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UNTIL NOW (Not Yet Series #2) by LAURA WARD


4.5 STAR REVIEW : UNTIL NOW by LAURA WARD

Standalone in a series
Swoony romance with a sports theme, a sexy quarterback, a single Mum and delightful little boy

‘He was tender and adoring, and I felt special around him. I felt… more. ‘

UNTIL NOW is available to purchase below

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until nowSYNOPSIS

Focus. 
Dean Goldsmith is Indiana University’s star quarterback, and his dreams are about to come true. His undefeated season means he has a legitimate shot at the NFL. If he stays focused. Football comes first. 

College senior and single mother, Grace Yeates, is determined to defy the odds. She is months away from graduating with a business degree, something no one thought she would be able to pull off while raising a four-year-old. All she has to do is focus on her number one priority—her son. Family comes first. 

Distraction.
Dean has no time for distractions, but when a gorgeous, snarky, redheaded waitress refuses to tell him her name, he can’t seem to focus on anything else. 

Grace knows she can’t let herself get caught up in a guy, particularly a man-whore like Dean, no matter how charming or sexy. She has two hearts to look out for now and no room for a Dean-sized distraction.

Complications.
Everyone in Dean’s life agrees that Grace is the kind of complication his career doesn’t need. Grace knows that Dean is the kind of risk her heart shouldn’t want. 

But what if the last person you think you need, the one you shouldn’t want, becomes the one you can’t live without? Can their biggest distraction actually be the focus they were missing all along? 


Until Now (2)

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

“The strongest woman I knew needed something from me. Not football, not my family, not my friends, nothing had made me feel like more of a man.”

Do your hearts a favour and pick up a copy of this book because it is totally swoon worthy, A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E and sweet with a good dose of steam! Until Now left us grinning from ear to ear as we fell completely in love with this utterly charming, tender, witty and heart-warming story!

Until Now delivered so much that we love in a romance, and Laura Ward gave us a fave book boyfriend in the sexy, romantic, very cocky and swoooony Quarterback, Dean Goldsmith who met his match in the lovely, sensitive and resilient Grace Yeates, a young single Mum to Finn, the most delightful, funny and loveable little munchkin you could ever meet. Finn completely stole our heartswell, all the characters in Until Now did to be honest.

“Do you love her? Or are you trying to save her?

Is this story for you? Well, if you crave a beautifully crafted story and love your romance with a football theme. If you savour observing a strong, focused man fall to pieces over a beautiful girl who makes him work for her affections. If your heart skips a beat while witnessing and falling in love with the banter and adoration between an entertaining little 4 year old and a sexy hero…then grab this book. If you love banter between a guy and his mates and if you love the perfect balance of sport, romance and those awwww moments then we’re telling you now, you will be in romance heaven with Dean and Grace’s story in their words!

“Let me get to know you. Let me in.”

We were enamoured with every character in this story, with the secondary characters playing a huge role in Grace and Deans (and little Finn’s) love story. Dean’s family were fab! The Goldsmith D’s were so loving and fun. We want to gatecrash their Christmas this year! Dean’s mates, including the luscious Landon who we met in Not Yet all added to the overall feel and enjoyment of this story.

For Dean Goldsmith football is his priority. Whilst he likes to dabble in the ladies, it is football where his focus is centred. He’s about to complete college and it’s highly probably he’ll be drafted in the NFL. This guy is going places and he doesn’t need distractions, especially of the relationship variety. It’s football…football…football for this Dean!

Grace Yeates is a determined young lady who has had her share of pain and heartbreak in her past and is set on completing a degree in order to make a better life for her and the love of her life, her dear little boy, Finn. She too, needs no distractions, making sacrifices and dedicating everything she has to Finn, his well-being and his future.

We really felt the connection between Dean and Grace as nothing felt forced – the heat and chemistry between them sizzled and the bond between them all had our hearts drowning in happiness but it wasn’t all plain sailing for Dean and Grace, however the conflict, when it came was resolved in a manner that flowed perfectly and didn’t drag on for the sake of prolonging drama.

‘Grace was the most special person I had ever known. I felt like a beast had been unleashed inside my body. Like King Fucking Kong, I would trample anyone ever tried to hurt her again.’

Laura Ward writes from the heart and we can’t help but feel the love she has for her characters: it leaps off the pages and into our hearts as we give ourselves over to the warmth of her words. She left our hearts happy, acquainting us to characters who have left an indelible mark on us both. Another winner from this author and now…. we just need Jon and Daisy’s story…because we’re greedy like that! A definite recommend from us!

