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Waiting On My Reason

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  747 ratings  ·  55 reviews
She loves him. He loves her. But sometimes love just isn't that easy...

Everything happens for a reason. I just wish I knew the why behind mine.

Five years ago, graduation wasn’t what it was supposed to be. Publicly humiliated, Melanie was more than happy to kiss off her high school sweetheart. But in doing so, she lost more than just her boyfriend, she lost the only other
Paperback, 275 pages
Published January 21st 2014 (first published January 18th 2014)
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Alexis *Reality Bites*
Minor Spoilers -mature content reader discretion is advised.
3.5 STARS out of 5
Genre: New Adult Suspenseful Romance
Full review posted on 1-18-14

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After four years, coming back to his small hometown was the last thing Shane Michaels wanted to do. It’s the kind of town where everybody knows everybody PLUS all their business. He moved away with his family during his senior year but kept in touch with his best friend, Brad. While we are on the subject of Brad. he is the reason Shane is back. Current

★★★ 3.5 stars!

"Everything did happen for a reason."


She loves him. He loves her. But sometimes love just isn't that easy…

When Shane Michaels returns to his home town to help out an old friend, he never expected to run into his old flame Melanie Peterson. The one he could never have, because she was dating his best friend Brad in high school . The one who also betrayed this best friend and who broke his heart. Shane still holds Mel responsible for sending Brad off the
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Waiting On My Reason
was an engrossing and quick read. It was a second chance romance full of chemistry with danger and suspense that made for an exciting read! Once I sat down I breezed right through, rapidly clicking the pages to find out what would happen next.

Shane and Melanie had Brad in common through high school. Brad was Shane’s best friend and Melanie was Brad’s girlfriend. Shane planned on asking Melanie out back then but the day he was going to do it, Brad swooped in before
Devon Ashley
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
7/10/14: Did you know the little boy in Waiting on my Reason was inspired by my own toddler? Gotta love superheroes!



01/07/14: To the B*TCH VIRUS that crashed my computer, made my operating system disappear as if I never had one, made me spend fifteen hours repairing and rewriting code for nothing, and eventually led me to wipe my computer for the second time in four months...

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You timed your tirade perfectly, you monstrous bastard.

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Not only was I in the middle of creating ARCs to send out
ARC provided by Author for an honest review. Thank You Devon Ashley.

3.5-4 Stars

What I liked:
1. Shane, towards the last half of the book.
2. Jake
3. Mel's friends
4. Mel's & Shane's relationship once they get together.
5. Dual POV
6. Very fast paced the whole way through.
7. Shane & Jake's relationship

This story is a friends to lovers book with a cute kid thrown in to the mix. I really loved the dynamic of Shane's relationship with Jake. They were cute and funny together. Shane did a great job in taki
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This ended up being a quick read but pretty damn good. Besides that asshole Brad, I loved every character. I swooned over Shane.

Melanie is raising her son and managing a bar in her hometown. In walks Shane, a blast from her past. Back in high school Melanie dated Brad, Brad and Shane were best friends, and Shane and Mel became friends. Shit took a nosedive 5 years ago. Shane moved out of town, and Brad went off the deep end drinking and eventually ran off. She's been raising her son on her own.
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak


Shane was in love with Mel since the first time he saw her. But when his best friend Brad get to asked her first, he stood aside and became a friend. He fought for his feelings, and kept it bottled inside him since he didn’t want to hurt his best friend. Years later, everything has changed. He didn’t want to go back to his hometown but Brad asked for his help. What he didn’t expect was to run into Melanie – he also didn’t expect all those old familiar, stro
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
I seriously love all of Devon Ashley's books! This one was emotional and romantic all at the same time. My full review will be up closer to release day!

Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
4.5 Stars

I received an ARC of Waiting On My Reason from the author (yay!), but that in no way holds any bearing to the following review.

