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One Good Reason (Adamson Brothers #2)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  471 ratings  ·  74 reviews
It's time to move on

Any day now Jon Adamson will pack his bags and hit the road. After all, his intention was never to hang around Melbourne once he'd settled his late father's affairs. Yet he hasn't moved on. And it might have something to do with Gabby Wade. The not–so–big office manager with the really big attitude is making Jon's It

Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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I am like a kid with a new stick of candy when it comes to books by Sarah Mayberry. I want to savor every emotion the book invokes, I get frustrated when anything takes me away from my indulgence and I am left with a feeling of melancholy once I am done, knowing that it would be quite sometime afterwards that I would get to indulge in a book by my favorite Harlequin author again.

The release of this book has also brought to light the fact that I am the worst possible stalker in the world. Ever si...more
One Good Reason by Sarah Mayberry is the sequel to The Last Goodbye and the elder brother Jon's story. We know that both Jon and Tyler had an abusive childhood. Jon who owned a building company in Canada returned too late, his father died while he was on the way and it's been 11 months since his death and Jon is still living in his old childhood home, tortured by memories and drinking way too much when Tyler calls him on it. So, Jon who has sold his business, takes a temporary unpaid job in Tyle...more

3.5 stars

After ten years of living in Canada, Jon Adamson has come home to Australia. Jon's father is now dead, but his abusive legacy lingers, crippling Jon who deals with it by drinking hard. His younger brother Tyler now happily marrried invites Jon to Melbourne to work in his furniture design company. It's not what Jon wants, but he's not prepared to move on again just yet.

Gabby Wade, Tyler's office manager, is still coming to terms with the fact that four years after breaking up with Tyler,...more
Penny Watson
Mar 19, 2012 Penny Watson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Penny by: Ridley
I finished One Good Reason by Sarah Mayberry, and Ridley was right. It was 5 stars, all the way. This is not my usual's a Harly, a contemporary, and filled with angsty characters. But I'll tell you this, I lived that book. My heart rate was racing during the explosive first love scene, my anxiety went up when Gabby was getting drunk off her ass at the big holiday party, my tear ducts were leaking (heavily!) when Jon and his brother finally embraced for the first time, after many years...more
I am such a HUGE fan of Sarah Mayberry. I think she writes great stories with realistic characters with real problems. With her books I always feel like I'm reading about my neighbor or a friend because they are about everyday people and real life.

One Good Reason is a stand alone but it is connected to The Last Goodbye. In The Last Goodbye we meet Gabby as Ty's ex-girlfriend and employee. Now Gabby is the heroine of this book and her love interest is Ty's brother, Jon. Just as Tyler, Jon is s...more
Jon Adamson - after managing to survive his childhood with an abusive father and a mother who never cared for her children, he left for Canada and never looked back. Ten years later both of his parents are dead and his brother Tyler (hero of The Last Goodbye) asked him to come back and then bullied him into staying. Jon is lost now, he's trying to proving that he's not an alcholohic (but then why is not drinking so hard?), that he doesn't care about anything, that he can just pick up and leave o...more
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For many a woman of my advanced age--50--the mere mention of Harlequin romances engenders painful memories of crappy books with silly covers read in their teens. That's a shame because today Harlequin publishes more than a few really well-written novels. One of my favorite Harlequin authors is the Australian writer Sarah Mayberry. Ms. Mayberry's books feature real people with real problems portrayed with nuance and...more
Jacob Proffitt
This is pretty much a direct sequel to The Last Goodbye and I liked it well-enough, though not nearly as well as I did the first—which may be a little confusing as I'm giving them the same star rating. That makes sense if you consider that the first was near the top of my four stars and this book only barely squeaked into it.

Jon is a whole lot more messed up than his brother Tyler. He's a lot less emotionally self-aware and (consequently) a lot more blind to the emotional lives of those around h...more
So I am the kind of person that reads books at work and then stews about them. Which, I did like this one more than its predecessor, so I suppose that's something.

