Story of Us

Story of Us

by Jody Holford

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ISBN-13: 9781640638280
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 03/18/2019
Series: Love Unexpected , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 365
Sales rank: 16,574
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jody Holford has a soft spot for happily ever after, in what she reads and what she writes. She's a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell, Nora Roberts, Carly Phillips, Rachel Gibson, Sophia Kinsella, and Emily Giffen. Her stories blend a bit of heat and humor with a lot of heart. She lives in British Columbia, Canada with her husband and two daughters.

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Story of Us 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
etoile1996 16 days ago
this is totally a me thing, and i know it doesn't bother others, and i know that this stuff really happens and life is messy and there are many ways to love. but (and this is probably a spoiler) stories that have main characters pregnant with not the hero's baby aren't my particular jam. (end spoiler) and as soon as i realized this was the secret that sophia was keeping in the story of us i had a super hard time staying with this. and i swear it's something i wish i could just get over. i don't know why it just doesn't do it for me. there is so much to like here. declan is like a perfect dreamboat, and he has been one throughout the series. so, of course, he would love sophia and her secret. he's that kind of guy. and while i didn't fully understand where sophia was coming from at times, it's true that her family dynamics were complicated and fed into a lot of her issues. these characters are fully realized and i did like them together a lot. i the end, it's more that this type of story isn't for me. and usually if i'm aware of it from the get-go i don't request them. but because it was supposed to be a twist, it's not immediately obvious, so i'm sorry about that. i usually love this author, it's just this particular story didn't work for me for #reasons. **the story of us will publish on march 18, 2019. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (amara) in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 19 days ago
**I got this book sent to me from Entangled Publishing for my honest review ** I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, cute, and well, romantic. So it checked all the boxes. There were a few issues I had but nothing too major. Overall, it was really good and I would like to read more from this author.
Danii_045 3 months ago
Sophia has returned to her home town after a bad break-up. Her boss was also her boyfriend and when things went bad she lost everything that was keeping her away from home. Sophia may have moved back to town, but she’s not ready to face her family just yet. Declan is a friend of her brothers and a long term crush. She needs a job but what she finds is a place to call home. Declan is ready to settle down, the problem is he’s only had short term relationships for so long he’s afraid nobody will take him seriously. His business has been a big part of his life for so long he hasn’t had time for anyone special. Sophia is more than his friend's little sister. He knows she could be more than a fling, but Declan may get more than he bargained for. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Lori-Gonzo 3 months ago
What a beautiful story about acceptance, family, making amends, and love! Let's start with Declan. Seriously, could a man be more perfect. Yes, he is flawed, as we all are, but his heart was always in the right place. The overwhelming urge to know Sophia, then to support her, love her, then to make her his, and showing her all this was so amazing. And for him to be a little insecure about all this, swooning over him for sure. Now for Sophia. I could totally understand her reasons for leaving at 18. She did what she set out to do. I hated the fear and sadness she had when she returned home. Most of the scenes with her family were heart wrenching. But those last ones with her parents were beautiful and truly helped Sophia heal and realize meaningful things. Then Ms. Milford threw in a very sweet and loving epilogue that just made me teary eyed. Loved this story! Especially the part where Sophia handles Marcus, Declan, and Keith! I only wish there was one more scene for Sophia and Marcus. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Lorizen 3 months ago
