I like to think of myself as a man of pleasure…
I enjoy a good pint of ale, being in the arms of a beautiful woman, and living by my own rules. The only thing I try to avoid? Commitment. And I've got a three-year success rate to prove it.
I wasn't planning on Grace—the beautiful, funny, totally off-limits massage therapist who keeps popping up in my life. She's on a six-month mission to rid her life of toxins. No alcohol. No red meat. And, yeah, no men. I'm talking full-on man cleanse.
I know I should walk away, but I can't…and the only way to keep her in my life is to live by her rules. I'll need to prove to a woman who's lost all trust in men that I'm worthy of her love. And do it all without so much as a single kiss.
The only problem? If I win, I'll lose the one thing I swore I'd never give up. My heart.
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Worth the Wait
The Kingston Ale House Series
By A.J Pine, Karen Grove
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2017 A.J Pine
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Three months earlier ...
Jeremy Denning strode right past the hotel desk clerk, which was saying something because she was a freaking knockout, and headed straight to the elevator. He couldn't muster the energy to jog up the stairs to his second-floor room. His back was sore. His legs were stiff. Shit, even his brain hurt. He'd considered going for a run in the hotel's workout room, but now he was mentally crossing that item off his list.
"Science is stupid," he mumbled to himself like a frustrated child, even though he knew science was very, very important to the art of brewing beer. He'd admit that in thought, just in case his boss had somehow wiretapped his brain.
Shit. He was delirious.
The elevator doors opened and welcomed him in.
A host of other hotel patrons, who were nowhere to be seen seconds ago when he pressed the up button, flooded into the small compartment, pinning him against the back wall. The man in front of him was wider than he was tall, and although Jeremy could see over his balding head, he found no feasible exit route around the guy, who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with a fragile-looking elderly woman with salmon-colored hair on one side and a young father wearing a baby in some sort of front backpack on the other. Would you call it a front pack? Why did everyone wear their kids, by the way?
Actually, Jeremy wouldn't mind if someone was wearing him at this point. And no. Contrary to popular belief, his thoughts did not tend toward euphemism, regardless of today being a day that ended in y.
He pressed the heels of his hands into his eyes. He just wanted the hotel bed. A nap. Possibly some room service. Then he'd consider the whole wearing situation from the euphemistic perspective.
Seconds later, the elevator came to a stop at the second floor. The only other button lit on the number panel was six, and as if the doors were in the rear of the packed sardine can of a vessel, the sixth-floor residents all turned to see who the asshole was who took the elevator to the second floor.
"That'd be me," Jeremy said aloud. And because there was no possible way for the folks in front of him to part in order to let him through, they all just stood there and stared at him. Even the baby.
He half expected one of them to spout, "None shall pass," and then challenge him to a bloody duel where he'd either end up limbless or the victor. But instead the salmon-haired woman gave him the slow head shake before backing out of the elevator. The rest of the occupants followed until finally he was able to walk free.
"I have no quarrel with you," Jeremy said to the whole lot, all with judging, narrowed eyes. Not one of them even hinted at a smile. It was like they were channeling his mother or sister.
"Black Knight?" he asked, backing down the hall as the last of them filed back into the elevator. "Monty Python? Anyone?"
A woman brushed past him from the opposite direction, a flurry of flailing arms as she speed-walked toward the elevator while simultaneously pulling her golden waves into a ponytail.
"Excuse me. Sorry. Hold the elevator, please. Going up!"
He saw nothing other than the ponytail's near miss as the elevator doors closed behind her. Yet she left something in her wake, the scent of fresh lime. And although salmon-haired lady couldn't see him, he mimicked her controlled head shake and laughed quietly to himself. He'd worked in a brew pub so long everything smelled like either food or beer to him.
"I'll take the damn stairs next time," he called out to the empty vestibule, then spun back toward the waiting hotel room doors.
"Helloooo, two-eleven, you sexy, sexy beast," he said when he stood before his door. "We meet at last."
It only took one swipe of his key card to open the door and approximately four seconds for him to barrel into the room and face-plant onto the bed.
"Fucking finally," he groaned into a pillow.
Eight hours of lecture on the chemistry of brewing was enough to drive even the biggest beer enthusiast mad. Okay, fine. His boss, Jamie — and soon to be partner, if Jamie had anything to say about it — would have gotten off on a forty-minute PowerPoint detailing the humulene hop compound and isocohumulone, the isomerized hop alpha acid. And yes, Jeremy could remember those ridiculous words because the professor had droned on about them for forty minutes.
Did he mention the forty minutes? And that wasn't even an eighth of the day.
Jamie had been hinting at wanting to dial back his hours ever since he proposed to his girlfriend, Brynn. With the wedding only three months away, the hints were getting less hint-like and more straightforward.
