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Mandy Reynolds needs a reset on life in so many ways. Her acting career isn’t exactly where she’d hoped it to be. She can’t even get a job as a germ for a commercial. When she inherits half a house she sees it as a sign and heads home to Heavenly Falls, Illinois. She’ll sell the house, and use the money to take her career to the next level in Los Angeles. That is if she can convince her hard-headed––and stupidly gorgeous–– ex-stepbrother, Alex Noonan, to sell fast.

The last time Alex saw Mandy, she was a gangly teen, who followed him around like a sad puppy. But she’s grown into a smart and funny woman, who is as frustrating as she is beautiful. The fact that they have to live in the house––together––while they fix it up, is one temptation he doesn’t need. And while he’s having fun spending time with her, she’s moving on soon, and he needs time to heal.

Plus, she has no idea he’s got a secret that could put a monkey wrench in all of her plans.

Title:  Worth the Wait
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Author:  Traci Douglass
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 9, 2020
Publisher:  Entangled – Bliss
My Rating:  4 stars

Worth the Wait is a standalone romance that, with the addition of the secondary characters we’ve met, I would enjoy seeing become a series… but that’s me.  I like knowing what happens to people I meet in stories later on, and I’d really like to know what happens with some of the people I met.

Take one broke actress who can’t get an acting break, and one recovering, former IRS criminal agent dealing with PTSD – toss in the fact that they are former step-siblings (their respective parents have divorced so it’s not an issue now) who have jointly inherited a house that one wants to sell fast and the other wants to keep as a refuge… and you have an interesting story, almost an enemies to lovers feeling to Mandy and Alex’s romance.

I enjoyed Worth the Wait, it’s full of banter, anger, laughter, and learning to adjust to a new, unexpected life.  The story flowed smoothly, the characters believable, even though I do have questions (which is why I’d love to see a series) having those answers wouldn’t have changed my enjoyment of the story.  Alex is in such a dark place, completely different from what Mandy remembers, certainly not the teen crush she once had.  Watching them go from reluctant roommates, possibly friends, and then the chance at a happy future for them both was an emotional, at times intense, and fun journey.

I’d not hesitate to recommend Worth the Wait to any Romance reader who likes a good story, believable characters, and a feel-good experience.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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