Wednesday, October 21, 2015

ARC REVIEW: Wait for Me (The Outback Bachelor Ball #3) by Sarah Mayberry

Title: Wait for Me
Series: The Outback Bachelor Ball #3
Author: Sarah Mayberry
Publisher: Sarah Mayberry
Published: October 20th 2015
Format: eARC | Pages: 162
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Author (Joan Kilby)
★★★★ (4/5) Stars!

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Book Three in The Outback Bachelor Ball Series 

Sometimes it pays to wait for the things you want, even if it’s the hardest thing you ever do. 

Beth Walker hasn’t just been burned by her philandering country music star ex, she’s been barbecued to a crisp. Coming home to Australia and into the arms of her best friends is exactly the balm she needs. Cocktails and laughter at an Outback Bachelor and Spinster Ball seem like the perfect distraction. Until she bumps into the last person she wants seeing her heartsick and pathetic — Jonah Masters, rising country music star and witness to the failure of her marriage. If only she’d met Jonah first. Now she’s broken and won’t ask him to wait until she heals. 

Jonah can’t believe he and Beth are finally standing under the same stars. The connection they shared on the road years ago has haunted him but he wouldn’t pursue a married woman. Now she’s free, and Jonah can’t refuse the one night Beth impulsively offers. Can he convince the woman he’s always loved that he’ll wait — however long it takes — for her trust? 

Wait For Me is Book 3 in The Outback Bachelor Ball Series. Don't miss out on Book 1 - Win Me by Joan Kilby and Book 2 - Woo Me by Karina Bliss.

I received a copy of this book, from one of the authors in the series, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!

I think after getting to know each one of the girls in this series, if only briefly at first, I feel like this one was the book I was the most nervous to read. It clearly states in the blurb that Beth is just coming out from being with a cheating, lying, no good guy and as you initially see Beth through the eyes of her best friends at first you get an idea that Beth is kind of nothing more than a shell of her former self. I had to wonder if I was really in the mood for a character like that. Did I want the ups and downs and the possible emotions that you take on with a character that's in a really messed up moment of their life. Turns out, I worried for nothing and I really enjoyed Beth's story.

I did get small doses of the Beth that I was expecting, the sad, withdrawn, wanting to hide away from the world and heartbroken kind of girl. But she was so much more than that and you get to see other sides to her. She's a lot braver than I expected her to be and she's funny and has a huge heart. Surprising seeing as how her ex did a major number on it. Plus I respected the fact that even though she knows she's feeling something for Jonah and that it's probably real, she's smart enough to know that it would be a disservice to both of them to just jump in head first and not sort herself out first and had the strength to walk away and learn to live her life again, knowing that he might not wait around forever and she could've been giving him up forever. 

There's not a lot of Jonah that you don't fall in love with. I mean there's spots where Beth questions him as to whether or not he's been manufactured in like a "perfect guy" store and I happen to agree with her because he is pretty perfect. What I love most about this guy though is how understanding he is and how patient he is. He never pushes her or puts pressure on her, especially since he knows she already has a lot to deal with from her ex. So even though he's got all these feelings swarming around inside of himself from the torch he's been carrying for her for years, he keeps quiet and allows Beth to dictate how they progress on her own time.

Holy mother of all that is holy, I think that Wait for Me was the steamiest of the three. Well, to me that is. There was so much passion and feelings and intimacy between Jonah and Beth that it was almost a tangible thing. There were times I very nearly had to go take a cold shower it was so juicy! I was torn so often between thinking "good for you Beth!" because she was taking the time to find herself before jumping into something new so soon and wanting her to just say screw it all and run off into the sunset with Jonah.

So for the book I was looking forward to the least, this one was probably my favorite of the three. I had a lot of fun reading Jonah and Beth's story and I wasn't ready to say goodbye when it was done.

Huge thanks to Joan Kilby for eARCs of this entire series and the opportunity to read and review this book!

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