Just Give Me a Reason

Just Give Me a Reason

by Rebecca Rogers Maher

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ISBN-13: 9780804181495
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/16/2016
Series: Lopez Brothers , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 185
Sales rank: 1,231,796
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Rebecca Rogers Maher writes realistic stories that push the boundaries of contemporary romance—uniting the genre’s love scenes and happy endings with the crisp, layered prose of literary fiction. In past lives, she’s been a teenage metalhead, a cleaner of lab rat cages, a community organizer, and an urban schoolteacher. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and children.

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Just Give Me a Reason 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Linda_RochesterNY More than 1 year ago
*ARC received from Random House Loveswept in return for an honest review* The moment Beth and Tony met, they both felt an undeniable chemistry, but that was five months ago, and when they meet again at a family gathering, the attraction is still there. Tony doesn't care that Beth is pregnant with another man's child, a man who is completely out of the picture by the way, he just wants her bad. Commitment phobic Beth knows Tony is a good guy who wouldn't be satisfied with a fling and she doesn't want to hurt him, so acting on her desire for him is out of the question until circumstances place them alone with each other and pregnancy hormones push her over the edge. Finally, relief for that sexual tension! I love Tony, who is so sweet and caring but afraid to hope for more with Beth who has made the limits of their relationship perfectly clear. I also like Beth even though she lets fear keep her closed off from the possibility of a real future with Tony until her eyes are opened when he is there at the time she needs him most. I loved this heartfelt love story just as much as the first book of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story!
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4.5 - "You'd be surprised what I can handle." Stars! I have to admit that as soon as we met Tony and Beth in the first book in Rebecca Rogers Mahers’ Lopez Brothers series, I had hoped that they would get together, and I was so happy when the blurb for Just Give Me a Reason confirmed my hopes. This is one of those stories you pick up and don’t put down until its conclusion, and I pretty much read it in one sitting myself. I liked the fact that the author mixed things up a bit with this one in that Beth was the more dominant personality to Tony, as well as being the one with commitment issues. There is something there now, between us, that wasn’t there before. As a couple there are so many potential obstacles in their way, but fate throws them together for a week, and what starts out as an attraction denied, turns swiftly into something a whole lot stronger, and as the time they spend together progresses, both struggle to deal with the depth and speed in which their feelings for each other change. Adding into the mix the fact that Beth is pregnant, really gave the author opportunity to make Tony’s character even more endearing, especially when complications arise, and he is man enough to stay the course, especially when you take into account the child isn’t his. "Please tell me you’re ready." I am growing to love this authors writing, storylines and characterisations, it was great to see how Ray and Holly were getting along in this one as well (Book one, Rolling in the Deep) after the dust had settled from their lottery win, and although this series has come to its close, I am eager to read more from the author in the future. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was a pleasure to provide the above honest review.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Just Give Me a Reason isn’t one of those cookie cutter romances. Rebecca Rogers Maher is an unconventional author. She doesn't take the easy way out by writing squeaky clean characters. They're real people with real life problems (pain, regret, addiction, abuse, etc.). I love that about her and her stories. Tony and Beth are characters whose story I really wanted to read. Readers first met the two in Rolling in the Deep. Tony Lopez is the older brother of Ray who is dating Holly. Beth Cody is Holly’s best friend. Just Give Me a Reason seemingly takes place along side the last couple of chapters of Rolling in the Deep. But it is a standalone read. If you have read Ray and Holly’s story you have the opportunity to catch up with them a little. Tony is a recently divorced father of two little girls. He shares custody with his former wife. Though his marriage ended, he still believes in love. His home furnishing business is struggling and he spends every waking moment trying to figure out how to turn it around. He refuses to borrow money from his millionaire brother, Ray. Beth is pregnant and has decided to parent on her own. She’s a retail worker who doesn’t believe in marriage or monogamous relationships. She’s learned from her father that it’s better to be single and carefree. Upon meeting each other, Beth and Tony have an immediate attraction. But because of their relationships to Ray and Holly, they don’t want to create any awkward situations. Things slowly change during a rainstorm and the two realize they have deeper feelings than they know what to do with. I loved Just Give a Reason because you’re able to see a couple come together in every sense of the word. Over the course of the book, Tony and Beth go from two people who are attracted to each other on a physical level to two people who need each other on an emotional level. You get to see Beth mature a little, come to terms with her past, and open herself up to love. You get to see Tony love like a man who isn’t afraid of getting hurt and be a pillar of strength and devotion when faced with a life-changing event. No, Just Give Me a Reason isn’t one of those cookie cutter romances. It’s deep and touching and real. It shows that everyone deserves happiness and love. **Received a copy from Loveswept in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