"Jeremy, have you ever thought about taking some serious brewing classes?" Jamie had asked a couple months ago. Because yeah, he'd dabbled. That was pretty much the story of his life: dabbling. Jamie was the brewmaster and the ale house owner, one of his sister's oldest friends and therefore a surrogate big brother. Jamie was the grown-up. Hell, he was almost thirty. But Jeremy? Well, twenty-six was still a kid. Still time to dabble. Still waiting to figure it all out.
It was only when he overheard Jamie telling his fiancée that he was considering taking on a partner that Jeremy found himself asking, "What about me?"
The words had flown out of his mouth before he'd considered the ramifications. And before he knew it, Jamie was signing him up for lectures to see if he was up to the task. This was his first one, and Jeremy was feeling anything but.
He rolled over to his back and grabbed the television remote off the nightstand. Tomorrow would be better. First of all, the class was only four hours instead of eight. Secondly, it would be hands-on ... in the lab. No more lecture. He just needed to relax and regroup.
Jeremy scrolled through the listing of cable channels, opting for halfway through the five o'clock news over the Disney Channel or Nickelodeon, especially since there was an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond following the news. He fucking loved that show.
It should have registered when the anchorwoman said something about Navy Pier that he'd stumbled on a Chicago affiliate even though he was sprawled like a starfish on a bed in southern Wisconsin. But exhaustion, both physical and mental, had gotten the better of him. So when the woman at the desk said, "And now we'll head over to Whitney Gaines with the weather," Jeremy thought he must have started dozing off. Because Whitney Gaines didn't live in Chicago anymore, not since she crushed him like he never thought was possible. No, she was off in some podunk town in Florida, chasing hurricanes and talking about what the humidity did to gators and shit.
"Thanks, Robin. It sure was unseasonably warm for September today!"
Jeremy sat bolt upright in his bed, those two sentences — ten little words, really — tugging him forward like a tether. There she was, that silky blond hair resting on her shoulders, a little longer than the last time he'd seen her. Then again, that was three years ago, and he'd heard that hair could do that — grow if given time. Florida must have agreed with her. She had that slightly sun-kissed look without actually being tan. Whitney Gaines cared too much about her skin to subject it to ultraviolet rays for long. And frankly, the thigh-high boots she wore with that form-fitting dress agreed with her, too.
"We'll be closing out the weekend with a cold front, though, and you know what that means for Chicago — temperatures dropping to the low fifties and rain. Let's take a look at the five-day forecast."
Jeremy held up the remote in an attempt to silence the voice that all too quickly brought his past to the present. But he froze, thumb on the power button. He didn't give a shit about the forecast. What he did give quite a few shits about was why she was taking a look at the five-day forecast. In Chicago. Where he lived. Because you don't just turn down a guy's proposal, move to Florida because you need to feed my ambition and find a guy who has ambition of his own, and then fucking move back and just show up on a hotel-room television.
He was dialing before he had his ear to the phone.
"Concierge, how can I help you?" a pert, female voice asked.
So many answers popped into mind.
Can you point me toward the bar and tell me the quickest way to giving zero fucks about what I just saw?
Have you ever seen that Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? Yeah, can you do that to me? Make my mind all spotless?
Call my friends and family and tell them I'm moving here. Where am I again? Madison?
But instead he settled on, "Can you connect me to the spa or tell me if they have any appointments open? I know it's last-minute, but I've been sitting in this lecture class all day, and I think I actually jacked up my back by not moving and —"
"Actually, sir, one of our massage therapists just had a cancellation. If you hurry up to the sixth floor, they should be able to get you right in. Shall I charge it to your room?"
Jeremy let out a long breath and shrugged. The room was on Jamie's business credit card. What would another hundred or so hurt?
"Yes! Charge me. Sixth floor. Got it. On my way."
He was out the door so fast, he might not have even hung up the phone. Several minutes ago he couldn't get away from the elevator fast enough. Now he needed to put as much distance as he could between himself and what he'd just seen, and that meant going to a place where there'd be no television, where he could close his eyes and shut it all out until the memories in his head decided to shut the fuck up.
The elevator was empty this time, and he smiled in appreciation at his couple minutes of peace. When the doors opened onto the sixth floor, those couple of minutes were not cut short as he stepped into what was, apparently, peace incarnate.
He walked out onto what looked like a bamboo floor. The walls were paneled with a darker, warmer wood — fat luxurious planks that ran from seam to seam. The air was warm but not hot, slightly fragrant but not intrusive, and soft tunes piped through overhead speakers — that Irish Celtic sort of music Brynn told Jamie he should play in the ale house for Sunday brunch. But Jamie opted for baseball games on the big screens in the summer and football in the winter.
He stood in the midst of this Zen-like setting, closing his eyes as he took it all in. He almost didn't need the massage. Just standing here would be enough.
"Yeah," he said, his eyes blinking open as he strode toward the check-in desk. "How did you know?"
She stood, her blond ponytail swishing across her shoulders as she did.
