Saturday, February 22, 2014

Blog Tour: Never Been Ready by J.L. Berg

By J.L. Berg
Adult Contemporary Romance
Released February 4, 2014

Leah Morgan was done with men.  After barely surviving a horrendous childhood, and a boyfriend who bailed when things got rough, Leah had given up on love.  Then she met him, Hollywood’s new golden boy who suddenly had eyes only for her.  She tried to convince herself that one night couldn’t hurt, but after six months, the memories of his mesmerizing gaze and searing touch still invaded her every thought.
Declan James had just one rule when it came to women.  Keep it simple, and never linger.  That all changed the moment he met Leah.  Even across a crowded bar, he could tell she was different. Sweet, with just the right amount of sass, she made him break his golden rule and now he couldn’t walk away.
When casual becomes anything but, and emotions run deep, will Leah and Declan fight their fears, or let old insecurities destroy their one chance to discover true happiness?  When Declan’s past comes roaring back in a way neither of them could have expected, will they stand united or be torn apart by the challenges that lie ahead?
It was only supposed to be one night, but only forever will do.    

4 Star Review by Jen Hagen

We were first introduced to Leah in “When You’re Ready” as the quick-witted best friend to Clare.  “Never Been Ready” is Leah’s story.  Leah didn’t have an easy childhood.  At the age of 7 she was left with her father after her mother walked out.  Her father has never shown Leah an ounce of love and always blames her for his wife leaving and claims that Leah has been ungrateful for her upbringing.  It should be mentioned that her father is an alcoholic, not grateful for Leah coming once a week to bring him groceries, and on occasion has used Leah’s face to release his pent-up aggression.  Leah was involved in a serious relationship, but when she was devoted to Clare during her best friend’s time of need, he walked away.  Leah is probably the most selfless person you will meet.  She always puts others before herself.  She is full of compassion and kindness. 

Declan was also introduced to us in “When You’re Ready.”  He is a movie-star friend to Logan.  He was burnt by love 8 years ago and since then has developed a one-time only connection with women.

“Repeat performances in one night were fine, encouraged even, but I never, ever returned for seconds.  That made them think you had feelings, and I didn’t.”

 Leah and Declan had one of those nights 6 months ago when Declan came to town to visit Logan.  But ever since that night neither of them can get the other one out their heads. 

“For six months, I’d moped around, thinking about that night, unable to move on.” 

Declan is back in town and things begin to heat up between the sheets again with Declan and Leah.  Neither of them were looking for love, but when you least expect it that’s when it sneaks up on you. 

It was the first time I’d acknowledged those feelings and said the words.  It felt good.  Like really good.  I wanted to do cartwheels…  Declan

Things are moving along very well between Declan and Leah.  Their lives are blending together nicely and about 60% I thought to myself this is just too happy…something has to happen.  And BAM!  I was correct.   Leah discovers something that could change their lives.  And being selfless Leah, she is right by Declan’s side never once giving a thought as to how this would effect her life.  Both of them have questions about what their future now holds…

Could I be the woman he needed me to be? – Leah

I wondered if my decision would be the one thing that could tear us apart. -- Declan

Ms. Berg has a way with her words that bring out the inner most emotions of the reader.  I was entranced with Logan and Clare’s journey in “When You’re Ready” and she pulled on my heart strings again with Declan and Leah. 

J.L. Berg is a California native living in the South. She's married to her high school sweetheart and they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you can find her with her nose stuck in a romance book, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

Twitter: @authorjlberg ;

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  1. Well, you convinced me to 1-click with your review so thank you!

  2. "Ms. Berg has a way with her words that bring out the inner most emotions of the reader." I love this!

  3. Loved book one of this series
    Hope to read this one soon

  4. Leah looks like a great heroine.

  5. Awesome giveaway. Can't wait to read Never Been Ready!

  6. I love that name, Declan! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Looking forward to reading! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Great review. Sounds like a good book.

  9. Great giveaway! I would love to win!

  10. This looks awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. If I don't win, I'll be one-clicking!!! Thanks for the chance!

  12. Thanks for the chance! Love this :) xoxo


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