Worth the Wait

Worth the Wait

by Traci Douglass

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Mandy Reynolds needs a reset on life in so many ways. Her acting career isn’t exactly where she’d hoped it to be. She can’t even get a job as a germ for a commercial. When she inherits half a house she sees it as a sign and heads home to Heavenly Falls, Illinois. She’ll sell the house, and use the money to take her career to the next level in Los Angeles. That is if she can convince her hard-headed––and stupidly gorgeous–– ex-stepbrother, Alex Noonan, to sell fast.

The last time Alex saw Mandy, she was a gangly teen, who followed him around like a sad puppy. But she’s grown into a smart and funny woman, who is as frustrating as she is beautiful. The fact that they have to live in the house––together––while they fix it up, is one temptation he doesn’t need. And while he’s having fun spending time with her, she’s moving on soon, and he needs time to heal.

Plus, she has no idea he’s got a secret that could put a monkey wrench in all of her plans...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640637863
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 03/09/2020
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 78,945
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Traci is a USA Today Bestselling Romance Author whose stories feature sizzling heroes with humor, quick wits, and troubled pasts and heroines who are smart, tenacious, and always give as good as they get. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and loves cute animals, chocolate, coffee, hot British actors, and sarcasm—not necessarily in that order.

Customer Reviews

Worth the Wait 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Kendra_Readers_Edyn 19 hours ago
Full review posted at Reader's Edyn on 03/25/20 Mandy didn’t exactly have a typical childhood, which ended up influencing many of her decisions in adulthood. Her mother was an incurable romantic and married several times. One of those marriages introduced her to the Noonan family and the best year she had growing up with her new family. But it didn’t last long and before too long, she and her mother were off to another new life. But Alex Noonan, brief step-brother, was gorgeous beyond belief and had Mandy pattering after him everywhere. She never forgot him – and she sure never thought she’d inherit half a house with him, gifted by her mother following her death. Never one to settle down, Mandy is more concerned with helping to push her acting career along and this house just might be the break she needs – once they fix it up and sell it. But the Alex she encounters seems to be a shadow of his former self, guarding dark secrets, with only the slightest of glimpses of the guy he used to be. It doesn’t take long for Mandy to decide that Alex is also a part of her fixer-upper journey. Except when you tangle emotions, unexpected things can happen and it doesn’t take long for Many to suddenly reevaluate her life and the path she is currently set on because the thought of leaving Alex behind suddenly seems like the worst possible scenario. Alex is ecstatic with his sudden homeownership windfall. Searching for a way to break out of his depressing life and trying to start anew, this house offers him everything he wants … or so he thought. The whimsical and gorgeous Mandy quickly throws a wrench in his plans. First, she plans to sell the house, but as half-owner, he won’t let that happen. Then she goes and worms her way into his heart, reminding him of the carefree days filled with love and laughter they used to share. And the worst thing of all … she sets out to fix him. He’s having none of it. Except her meddling, while seemingly intrusive and boundary testing ultimately does end up helping him. But his anger at uncontrollable events that stole the life he had and anger at feeling things for Mandy that he refused to allow himself to get caught up in causes him to lash out at her – the one person he’s come to depend on and look forward to seeing. When the house suffers an enormous setback and Mandy simultaneously sets off to act for a movie part she landed, Alex is quickly forced to come to grips with all of the mistakes he’s been making. Continue to live in anger and regret and probably die miserably alone, or man up and start making some changes. And then, if he’s luckier than he deserves, he just might get a chance to win Mandy back for good. This is my first experience with Ms. Douglass, which was a joy. The story actually contains some pretty serious content, but with the skillful addition of lighthearted banter and charming friends and family members, the book didn’t fall into a dark place as could have easily done. Some of the things addressed include: parental loss both permanent and temporary, anxiety/PTSD from uncontrollable circumstances, grief, fear of commitment – the list is endless with how many issues are dealt with in a small space of time. When the characters need to be serious, they are, but there is generally a bit of cajoling that follows to break out of the heavy and return to the quirky as evidenced in the first of the favorite lines I included. Alex says something about wood and Mandy quickly retorts jokingly...
AliciaSplendeur 19 days ago
Mandy Reynolds finds herself in a place she never thought she'd see again. She's returned to her home town, having inherited half a house. She has plans to sell the house and use the money to take her career to the next level in Los Angeles. She just has to convince her ex-stepbrother Alex. Alex wants to keep the house. He sees it as a fresh start for him. Now they must live in the house together while they fix it up. A temptation neither of them wants I liked this book. A solid romance. Mandy and Alex having history made it easy for them to comfortable around each other. And easy to root for them. ARC provided by EntangledPublishing via NetGalley
tiggeruoSO 19 days ago
This story was cute over all, this book was a short read so it was a quick read. I did feel like some times it did drag and I felt like the author did repeat herself through out the story. I liked Mandy and Alex and however I felt like this story was completely predictable. There is sex implied but nothing in detail the language over all was very mild if not any I think maybe one or two words. Over all like I said the story was cute but predictable. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. I was under no obligation to post a review and have given my honest opinion
Linda__ 19 days ago
This is an entertaining romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. It has Mandy and Alex both inheriting half a house each. They are thrown together and forced to work together to renovate the house making it more salable and/or livable. Mandy is a broke actress who wants the money to allow her to move to LA, while Alex is an injured IRS special agent who will never be able to return to his job again after being shot on the job. He views the house as a place to live in solitude and deal with his PTSD in private. While Alex and Mandy are technically former step-siblings, this doesn't feel like the typical step-sibling story. In fact, they barely know each other and only briefly lived in the same household and that was many years ago. For me, this was a plus and it removed the whole sibling ick thing that some books in this trope have. Instead, this felt more like an enemies to lovers type of book. I loved the was the characters interacted and thoroughly enjoyed their story. Additionally, the author treated Alex's PTSD with respect and sensitivity. If you enjoy contemporary romance, you will love this book. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.
SaraOxo 19 days ago
Worth the Wait by Traci Douglass a four-star read that will leave you wanting more, more about this couple and more about the lovely places described in Heavenly Falls. This was a little predictable in a couple of small places, but it was still an enjoyable read, the characters are interesting and real, some complex issues are brought up and done in a refreshing way, its not the same old types, I really liked that aspect of the story. If you are in the mood for some sweet small town romance, with some awkward real moments, thrown in to keep you hooked in then this is definitely one for you.
Tink4evr 19 days ago
A mother has plans for her daughter, even from the grave. Mandy’s mom has died and left her half of a house. Alex was her stepbrother and teenage crush and he owns the other half of the house. He is healing from a severe injury and suffering the effects. They both have different plans for the house. As they spend together things change. It gets emotional as they battle their feelings. There is humor and warmth as each character develops and becomes a better person. It is a sweetly romantic story that you will enjoy reading.