Almost Everything (Book 3)

Almost Everything (Book 3)

by Christie Ridgway
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Almost Everything (Book 3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
lep1211 25 days ago
I received a complimentary copy of this title and voluntarily reviewed it. This is the third book in Christie Ridgway’s “Almost” series, but this is my favorite book so far. This story deals with two couples, Vance and Layla, and Baxter and Addy, and how personal insecurities play a major role in their forming relationship. The main couple is Vance and Layla. Vance is a medic in the army, who returns home when he is injured trying to save an officer, who happens to be Layla’s father. Unfortunately, because of his youthful wild ways, Vance is estranged from his parents who don’t trust him. Then, Vance’s brother returns for a visit accompanied by his girlfriend who was formerly Vance’s fiancee. All of these cause Vance so much anxiety that he asks Layla to help him save face by pretending to be his girlfriend. This book caught my attention from the first chapter and, between Vance and Layla, and Baxter and Abby, I had trouble putting the book down until I finished it. I was never totally sure how both couples would overcome their self-doubts enough to give in to their love. I really enjoyed this book because I can relate to the theme of the story – how insecurities can affect a relationship. Even though Vance comes from a loving, caring family, and is medic who has saved many lives, he is very insecure about his worth as a man. He returns home after losing a patient, Layla’s father, and must interact with his parents who don’t trust him and his ex-fiancee who left him. Then there is beautiful Layla who owns a travelling truck where she creates novelty cupcakes and sells them in different places. However, she feels unworthy because her mother left her when she was 4, and her father, who is career military, never stayed around long enough to spend time with her. Insecurities, also, turn up in Abby and Baxter’s relationship. The characters were so realistic that there were times when I wanted to take one of the characters aside and tell them to stop being so stubborn and to listen to their heart. In spite of them, I kept rooting for the characters to overcome their doubts and listen to their hearts.
Robindpdx 3 months ago
This was a well-written, entertaining contemporary romance. Layla's father passed away and his last request was for her to spend a month at the beach. He asks the military medic who was with him at the end, Vance, to help Layla during that month. Layla and Vance were great characters and their story was great. This book can be read as a standalone story, though it is part of a series. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more books in the series as well as other books by this author.
shobeteener 3 months ago
Almost Everything is book 3 in the Almost Series. Each one of these books can be stand alone. Though we do get to revisit with characters from prior books in the series. Vance Smith is honoring a fallen officer's last request, to fulfil his helmet list of items he wanted to do with his daughter. They are going to spend a month on the beach in Crescent Cove. He's very surprised that the daughter, Layla Parker is an adult. Vance pushes Layla through her emotional struggles to complete each one. Layla in turn pushes Vance to deal with his estrangement from his family. I don't think I'd consider this a romance story. It is so much more. I think of it as a healing of the hearts.
JT1969 4 months ago
This is the 3rd book in the Almost series featuring Beach House No. 9. Vance Smith, a combat medic, finds himself at Crescent Cove to fulfill a promise received on the deathbed of his officer to care for the dying man's daughter, Layla Parker. The month at the beach brings the 2 very close emotionally & physically while working on "The Helmet List." A fun read with characters that a reader can care about. I also enjoyed the cameos that characters from previous books in this series made in this book. (I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.)
EileenAW 4 months ago
I really enjoyed reading Almost Everything by Christie Ridgway, the third book in her Almost series. This story is a re-issue from her Beach House series with updates. Vance Smith was determined to fulfill his promise to Colonel Parker by treating his daughter to a vacation in Crescent Cove and work their way through what the colonel called his "helmet list". There was just one problem, instead of the little girl Vance was anticipating; Layla Parker is a young, gorgeous and tempting woman. I suspect the colonel did a little matchmaking before he died. A second story within this one follows Vance’s cousin Baxter and friend Addy which only added to this fun story. Another addition was the search for the film memorabilia and missing jewels of the original owners. Ms. Ridgway is a wonderful story teller, making me feel as if I was right there and making me want to spend time in Crescent Cove. Her books draw me in, making me forget the world around me, not wanting to put the book down until I turned the last page. This book was sweet and sexy with a touch of suspense that just improved the story. I highly recommend this book to other readers and am looking forward to the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
BookDragonGirl 4 months ago
"Love didn’t force the two of us together, Layla. The two of us together create the love." Vince is a Combat Medic and he made a promise to his dying Colonel that he would help his daughter have an amazing summer at Beach House # 9 in Crescent Cove. He’s determined to fulfill that promise. After her father is killed in Afghanistan, Layla Parker has come to Crescent Cove to complete a bucket list of things he always wanted to do with her and that he always carried with him in his helmet (his helmet list). Vince and his family are estranged. He and his brother had a major falling out. His father won’t allow him to have anything to do with the family business. When Vince goes off to Afghanistan, he only send his family an email to let them know he went. No personal goodbyes, he does not keep in touch regularly, he cuts them off from his life. Except for his one cousin, Baxter, who he’s very close to. So this is more than just a romance, but a healing of hearts! A healing of Layla’s hearts, Vince’s heart, and his family’s too. This was a beautiful story!!!!! There was a side romance between Vince’s cousin, Baxter and Addison. I thought at first that I wouldn’t be interested, and got irritated because it was interrupting Vince and Layla’s story. But the story of Baxter and Addy grew on me. There was a healing of hearts there too. I really loved this book!!! I’m not surprised when it’s written by one of my go to authors. This Always Series has been SO special!!! Beach House #9 truly is magical!! I am really looking forward to the next one, Almost Paradise!!! If you enjoy really good romance, with so much depth to it, then I highly recommend this book and this whole series to you! They can be read as standalones, but are much nicer read as a series. ~Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book via L Woods PR. The opinions expressed are my own.
mholden 4 months ago
This is book 3 in the Almost series. As with the other two, this takes place in Crescent Cove at Beach House #9. Vance Smith is a Medic who was injured in Afghanistan trying to save Colonel Parker and has been sent home to heal and recover from his injuries. As he was trying to save the wounded Colonel Parker, the Colonel asks him to complete the list he keeps in his helmet with a picture of his 10 year old daughter. Vance agrees to do so and arranges a month at Beach House #9 in Crescent Cove. When Layla Parker, the Colonel’s daughter arrives at the beach house, he is astonished to learn that she isn’t a little girl but an adult woman. Nevertheless he tries to carry out his promise to complete the list Colonel had created – things he wanted to do with Layla. As always, Christie's characters are compelling and relatable. This was an excellent book. Actually, it’s my favorite of the three. I received a free, ARC from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.
JuliaAD 4 months ago
I really like this series. Vance and Layla have issues they need to resolve so they can move on with their lives. Can they do it together? Vance made a promise that he would look after an officer's little girl. What he didn't know is that the "little girl" isn't so little. She is grown up and beautiful. How can Vance spend a month at the beach with this gorgeous woman? Layla is still grieving for her father and her dad had told her about Vance. She just wasn't prepared for him. As Vance checks things off of the list, Layla is thinking she might have to leave before the month is up. She is getting too attached to Vance and is wanting to solve his problems with his family. She knows you shouldn't get too attached to anyone.
Lashea677 4 months ago
Life is an ever changing cycle of love, loss and new beginnings. The key to surviving the evolution of it all, is to make every second count. I consider Almost Everything, my lost in the moment tale. Vance and Layla are an entrancing duo, not easy to let go of. With a little help from above, two wanderers find a home in each others arms. Ms. Ridgway has a profoundness to her storytelling that stimulates the mind almost as easily as it touches the heart. She speaks to that voice inside of the soul, searching for hope in times that may seen hopeless.