Friday, March 27, 2015

Romance Book Review: Juliana Stone's Tucker

Author: Juliana Stone
Series Connection: The Family Simon
ISBN:  978-1495477904
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Juliana Stone

Purchase Link: Amazon

Three years ago a tragedy turned Simon's perfect world upside down. Over the past year he's been finding peace with too many different women in his bed and the friendship of bartender Abby Mathews. When his mother insists he bring a date to his cousin's wedding he invites his current bed partner, but at the last minute she ditches him for a weekend spa trip.

Know he can't go alone he asks Abby to come along. There is one big rule though...he can't sleep with her.

Abby has been in love with Tucker since the day he walked into her bar, but she know that for him she's strictly in the friend category. She isn't ready to lose that, but when she tells him what she thinks of his behavior with other women, he surprises her by inviting her to a family weekend wedding.

Is this Abby's chance to help Tucker move on with his life and find the love she can give him, or will they ruin their friendship forever?

Tucker is the first in a series about a well-to-do family complete with movie stars, politicians and a mother who is out to see her family happy and loved.

Tucker's life is a mess and the chance for a HEA in this story seems hard in coming in this book. That's just the way I like it, if it were too easy it would be boring. The plot was predictable, but I like the way the author resolved everything at the end. Abby was a surprise, a little sassy, but not as strong as you would suspect. She knew what she wanted, she needed a little push to get her there.

This series is a cast off to another of the author's series, The Barker Triplets, where Tucker's brother Beau (the movie star) is introduced. Beau and his girlfriend Betty Jo Barker are regulars throughout the book.

When all hope is gone, can love still will find a way? 

Tucker Simon has given up on love. After a tragedy, it’s just not in the cards for him, and he wishes his family would get off his back. He’s fine—or at least he thought he was--until a family wedding forces him to address a few things, namely his date, Abby Mathews. She's been put in the ‘friend’ category, mostly because she deserves so much more than what he can give. But the more time that he spends with her, Tucker begins to think that maybe there is a chance for love after all... 

Abby Mathews has been in love with Tucker Simon since he walked into her family’s bar nearly a year ago. But he’s got baggage and heartache a plenty. His one-night-stands isn’t going to lessen that no matter what he thinks. Tucker needs a friend, but Abby wants to give him more, and as they navigate their way through a weekend in Florida, their attraction can’t be ignored. Abby has to make a choice. Does she cherish their friendship and take what she can get? Or does she go after what she really wants, which is Tucker’s heart…

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