"Your appointment just came through on the computer with a note from the concierge saying you sounded like you really needed some help relaxing, and that's, like, what we're all about here. Relaxing. And then you got off the elevator and had that look — you know, the one that said you did want some help getting all ... relaxed. So I knew it was you." She reached for something behind the desk and held it out toward him. He willingly accepted. "Here is a robe and slippers and a lavender eye mask if you want to rest those pretty blue peepers while you wait." She gasped and covered her mouth. "I'm sorry. That was a little forward. You just have great eyes. And" — she leaned over the counter in his direction — "I'm totally into gingers."
Jeremy chuckled. "Sounds like you're still working on —"
"The whole relaxing thing?" she interrupted. "Yeah. I know." Her smile turned a bit devilish. "But I can't help myself when I see something I like."
Jeremy's eyes widened. Maybe he could forget about the blonde from his past by spending some quality time with one in the present.
"What time do you get off tonight, Kaylee?" he asked, thankful for her name tag.
She bounced on her toes and grinned. He liked her energy. "Eight," she said.
He grinned back. "Well, I just happen to be free at eight as well. Maybe I'll see you in the bar downstairs?"
She nodded. "Maybe you will."CHAPTER 2
Grace raced up to the sixth floor only to find that her next appointment had canceled. She went from being noticeably late to having almost two hours before her next client.
Dammit. She needed that tip.
She had just collapsed onto a chair in the break room, even poured herself a glass of carrot juice, relaxing for the first time she had all day.
"So, I know you were, like, so upset about that cancellation, so I just squeezed you in a client who needed an emergency appointment. He wants a full-body, hour-long massage. And I'm only saying this because he's not my client, so I don't think it's too inappropriate, but he's, like, gorgeous."
Grace rolled her eyes.
"He's a patron of the spa, Kaylee. So it actually is inappropriate."
She'd learned early on in her training the importance of distancing herself from her clients, no matter what they looked like. The past several months taught her how to distance herself from men altogether. She had he-who-was-not-worthy-of-being-named to thank for that.
She shuddered. Even thinking about her terrible lack of judgment — and how it made working to the point of exhaustion necessary just to make rent — was enough to send her spiraling back into that abyss of self-pity.
Kaylee simply shrugged, taking no note of Grace's inner turmoil. "He's only a patron for the next hour. I can handle sixty minutes of impure thoughts that will give me at least a few hours of pleasure later."
Grace groaned. God, what a difference there was between twenty-one and twenty-five. Had Grace been that bubbly and optimistic only four years ago?
She nearly snorted as she laughed to herself. She'd been that bubbly and optimistic four months ago. And where had it gotten her? That's right — driving across state lines for a second job to make ends meet — and to put distance between herself and a family that asked too many questions. Forget replenishing the eight grand that had been funneled out of her savings account. Life was what happened between paychecks, and there was no longer room for bubbly optimism when biweekly direct deposits were the happiest words she could think of.
"Is he on the table yet?" Grace asked, staring longingly at her juice.
Kaylee shook her head.
"I gave him a robe, slippers, and an eye mask and then sent him to change and rest in the waiting area. I poured him a glass of juice and told him his massage therapist would be there soon. And now I'm here to get you!"
Grace blew out a breath and put her juice in the fridge. Looked like she'd be getting that tip after all — unless Mr. Gorgeous was decidedly cheap. Not that she'd ever been stiffed before, but there was a first time for everything. She opted for the belief that she was taking control, though, that each step she took away from her old life was a step closer to something new. Something better.
She redid her ponytail, going for the partial bun on the last loop rather than pulling it all the way through. She brushed wrinkles out of her Madison House Resort and Spa white polo and made sure the zipper on her khaki shorts was, in fact, zipped.
"I guess it's showtime, huh?" she asked, but Kaylee bit her lip. "What?" Grace added.
The girl inhaled slowly, then let out her breath. It was the most Grace had ever seen her slow down, and she'd only been working with her for a couple of months.
"Anton said if I really wanted to go to massage therapy school, that I should maybe observe some of the therapists and see what it's all about, and —"
"No," Grace interrupted, with a little more edge in her voice than she meant.
Grace held up a hand to stop her this time, not wanting to come off too harsh. She was just a kid, after all.
"Look, Kaylee. You're sweet, and maybe if you hadn't made inappropriate remarks about the client, I'd have considered it. But I just don't feel right having you in the room now. I've got Mrs. Abelli at seven. How about you observe then?"
Kaylee wrinkled her nose. "The old woman who walks laps in the far lane of the pool?"
Grace nodded. "She has an artificial hip. The buoyancy of the water makes exercise easier for her. You'd like her. She's pretty sharp for seventy-eight."
She wrinkled her nose again.