I loved so much about this book!! Which was not surprising, Devon Ashley has been an author that constantly puts out books that I love. This one in particular was so fantastic to me, mainly for how well she portrayed the role of being a single mother, and the many worries and thoughts that can be worrisome for a person in that position. I spent the first 4 ye
Oana D. L.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
You can find this review on my blog: http://magic-world-of-books.blogspot....

When i read the description of this book i said to myself that i had to read this one ,cause it sounded so good,and of course,because this is not the first book written by Devon Ashley that i wanted to read.So,when i received the arc for the review i was very,very,very happy.

I started reading the book ASAP and i can admit that i liked it from the first page,even if there it wasn't much.But my point is that once i start
Veronica of V's Reads
I received a review copy of this book from the author. And I devoured it.

Shane Matthews has returned to his small town in Texas to secure the inheritance for his childhood best friend, Brad Montgomery. Brad's had a bad run ever since Melanie busted his heart senior year. Booze and drugs have left Brad in a bad way--emotionally and financially. What Shane can't understand is why Brad's grandma didn't leave him his fortune...and who did get it!

Back on his home turf, Shane encounters Melanie--the g
Amy McGlone
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
**ARC received via AToMR in exchange for an honest review**

Waiting on my Reason is Melanie's story. Five years ago, Melanie lost everything dear to her. She lost her boyfriend, the respect of the people in her town, and someone she thought was her best friend. Over the next few years, she also lost her parents. Life hasn't been one shiny star like she thought it was going to be. She struggles daily. And then Shane shows back up, determined to uncover secrets from the past and find out what's re
Kimber Wheaton
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Waiting on My Reason features a main character, Melanie, who is so inspirational, I just dare you not to love her. I was drawn into this intriguing story from the first page. The pacing in which the plot unfolds kept me turning the pages until the end.

What can I say about Melanie? She's amazing. The poor girl has been through hell and back, yet she keeps going. Her ex high school sweetheart had everything and threw it all away
Book Junky Girls
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
The end of her high school life was not kind to Melanie, with horrible rumors and unexpected events everything seemed like it was turning against her. Now five years later her ex's best friend come into town causing all sorts of trouble and being up a past that is better off burried. With accuations all around can they seperate fact from fiction? And can the feelings they've always denied have any chance of become something that could've been a long time ago start now? With lies and the hunger f ...more
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
The hallmark of any New Adult/Romance is miscommunication and assumptions. Waiting on My Reason has this in abundance. The last person Melanie expects to see in the bar where she works is Shane, her ex-boyfriend’s best friend and the guy she’s had a thing for since they met. While the first few minutes are promising, Shane’s reaction to her and his accusations begins a storm of secrets, lies and accusations.

Shane is back in town for one reason only: to help his best friend get the inheritance ow
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
i think this book deserves a 5 Star as the story is not the usual ones you read where the guy was perfect and he actually annoys me at first and this book have so many twist and turns i kinda like whoa but yea its quite enjoyable to read and i cannot actually put it down i ended up staying up tip 7am when I really have to sleep or i won't be able to be up for 12nn lol.. just so i can find out where the story was heading. it was not disappointing where it headed.. i feel something was lacking tho ...more
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Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I must say to start, I love Devon Ashley and her writing style. It is true talent to drop hints to the outcome but not really reveal the whole story until you get to the end. It is what keeps readers extremely engaged. So, back to "Waiting On My Reason", I loved the story! I absolutely loved that Melanie! She was so selfless, so focused on giving her child the best and safest world regardless of her personal sacrifice. It was amazing to read how much character Devon was able to build around the ...more
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After reading the synopsis of this book I couldn't wait to read it. I really liked Melanie from page one. It took a little while longer for me to start liking Shane, he really ticked me off in the beginning. But he thought he was doing right by his best friend, Brad. Brad was Melanie's ex high-school boyfriend. Brad was also a douche. I loathed him. I was anxious to find out what Melanie did back in high school to have everyone turn against her. The author wrote the story in a way that I couldn' ...more
Rosely Medina
Mar 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Charlotte Wiebe
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given a ARC from the author for a honest review.
I have to say that I love love love Devon Ashley's writing style. I always feel like I am in her stories. I can feel and see it all happening. I read as fast as I can because I can't wait to finish and see what is going to happen and after I am finished reading...I mourn because it's over. I love her writing for all of the above as well as her happily ever after tied in a bow endings. Now this book has it all. A little mystery, a crazy love
Mick C
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, author-arc
**Received an ARC from the author for an honest review** This story was definitely a twist of fate throwing you a curve ball. Definitely a tough ride for the main characters. A different & twisted love triangle.
Tracy Lundy-Munn
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was my first Devon Ashley book and I absolutely loved it!! The storyline was fabulous and I loved the second chance romance between Shane & Mel!! The characters were great with lots of depth and emotion. This book had it all and had me hooked from page one!! Great book!!!
Yasmin Vasquez

