Everything happens for a reason. I just wish I knew the why behind mine...
Five years ago, graduation wasn't what it was supposed to be. Publicly humiliated, Melanie was more than happy to kiss off her high school sweetheart. But in doing so, she lost more than just her boyfriend, she lost the only other guy she truly cared for – his best friend, Shane.
Shane loathed the idea of returning to his small hometown. He just wanted to get in, help his best friend manage a legal matter, and get the hell back out again. But he wasn't expecting to run into the one girl who got away, who always held a piece of his heart despite the animosity that lingered. Melanie could've been the one, but after everything that happened, trust was a serious issue.
She just wanted to do right by her son. He just wanted to do right by his best friend. And just when they thought they could find the strength to forgive the sins of the past, more secrets and lies bubble to the surface, threatening to push them irrevocably apart.
New Adult Romantic Suspense
Language and Sexual Content
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Definitely one of my top 10 for the year. Great character development. Great history proved for the characters. I loved the story of Mel and Shane.
Waiting on My Reason by Devon Ashley is a quick little romance with a lot going on, and I do mean A LOT. Melanie's life is full of rumors, lies, and misunderstandings. She doesn't feel the need to set them all straight. She knows her she is, and those that matter know too. Except for Shane. He thinks he knows all about Melanie, but does he? With all the crap these two have to wade through, a friendship would be a miracle let alone an actual relationship. Jake is adorable. I love his obsession with superheroes and how Shane fills that role. It's too cute. I'm very fond of Waiting on My Reason with all it's twists. This is the second book I've read by this author. I've enjoyed both of them so far, and I'm looking forward to reading more. The ARC of Waiting on My Reason by Devon Ashley was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
I received a review copy of this book from the author. And I devoured it. Shane Matthews has returned to his small town in Texas to secure the inheritance for his childhood best friend, Brad Montgomery. Brad's had a bad run ever since Melanie busted his heart senior year. Booze and drugs have left Brad in a bad way--emotionally and financially. What Shane can't understand is why Brad's grandma didn't leave him his fortune...and who did get it! Back on his home turf, Shane encounters Melanie--the girl who got away, and destroyed his friend. She's as good looking as ever, and clearly the interest is mutual, but Shane can't get past his fury over Melanie's role in Brad's downward spiral. He insults her--terribly. Melanie's been considered the town tramp since senior year. Instead of escaping to Tulane for college, she's stuck out her life, working hard and harder to support herself, and her son. Brad's son. Not that people believe her story of an assault while on a college visit. Brad hadn't. Then again, Brad was a lush in high school, and Shane should have known that--if he was such a good friend. Melanie knows exactly what happened to Brad's "inheritance" but she's not willing to spill the beans to Shane--or Brad. Why should she have to? Brad's been gone for years, and hasn't looked back once. Not for Melanie, their son, or his grandmother. Now broke, he certainly doesn't deserve anything. What we have here is a small-town, small-minds melodrama. It's real, and engaging and reads like 2/3 of Maury Povich episodes. Lots of accusations and false leads. Even more hurt feelings and complete misunderstandings. The whole time I wanted shake Shane and tell him to take good hard look at Brad. See him for the miserable conniving wretch he was. The DBag didn't deserve gas money, let alone a dime of inheritance IMHO. When Shane does finally get the straight story, he's introduced a whole lot more problems for himself, and Melanie. But he's a stand-up guy and one with whom Melanie is overjoyed to reconnect. It seemed as though their love story was always waiting on the fringe, just out of reach in high school because of their own decency and friendship with Brad. In any case, the lovin' is quiet, but considerate. It's a satisfying read, for sure.
4.5 Stars I received an ARC of Waiting On My Reason from the author (yay!), but that in no way holds any bearing to the following review. I loved so much about this book!! Which was not surprising, Devon Ashley has been an author that constantly puts out books that I love. This one in particular was so fantastic to me, mainly for how well she portrayed the role of being a single mother, and the many worries and thoughts that can be worrisome for a person in that position. I spent the first 4 years of my daughter's life being a young single mother. I turned down a number of suitors for the very fears that Mel had in this book. "You're right. I know you are. It's just hard to let someone in. I mean, this has been my life. My kid. My burden to carry. I don't know how to share that responsibility, even with someone who might be willing to take that on."- Mel from Waiting On My Reason. I spent the first few years in a relationship worrying about that very responsibility weighing too heavily on my significant other. All around I felt just how relatable so many aspects of this book were. The close friend from childhood that as you grow into adulthood is virtually unrecognizable. I'm not sure if one adult can say they didn't have at least one friend that they can share that sentiment about! And how tragic is that?! It seems like such a cruel thing, but one that so many people share in common. And Shayne being so reluctant to let go of that relationship with Brad, I understood that completely. When you have so many great memories with someone, and they were such an important part of your life, it can be so hard to let that go, even when all the good that remains are just that, memories. I suffer greatly from the same reluctance. There were so many different stories all rolled up into one awesome book, fading friendships, the unexpected turns in life, a single mother's struggle, the very real effects of prolonged substance abuse, letting the past go and moving forward, and another personal favorite....looking at all the hardships and unexpected struggles and instead of dwelling on the whys of it all, just accepting that life gets terrible and dark sometimes, but that just makes all the good things and bright days shine even brighter. Basically if you are looking for an interesting story, with a few great twists and turns, along with some very lovely, well written characters coming to terms with life and moving forward, then Waiting On My Reason is a great book for you to pick up!