Not Since Ewe, an all-new heartwarming second-chance romance from Susannah Nix, is available now in Kindle Unlimited!
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Not Since Ewe by Susannah Nix
Series: Common Threads #4
Published by Smartypants Romance on October 6, 2022
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
Tess McGregor doesn’t need anyone.
So what if she doesn’t have any close friends or family anymore? Her successful consulting business keeps her so busy she barely has time to be lonely. She’s got her life organized exactly the way she wants it.
Until the daughter she gave up for adoption 30 years ago tracks her down.
Tess doesn’t know anything about being a mother, but now that she’s met Erin, she’ll do anything to stay in her life.
Even if it means facing the life-ruining jerk who got Tess pregnant in high school and broke her heart.
Donal Larkin would do anything for a second chance.
He’s divorced, his kids hardly talk to him, and he works so much he barely has time to eat. But when he’s united with the daughter he never had a chance to know, he vows to make up for past mistakes.
Step one is proving to Tess he’s not the same unreliable kid she knew 30 years ago.
And maybe if he’s lucky he can win back the heart of the girl he never got over…
Not Since Ewe is a full-length contemporary romance and can be read as a standalone. Book #4 in the Common Threads series, Seduction in the City World, Penny Reid Book Universe.
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“I’m just nervous.” Admitting that to Donal took a lot of effort. “Opening up to people isn’t exactly my strong suit, and I’m taking my insecurity out on you.”
He surprised me by pulling me into a hug.
Wow. The man really knew how to give a hug. I wasn’t generally a big hugger, but just like the other night when he’d held me in his arms, I didn’t hate it.
In fact, it felt amazing. A few more hugs like this, and I’d be a dedicated convert to the holy sacrament of hugging. I’d be going door to door proselytizing on the spiritual benefits of embracing physical embraces.
“I promise I’m on your side.” Donal’s voice was low and rough, his breath a warm caress against my hair. “I’m not going to say or do anything to damage your relationship with Erin. You’ve got to trust me on that.”
It was difficult to talk with my heart lodged in my throat and my face pressed against his astonishingly firm chest. “I want that for you too. I’ll try to be a better teammate.”
He pulled back to look at me, and my stomach did another one of those unsettling flips under his up-close scrutiny. “We’re really bad at this, aren’t we?”
I was so flustered, I thought he was making fun of my poor hugging skills and stiffened. “I—what?”
Oh. There went my heart, right into my throat again. “Is that what we are?”
“I’d sure like us to be.” His eyebrows notched up a few millimeters. “Wouldn’t you?”
Damn the man for being so likable. How was I supposed to protect myself when he kept being all vulnerable and appealing?
And handsome. Don’t forget the handsome.
Shit, did I really want to be friends with Donal Larkin again?
Even with our poor track record, I wanted that. Maybe it could be different this time. We were both mature adults now. Surely we could handle it. We wouldn’t make the same mistakes.
“I’d like that too.” I sounded out of breath, like I’d just done a hill ride on the stationary bike.
“Good.” Donal’s shoulders sagged in relief. “Can we go sit down and eat now? Because I was too nervous to eat much at lunch, and I’m seriously hangry.”
Wow, can I say how much about Tess and her state of being single and her emotions and how she related to people, well it just resonated so much because it was me in so many ways. And I loved the storyline of this one. It really seemed quite unique to me! Now I haven’t read the first one in this series yet, Mad About Ewe, but I really need to! Because we got a few scenes with characters from that one, so I’m really intrigued now!
As I said, I just got Tess and connected with a lot of her emotions and attitudes. This quote right here, just wow:
“I couldn’t even say with confidence that I’d ever loved anyone outside of my family. I’d never even experienced the sort of platonic best-friend love so many people seemed to find. I’d had friends, some closer than others, but none so close they’d been indispensable. They’d either remained casual, friendly acquaintances… or drifted away over time. Was the death of love in my life the result of bad luck or a sign there was something wrong with me? Did I drive people away before they could love me?”
I did not like Donal at first, I mean from Tess’s point of view, there was obviously good reason because we didn’t know what or why he was actually acting that way. So I also like that we got his point of view in this story. He had his own issues, but he was dealing with them in a way that made sense. I totally began to understand his feelings as well. I liked how his mom was when she found out about the child he’d fathered a long time ago.
There was a big dramatic part where Tess thought he’d deserted her once again towards the end, and I love how when she found out what happened, her reaction changed. I feel like it was so much more real and how people would act. It made me really like her even more. Her family, specifically her dad’s condition, really hit me too, as I’m dealing with my own parent that is starting to show those signs. Reading about how she dealt with it really helped me with some of the feelings I’ve been stressing over lately on the future.
A wonderful story, my second by this author, but definitely will NOT be my last one!
About the Author
Susannah Nix is an award-winning author of contemporary romances featuring smart women and swoony men, including the Chemistry Lessons series of romcoms about women who work in STEM fields and the Starstruck series of movie star romances.
Susannah resides in Texas with her husband, two ornery cats, and a flatulent pit bull. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, knitting, watching stupid amounts of television, and getting distracted by Tumblr. She is also a powerlifter who can deadlift as much as Captain America weighs.
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