London, Can You Wait?

London, Can You Wait?

by Jacquelyn Middleton

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Overview

Alex loves Mark. Mark loves Alex. But is love enough?

Since moving to London from the US, twenty-four-year-old Alex Sinclair seems to have it all: a coveted job writing for the theatre, supportive friends, and the man of her dreams—gorgeous Irish actor, Mark Keegan. But in the year since the acclaimed debut of her play, Alex and Mark’s lives have been turned upside down.

Thanks to his role on a smash-hit British TV show, Mark is catapulted to stardom. Alex couldn’t be happier—until her boyfriend’s popularity and insatiable drive to succeed means they’re apart more than they’re together. Forced to share Mark with showbiz heavy-hitters, intrusive press, and unrelenting fangirls, Alex’s hopes for a stable and committed life with him start to fade. Her struggles with panic attacks, career uncertainty, and Mark’s increasingly worrisome behaviour make her wonder: how much more can she bend before she breaks?

A passionate tale of secrets, loss, and ambition, London, Can You Wait? is the eagerly-awaited sequel to Middleton’s debut novel, London Belongs to Me.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780995211759
Publisher: Kirkwall Books
Publication date: 10/26/2017
Pages: 462
Sales rank: 502,386
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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London, Can You Wait? 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
both times I’ve written reviews for Jacquelyn Middleton’s books, first “London Belongs to Me” and now here with its sequel, “London, Can You Wait?”, I feel like I almost have to restrain myself in writing my reviews for fear they may sound overly gushing. But Ms. Middleton’s novels just hit all my sweet spots, and I was constantly at odds with wanting to read through this latest one as fast as possible, versus savoring every page and making it last as long as I could. Because when it’s over, it’s like finishing the last piece of chocolate in the box…you just need a little more! I don’t rehash plots in my reviews (waste of space I think), but let’s just say it picks up where the first book left off, with Alex and Mark happy and in love and living in London (she’s a playwright, he’s an actor) and then we see stories of his past, and then a woman comes back and throws everything into chaos… secrets, lies, betrayal, loss, love… I can’t even explain the rest, you really just have to experience it. Creative, well-written, passionate, engaging, unpredictable… it’s one thing after another and I loved being inside this world and didn’t want to leave. The background of London is cool, has a cultural vibe and suits the tone of the book perfectly. Although there were things I wish happened differently, I can see why it was the way it was. Perfect editing and presentation. Major pointes for such professionalism. Can’t wait to read more from Jacquelyn Middleton, and recommend for fans of Colleen Hoover and Jessica Sorenson, Jamie McGuire, etc.
indiebrag 11 months ago
We are proud to announce that LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT? by Jacquelyn Middleton is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money!
Kim_reads More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this sequel to London Belongs to Me. The combination of London, the theatre world, writing, actors and acting, and plenty of references to the the geekdom I love is irresistible to me. Just as it was in LBTM, London itself is described so richly that it feels like a character in its own right, and Alex, Mark, Lucy, Freddie, Harry, and the rest feel like my tribe. When I turned the last, satisfying page of London, Can You Wait, I went to my TBR stack looking for a suitable follow up... book after book I picked up and put down again, only to finally land on... yup...the book that introduced me to the gang, London Belongs To Me. I love these characters so much that I had to return to the beginning and travel to London with Alex all over again. :)
dshutters More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this story! I love how the author wrote about the relationship between a writer and a actor and the problems that come with one doing better in their career then than other. I recommend this book!
defygravity22 More than 1 year ago
I am a sucker for all things England, especially London. So when this book kept popping up on my instagram feed I had to read it. Girl moves to London, falls in love with attractive Irish boy and lives happily every after...basically my life. Including all of the rough patches. I really enjoyed that it wasn't easy for Alex and Mark to get together to begin with. Books these days are full of easy, instalove and that is not real life. Alex and Mark have a lot of issues to deal with in this sequel and I love the way it played out. I was proud of Alex for standing up for herself and not taking the easy way out of a certain situation. All in all I highly recommend this book. I may have accidentally read it in one sitting. Also I love all the Doctor Who references. So much nerdyness in these books, love it!
BenjisMom More than 1 year ago
