11 October 2014

Not Yet by Laura Ward

Not Yet
by Laura Ward.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: July 28th 2014 by Createspace.
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.

*** This book is intended for mature audiences. 18 and over!

Reviewed by Kelly.

This is a story that really is about the Not Yet’s in life. This is a story of a girl, Emma, who has never met her father. He ran off when her mother was pregnant with her, worried that this child might also have special needs like her sister, Evie. She finished college quickly and is working as a life guard while waiting to find a teaching position. Emma has a series of life’s lessons and the book shows each lesson as it occurs. She doesn’t trust men much since there hasn’t been one in her life. Her sister, Evie means everything to her and helps her mom with Evie. Evie is sweet and kind and likes to cuss.

While waiting for a teaching position, Emma becomes a life guard and manages the pool for the summer. There she meets Landon. He is kind and a little cocky. He falls for Emma quickly and Emma tries to fight it but she falls for him too. Landon tells her he is in college playing football. Throughout the summer, they get to know each other and Landon learns a lot from Emma, like how to help kids with special needs and Landon, Landon, Landon; well that boy starts becoming a man here with the way he learns to be around kids with special needs and helps them. And Emma can’t deny how much that means to her and how he is there for her and her family. When Evie wants to move in with her boyfriend, Emma doesn’t exactly know what to say. She isn’t ready for that. But Landon tells her that maybe they will move in but maybe “Not Yet” is his answer to the problem.

End of the summer comes and Emma gets a job teaching in high school. She is nervous to teach kids close to her age. Landon texts her to tell her he needs to talk with her. But they aren’t able to talk. From here on the story goes from them being in love to being maybe not yet.

When the story turns to maybe not yet, I was hesitant to read anymore. The idea of what happened bothered me a lot. But I continued and watched them both struggle with things and both grow. Landon became really good with special needs. That was why I really liked him. He wasn’t shallow. He was maturing.

Emma enjoyed her teaching and even had one girl, Amy, who also had special needs as her assistant. She was sweet and very positive and really added something incredibly endearing to the story.

The chemistry between Emma and Landon was sweet and not over the top. The story of helping people with needs is what clenched me and not so much the relationship between Emma and Landon. There aren’t a lot of stories with romance built in and learning how to treat people much less people with needs. That is where Landon found his calling in life, I believe anyway.

So if you like stories of families who really care about each other and do whatever they can to help their family member who have needs succeed in life, doing what is right, being patient , very very patient, showing bullies to stop it, learning how to trust again, enduring to the end then this story might be for you.

Laura Ward lives in Maryland with her loud and very loving three children and husband. She married her college sweetheart and is endlessly grateful for the support he has given her through all their years together, and especially toward her goal of writing books. When not changing diapers, driving to lacrosse practice, or checking spelling homework, Laura is writing or reading romance novels.

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1 comment:

  1. I have the paperback version of this on my Amazon wishlist. I saw it one day and it was the cover that caught my eye. I read the blurb and thought it sounded pretty good.