By Jamie Beck
Thirteen years ago, Vivi LeBrun was sketching a rooster and eating Oreos when she first met—and fell for—her friend’s brother, David St. James. Since then, her love for David has only intensified thanks to years of friendship with his family, who rescued her from a lonely, tumultuous childhood. As she travels to Block Island to vacation with the St. James siblings, Vivi daydreams about reuniting with David, hoping he’ll finally see her as his soul mate.
After his mother’s death, David distanced himself from his siblings, determined to hide a devastating family secret. Now, he’s brought a new girlfriend along to his homecoming—one who’s pushing for a serious commitment. The last thing he needs on his growing list of problems is his budding attraction to Vivi.
With tensions running high, David’s behavior triggers a series of events that might cost him the love he’s always taken for granted and Vivi the only real family she’s ever known.
WORTH THE WAIT is the first book I’ve read from Jamie Beck, and I found it to be an enjoyable read.
I quite liked Vivi, who is fun, friendly and just a really nice person. She lost her mother and brother when she was just a child and her father became a drunk to escape. But despite all that, she remains positive and upbeat. She has been in love with David since she was thirteen and even at that young age, she never hid her feelings from him. That takes courage and I admired her for it. But after waiting in vain for half of her life, she decides it’s time to move on from David and, as is her way, she’s not afraid to tell him exactly what she thinks and feels.
“Vivi, your friendship means everything to me. I don’t want to lose it.”
“Of course you don’t. Who would willingly let go of someone who gives everything and asks for nothing in return?”
David is a nice guy, but he’s also a little selfish and I spent a large portion of the story not liking him very much. He’s dealing with his own personal demons which have caused him to recently push away not only his family, but also Vivi. He’s always been aware of Vivi’s feelings for him but in all honesty, he never led her on…at least up until now. His character is a cliché though, in that he didn’t realise exactly how he wanted Vivi until her affection wasn’t available to him anymore.
She’d always been an all-or-nothing girl. He should have guessed she would treat him likewise. For years she’d given him her all, and now she had nothing left.
WORTH THE WAIT is told in dual POVs and comes with a very nice HEA. The story is told in present time but also includes the occasional flashback to events that took place over the past thirteen years. I found this to be an easy and enjoyable read, and I would read the next book in the series.
Worth The Wait (St. James # 1)
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