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- Language: English
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Carter and Nella have claimed a spot on my favorite couple list. The story was engaging and strong. You kept me engaged, so much that I read the book on less than a 24hr period. I fell for the strong characters, the faith, the trust they showed. I had a few hand flapping moments and I love when a book gets a physical reaction from me.
You are a proven Indie author who has made her presence known. You have done it again, and I am absolutely proud to have one-clicked your baby.
Much love, respect and admiration. You have a beautiful thing here with this series and I can't wait to see what the next book brings. Bravo!!!
The “secret” is revealed to the readers in the first chapter so it’s only a secret to the rest of the characters. In that scenario, it’s not a spoiler so there’s really no point in concealing it in the blurb when one of the main purposes of a book description is to establish the premise of the book to attract the right readers to the story. Otherwise you have frustrated readers.
See Nella’s a college student like her friends who we’ve met in this series. And initially her situation is a bit déjà vu of Ava’s in the previous book. So right off the bat, I was frustrated that this had elements of a repeat plot. Except I really liked Ava’s story and thought she made a great heroine. Nella, on the other hand, instantly rubbed me the wrong way. I don’t understand why you would hide having a child from your friends, especially knowing how supportive and inclusive they were of Ava’s son. While I did believe that Nella cared for her daughter, her actions made it seem like she was ashamed of her. And as a mom myself, that’s just not cool. Add to that, Nella seemed naïve, and she constantly lamented her situation, which didn’t make her a sympatric character; it just made her pathetic.
Then there’s Carter Jacobs, the hero and baby daddy who he doesn’t know it. Again this is the premise of the romantic angle. The real reveals or “mysteries” in this story are how they work this all out, and how the hell does Nella and Carter hang with the same circle of friends and Carter does not only not know that they have a kid together but also doesn’t recognize Nella? Well that’s where you have to swallow a big load of suspension of disbelief, prepare for some predictability, and resist rolling your eyes at a very contrived situation that only gets sillier and makes the main characters look denser the longer it plays out. Thank god this boy isn’t a math major or he’d have flunked out by now. On top of that, he has a tendency, especially in the beginning, to sound like a whiney brat.
What’s also a turn-off about Carter is that he’s apparently been a one night stand kind of guy simply to irritate his father. *WHAT?* Yeah, I can’t even begin to articulate how immature and illogical it is to sleep around just to spite your jerk of a dad, especially since he was acting just like him.
And that gets to the second big issue with this story—it’s 2017 and this sexist double standard where the heroine is celibate after losing her virginity while the hero screws around is not only outdated but it’s NOT romantic. In fact, the romance is pretty light, the steam factor rather low (or late to the game), and the new adult coming of age vibe decidedly high. And yet safe sex is downplayed and condom usage not shown, brushed off with an offhand comment after having sex that “We took care of that awkward conversation about protection and previous partners—for him—out of the way earlier today.” Yet, these are scenes that should be developed in a new adult book. Instead the route taken is one where Nella absolves him of any guilt for sleeping around while patting herself on the back for staying true to the one she loved.
On the plus side, there isn’t any OW or OM drama, and Carter does grow up and, by the end, I found him much more likable guy. Nella, however, I never connected with. There were some intriguing angles to their situation that kept me reading, but the details and the execution was where it lost its appeal.
Told by Carter and Nella’s dual first person POV, this story is plotted for readers who enjoy secret baby plots with an extra convoluted angle of secret identities. There’s no point in disguising it because it’s the kind of plot that either appeals to you or it doesn’t. I personally don’t feel that children should ever be “secrets that can never be shared” as the blurb refers. They are innocent human beings, not skeletons in your closet. So if you really want an engaging story about a single young mom negotiating new love and past missteps, then I totally recommend The No Bad Boy Rule in this series. It exhibits much better life lessons and far more likable main characters.
This story was a quick read that immediately sucked me in. I was curious to keep turning the pages to find out Nella & Carter's story. To find out the big secret. The reader finds out right away, so the secrecy is between the group of friends. Although I wasn't a big fan of some of the choices made by the heroine, I still liked the story. The author's writing kept it flowing and kept it interesting, even though I had a pretty good guess at how it would turn out.
If you're looking for a quick read with likable characters and a story that will make you want to keep reading, grab this one today.