Childhood neighbors get a chance at love in Should’ve Been You, an achingly romantic novella in Nicole McLaughlin’s Man Enough series!
National Guardsman Jase
Beckford wants to live a quiet life raising cattle and taking care of
his mother. His childhood friend and neighbor Hannah is still his best
friend, but when he walks into the Walters house one morning and sees
her twin sister Becca for the first time in five years, he wonders if he
missed out on something special.
Becca Walters has nursed a
secret crush on Jase since childhood, but he always preferred Hannah, so
she buried her feelings assuming her sister and Jase would one day turn
their flirtation into a real relationship. And this Christmas, she is
anticipating a proposal of her own, so Jase’s reappearance in her life
doesn’t mean anything. Much. Okay, maybe more than Becca would like to
However, when Becca’s sister gets engaged to someone who’s
not Jase, Becca and Jase find themselves spending more together. And
when secrets are revealed, suddenly those dormant feelings come back to
life; but is the possibility of something between them worth risking the
happiness of everyone they love?
I enjoyed this shorter novel. I liked the idea that Jase and Becca had known one another for years but, due to a misunderstanding, had not had much to do with one another...even though Jase was best friends with Hannah, Becca's sister.
I think this was really relate-able, as Jase and Hannah had each other, and in a lot of ways, a close friendship with a member of the opposite sex can substitute for the companionship of a romantic relationship. And, I think this was something both Jase and Hannah were doing. And, moving out of this pattern allows both of them to move on to another partner, and another relationship.
I liked the build up of the story, but I think I wanted a little more depth. I wasn't disappointed enough to not be able to enjoy the story, but I wanted more of their story than I got in this shorter title. I guess, in a way, that is a good thing. When a book leaves you wanting more, you enjoyed it.
I recommend this title.