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•Oh Boy It's Worth It! Although this is the 4th book of the series, it's the 2nd book that I've read (so far), and although they have been the two newest I don't feel as though I'm lost. Each of these stories are standalone novels that one way or another are connected to the Kingston Ale House. This one is another great story from A.J. Pine. The way she weaves the love story between these two charactrrs"ers is awesome. The secondary characters that show up and try to reek havoc is spectacularly added. Jeremy wants to be a partner in the Kingston Ale House with Jamie who also happens to be getting married. However Jeremy has been afraid of commitment for the last three years. So before he'll consider Jeremy for partnership, Jamie sent him to a brewing conference to learn more about the process. While at the conference he gets a massage, there's something about the therapist that he's drawn to... And she won't even kiss him because she's in the middle of a six month full-on man cleanse. Plus he'll never see her again after he had back home. Grace is a massage therapist who lives in Chicago, has a second job that she travels to on weekends as one of the hotels massage therapists in Wisconsin. Because of her ex she has to not only have this second job, but she has had to put her dreams of opening her own massage therapy store front on hold. He's also the reason she's trying Man Cleanse: Six Months to a Healthy, Happy You…and the Road to True Love by Suzanne Summerville(*direct book quote). Which means clean foods and clean drinks for six months, oh and no sex. She's had clients she's thought were attractiveness before, but Jeremy for some reason throws her off kilter, thankfully she won't be seeing him again. After getting back home in Chicago they both get back to work, where once again they meet again. They still feel something pulling them together but she had 3 months left on her journey. To tear how the journey progress and what happens adding the way you need to read WORTH THE WAIT... And of boy is it definitely worth it!! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via IndieSage through NetGalley in exchange for an honest blog tour review. Due to sexual content this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older! Favorite Passages~ ~ There seemed to be a correlation between what went on in his head and what took place in his pants. Best to leave the thinking to a minimum for the rest of the afternoon. ~ The whole point was that love wasn’t a game.
Worth The Wait is a fun, well written new adult romance. It is the fourth book in the Kingston Ale series and it features Grace and Jeremy. She is a masseuse who is fasting to create her new self by avoiding dating, sex, alcohol, caffeine, and unhealthy food. Grace's ex used their relationship to ingratiate himself with her parent's and left her high and dry. Jeremy is in town to attend a seminar and he suffers from a bad back. He tries to get a massage from Grace but hits on the receptionist and is promptly refused. Later Jeremy meets Grace again the bar and is in obvious pain. She decides to help him and tells him all about the book that inspired her fast. She has three months left and is working two jobs to rebuild her nest egg, which was stolen by her ex. When Jeremy returns home, he encounters Grace twice. He realizes that the universe is trying to tell him something and begins a friendship with Grace. They have a complicated courtship that includes Jeremy being a wingman while Grace is featured dating different men. If your a fan of complicated new adult romance this is a book that your will absolutely love! i was given a free copy for an honest review.
Worth the Wait was a sweet story about two people who have been badly burned in relationships finding love again. Jeremy and Grace have no interest in relationships when they first meet, or when they meet again, or once again. Wait, is the universe trying to tell them something, perhaps? ;) I really liked the two of them together--so cute!--and loved that Grace's "cleanse" meant that for 90% of the book their relationship had nothing more physical than the occasional kiss on a forehead or hand. (And some phone calls...but they don't technically count as getting "physical", right? ;)) It made for some very sweet moments and meant that the two of them really got to know each other without all of the physical stuff muddying the waters. Or...did it? There was a bit more confusion/questioning of feelings toward the end than I'd expected--though some of that was each of them doubting themselves, rather than doubting the other one--and I'm still not 100% why Jeremy and Grace didn't take care of what needed to be taken care of before the hospital visit took place (since we learn about the ER visit and non-kiss in the prologue, I'm not really spoiling anything here--it'll drive you crazy for most of the book anyway) though I do admit that the circumstances came together to make a pretty memorable resolution overall. It was--wait for it--Worth the Wait. ;) The Kingston Ale House books all work pretty well as standalones--ironically, the only one in the series that I have yet to read is Jeremy's sister's book ( Three Simple Words ), but you'd better believe I'll remedy that as soon as I can. Since this is the last in the series, all of the other couples make appearances here; if you haven't read their books yet, no worries, but I can't guarantee you won't want to read them before you get to the last page. But that's what TBR lists are for, right? ;) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
This book made me so happy! I swear I had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading. Jeremy had so many swoon-worthy gentlemanly moments and I was inspired by Grace's determination to live a better, more independent life. I loved watching them fall for one another! If I could transport myself to Kingston Ale House, I would do it in a heartbeat. That's how much I've come to love the crew at the center of this series. Jamie could teach me more about the fine art of beer-making, Brynn would help me be a better numbers person, I'd go shopping with Holly, I'd listen to Will's accent for ages, and, of course, Annie and I would talk about books all the live long day, while Wes and I discuss the finer points of writing. In Worth The Wait, we finally get to see what makes Jeremy tick and we meet the lovely Grace. Their goals were at complete odds- Jeremy wants to hook up, while Grace is on a man cleanse- but there's something about Grace that draws Jeremy in. Maybe he's initially intrigued by the challenge but it quickly becomes something more. While Grace is the one who started the fast, it turns out Jeremy needs it as well. They both need to reflect on their past choices and figure out what's behind it all. This part was especially interesting to me because it's so different from my own relationship style. I generally see red flags from a mile away and run away from those guys, whereas Grace ran toward them and Jeremy decided he was done with relationships altogether. Jeremy and Grace both need to learn to trust their instincts and each other. It's not an easy process and my heart really went out to both of them. Grace has the hardest time with