Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
From the moment twenty-nine-year-old Lacey Davis first appeared in the Regret series starter, Living with Regret, there was no way you could forget her. She told it like it was, preferring to go with the in-your-face approach, and not immediately worrying about who she may offend. She cared about those closest to her, but she kept a lot of other people--her own family included--at as far a distance as possible. It's in that first book that she also meets professional football player thirty-year-old Jake Girard. He's everything she doesn't want to get entangled with when it comes to men, but there's something about the man that she can't seem to say "no" to. Author Riann C. Miller certainly paired a feisty but flirty twosome with Lacey and Jake, and thank goodness she's given them their own story, because if anyone deserved to have their own tale told, it was this bitchy lawyer and her buff footballer.
Lacey Davis may be saddled with cases that have her defending people who do ill-advised minor offenses, but she's good at what she does. She spends her time working or with her closest friends, Jordan Taylor and Caleb Ramsey. When she has something to say, she doesn't mince words, so when she finds out that Jordan is risking her heart yet again with the very man who seems to make a habit of breaking it, she gets protective. What she doesn't expect, however, is to take notice of Jordan's ex's best friend, Jake Girard. She knows close to nothing about sports, so his being some football god is not as big of a deal as Jake seems to think it is. Plus, the last thing she wants is to get distracted by some hot guy who thinks he's all that just because he's a professional athlete. But when Jake suggests they hook up just one time, Lacey gives in. No strings, no repeats. That is, until Jake shows up in New York. Jake knows all too well what falling for someone will get him, so everything with Lacey is casual...until it doesn't feel all that casual anymore. But are these two ready to risk their hears on long distance and many doubts?
Gah! I adored Jake. Yes, he wasn't exactly a saint prior to meeting Lacey, especially since it's pretty clear that he's had his share of women. However, there's a reason why the man is wary when it comes to committed relationships. Lacey, who I loved in book one, is still feisty here, but understanding why she is the way she is gave me a better appreciation for her. After all, everyone has a story to tell, and Lacey's wasn't an easy one to read about. My heart went out to her, as it did for Jake. But if two people were meant to be together, it was these two, even if Lacey was a tad--A LOT--frustratingly hard-headed when it came to deciding if they should actually be together-together or not. There were a number of supporting characters whom I hope will get their own stories told, notably Caleb, Morgan (Lacey's sister), Kyle Kruse (Jake's teammate), and Bridgett (Jake's sister). Most of the story overlaps with the events in book one, and while you can read them as standalones, my recommendation is that you read them in order. Living with Doubt lived up to my high expectations and it garners five out of five stars. ♥
Read my reviews for the Regret series:
Living with Regret (book one) - five stars - My Review
Living with Doubt (book two) - five stars- My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 24 April 2017
Date Read: 24 April 2017
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