This book was pretty good, good storyline, great characters but I absolutely hated the ending. I felt as though I was left hanging, like what happens with Shane and Mel? So that's why I could only give it three stars.
Hiba Azeem
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**ARC courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review**

Read my review here:
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
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Stephanie F
Jul 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Very predictable and am I the only person nauseated by the use of “gawd”?!? I cringed every time it was used so, yes, I cringed a lot. I ended up skimming to the end of this one...
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*


"Everything happens for a reason. I just wish I knew the why behind mine."

I am a huge fan of second chances, more so when the MC's come together again after time apart.
Also, I may one of the few, but I love when kids are involved, I don't mind it at all.

"She just wanted to do right by her son. He just wanted to do right by his best friend."

Shane is back in town, and the only reason for this is because of a favor
Chris- Bookaddict
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 Waiting Stars

She loves him. He loves her. But sometimes love just isn't that easy...

Everything happens for a reason. I just wish I knew the why behind mine.

I liked this story, it was a quick romance read with a little bit of angst added to it. I did not fair to well on the whole miscommunication with the main characters. I would have liked to have seen them communicate more and I think if they had the story would of flowed better for me.

I loved Melanie, her being a single parent and always
Kirsty Bicknell
Before I started Waiting On My Reason I received an email from Devon Ashley about the character of Shane, who has been the subject of much criticism, which said,

“I hope you don’t mind a guy that actually has character flaws to overcome . . .”

And boy does he ever?! Yet instead of criticising Shane for the way he ploughs through town, completely mishandling the situation, I only found his traits human and very male. I know many men who will choose to believe their best friends over their partners,
Dec 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I’m gonna be honest here and say that I have high expectations for this book. The synopsis was intriguing enough for me to add it to my to-read list and when it came out, I knew I had to read it ASAP. So after reading it seems it didn’t level with the expectations that I had. It was not bad it’s just that it lacks the thrill and mystery that I was hoping for when I read its synopsis. I understand the whole plot and the second chance at love story that this boo
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“Shane was just leaving, too.”

“What?” he cried.

I slammed my palms flat against his body. Dear God, there were some nice ridges hiding under that shirt! My hands slid up to his pecks and pushed. “Yeah. You have to go now.”

“Are you for real?” he asked. He was slowly backing his way through the room, but it had nothing to do with the strength of my push…or lack thereof.

“Very. I can’t. I need to sleep on this.”

With a wicked smile, he flattened his hands over mine and sassed, “I’m all for you sleeping on me. Let’s go.”
“Here I was just thinking all these wonderful things about you and now you’re trying to strip down before we can have sex.”

His hands casually held in the air, he explained, “I was hot.”

“It’s seventy degrees in here.”

His hands went to his cotton pants, thumbing the cinched band, preparing for a total strip down. Gawd, how I secretly wanted him to do it, but for some reason, the word stop came out of my mouth. At least I agreed with myself when I said, “That is so not fair.”

Neither was the way the left side of his mouth curled up, smiling wickedly as his eyes swept across my body. “You’re right. Your ogling is making me uncomfortable. You should remove your top to compensate.”
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