this, particularly with one thing she refuses to tell her family about. This kind of drove me crazy because, of all people, they would have been the most equipped to handle the situation but I could also understand her drive to figure things out on her own. Just as they're becoming friends, Jeremy's ex learns about Grace's man cleanse and turns it into a news story. This part had the potential to be the same old thing but Pine turned it on its head as Grace made some refreshing moves. This is a big part of why I loved this book so much. It was thoroughly enjoyable and I loved watching the characters navigate whatever life threw at them. And I loved, loved, loved watching their friendship turn into something more, even though the man cleanse stipulated they couldn't act on their feelings. This made for some hot scenes and the resolution was more than gratifying. Plus, it's clear Pine is a White Sox fan so she has my eternal fandom. At one point, Jeremy's ex comes over wearing a Cubs shirt and I liked to think of this as proof she was the villain. Even if she technically wasn't. Sorry not sorry! Jeremy and Grace's story was a great way to close out this fun series. All the books can be read as standalones and I read them out of order myself. If you're looking for an enjoyable read, Worth The Wait is worth your time. I can't wait to see what Pine comes up with next! Disclosure: I was provided an ARC from IndieSage in exchange for an honest review.
Jeremy meet Grace. Grace was currently on a purge of things not good for her and that included men. Jeremy was determined to show her not all men were bad for her. In the process, Jeremy was able to forget or at least not allow for the past to impact his current decision in the pursuit of Grace. If you have read any of the previous books in this series, you will most certainly want to get in on the deal now. IF you have not read one then start here. There was a sweet edge to the romance that gave me a very entertaining read that I would not mind experiencing again.
Pine has never been one to disappoint and she has ended her Kingston Ale Series on a high note. I was not sure which book would take the cake of this series, since I love them all so much, but this one wins! Everything about this story is quirky, fun, sexy, and hilarious. There are moments of passion and moments of hurt and confusion. You feel it all between the covers of this book! Worth the Wait is a refreshing contemporary romance story. Grace is a brilliant heroine. Any woman can relate to her and her frustrations. She is a woman that is determined to find herself and hopefully find love along the way. This character is inspiring. Her internal ramblings are humorous and her determination is admirable. I loved how I was able to cheer her on and be excited for what was hopefully coming in the future. Watching her attempt to find her place in life and love was endearing! We all know a leading lady needs the perfect man and Jeremy is just that. These two have chemistry off the charts. Their connection is something you can literally feel. I love how fate is trying to weave them together, giving them chances to meet and get to know each other. These two click. They both have things to work on in their lives and their budding friendship and attraction gives them safe place to find who they are. It was fantastic to see the Kingston gang back at it again. Jeremy is an important part of their crew and they flow in and out of the story. They adopt Grace into the fold and the community creates a fabulous backdrop to what is happening. Everything about this book is a win. The writing is top notch; the storyline flows very well; the characters are flawed and relatable, and you lose yourself in a story of healing, finding who you are, and second chances. Pine has a winner here and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for the future. As much as I will miss the gang, I know that they are waiting for me whenever I want to come back again!
Hold onto your heart with this story! Both Jeremy and Grace will steal it. Not once in this story was there a moment where I was frustrated with either character. I could understand Grace's decisions on her man cleanse and admired her determination. Jeremy was just as charming as he could be. He was supportive, flirtatious, sexy as all get out, protective, and loving. I enjoyed the way they met, the in depth way they got to know each other, and their many fun times. I have read the first book in this series and now this one, but I do feel the need to read the other two to get to know all the characters. These are pretty much stand alone stories but the supporting characters are really likeable and intriguing. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
worth the wait is the fourth, and likely final, installment in the kingston ale house series. even if you haven't read the other books, this story stands entirely on its own. jeremy denning has worked at the ale house for years, he loves his job, and until recently never really aspired for more. when jamie, the owner of the ale house, starts to consider a partner, jeremy finds himself coveting the role. part of him is conflicted about this, and to prove himself, jamie asks him to attend a microbrewer's conference. jeremy finds all the chemistry and lab work beyond boring, but when his back seizes up after sitting in uncomfortable hotel conference chairs for 8 hours he seeks out a massage. grace bailey had a last minute cancellation and didn't expect much from the fill-in client. generally she doesn't spend too much time thinking about her clients. she's only taken this job in madison to hide the fact that she is being blackmailed by her almost fiancé from her family. she's feeling guilty because her terrible taste in men could cause her parents a lot of grief, and instead of talking things through she tries to solve everything herself, and goes on a man cleanse as part of that. so she's really not interested in being attracted to her massage client. besides that being wildly unprofessional, she doesn't need the distraction. but the sparks between grace and jeremy can't be avoided. they keep running into each other, first in madison and then in chicago. when grace confesses her man cleanse, jeremy isn't fazed. he tells her he's happy to wait until she is ready. and this really is what makes the book great. the fact that the two characters are allowed to get to know each other, really talk, without just jumping into bed with each other was really nice. there are several obstacles from both of their exes that they need to overcome, and the man cleanse bit also needs to be completed, but jeremy makes it pretty clear that he's all in. and even when grace has moments of doubt, he knows just how to win her over. the wait is really what let's them develop their relationship and figure things out, and obviously it is all worth it in the end. jeremy is super dreamy, though there is a fight sequence toward the end that has me doubting the reconciliation scene just a bit, because there is no way it wouldn't have been painful to kiss and make up if jeremy had really been as injured as described. **worth the wait will publish on january 16, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (select contemporary) in exchange for my honest review.
