Monday 29 June 2015

Review - Tessa Ever After by Brighton Walsh

Title: Tessa Ever After
Series: Caged in Winter #2
Author: Brighton Walsh
Release Date: May 5, 2015

In this grippingly emotional New Adult novel from the author of Caged in Winter, what you want isn’t always what you need…

Jason’s been living (and loving) the rich playboy lifestyle for five years, but now his parents are pressuring him to get involved in the family business. The last thing he wants is another obligation, but when his best friend moves out of state and asks Jason to look after his sister, he can’t just say no.

Tessa had to grow up way too soon. After dealing with the aftermath of her parents’ deaths, then becoming a teenage mom, she knows the meaning of responsibility. Which is why, at twenty-two, she’s looking for so much more than a party boy. She’s looking for someone who can stand by her and her daughter…forever.

A relationship between them is doomed from the start, but who says they can’t have a little fun? But as Jason gets closer to Tessa—and her daughter—fun starts to turn into something else… Something Jason’s not sure he’s ready for. 

Well-written. Fun. Sexy-as-hell. A great, albeit simple, story with a killer ending. That's Tessa Ever After. And that's all I could ever ask for in a book. 

After falling pregnant at 17, the now 22 year old Tessa isn't looking for a party boy or a womanizer. She has a daughter and responsibilities, and she needs someone that is ready for a built-in family. And her brother, Cade’s best friend isn't that. 

Jason is the ultimate playboy, and responsibility isn't what he's after. But the more time he spends with Tessa and Haley in Cade's absence, the more he wants to. And with his parents pressuring him to take up the mantle in the family business, all Jason wants is to keep Tessa for himself. But is he ready? 

This was one of those so-easy-to-read-you-don't-even-notice-the-time-passing books. Most anything could have been happening while I was shut up in my room with Tessa and Jase, and I'd probably not have noticed. Especially when I got to that adorably perfect ending… 

Tessa Ever After started a little slow, but once it hit its stride, it REALLY hit it. I love brother's best friend romances, and this was an excellent example of it; the tension between friends was there but not overplayed and it allowed for some awesome moments between Tessa and Cade, Cade and Jason, Jason and Tessa. Plus, the conflict resolution wasn't cookie-cutter -- it was a bit different and I appreciated that.

While this book might be simple in terms of story -- there are no major, crazy, twisty or dark turns here -- it was still captivating. The ease of the story allowed the characters to shine, and shine they did. I loved both Tessa, for her strength and her just-like-me parenting, and Jason, for his openness, his kindness and his complete swoonworthiness. 

Tessa Ever After is one fun, charming and hot book, and my first from Brighton Walsh. It absolutely won't be my last.
~ Review by Beth

The blurb for Tessa Ever After really intrigued me, and I knew I had to read it. 

Tessa had to grow up at a young age, since she ended up pregnant at 17. Her older brother, Cade's best friend, Jason has always been there. Now at 22, with Cade no longer there to help her, Jason is the one who is there for Tessa while he's gone. 

I enjoy a good brother's best friend book, and this one was written quite well. Cade warns both Tessa and Jason not to get involved with each other, but they want each other too much to listen. Tessa and Jason worked quite well together as couple, since they have known each other for a while and just click. Jason was also great with Haley, Tessa's daughter. 

They both had problems they were trying to work through, and it was an interesting ride to see if they would follow their hearts, or do what was expected of them. The ending was great and it wrapped the book up nicely. 

I really liked this story. The characters were very likable and I was rooting for them to be together and have and HEA. This was my first book by Brighton Walsh, but it won't be my last, as I will definitely be picking up Cade and Winter's story!
~ Review by Leah

Brighton Walsh, author of Caged in Winter, Plus One and Season of Second Chances, spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible.

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