But my issues are really with the core of the story. One, it's an insta-love book and I HATE insta-love books. Sure, it's hidden in a loathing/lust at first sight thing that takes up about half the book, but when they get together they are suddenly in love and it didn't work for me. Especially given the fairly monumental emotional issu...more
Sarah Mayberry is an excellent writer. Her stories are superbly written and layered exquisitely. However, whenever this is not the first time reading a story of hers where I thought that the characters of her novels needed to be in therapy instead of the figures playing a prominent role in a romance novel.

It's great that ONE GOOD REASON seems so realistic. It is a realistic, superbly written novel, but I still had serious issues with the characters.

Gabby. You slept with your boss. Ewww. So not p...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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This book left me amazed and astounded as to the emotional scope explored between a man damaged by an abusive childhood and a woman strong enough to stand by his side.

At first the story starts off cheeky and I thought it was a shallow battle of the sexes, fun but light. Instead it takes a hard look at the internal scars and the ramifications it has on an adult as he tries to survive the acute trauma from growing up...more
Sometimes your expectations for a book are so high, that by the time you get around to actually read it, the only result possible is that you end up disappointed. After all the greatness Mayberry had delivered before, and especially after reading The Last Goodbye, the first story of this duo, I was expecting a glorious book. And it was really good, Mayberry certainly delivered, but it wasn't glorious.

To put it differently, I expected to bawl, and I ended up with tears in my eyes.

I loved the conf...more
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Grade B-/C+

Two things kept this book from reaching the 4 star mark that I've given almost all of Sarah Mayberry's books I've read. The first is something that bugged me that perhaps won't bug other readers. Throughout the book Gabby and Ally both get bent out of shape if men offer to do anything for them, even hold a ladder steady for them. It's pointless to be so militant about someone offering to change your tire or make sure you're safe walking to a car in a bad neighborhood after dark. Espec...more
4 1/2 Stars ~ All his adult life Jon shied away from commitments and making real connections with people. His abusive father died mere minutes before he arrived back in Melbourne and still he couldn't quite let go of the past. He really wants to make things work with his brother, Tyler, so he offers to help him out and works with him building beautiful furniture. Tyler's hugely successful, and can't keep up with the orders coming in. Jon welcomes the work that keeps him focused on today and lets...more
Kat at Book Thingo
Apr 11, 2012 Kat at Book Thingo rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who love a slow, romantic start and a dramatic finish
Recommended to Kat at Book Thingo by: Readers who would find the notion of a hero ending up with his brother’s ex-girlfriend more than a little distracting
You can read my full review at Book Thingo.

It’s to Sarah Mayberry’s credit that even when her books haven’t been to my taste, I still appreciate her craftsmanship and enjoy some—if not all—aspects of the story. All the characters in this story and their way of speaking with each other ring true—including all instances in which ‘mate’ is used, I’m relieved to say. Gabby is charming and complex, and Mayberry isn’t precious about Tyler (who featured in The Last Goodbye), who is almost always seen f...more
After reading about Jon's brother Tyler in The Last Goodbye, I was looking forward to finding out more about Jon, and Gabby too. I was also hoping Jon and Gabby's story would have more romance. They still have emotional issues to get through but the story isn't as dark as The Last Goodbye and Jon and Gabby are cute together!

Gabby Wade is a petite, feisty woman who works in an office of all men. She's not much for dressing up, preferring casual wear for her job as office manager of T. A. Furnitur...more
Brie C.
Originally posted at Romance Around the Cornet