Last man standing! Declan James, owner of On Deck, his friends have all found love and Dec is feeling a little left out and lonely. Feels like maybe he's missing something. That something walks through the door in the form of Sophie Strombi who needs a job. Sophia left town 10 years ago, determined not to fall into and under the family business and her over bearing father's thumb. Her brother and Declan are best friends. Sophie put herself through college, got a good job and was in a relationship that crashed and burned, along with her job. Feeling like she needed to head home, that's what she does and seeks out Dec for a job. She also needs a place to live, so Dec offers her that as well. Not ready to face her family yet she's flying under the radar. Declan needs someone to take over the management office, never-ending paperwork and Sophie is the perfect fit and her degree in business and marketing and the easy fit for Dec's business works perfectly. Declan is very supportive of her and doesn't press her to face her family yet. When she finally does, it doesn't end well and she knew it wouldn't; she's never going to work for the restaurant or her father. Just because her sisters and brother do, Sophie has always been the one who needs to spread her wings and not follow suit. Her family is stereotypical Italian in the story, which was a little bothersome to me in the way they were presented. The other factor in the story is that her brother and Declan have been working together on a beer that they want to start marketing and selling. The conflict with Sophie puts a rift between the two guys. Meanwhile we get to see the characters from the previous books, who all like Sophie and she's warmly welcomed. Dec is known as the forever single guy. Sophie has it in her head that Dec is a manwhore and yet the chemistry between the two is flammable. I enjoyed the banter and candor between the two. There's enough tension caused by her family that adds to the story, maybe a little too much, but again that's my feeling. It doesn't take away but neither does it add. There is a wicked twist in the story as well, which I thought Declan handled pretty well. I loved Declan in the previous books, all the characters and storylines were fantastic which sucked me right in to read this one. But for me, this book fell short. Late in the book it seemed that both characters personalites did a complete 180, I felt like a was reading a different book. I loved this series so much and it was great seeing Declan fall hard, but I just needed more. I expected a little more based on the previous books and stellar writing. Jody writes a great story always, this was just a miss for me. 3.5 stars arc from NetGalley and Entangled for an honest review.
Tink4evr 3 months ago
Like the rest of the series this is a very warm story. Declan and Sophia build a relationship on a solid foundation looking to the future. They are both aware of the reasons why their relationship shouldn’t work but know that they are meant to be together and are determined to see it through in a mature way. Sophia is also dealing with family drama which makes her life extremely stressful. Declan makes a sexy and totally adorable boyfriend and is able to win over Sophia and her family.
Laura_F 3 months ago
I loved the first two books in this series but Declan and Sophia's story is on a whole other level! Dec is so funny and charming. Watching him fall to his knees for Sophia was beautiful to watch. He went from being a bit of a player to being one of the swooniest heros I've read in a long time. Sophia is smart and fiercely independent. It was heartbreaking to watch her family turn away from her for just being herself but her strength was palpable. I was immediately connected to these two and was rooting for them from the very beginning. I love this series so much and I can't wait to see what's up next. *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
FizzaYounis 3 months ago
It is a sweet and sad kind of story and I enjoyed reading it a lot. Dec and Sophe are both great characters. Sophia is an independent and stubborn woman who doesn't like it when others tell her what to do. She had left home right after school and has been living on her own since then. It is something not acceptable in her family and that has caused her family to be disappointed in her. Now, she is back in her home town. Ready to pick up the pieces of her life but also scared of how her family will take her return. Declan has known Sophia's family all his life. He knows that they are conservative and can be overbearing at times. He is best friends with her brother so when she shows up at his bar he is a little taken aback. On one hand he doesn't want to lose Marcus as a friend and on the other hand, he sees that Sophia needs him more. She brings out his protective side and soon things get more complicated and more dramatic. It's well-written, has an interesting storyline, it's quite romantic too, all in all, a great read if you are looking for a good contemporary romance fiction to read.
Bette313 3 months ago
Once again Jody Holford gives us an incredible story that is not only a sweet romance but a story that touches on family dynamics and the impact they have on each of us. Declan and Sophia are such an interesting couple and you can't help but cheer for them every step of the way. Declan is the proverbial bachelor type never having a long term relationship but now he's feeling like something is missing from his life. Sophia left town years ago, leaving the stronghold of her family and working hard to make it on her own terms. Circumstances has her returning to her hometown but she refuses to give in to the demands of her father. Could these two be exactly what the other needs? This is a great read and one I think everyone will enjoy. I definitely recommend it.