while I heartily enjoyed “London Belongs to Me” (the first book I read from this author), in my opinion “London, Can You Wait” was even harder to put down. Here, we have more of a focus on the characters who I thought were so intriguing and actually different from the standard types we usually see in these books… I never thought I would get so invested in their lives, but the way these characters drive the story is just so intense and authentic and real you can’t help but be hooked. At times I felt there were perhaps too many subplots happening, which is good that is it complex… but at the same time can feel a bit overwhelming as I prefer to have just a few focal points to connect to (all the time jumping was throwing me a little). I just wondered what the ‘point’ of it all was several times… what the actual focus was – if it is Alex trying to be successful or overcoming her personal issues, or with Mark… and even that seemed confusing, why they couldn’t just talk things out like adults. Seemed like a lot of drama for nothing. I thought the beginning was a little slow, but once it started to pick up steam it didn’t stop… and the ending leaves us yearning for more of these characters even though I think their ride is over. What would be fun is if Middleton somehow continued the story but maybe focused on other characters and had Alex and Mark as supporting cast. That would be fun! Overall think the presentation of this book to be very well done with a professional feel. Suitable for mature fans of NA romantic drama.
BrendaMax More than 1 year ago
wow…omg!! This is by far my favorite book I’ve read lately and I wish there was another one after it! I feel like this book was such a perfect combination of all my favorite things it was like a firecracker whose string gets lit and then the whole thing just explodes. I loved the connection with the different characters, whether it was romantic (like Alex and Mark) or having a great friendship (Alex with Lucy) or even the supporting cast of friends who I wish had more screentime (Simon, Harry, Freddy), even Fallon brings the added depth that their past brought to the mix, along with their personal relationships and the drama there. It was messy and imperfect and crazy and unpredictable and downright addicting! I was never bored even for a minute, in fact I thought it ended way too soon. I wanted more :-) . Can’t wait to see what’s in store from Jacquelyn Middleton next. Very highly recommend. And check out her other book as well, “London Belongs to Me”. It was excellent!!
KayleeeKS More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I was a little hesitant to read this book “London, Can You Wait?”, only because I have felt like I’ve had my fill of new adult contemp romances lately. It’s just that the last several books I’ve read with them are all just feeling the same. But I liked the first book that I’d read by this same author last year (“London Belongs to Me”) and was curious to see what had become of Alex, Mark, Lucy, and the others. So I decided to just read the first few chapters to see if I wanted to continue. Here are my thoughts: I immediately remembered why I enjoyed the first one – Middleton’s narrative voice and characterizations are just very easy to read and was intriguing. What I didn’t like was that I felt like it took too long for the substantial conflict to rear its ugly head. When it did, it was great – riveting and definitely had me worried how things would go. Great surprises too, that I didn’t anticipate – and even though I don’t usually like it when a story bounces around in time (this one does a lot) it works well here and I didn’t get confused. But at times I questioned if we really needed to know the exact timing of things (like ‘2 weeks later’, etc…). I always think that’s better left unsaid for the readers to piece together, but it was okay. Great blend of plot and dialogue and we see some good character development in this one. Polished presentation that shines, and an ending that makes me want more. I believe this is it for these characters, but hopefully will have more books from Ms. Middleton very soon.
Darla_Ortiz More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Jacquelyn Middleton really has a great gift of being able to pull the reader inside of the story and making us feel like we are inside the characters heads, bodies, and hearts. “London, Can You Wait?” is a very strong continuation of the previous book “London Belongs to Me”, and yes, while it technically can stand on its own, there is so much history and backstory with Alex and with Mark that you’d be doing yourself a disservice not to read that book first to get the full scope of the storyline. Love the whole ‘world’ that Middleton created here and its players… (some of the best support cast since “Will and Grace” lol) this is more of a ‘realistic’ fairytale love story (they are young, beautiful, famous, successful, etc…) but still have the kinds of problems everyone does, with personal issues (Alex even suffers from anxiety) and learning that even though they may have the world at their feet, it comes at a very steep price. Watching them break up was difficult, and I was so dying to know if it would work out or not… or if it even should. But as always with a good story there is more than just what meets the eyes, and there are several interesting layers to this extraordinary tale.