What a great story! This book had me captivated from page one. The books opens with a little flash of the end of the book, it sets the stage for what is to come. You can read the blurb, so I'll skip right on into the story. Grace- working two jobs to dig herself out of a hole that her ex put her in, although she blames herself for trusting him. The douche is also a partner at her parents very visible and prestigious law firm. Grace finds book that the author touts a brand new you kind of thing; fasting from men and clean eating, no alcohol, caffeine etc for 6 months. That includes no sex. We meet Grace in this book during month 3 of her fast. Jeremy- omg Jeremy. Oh how I loved him. Jeremy is in Wisconsin for a weekend taking classes Jake roped him into to see if he was really interested in a partnership with the Ale House. Day one was 8 hours of boring lecture and Jeremy returns to the hotel like a bear. He decides to get a massage, and bc Grace happens to have a cancellation, he is her next appt. Things go well, and for Jeremy who had a little flirtation thing going on with the girl at the spa desk, which Grace promptly put her in her place over. Grace leaves the room after his massage trusting that the dingbat will tell him to drink plenty of water afterward. Finding him in the bar later, drinking beer, unable to eat and feeling bad Grace sees him and orders her green drink and gets him to drink water. The guy can barely stand. She helps him up to his room which happens to be across the hall from his. She tells him she's not available and about the book. Not so much on the why. A little bit, just about the 8k he took from her that was her seed money for her new business. They sit on the floor in the hall and chat a while, say goodnight Gracie. Next day they meet again in the pouring rain at the gas station headed back to Chicago. Odd?? Absolutely. He buys her coffee and an umbrella. She leaves. Then yes, again, they meet at the Ale House. They have mutual friends. Meanwhile Jeremy; burned badly by an ex who is now back in Chicago on TV doing the local weather and while he and Grace are sitting talking and he finally hopes they have agreed to a friendship the witch walks up with her station manager. Grace while moving her bag, unloads the contents and the book falls out. When ex picks it up, she sees an opportunity to capitalize on it and further her career. She wants Grace to do this on social media and chronicle her remaining three months in public. The next day Grace has the contract which Jake's fiance' looks over, she's a CPA and it looks ok. Finally with Jeremy telling her he thinks it's ok she agrees. Cue Jeremy swallowing hard because he has to watch Grace date once a week at the Ale house. He appoints himself her wing man. There's some back and forth here and I really liked how these two became friends with no physical contact. None. Not even a kiss. In fact they both liked it and while dealing with outside crap, his ex, her ex, her family, social media they manage to hold it together right down until that night... the last night which was broadcast live from the Ale House. When the proverbial sh** hits the fan. I don't do spoilers. But I can tell you I held my breath here waiting to see what Grace would do and how things would shake out in the end. As I said earlier and I'll say it again, I loved this book. LOVED IT! AJ is a great writer and anyone who can write steamy with no sex has it all going on in my opinion. The two
This is another addition to the Kingston Ale House series. This one centers on Jeremy and Grace who is a massage therapist on a 6-month man cleanse. The beginning is interesting because it takes us to the end where we find out that all is not HEA at the moment. Jeremy meets Grace about halfway through her “new lease on life”, so to speak. He is instantly attracted to her and to be fair – so is she – but he’s a client – oh and there’s that whole no man…no sex…no nothing cleanse she is doing. Fate keeps throwing them together, so they decide to give in - in a platonic sort of way. Overall it was a cute story – there was the annoying ex who doesn’t want to be an ex anymore for further complications. I was annoyed about the loose definition of “no sexual contact” – there was plenty of contact – just no kissing (or obviously sexual contact) – that didn’t ring true for me. The misunderstandings were predictable but so frustrating. That seems to be a Pine specialty. :-) The banter was cute and Grace’s internal conversations were humorous as well. Overall – it’s a cute series, but so far – Book One was the best! Received copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
*4.5 Stars Rounded Up Now, it needs to be said that I am a big fan of this series, and Jamie from the first book, The One That Got Away, has been hard to top. That said... Jeremy gives Jamie a run for his money! (Though I think Jamie is still my favorite KAH guy). He was so caring and sweet and I loved how honest he was! He was just so darn adorable. I also liked Grace a lot, and admired her loyalty and her strength when it came to figuring out what she wanted. These two were wonderfully matched and so much fun to "watch." And seriously, for a book of no kisses or sexual touching for over 90%, this had some hot sexual tension that scorched the pages! They had fantastic overall chemistry, with some great emotional intimacy as well. I loved their interactions, the humor, their coincidences and chemistry. And their faith and trust in each other, despite some hiccups along the way. Something I have enjoyed in each book is that there are few unlikable characters here (aside from one who is pretty obvious). They are all so multi-faceted and the drama just the right side of believable (because like CAN be that interesting :) ). As a fan of all 4 books, I really liked visiting with the couples from the previous books too, especially Brynn and Jamie. It's bittersweet that this is the final book in the series as I will miss them all, but it was such a fantastic end! (This is absolutely standalone, in case my review makes it sound otherwise!)