Of all of Harlequin lines, Superromance is hands down my favorite one (closely followed by Medical Romance). These books can be a bit misleading, just based on the cover and the blurb one might expect a light romance, but what you get is so much more than that. The stories deal with serious topics and more than once I find myself crying. One Good Reason delivers all of that and more. If you are not familiar with Sarah Mayberry don’t waste more time a...more
Emily (Book Jems)
Sarah Mayberry is my feel-good author. Every book I've read by her has left me feeling satisfied, with a smile on my face. While they aren't always amazing books, I've always found her storytelling enjoyable. One Good Reason is no exception. This one broke my heart more than usual, but I really loved it. Our protagonists are so far from stereotypical, and they own it. Didn't always like Gabby's attitude, but I just adored Jon. The plot was much different that many of the romance novels I've read...more
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Maggie Boyd
This is roughly a C/C+ for me. Gabby first meets Jon when he is sitting at her computer. She very snarkily lets him know no one sits at her computer. He answers back and the two begin an exchange of rough "banter" for the next several days until the sexual attraction gets to them, at which point they begin to do the Harlequin Romance courtship shuffle of love him/she has issues/he treats her great/she overcomes issues/he has issues etc.

I really don't like contemp novels where the couple bickers...more
Wow. I ... did not see that coming, but the tears, there were no stopping them. I had to pause and put the book down and gather myself first before reading the last few pages left. It was that emotionally satisfying for me, to read that scene that made me cry. Oh, so good.
I struggled a bit with the wrong assumptions of both characters in the beginning, but as always Mayberry delivered. I even got teary at the and.

Thought author nailed the emotions felt by someone with Jon's past.

Cried so hard at the end of this one.
He and his brother were abused as children and he knows he will never have a committed relationship. She dated his brother for several years and they "practically lived together", yet the brother would never get emotionally close to her so she broke it off, and they became "just friends", and she worked for the brother as his office manager. When he married, she was prepared to hate his wife; yet they became close friends too.
Jon comes to town temporarily, but decides to stay a while and work i...more
Sarah Mayberry has done it again! Mayberry's One Good Reason, the unexpected sequel to The Last Goodbye, continues the story of the Adamson brothers, but it also gives voice to a character I am thrilled to learn more about: Gabby, Tyler's ex and right-hand woman at work.

Jon Adamson is back, battling his drinking addiction and a demon that his brother just recently started to conquer: their father, a physically and mentally abusive man, that left both brothers scarred. Will he be able to overcome...more
One of my best discoveries of the past few years has been the Harlequin Superromance line and one of the best discoveries within that line is Sarah Mayberry. And One Good Reason is, well, one good reason why I love this line and this author. This book is a sequel of sorts to The Last Goodbye. this one is Jon's story. The brother of Tyler, the hero of The Last Goodbye, Jon has returned to Australia from a rather long stint in Canada, the country he fled too in an effort to escape the horrific abu...more
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One Good Reason by Sarah Mayberry tugged at my heartstrings. This is a warning that you may need tissues while reading this novel. I did not read the first book in the series, The Last Goodbye, but you easily catch on to the characters and where they left off.

Gabby Wade works for her ex-boyfriend Tyler, who is now crazy in love with his wife, Ally. Gabby meets his brother Jon after Tyler hires him on to work for his company making furniture. Gabby and Jon do not like each other after their firs...more
Nicole Helm
I loved the first book in this series enough to give it a 5 star rating. There were two flaws with this book that knocked it down to a four star rating.

1. Slow start. I read it on my Kindle, and didn't really become engrossed until about 40%. At that point I was hooked and had to finish, but before that I was thinking... this is not living up to the first or even my usual enjoyment of a Mayberry book. There was just too much of trying to show Gabby's whole last seven years to really sink into th...more
One Good Reason was a sweet story about finding love in unexpected places. Jon Adamson moves to Melbourne to work out his demons while working for his younger brother Tyler. But when he meets Gabby sparks fly though they both resist by convincing themselves that they don’t like the other and are disinterested. They soon give in to their desires, but Jon’s past and the guilt he’s holding onto prevent him from completely giving himself to Gabby.

The love story between Jon and Gabby was cute and sw...more
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Sarah Mayberry was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is the middle of three children. From the time that she first “stole” paper from kindergarten and stapled it together to make “books,” Sarah has always wanted to be a writer. In line with this ambition, on graduation from high school she completed a bachelor of arts degree majoring in professional writing, then sat down to write a book. When ins...more
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