CodyBCB More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I don't think I can properly praise Jacquelyn Middleton’s writing in “London, Can You Wait?” There was not a single moment that I was not hooked in this story; her descriptions were sufficient but not boring, her characters well painted, the dialogues witty and the banters between the various characters authentic and genuine… even upsetting. The narrative would be beautiful and poetic in nature, other times would be snarky and sassy and dramatic. Great mix. There was great chemistry and twisted romance, and Alex and Mark are so strong and amazing…I was so involved in their love life and was pained to see it split and go through the ringer like that (no spoilers). A large and dynamic cast of characters almost overshadow the leads, but still added some perspective and completed the spectacular literary world Ms. Middleton created. Hope there will be more novels like this! Lots of language (if you care about that sort of thing – I don’t).
JhonniP More than 1 year ago
I admit, I loved this book much more than I thought I would. This was the second one I’ve read from this author Jacquelyn Middleton, and while I liked the first one, I didn’t love it. And it seems like often times the second book in a series (or the sequel) seems to lack some of the punch of the first one (we call it the ‘sophomore slump’). But in this case, I thought it was even better! Perfect pacing, evocative language, lively characters, surprise twists, intense, dramatic scenes, heart wrenching moments, swoon-worthy romance…. What more could I ask for in a book? How about beautiful, passionate writing and perfect editing? Check, check. I was very impressed with this book and the author and will be looking to read more of her books very soon. Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys intelligent, complex but fun books with characters who would be your friends (or enemies), living through situations that make you laugh, cry and smile. As the author notes, it can be read as a standalone, but in order to fully appreciate Alex’s personal journey and her evolution of her relationship with Mark, I highly recommend reading the first book “London Belongs to Me” before this one.
GillianH More than 1 year ago
when I heard Jacquelyn Middleton had another novel out, I was excited to read it because I’d been so impressed with her other one, “London Belongs to Me”. And I’d been in a little bit of a reading funk lately. But much to my dismay, as much as I wanted to make it last longer, I gobbled up “London, Can You Wait?” in two nights! And it’s a pretty long book, too! Middleton just paints scenes and characters so well we are in their lives and invested before we know what hits us. But what I love about her books is that it just feel real, with real issues, and not just based on sex like so many new-adult romance books are these days (unfortunately), but real relationships with tension, drama, complications, secrets, and past lives/connections that define relationships on a real level. And my goodness, Middleton really knows how to create fun characters… even ones we don’t like (ahem) are still believable and sympathetic (not like a stock caricature ‘bad guy/girl’). I did think it bordered on being too wordy at times, and could benefit from some trimming to tighten the narrative, but a compelling and addicting journey that delivers an entertaining and memorable experience. Loved the ending and am eagerly awaiting the next one from Jacquelyn Middleton!! Suitable for readers 18+
BookPrincessSF More than 1 year ago
in “London, Can You Wait”, Jacquelyn Middleton delivers unforgettable characters, a whirlwind dramatic storyline, and fantastic writing!! As soon as I started reading this I was instantly reminded of why I loved her other book so much as well… She knows how to get our attention right off the bat and keep it to the very end. We want to literally be inside her stories, and I feel like I’m experiencing everything they are (especially Alex as the story is mostly told from her POV). I thought the parts when we go back to Mark’s childhood were really insightful and added another layer of complexity to the relationship. While I’m not usually a fan of the whole ‘misunderstanding’ angle to tear apart a relationship – I think it worked organically here. While I do like the leads (Mark and Alex), the supporting cast is just as fabulous and really enhances the storyline the whole way through. Liked the ending and thought the glossary was a nice touch as well. Recommend for ages 17+
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
LOVE IT. The first book I read by Jacquelyn Middleton was good, but with this one I was blown away… its like she has really found her ‘voice’ and has really hit her stride and I wonder when she’s going to be picked up by some huge publisher? She produces such high-quality books with edgy and exciting characters who are well rounded and have a depth to them that many other book’s characters lack, especially in the new adult, romance dept. Not only is there great chemistry – romantic and emotional, but it’s their dialogue and the way they interact with each other and their actions that make the connection really seem real. The characters are all unique in their own way, and some of the situations and circumstances they face really touch your heart. I was really sad for Mark, but also got so mad at him! (for awhile). Alex frustrated me too, but I understood her reactions. The scenes are intimate, explosive, and so steamy. But also has an emotional quality that makes us care. A definite winner and I can’t wait to read more from her! Recommend for fans of new adult drama and romance