Probably the best one yet. Jeremy Denning is the brother of Annie Denning, the bookstore owner from [book:Three Simple Words|31952827], after his almost-fiancee brutally dumped him three years ago he has shied away from commitment of any kind. But now he has a shot at becoming a partner in the Ale House if he can prove he is interested. After a long day studying brewing techniques he gets back to his hotel room only to find that his ex has moved back to Chicago and is presenting the weather on the local TV station. In order to dissipate the resulting tension, he decides to have a relaxing massage. The receptionist fails to warn him to drink lots of water and alcohol and he is slightly the worse for wear when the masseur, Grace Bailey walks into the hotel bar. Grace is the black sheep of the family, all of whom are high-flying lawyers. She was dating a lawyer in her parents' legal practice until he used the money for the deposit for their home to fund his gambling addiction and then threatened to expose her father's shortcomings if she told anyone. Tired of making bad judgements about men, Grace decides to go on a six month cleanse of mind and body, including no sex, to allow her to see more clearly and make better decisions based on a self-help book. Grace and Jeremy keep bumping into each other, as if the cosmic forces are trying to bring them together, and they have just agreed to be friends so that Grace can complete her 'Man Cleanse' when Jeremy's ex walks into the bar. Before anyone is quite clear how it happened, Grace is now the star of a social-media based reality TV show in which the TV station arranges a date each week for Grace to see if she can connect with a man without sex. Can a man and a woman ever just be friends? Jeremy is torn between the return of the only woman he ever felt ready to commit to and a woman that he might want to commit to. Grace is trying to protect her family from her ex, whilst being constantly undermined by her mother's attempts to get them back together. She likes Jeremy but he's a bit of a player, is he only interested in her because she is currently unobtainable? And what happens when Grace's ex finds out about the reality TV show? And can either of them trust Jeremy's ex, or is she manipulating things for the ratings? This was another great book by A.J. Pine. Jeremy and Grace were great characters and I liked that they respected her cleanse enough to not even kiss (on the lips). This is not the first reality TV novel I have read in the last few days, like the other book, this is focused more on the people and the relationships than on the TV show or the weekly dates. It's funny, and sweet, and 'real'. Although this is the fourth book in the Kingston Ale series the books are only tangentially connected and it is easy to read them as stand-alone novels - I still haven't read the first in the series! Highly recommended - maybe the best one yet. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
4 stars I'm a huge fan of author A.J. Pine's writing and once again she's delivered another great read with Worth the Wait. The storyline was sweet, fun and very entertaining. Jeremy and Grace were likable characters that will entertain you while watching their relationship unfold. They amused me with their banter and I loved how they took the time to talk and get to really know each other while Grace was on her "life cleanse". Overall, Worth the Wait is a well written slow burn romance with a heartwarming storyline and characters that are likable and very entertaining. I've really enjoyed reading the Kingston Ale House series, each book can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend them all!
I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I really enjoyed reading abut these characters, I hadn't read the previous books, I will be going and reading those as well.Good storyline with likeable characters.
Worth the Wait is worth all five stars and more. This fun sexy story has amazing characters that are likeable and relatable. What a great addition to the Kingston Ale House series, so far my favorite. I loved watching Grace and Jeremy's story play out. These two have had bad past relationship and trying not to repeat the same. This is one book you will want to read, so pick it up and enjoy. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book from publisher via NetGalley.
