Tuesday, June 26, 2018

When You Knew (Review)

An unlikely couple must decide what truly defines family.
Gentry Cabot’s rebellious life comes to a screeching halt when a one-night stand leads to a sobering new reality: motherhood. Exhausted and overwhelmed, the former wild child struggles to raise an infant on her own. After a lifetime of feeling like the odd Cabot out, Gentry knows that what her son needs most is family. For his sake, she plans to rebuild bridges with them, but first she needs a little help on the home front.
Humanitarian worker Ian Crawford has devoted his life to service. Forced to temporarily return stateside, he’s eager to head back to Haiti to expand the nonprofit he just founded in his late father’s honor. He can’t do that without money, so when Gentry offers a hefty paycheck for a short-term gig as a live-in nanny, he can’t afford to say no. Ian expects to deal with a barrage of privileged problems. What he doesn’t expect is how quickly being a makeshift father transforms him.
Despite his growing attachment to Gentry and her child, Ian still has his dreams, and Gentry wants a full-time dad for her son. When the baby’s father reenters the picture, will Gentry and Ian embrace the family they’ve formed or end up worlds apart?
When You Knew
The Cabots #3
Jamie Beck
Pub Date: 6/26/18
Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4/5
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Fans of Catherine Bybee's Not Quite series will enjoy the next entry in Jamie Beck's Cabot family series! When You Knew focuses on Gentry Cabot who is tired of being her family's black sheep. When Ian Crawford becomes her son's manny she learns that it's better to live for herself and her son rather than fold herself into an image only her family will appreciate.

I loved this story because Gentry and Ian were total opposites but helped each other become the best version of themselves. Gentry helped Ian to open up and remember that he can help others, carry on his father's legacy, and still have fun and enjoy life. Ian bolstered Gentry's confidence in motherhood and opened her eyes to a life where she doesn't have to beg for her family's affection, but can strike the perfect balance of mutual respect. This contemporary romance is heartwarming with big personalities. The characters are realistic from their insecurities and their expressions of a range emotions. It always kills me when I read stories where the characters are super nice to each other even when situations call for some expressive actions, so it's excellent to see these characters tell each other off or really talk through their feelings. It makes them more realistic and relatable.

I believe contemporary romance fans will enjoy When You Knew because it focuses on family. Gentry's circumstances are not ideal but she makes it work because she's concerned about her son's future and doesn't want history to repeat itself. Readers can jump right into the Cabot series even if you haven't read the previous novels. I haven't and I still felt like I got a good picture of the family dynamics up to this point. I was still able to get emotionally invested in Gentry's story so this works as a stand alone. This is my first time reading Jamie Beck, but I'm more than ready for more of her work!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*

The Cabots


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