Thirteen years ago, Vivi LeBrun was sketching a rooster and eating Oreos when she first met—and fell for—her friend’s brother, David St. James. Since then, her love for David has only intensified thanks to years of friendship with his family, who rescued her from a lonely, tumultuous childhood. As she travels to Block Island to vacation with the St. James siblings, Vivi daydreams about reuniting with David, hoping he’ll finally see her as his soul mate.
After his mother’s death, David distanced himself from his siblings, determined to hide a devastating family secret. Now, he’s brought a new girlfriend along to his homecoming—one who’s pushing for a serious commitment. The last thing he needs on his growing list of problems is his budding attraction to Vivi.
With tensions running high, David’s behavior triggers a series of events that might cost him the love he’s always taken for granted and Vivi the only real family she’s ever known.
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About the Author
Jamie Beck is a former attorney with a passion for writing stories about love and redemption, including her romance debut, In the Cards. In addition to authoring novels, she also pens articles on behalf of a local nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youths and strengthening families. A wife and mother, she enjoys spending time with her very patient and supportive family when she isn’t tapping away at the keyboard.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My goodness. I was sucked into this story from page 1! Fantastic book in my eyes. I loooooved David and Vivi. I was kept on my toes the entire book. I held so much hope for them. I am so glad his forgiving issues weren't about a past relationship or either of them cheating on each other. The family thing made it so personal and real. I absolutely ADORE Jackson and Vivi's relationship. It's so believable and real. The best friend relationship But I had with Cat, I can relate to so well!! The Franco thing was perfect. I loved that David's real feelings slowly came out and confused him but still kept him needing her and I love at the end how strong Vivi is when needing space from David. I kept thinking YES! You do you Vivi!! Ugh this book was perfect. So glad there's two more! ******A little language and sexual scenes.
I liked this group of people but there were definitely moments when I wanted to smack David. He’s the quintessential clueless male – more than a few times actually. He (and everyone else) is aware of how Vivi feels but he thinks that she’ll always be there, trailing after him. He’s contemplating marriage to his girlfriend but seems surprised that she’s picking up on that vibe and thinking long-term with him as well. He thinks that everything can go back to normal even after he momentarily gives in to his attraction to Vivi. Get the idea? He’s overall a good guy and he’s carrying a pretty big secret, so I can give him a pass on some things. But that doesn’t mean it is any less frustrating when he has a stupid guy moment :) Vivi has so much energy to her that it is hard not to like her and you have to admire her tenacity for holding on so tight to her feelings for David, putting herself out there so blatantly. But my favorite part is how she finally learns to stand up for herself and consider her needs. She’s got a couple of bad relationships in her life but once she gets her wakeup call she starts looking at what’s best for her. It’s refreshing to see that kind of growth in a heroine. David also has a brother and sister who come with their own set of problems. I’m definitely looking forward to more from Beck so they can get a shot at their own HEA. We get glimpses of their issues here so it’ll be interesting to get more details and see where they go from here. Sometimes funny, sometimes raw, but always engaging, Worth the Wait is an emotional powerhouse and Beck is going on my list of authors to watch. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
I read the first thirty pages of this story a couple years back in a contest and loved the opening so much the author gave me an advanced copy. She did NOT ask me to review it in exchange, but as a thank you for my encouraging words. As soon as I opened the pages I was once again sucked back into the story, which is so much more than just a romance. As a person with a complicated family, I totally understand the characters. Siblings in real life very rarely cut each other slack, and Cat and Jacks came across as living, breathing, honest-to-God family members. They gave David a bad time, yet they were doing the same thing. So typical. David has issues (don’t we all), and I loved how he wanted to honor his mom’s request and protect his brother and sister, even if the two things were conflicting with each other. Was he a jerk? At times, but with reason. Yet at the same time his attitude and opinion toward/about Vivi remained steadfast. He’s always been her friend, always stood up for her and always seen her as a special and wonderful person. In the midst of his turmoil, this hasn’t changed. Vivi is delightful and fun and so full of life. She’s full of love and loyal to a fault and at times you just want to be her. But she’s not perfect, so there are times she loses her patience with David. I love how she tries to bury her long-time feelings and go on, even if she can’t. I loved that even though she was hurting, she never stopped being David’s friend (real love isn’t easy to push away), but that she stood up for herself too. Overall, I thought this was a well-delivered, well-written story about love, family, and friendship. I really hope the author gives us Cat’s and Jacks’ stories so we can see them grow and find happiness.