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
I have really liked both of the novels I’ve read from Jacquelyn Middleton, and how beautifully she crafted this creative, complex story that stays within the confines of the genre, yet still felt unique and original. I think it is because there is a really good balance of the “real world” with the creative license, and the story always makes sense, even under some unusual circumstances. In the first book I had a little trouble believing how easy Alex seemed to find success, but here since it is already established, as is her relationship with Mark, it seemed to flow much easier, even though they go through quite the ordeal! I like how the story never becomes predictable and there are some nice plot twists I didn’t see coming, especially at the end. Even though this is only the second book I’ve read now from this author, the same delicious trademark flavor is there and I know talent when I see it. I could totally see reading her books from her for years to come and never tire of them. An emotionally seductive and satisfying escape that I highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a great romantic drama novel with genuine characters and glamorous settings.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
I have really liked both of the novels I’ve read from Jacquelyn Middleton, and how beautifully she crafted this creative, complex story that stays within the confines of the genre, yet still felt unique and original. I think it is because there is a really good balance of the “real world” with the creative license, and the story always makes sense, even under some unusual circumstances. In the first book I had a little trouble believing how easy Alex seemed to find success, but here since it is already established, as is her relationship with Mark, it seemed to flow much easier, even though they go through quite the ordeal! I like how the story never becomes predictable and there are some nice plot twists I didn’t see coming, especially at the end. Even though this is only the second book I’ve read now from this author, the same delicious trademark flavor is there and I know talent when I see it. I could totally see reading her books from her for years to come and never tire of them. An emotionally seductive and satisfying escape that I highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a great romantic drama novel with genuine characters and glamorous settings.
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
there are certain authors that when you open their book to read you just know that you are in for a good time. After reading and enjoying “London Belongs to Me” last year, and now more recently “London, Can You Wait?” I’d say that it is safe to say that Jacquelyn Middleton has earned herself a place upon that esteemed list. I love drama and romance and have been enjoying the explosion of talent in New Adult genre. But even though I liked her other novel a lot, I think I liked this one even better! It was more daring and with higher personal stakes (things didn’t feel as ‘safe’) and definitely wasn’t afraid to put her characters through some tough personal situations and tragedies. I felt like I was watching a movie as I read it and liked how despite the fact that their lives are so different from mine (fame, locale, etc) these characters so believable and relatable. The beginning was a little slow, action wise as we go back and sort of ‘re-live’ what brought Alex and Mark to their current relationship and life. But then it gets going and we are sucked in and pulled along for the wild, ride. Jam packed with great characters and creative romantic drama that will pull on the heartstrings, it is a book that isn’t afraid to shock you and will pull the rug out from under you a few times, but that’s what made it so good. Lots of language, but suitable for the mature YA/NA crowd.
SteffyC More than 1 year ago
I ’m not sure exactly how to describe these books by Jacquelyn Middleton, other than being amazing!! I remember the first time I read one of her books last year (“London Belongs to Me”) I was genuinely impressed with not only the creative world building and the strong writing, but it was also the way the characters interacted with one another in a way that really made me FEEL something. I always felt like I was really part of the story and enjoying the ‘fun’ parts along with the characters :). But even in this newest book, “London, Can You Wait?”, not only has this magic not faded, it has only gotten stronger. Jacquelyn Middleton pulls you right into the believable and intriguing world of Alex and Mark and their friends (and rivals)… and doesn’t hold back any punches. Alex is a great heroine to follow, and even though she and Mark have some “issues” I was really invested in what was going on, and really wondered if it would be okay. Loved seeing the various characters –past and present— interact and how everything played out with Alex and Mark. The pacing was better in this one than it was in the first (for me), and I was constantly turning the pages to see what would happen next. Definitely more excitement toward the end than the beginning, which focuses more on the plot set up and character backstory, but still very engaging throughout. I was hoping there might be another book after this one, but I think it is all done. But a great read, and one I’m sorry is finished! Recommend.