TESSA EVER AFTER (Reluctant Hearts #2)

TESSA EVER AFTER                         BRIGHTON WALSH           
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—the fun starts to turn into something else… Something Jason’s not sure he’s ready for.

Well, I finished this book last night and I had to sit on the review until this late afternoon. I feel conflicted as to how to score it. I enjoyed the story but the ending left me struggling to figure out what this author was going for. Or if she has children or did at the time of the writing.

This is a story of Tessa an unwed mother who has done well for herself and her daughter, Hailey who is four years old now. Tessa is a hairdresser and has a huge problem with time management. A lot of it is that she has always had her brother, Cade, to fall back on but he just got a get job in Chicago and moved five months ago.

So, granted Tessa’s timing and learning how to do things for herself and Hailey is way off. But instead of trying to look at the positive or figuring out how to change what she is doing she rather bellyache and whine. Jason called her the dramatic one. He’s the sexy love interest, her older brother's best friend, who by the way he was asked to keep an eye on his sister. Only not that close.

Don’t get me wrong, although he looks all laid back and part of the college crowd which he is. He has his wealth come at a price or this is what he leads you to believe with all his whining too. Then, things are revealed and I wanted to kick him. This guy wanted his cake and eat it too.

Because he is the town manwhore, oops did I say that. But he has always been there in the background helping when the family needed it because his family, were not there for him so he adopted Cade and Tessa’s. They are too rich to take the time to bother with him. Funny every time Tessa called with major issues or mishaps and she called this playboy he was right there on a dime.

The man did he love little Hailey to death. He could make that little girl laugh. He would sit and play with her until forever. Yet, the trust that people had in him from his past was used against him. The same people that didn’t like their past shoved in their faces. It was his laid back demeanor that gave everyone the idea that they could walk all over his feelings and current rep.

Here’s the thing being around Tessa so much was letting him see his best friend’s little sister who just hung around them all the time. Now, for the first time, as a real woman and it’s hitting him right between the shoulders, extra hard. Although, when he talks to Cade, he hears something in Jason’s voice and he warns him again to back off.

The pull is too great for Tessa and Jason and lines to get crossed and before you know it they are an item. Both mom and daughter are loving having them around but brother is not. Tempers fly and things get said. His family is for it but not Jason. Things get said and they are off.

In order to see how the HEA happens you must read. It is a good story but the ending is a WTF was that kind of ending for me. And here is why… There are no clear-cut decisions made. Two households for this child to call home it’s not a divorce. A mom playing house with not her dad which I get but come on both have issues making any decision. Not even a clear-cut commitment. This would have been a 5 star. But with the ending, it left me totally let down and unsettled, no. So, I would give it a 3 1/3 but since there is no way to, I give it a 4 star.
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