a 5 star read should have. Ready for You is a book that will have your emotions going all over the place. You will smile, laugh, swoon, cry and even yell a little bit. But isn’t that what we all look for in a 5 star read??? This story is told from both Garrett and Mia’s POV and it is told in the present time with flashbacks to the past and what happened between the two characters 8 years ago. I thought the transitions between present and past were written very smoothly. It flowed effortlessly. I never felt confused or that I was missing out on anything. I also thought the pacing of the story was great. JL didn’t rush the reunion but she also didn’t drag it out so that you were left waiting for most of the book. I truly could go on and on about this book, but I would say you really need to read this book.
Like I said earlier….I was truly drawn to Garrett in the other books and this book just made falling for him that much easier. He was totally swoon worthy. (although I have to say all the men in this series are truly swoony) Garrett was a broken soul and my heart broke for him. I loved watching him grow into a better person as the book went on. I loved watching him learn to open himself up again and learning how to forgive and move past the past and fight for the future he wanted with Mia. Let me just say that the road to their happiness was not an easy one. They both had many hurdles to overcome. Mia was a great character also. I really liked her. I thought she handled a tough situation in the best way she knew how at her young age. She was a child who was ruled by her mother. Her mother was awful both in the past and in the present. I do have to say I was glad that as the story of her past comes to light in the book, I was glad to see that things weren’t what I had originally thought they were. Mia proved that she wanted to live her own life and that she was stronger then she gave herself credit for. I loved watching her love for Garrett and his love for her rekindle and flourish into something really special.
“I love you, Mia. I loved you when we were barely old enough to know what true love was. I loved you when you let me, and I’ve loved you every day since. No matter what happens in our lives, that will be the one constant. I will always love you.”….Garrett
We do get to see the past characters in this book. Logan, Clare, Leah and Declan are all accounted for and I thought that was fabulous. I was surprised at the huge role that Leah took in this book. She ended up being such a huge support system for both Mia and Garrett. I was happy that we got to see what all these characters were up to after each of their books. We also were introduced to Liv (Mia’s BFF) I liked her a lot. She had spunk and was sassy 😉 She is getting her own book in October and I am excited to see how love changes her!!!!
My final thought to everyone is that you definitely need to read this book/series. If you love a second chance love story, then this is one you NEED to read!!!!
About JL 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.