After a horrible breakup, Grace follows the advice of a popular book to cleanse her life of all negativity. She is three months into her six month cleanse when she meets Jeremy. Jeremy went through a horrible break up of his own three years ago and hasn't committed to anything since. When Grace and Jeremy keep running into together, they agree to friendship since Grace isn't willing to break her cleanse. When Jeremy's ex, the weather girl at the local news station, hears of Grace's cleanse, she pitches it as a puff piece to boost ratings. When Grace has to go on dates for the story, Jeremy agrees to be her wingman but after seeing a few, decides that the man that Grace is going to kiss in three months is him. With a partnership in Kingston Ale House on the table, can Jeremy commit to another thing? This story was so bittersweet for me. I loved this series and am so sad to see it end. I couldn't put down Jeremy and Grace's story. Separately, these two had so much to get together. Jeremy and his lack of commitment and Grace and all of her secrets. Together, these two were a powerhouse. With Grace swearing off men and Jeremy's ex back in town, I thought this book would have a ton of angst but, while there was some drama, it definitely wasn't a huge part of the story. These two opposites complemented each other so perfectly that I never wanted the story to end. While I'm sad to goodbye to this series, I am really looking forward to what comes next from this author! *This is my voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy*
Jeremy's story - YAY!!!! Bonus - it's fantastic! After having his heart handed to him three years ago Jeremy has been happy living his life free of commitments. A good pint of ale and a beautiful woman was all he needed. Meeting Grace, the beautiful massage therapist, was never part of his plan. Add in the fact that she is currently doing a man-cleanse and he knows he should run - fast. Yet he can't. Something about her calls to him. Could she be the one that he could open his heart to or will she end up hurting him too? Put this on the must read list. I highly recommend it.
A quirky read that will have you smiling ... often! A sexy bartender meets a gorgeous massage therapist, they flirt, they go their separate ways ... and then proceed to run into each other a handful more times over the next couple of days, even in different states! Obviously fate has spoken ... right?? Jeremy Denning is a self-proclaimed lover of women! He's a great guy, loyal friend, loves his family ... but he is never going to commit to a relationship again. Previously burned, twice ... well, never going to happen! Grace Bailey is struggling to prove herself to her family, and trying to help herself grow into a more aware person at the same time. When she meets Jeremy, there's obviously some major attraction there ... but he only wants one thing, and she's not going there! He tries to walk away ... he really does. She's sworn off bad food, booze and most especially MEN for six months. How can he compete with that? He doesn't even want to right? Well ... maybe!
After a very bad break-up, Grace Bailey saw a book that promised that a 6-month cleanse would improve her outlook on life. No sex, not even kissing, and getting rid of all things negative in her life. She could do that, and it helped. Jeremy Denning also went through a bad break-up, albeit 3 years ago. Jeremy dabbles. Jeremy also refuses to commit to anything since then, even though his friend at the bar where Jeremy works offered him to make partners, he still hesitates. But still, Jeremy agreed to attend brewing courses. After an excruciating 8-hour lecture on brewing, Jeremy’s back is killing him, so he makes an appointment with a massage therapist. And she is truly lovely. Grace Bailey is his massage therapist. And this, dear readers, is but the beginning of a fabulous romance! When I picked up WORTH THE WAIT, I barely glanced at the blurb, because I had been so impressed by the author’s previous book THREE SIMPLE WORDS. And I can say that I love Ms. Pine even more now! The author probably gives the most innovative twist to the ubiquitous “sworn-off-men” trope, and makes it totally original and fresh. The writing is excellent, so fluid and easy to read; the dialogues are witty and terrific throughout; and the author breathes life in every single character. WORTH THE WAIT is full of life, emotion, and so much fun! The chemistry between Jeremy and Grace sparks and crackles; I simply adored these two very appealing characters. They deserved to find love, and they do through honesty, respect, and caring. There is nothing predictable in WORTH THE WAIT, even when it comes to the troublesome exes; there is no unnecessary drama, and still nothing happens the way you expect. WORTH THE WAIT is a fabulous book, truly original, and a total delight from beginning to end. I cannot wait to see what the immensely talented A.J. Pine has in store for us next, but I’m ready! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Jeremy stays far away from any kind of commitment. He's three years out of graduate school and still happily working at his friends pub. Grace is half way through a six month cleanse... of food, alcohol, and men. When Grace is asked to document her cleanse for a local network, with a live kiss to break her fast in three months, Jeremy can't seem to help himself from signing up to be in the line up of men competing to be worthy of the kiss. But the more dates Grace goes on with different men, the harder it is for Jeremy to watch, and he starts to realize he's in deeper than he thought. And the more time they spend together, the more Grace realizes she may have made her choice, before the competition has even gotten off the ground. But Graces Ex - the one that spurred her into the cleanse into the first place - continues to manipulate Grace, and she fears what will happen to her budding relationship. Can Grace and Jeremy overcome the issues they've both had with past relationships and learn to trust each other and the burgeoning feelings between them? I absolutely loved this book. I was completely invested in Jeremy and Grace. A.J. Pine has a way of breaking down her characters to their very core, which brings me back, book after book. This was the fourth and final book in the Kingston Alehouse series. In addition to following the budding relationship between Jeremy and Grace, the reader still get's some snippets of life from the couples that are the core group of friends featured throughout the series. I loved each of the couples that feel in love in and around the Kingston Alehouse. And who knows, maybe one day, some young group will start hanging out in the pub and we'll get a drive by of the gang. An undeniable winner. I am sad to see the group go, but they've got to go out and adult now, and let A.J. go help another gang go find love.