When your best friend is the only one you want to kiss...
Kate Owens has kept her attraction to her best friend Mo Calloway a carefully guarded secret for years. But some secrets you can’t hide forever and she’s worried that Mo is beginning to suspect her feelings.
It’s harder than ever to pretend there’s nothing going on when a reservation mistake on a trip to Mexico leads to Kate sharing Mo’s bed for five long nights.
One fateful vacation could change everything. But are Kate and Mo ready to risk their friendship for a chance at love?
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About the Author
Jaime Clevenger lives with her wife, two kids, two cats and a dog in Colorado. She spends her days working as a veterinarian and playing with her family. She loves to hear a good tale and is often running late because she’s convinced someone to share their life story. Bonus points are given if they include a good romancewhether or not there’s a happy ending.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I utterly loved Jaime Clevenger's "Three Reasons To Say Yes," Book 1 of the Paradise Romance series (and my first book of hers), which incidentally made my favourite lesfic books of 2018. So when I heard that there was going to be a sequel exploring the romance between Mo and Kate, the secondary characters featured in Book 1, who were Julia's BFFs, I was thrilled! "All The Reasons I Need," whilst can be read as a stand-alone, if you ask me, I would highly recommend reading Book 1 first simply because Mo and Kate were heavily featured in it with details about their characters and relationship. That said, Clevenger did give a general recap about what transpired between these two best mates in Book 1 in this installment. But I'd still recommend giving "Three Reasons..." a read, perhaps after reading this sequel if not before. Whereas Book 1 was pure romance, this one's romance centred around Kate's journey. Since this story was told from Kate's POV, Clevenger delved into her life in great detail. Her journey of letting go of her painful past, reconciling her physical and emotional connection with Mo was described and portrayed with an in-depth understanding of the destructive implications of her psychological and emotional trauma, particularly when it occurred in her childhood. Initially, I was getting a little "antsy," for lack of a better word (!), when the level of angst just kept piling up and in frequency, too. The endless push-pulls between Kate and Mo, Kate's relentless rejection of hope of having the hole in her heart to finally be filled, refusal to believe that she deserved true love, in the sea of fear and insecurities that had kept her enslaved, and Mo's projected struggles and dilemmas about the matter. My favourite moment was when Kate finally revealed her deepest secret, her past, her struggles to Mo at the pivotal point of their relationship, as BFFs or more, which opened up Mo's own revelations in the past 16 years. I thought their mutual revelation was THE essence of their romance, really. And then, the subsequent chain of events that became either a source of their destruction or strength of their innate true love. I loved Clevenger's authentic weaving of how Kate and Mo's relationship progressed in the aftermath of each other's revelations and truths, not to mention, those unforeseen circumstances. There's no magic. It takes effort for love and relationship to work. When the love between two people is strong and powerful enough, effort is inevitable. When trust and security are given, true love endures. And that's what Kate and Mo had to work on before they had their long-awaited, well-deserved happy ending, whilst their naturally sizzling chemistry just kept getting more relentless than ever! All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the very complex character of Kate's, her harrowing journey and her equally complicated relationship with Mo, which was enriched and personified genuinely by Clevenger's honest portrayal of both characters' inner emotional and psychological states of mind at every stage of their character and relationship development. Whilst this friends-to-lovers romance had a darker, more solemn flavour to it, the end result was an utterly rewarding one especially when it was between these two lifelong best mates! To me, it was a bloody good read and I wholly recommend it to fans of non-fluffy romance! **I was given, with much thanks and appreciation, an ARC of this book, by Bella via NetGalley.
First things first: I love the friendship between Kate, Mo and Julia. I love how Mo and Kate were there all the way for Julia in Three Reasons to Say Yes and how Julia’s there for them both in this one. Having recently come out as bisexual, Kate is doing her best not to let what she sees as a crush on her best friend Mo ruin their friendship. The thing is, it’s not a crush, she’s been attracted to Mo from day one, when they became roomates at college sixteen years ago, but wasn’t ready to act on it for the longest time. She knows Mo loves her but she’s not sure it goes deeper than friendship, and even if it did, she doesn’t want to foist her issues on her. The issues Kate was mentioned as having in book 1 are at the center of All the Reasons I Need. She’s facing them in the bravest way, and it made me feel so proud of her (I know she’s a fictional character, so what). Sure, she can be annoying, not being able to make up her mind, but she’s got reasons, which can’t be said for all lesfic characters acting the same way. This book is much darker than the previous one, which was more about romance and families (remember the twins? they’re baaaaack). This is about trust, and faith in a way. Trusting the one you love to still love you once they know all your secrets, trusting yourself with that love, having faith in what you can achieve and what you deserve. It’s not a light read but Clevenger manages to still keep it sweet, and sexy. Once again, the characters she creates have depth and layers, and the angst they go through – and make the reader go through – is coherent and justified. This can probably be read as a standalone but I would recommend reading Three Reasons to Say Yes first, as much for Julia and Reed’s story as for the substantial glimpses into Mo and Kate’s relationship so far. I received a free copy from the publisher for an honest review.
I could not wait for this follow-up to 'Three Reasons To Say Yes.' When you love a book so much, there is always the fear that your high expectations will not be met with future installments. No worries with this one. Mo and Kate were tiptoeing around each other in book one. So it makes sense that this story would center around them and provide resolution to those outstanding questions we had. What are Kate's issues that she would not even voice to her best friends? And what is the long history between Mo and Kate that has kept them from dating? The author continues with high quality writing, believable dialogue, and hurt-your-heart-so-good moments. There is just something about how Clevenger tells a story that sucks you in. Another book, another vacation destination. The group of friends have swapped waterfalls in Hawaii for snorkeling and beaches in Mexico. I enjoyed the activities more in this one than the last. Ping pong, salsa dancing, and rides around the island vs. hotel pools and drives to waterfalls. The last book dealt with Julia's sexual issues, Reed's commitment issues, and a serious illness. In this one, all of the issues have to do with Kate. This was the ONLY small problem I had. I felt like it could have been a tad stronger if the issues were balanced between multiple characters like before. Because I got a BIT annoyed with Kate. Her insecurities seemed repetitive and sometimes contrived to keep Kate and Mo apart. But who really cares about that?! It was so good that it didn't matter much in the grand scheme of things. This made me laugh, kept my heart working overtime, and caused me to cry a few times. Mo and Kate are so cute together. You could really tell that they were so comfortable together after 16 years of friendship. So it was unique in that way of only being awkward because of potentially crossing over to something more. Anyhow, I loved it. If there is a book three, I propose a Julia and Reed wedding in Lake Tahoe as the setting. I recommend this to everyone who loved 'Three Reasons To Say Yes' And if you didn't read that, then I recommend you read it. Then read this. You won't be disappointed. I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.