 THE NOT YET SERIES by LAURA WARD
Each book can be read as a standalone

Not Yet Series

Not Yet Book One :  our review | amazon us | amazon uk
Until Now Book Two : our review | amazon us | amazon uk

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NOT YET by LAURA WARD

not yet

SYNOPSIS

Emma Harris is learning that life is just a series of lessons. 

Lesson #1: Nothing goes the way you plan.
Lesson #2: You can’t trust men. Especially not the pretty ones.
Lesson #3: Turns out, appearances are almost always deceiving.

Emma thinks she has life all figured out, and what she knows isn’t good. For years, she’s put her big sister, who was born with Down syndrome, first. Now Emma’s ready to start her own life, but fate has other plans. To do the right thing for the sister she loves, Emma’s dreams will just have to wait.

She doesn’t plan on meeting Landon — a rich, flirtatious jock, who never has to wait for anything. Not for attention, not for money, and certainly not for girls. Meeting Emma marks the first time in his life that he’s had to fight for something. And Landon doesn’t know how to lose.

Emma has no interest in wasting her summer with a superficial guy like Landon. But very soon she realizes she is wrong about him. The question is, can she trust him? Or will he let her down like every other guy in her life? But most importantly, can Emma trust herself enough to live the life she’s always dreamed of?

Life has a way of sneaking in the most important lessons when you aren’t looking. And once the heart gets involved, that’s when the real learning begins.

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Not Yet

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G✯✯✯✯ heartfelt stars!

What a beautiful, heart-warming and sweet read this was Gitte. I adored this book! It carried such an important message, had a host of engaging and loveable characters…not to mention a twist that made me gasp!

“I won’t give up on you, and I won’t give up on us.”

When we were sent this book to review the author expressed such a love for her secondary characters that we wanted to meet them immediately. After meeting them it’s easy to see why Laura Ward loves them so much. They were inspiring and captivating and completely stole my heart with their innocence and honesty and with their hopes and aspirations they showed us that despite their disabilities they wanted to achieve the same things in life we all do.

“At the end of the day, people with disabilities are just people. Treat them with respect, just like you treat anyone else. Talk to them normally – just like anyone else. And, this is the hard part, hold them to the same expectations you hold everyone else…… if you can do that, you’ll learn something magical.”

And I did learn something magical! I also fell head over heels for our hero Landon. Oh sure, at first glance he came across as an over indulged, cocky good looking rich boy, but his cheekiness soon gave way to something much deeper. Boy, did this guy grow in character! My heart was in fear of bursting at times with the sensitivity and beauty of what lay beneath the facade.

“You’re all in my head. I can’t stop thinking about you.”
“Good. You’ve gotten to me, too.”

Emma had made a lot of sacrifices but never felt owed. Everything she did what out of love and loyalty to her family and she had built up some pretty big walls and had some strong ideas about men. Watching Landon break those walls was a sight to behold and both learnt life lessons along the way.

“I think he loves you, and I think you should love him back.”

If readers are looking for a heartfelt, sweet, witty, beautiful romantic story that’s also inspiring with a deep sense of hope and love then Not Yet is a definite recommended read. Even though I found the start a little hard to get into, I soon settled in and became immersed in story. How did you feel Gitte?

Gitte: I absolutely fell in love with this story. I will admit to struggling in the beginning, however once the momentum built and the Author hit her stride; when her heart started to make her words pound and reverberate into mine, I fell in love and felt every emotion, character struggle and every ounce of courage. Fear of what we don’t know nor understand can have a face. It’s a face we all need to get to know because it can be magical and beautiful and its innocence shines as bright as a star in the night sky.

‘Life Lesson: There are times in life when people cause you to think you have lost it all. That it will never get better. That you will never recover. These are the times when the only thing to do is to pick your head up, look those assholes right in the eye, and fucking finish strong.’

There’s some absolutely amazing and extremely important messages in Not Yet woven into an inspiring romance and it’s beautifully executed. Landon was a gorgeous young man who went through an amazing transformation. He showed what was truly behind a ‘society and family’ inspired façade. It was always in him but it was brought to the surface by the quiet and unassuming Emma. Such a sweet and driven girl who wanted the world to see the beauty in life, love and humanity.

‘He was special, and he was everything I never knew I needed in my life.’

There are so many ‘not yet’s’ in life, some more poignant than others and Emma’s and Landon’s ‘Not Yet’ was such a beauty; so meaningful, so incredibly sweet and innocent and so awe inspiring.

“Remember…it’s just not yet for us.”

Life lessons ~ Laura Ward truly shows the importance of standing up for what you believe in no matter how strongly the resulting spotlight shines on you. Definitely a highly recommended read from me too!

**Reviewed off an ARC copy provided by the author**

 NOT YET by LAURA WARD
AMAZON USAMAZON UK | AMAZON AU 
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