Where I Belong by J. Daniels

4 STARS

Release Date: February, 2017

SYNOPSIS: When Mia Corelli returns to Alabama for a summer of fun with her childhood best friend, Tessa, there’s only one thing keeping her on edge. One person that she’d do anything to avoid. Benjamin Kelly. World’s biggest dickhead. Mia hates him with a fury and has no desire to ever see him again. When she decides to start her summer off with a bang and finally give away her v-card, she unknowingly hands it over to the one guy that excelled at making her life miserable, learning a valuable lesson in the process. Always get the name of the guy you’re going home with. Ben can’t get the girl he spent one night with out of his head. When she leaves him the next morning, he thinks he’ll never see her again. Until he sees her lounging by the pool with his sister. Mia is determined to hate Ben, even though she can’t forget him. Ben is determined to prove he’s not the same guy he used to be. What happens when the one person you wish never existed becomes the one person you can’t imagine being without?


REVIEW: Parts of this book made me laugh so freakin’ hard and other parts made me clutch at my heart. Seriously, what whirlwind of emotions when the male lead used to torture the female lead as children, but now all he wants is to be with her. The way they meet again, without knowing each other, and then run into each other and realize that one-night stand the night before was actually with someone they knew. WOW. What I appreciated was how Mia didn’t just let Ben off the hook for what he did when he was younger. I love that she expressed herself and stood up for herself. That she reminded him who he had been to her, and how hard it was to reconcile that with who he is now. And luckily, Ben is here to fight for what he wants. I just felt like this was an emotional journey that was really satisfying in the end.


This story is included in the Top Shelf Romance Collection: Love Me Always

Coming October 6, 2020

Down Too Deep by J. Daniels

5 STARS!

Release Date: October 8, 2019

Publisher: Forever

SYNOPSIS

Following the sudden death of his wife, Nathan Bell has spent nearly two years burying himself in work and neglecting his biggest responsibility: his daughter. Overcome with guilt, he wants to connect with little Marley, but he doesn’t know how to do it alone. And then Jenna Savage throws him a lifeline.

A single mom of twins, Jenna is more than capable of taking care of Nate’s adorable two-year-old, and wants to help Nathan however she can. Soon, attachments are made, forcing Jenna and her kids into new territory. And the closer everyone becomes, the more right it feels.

Falling in love forces Nathan to face his biggest fear, and when hearts, both big and little, are on the line, the only thing scarier than needing someone is losing them all.

REVIEW

This damn book. I loved every moment of it. Single parent romances are just so heartwarming, and this one even more so.

J. Daniels does such a good job at actually making the children characters that fuel the story. I fell in love with the kids, which made me so much more invested in the main characters and the interactions they had with each other’s children. It was impossible to not to feel for Nathan. And Jenna is just what he needs. There are some ups and downs, but not over the top drama which I also appreciated. I’m so very happy I picked this one up, and now I’m going to add the previous books in the Dirty Deeds series to my TBR!

Thank you to Forever for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

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