Tony, who is recently divorced with two children, finds himself very attracted to his brother’s fiancée’s best friend. While that might not be so bad, the fact that she is pregnant puts a little kink in the situation. Although the timing might not be right, Beth has always wanted children. Because the biological father is out of the picture, which is fine with Beth, she is determined to raise this child on her own. She has no desire to be married or in committed relationship. Hook-ups are ok though. This worked for Tony. Obviously having been burned once, Tony was not ready to make any commitments. As Tony watches Beth play with his children at a barbeque at his brother’s house he feels something come over him. His feelings toward her grow. When the power goes out at Beth’s house during a storm, Holly tells Beth she can stay at their house while they were out of town. A little catch though. Tony is staying in the same house. Even though they try to control their feelings, the more time they spend with each other, the more their feelings or lust grows. They agree after the week is over, they will go back to just being friends. You know how that always turns out? This book was written in alternating POV so you get to “see” what they are thinking/feeling. The story takes place over a short period of time. There is not the insta-love as you see in other books. At this point in their lives Beth and Tony only want one thing and that is sex. And that was ok with them. Tony seems more of an introvert, while Beth more of an extrovert. She is able to draw Tony out of his comfort zone and learn to ask for what he wants. The ending is not what you normally see in other books but it works for these two. Even though this is apparently the second book about the Lopez brothers, I did not feel like I was missing out by not reading book one first.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
This is book #2 in the Lopez brothers series. Book #1 was about Ray....this one is his brother Tony's story. Tony is the older brother. The one who had to step up and be in charge when their father was killed in an accident. Tony always does the right thing that is always expected of him. He married his high school sweetheart, Alexa, had two daughters, and helped his wife get through medical school to become a doctor. Somewhere along the way, they drifted apart and Alexa had an affair. They parted friends but Tony just seems to be drifting through life. The first time Tony met Beth, his brother's girlfriend's best friend, he was intrigued. She stirred something in him that he hasn't felt since his first years with Alexa. The problem is he will see a lot of Beth so he really can't pursue anything with her...and on top of that, Beth is pregnant with another man's baby. Certain circumstances throw Tony and Beth together....alone. They both feel the strong chemistry brewing between them.....they both know it would be wrong....but they both can't help themselves. Sexually these two were hot! They brought out something in each other that neither of them even realized they had. It was a great story about how two people who seem so wrong for each other, actually fit well together. I really enjoyed their story and loved their happy ending! I hope there will be more of these two!
PennieM More than 1 year ago
Tony and Beth meet in book one of this series and sparks were evident from the first. Now, Beth is 7 months pregnant and the father has signed away his parental rights and Ray is still trying to figure out how to survive his divorce and the economy that has his store dying a slow and painful death. With the arrival of a thunderstorm, Tony and Beth end up spending time together. What follows is a love story of friends to lovers. Even though they both tried to not fall, it was inevitable. I really enjoyed this book much more than the first book in the series. **Received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story of two lost souls and one healing love. Tony is definitely a man who is traditional and wants a home life. Wife, kids, and everything that goes with it. He thought he had it but lost it all when his relationship fell apart. Beth wants nothing to do with the traditional trappings of love and marriage. She's witnessed how those trappings can rip people apart and has no plans to give it a try. When she discovers she pregnant she sets her sights immediately on doing this all on her own, in her own way. Sometimes life throws us a curve ball though and you just have to have enough faith to take a chance! This is the sequel to Rolling in the Deep but it is easily read standalone. The writing is great and the characters are intriguing. Loved Tony! He's a great man and father. Beth was a little prickly for me but in the end I did like her and them as a couple. A great read and one I would definitely recommend.